Friends of the Chapel Update - June 2010
Annual Gathering for Friends of the Chapel
Sat. 19th June 10 – 12 noon.
We’ll meet at Bishop Street for coffee and you will have opportunity to hear from some of the people whose lives have been improved by ‘The Chapel’ at Bishop Street. There will also be opportunity to use our new disabled access toilet facilities! If you are interested in being a friend of Bishop Street, there is a form on the website, or come along to the gathering to find out more.
We have been able to use our new exhibition space for a variety of exhibitions and ‘community art events’. During Holy Week we held an event called ‘Journey to the Cross’ and were pleased that 83 people came in, many from the general public, and that 12 volunteers helped us to make this possible. Thank you to those volunteers. There was opportunity to reflect on some lovely art work by the Benedictine Nuns of Turvey Abbey, and also to develop our own creative sides with some artistic responses to the story of Holy Week.
Christian Aid held a two week ‘retrospective’ exhibition to celebrate their 65th anniversary during Christian Aid week and beyond. Please encourage any charitable groups you are involved with to consider creating an exhibition of their work in our venue. This is an opportunity to ‘show case’ your work, which is all part of God’s kingdom, in the city centre.
We now have our very own ‘artist in residence’ Alex Serrano, who has a workshop in the very top space of our community rooms. We are glad that he has joined the Art at the Chapel group and look forward to all the exhibitions which are being planned. If you’d like to go on our mailing list for Art at the Chapel please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It has been a pleasure to welcome the Zimbabwean Association, who have opened the ZA Leicester Drop-in in our foyer every other Friday afternoon. This is the 6th such Drop-in Centre to be opened in this country and will help many Zimbabweans looking for encouragement and companionship as they settle into this country.
Similarly the ‘Oriental Mums and Babies’ Group have begun to meet each Friday morning, doing a range of craft, dance and activities to help both the Mums and their are very welcome and it is a joy to have them meeting on the premises.
Mayor’s Chaplain: Revd Jill Marsh
It’s been a busy year for me as I’ve been privileged to act as Chaplain to the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress. This has been an extremely interesting year and has given me opportunities to meet a great variety of people and to talk with them about the work we do at Bishop Street. It is heartening how much support people express for our work and I’m looking forward to developing some of these contacts further. It has been a real privilege to see at close quarters the work of the civic support team, and to witness the heavy and demanding workload of the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress. The life of Leicester city is so astonishingly rich and diverse and there is so much to be celebrated. It has been a good year and I am grateful for the opportunity.
Now that the Just Shop has moved from Pilgrim House to larger premises, in a more retail-based part of the city centre (St Martins Square), we have decided to use that room as a meeting room, suitable for small meetings, seminars, training events etc. It seats up to 40, and is a comfortable, easily accessible room with good facilities and its own access to Town Hall Square. We hope it will make a popular resource for those looking for commercial or charitable meeting space on a regular or one-off basis. If you know anyone who has such a need, please encourage them to contact the Church office – 0116 255 4111, email@example.com
Jill and Clive Marsh will be holding a Garden Party at the Manse (152 Victoria Park Road) on Saturday August 21st,
3.00-6.00pm. Cakes, Jam, Games, Books, Plants, Scones, Strawberries. £2 donation (min)
If you would like to know more about any of our activities or facilities, please contact us on 0116 255 4111, or visit the website www.bishopstreetchurch.org.uk