Sunday, November 19, 2017

Thursday, November 9, 2017

At Peace

Thursday 9th November 2017
A peaceful place for a burial (at Newbrough) which was followed by a funeral (at Bellingham).  The morning had been a school assembly on Peace and Remembrance; the evening was a charity trustees' meeting to award grants to students from Corsenside.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

All Souls' Day

Thursday 2nd November 2017
After an All Souls' Day Communion service with the lighting of candles in memory of the departed,
on the way to a funeral visit...
...the view illustrated what the mourner said: "There is so much joy to be had in life."

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Days off this month

October 2017
A walk in the Cheviots to Yeavering Bell

and a ride in Kielder Forest:

More Harvest Thanksgivings

Friday 13th October 2017
Decorations symbolically include traditional fresh produce, but in the current state of affairs most gifts are non-perishable donations for the Food Bank.

Friday, October 13, 2017

The first woman at the baptism

Sunday 8th October 2017
In the sun outside the church door before the baptism  the baby's mother handed me this pretty packet, saying "I think this must be for you".  I was delighted to be the first woman that she saw on arrival at the church  --  which meant that according to local custom I received the little bag containing sugar, cake and coin!  (I forgot to ask what exactly they each represent.)  The baby slept peacefully throughout the service (including through four hymns), only murmuring approvingly at all the most holy moments.  He clearly matches his patron saint, Aidan.