Over the past week I have been looking through files and pictures, talked to people about their memories and hugely benefitted from the research Elizabeth and Paul have been doing. I have been fascinated by how much the central parts of St Andrew's have changed over the past 160 years. Sometimes the changes were driven … Continue reading The Beauty of Holiness – Part 3
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This is not Part 3 of 'The Beauty of Holiness' but an interim report as so much is happening at the moment - which may surprise you, as the church unfortunately still has to remain closed. Small changes add up to big differences and as quite a few people got in touch expressing that they … Continue reading Small things are adding up!
It is deeply frustrating that the church needs to remain closed for public worship at the moment and that it is not possible to mark the journey of Lent together. There is a huge selection of online and print resources available for all sorts of tastes and interests, and as an example for several I … Continue reading Lent is here
The South Transept – the Lady Chapel St Andrew's has changed considerably over the past 160 years and all old buildings suffer from contradictory temptations of their users: to throw things out which are special because fashion changes, and to fill spaces with not very desirable items (well, clutter). I keep discovering interesting things (and … Continue reading The Beauty of Holiness – Part 2
Something I am very keen on is the missional quality of Beauty. Beauty is attractive and speaks of God, as God is beautiful. St Andrew's is a wonderful building with many beautiful things, which need looking after in order to speak loudly about God. Even if a sense of beauty is highly individual and a … Continue reading The Beauty of Holiness – Part 1
Over the last few weeks lots of things happened around St Andrew's Church - one advantage of the closure of the church and the lockdown we are all under is that there is time and space to care for our building and make it even more welcoming, helpful to worship and awe-inspiring. You may have … Continue reading We love the place, O God…
Whenever I hear simplistic answers where God is in this pandemic I get annoyed. But it is a different question how I can relate to God during this time and how I can be attentive to finding him in the small things - as most of us do not experience many big and exciting things … Continue reading Finding God in the midst of the pandemic?
As the church has to be temporarily closed to the public following a request by the City Mayor, the Director of Public Health and an encouragement by our Bishop to do so, you will not be able to see what has happened in the last few days. Following the removal of the somewhat darkened carpet … Continue reading Nave Floor partly refurbished
Both the City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby and the Director of Public Health Prof. Ivan Browne have written to religion & belief communities in Leicester and Leicestershire and asked them to voluntary pause all public worship and other face to face activities (see text below). This is not a legal requirement as in previous lockdowns … Continue reading Temporary Church Closure from Wednesday 20th January