Saturday, December 16, 2017

Winter dawn

Saturday 16th December 2017

The rising sun reflected in the River North Tyne    

 For me it was a day of preparation for four services tomorrow, as well as delivering my share of cards around the parish publicising Christmas services.

A day of school

Thursday 15th December 2017
...making the surface lethal

Shut in because of ice...

I went off to take a school assembly, share in a school Christmas lunch, attend a school dress rehearsal for the nativity play, and visit a school staff meeting

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Reading in bed

Wednesday 13th December 2017
It's supposed to be my day off, but there's too much to do as we move towards  Christmas and the end of term activities  in all the schools.  No special outing for the dog who has decided to take the newspaper to bed with him. 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Frozen waterfall

Monday 11th December 2017
The temperature has risen from minus 10 to minus 3
but Skittering Linn is still frozen.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Winter on the way

Friday 8th December 2017
The temperature drops sharply as the sun sinks behind the fell just after 3 o'clock

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Christmas Tree Festival

Thursday 7th December 2017
My day was as varied as the decorated trees   --    with a Communion service, a re-arrangement of a wedding, a potential candidate for Confirmation, a request from the local paper for an article, a meeting of the Team Council...and visits to the Christmas Tree Festival.


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The Feast Day of St Nicholas

Wednesday 6th December 2017

The Christmas Tree Festival in St Cuthbert's Bellingham began on St Nicholas' day.  Hence the theme of the Church's Prayer Tree:

Many visitors have been adding their prayers (written on "bags of gold"):
Sunday 10th December 2017
More prayers on the Prayer Tree by the time of the service to end the Bellingham Christmas Tree Festival  (which was squeezed into a busy afternoon between Messy Church at Falstone and Advent Parish Worship at Thorneyburn)