A SERVICE of light has been held at St Oswald’s Church to mark the final stages of a £90,000 re-wiring and lighting project.
Rev Canon Geraldine Pond welcomed people to the service explaining it was an opportunity to give thanks to God for the resources granted, raised and donated to fund the project; the skills of the contractors, the guidance of the designers and the oversight of the churchwardens.
The early evening service began in candle light, then the congregation was plunged into darkness for the new lighting to be demonstrated, switched on phase by phase, bringing a warm glow to the stone in which St Oswald’s is built and highlighting its many features.
The lessons were read by Chris Short, churchwarden and Sue Downing, PCC member and these, and the hymns sung were appropriate to the occasion.
The choir sang ‘Glory, love and praise and honour’ by W Harris, under the leadership of organist and choirmaster Michael Halls.
The Bishop of Repton, the Rt Rev Humphrey Southan gave a short ‘reflection’ and there were words from Wilfred Dawson, head of the family-contracting firm The Smart Group of Brailsford.
He explained the project, at the Mayfield road Church, had been the pinnacle of his career.
Prayers were led by the Rev Carollyn McDonald, associate priest at St Oswald’s and the service was followed by a harvest supper in the church hall.
St Oswald’s is supporting the Bishop of Derby’s Harvest Appeal with harvest gifts going to the Ashbourne food bank.