Sunday, February 11, 2018

The varied Sunday

Sunday 11th February 2018
Concentration at Falstone Messy Church   --  which came between morning Communion (Sung Eucharist at Bellingham and a small service at Woodburn) and Evensong at Thorneyburn.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

A public face

Thursday 8th February 2018
A bit of a poser having his portrait framed?
     It makes you think about how others see you and how you might prefer to be seen. 
    As for the clergy, people don't think we exist except if they come to church and see us there!  (I must get on with some work as a school governor and with liaising over a funeral.)

Monday, February 5, 2018

Calm Sunday

Sunday 4th February 2018
A peaceful pause in Falstone churchyard after the second service of the morning

Sunday, February 4, 2018

"If winter comes..."!

Saturday 3rd February 2018
"...can spring be far behind?" [Shelley]
The day was a jumble of gravestone inscriptions, sermon writing, school governor communications, parish visiting and a spot of shopping and cooking for the next week's meals.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

The Conversion of St Paul

Thursday 25th January 2018
The flag given to St Cuthbert's Bellingham UK by St Paul's Bellingham USA flies on the Church's feast day to commemorate the Conversion of Saul. Saul was on the way to Damascus engaged in persecuting the early Christians in the years immediately following the death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ when he heard a voice saying "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?"  "Who are you, sir?"  "I am Jesus whom you are persecuting."  After that conversion experience he changed his name to Paul and became a leading Christian missionary spreading the Good News of God's love for all people.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

And now rain

Wednesday 23rd January 2018
The River North Tyne overflows the public footpath which runs through the bottom of the Rectory glebeland.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

A bit wintry

Sunday 21st January 2018
Ten or eleven years ago I might have thought this looked bleak.  Now it's just a familiar stretch of local road as I move on to the third parish of the day.  (The car was stationary at this point!)