Saturday, March 17, 2018

Schools consultation

Saturday 17th March 2018
First Schools and Middle Schools showing what they can offer by way of good education for the children of West Northumberland.  (I'm back in the function suite of Hexham Mart where I spent a shift on Thursday at the Tourism Fair when Bellingham Deanery had a stall showing the Eternal Horizons video and brochures from our "Tourists > Pilgrims" programme.)

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Air Ambulance

Monday 12th March 2018
The medical team make their way to a patient from the Air Ambulance on which we rely in this "remote" area.  (Why is it thought that we are remote from the urban area, when it's equally true that the town is remote from us?)

Mothering Sunday

Sunday 11th March 2018
Also known for being mid-Lent Sunday, today was a good time for Messy Church to start representing the events of Holy Week and Easter (Palm Sunday...Jesus' Crucifixion...and... Resurrection)
Mid-Lent Sunday allows the luxury of Simnel Cake:
The marzipan balls represent the eleven disciples who remained faithful to Jesus after Judas Iscariot had betrayed him.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

After the thaw

Wednesday 7th March 2018
The River North Tyne near the Rectory at Bellingham

Sunday, March 4, 2018

A thaw

Sunday 4th March 2018
The road is clear as I drive between churches but the top of the wall is still only just visible above the snow.

Friday, March 2, 2018

The bell's frozen

Thursday 1st March
The bell is frozen but...

...we never close. 
Even though the notice says the church is open...

...nobody (apart from me) battles through the snow for Holy Communion.  (That's not something which a single person can do alone.  So I say the prayers leading up to Communion and then put everything away.)

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Fun before Mattins

Tuesday 27th February 2018
"There's life in the old [12] dog yet"
(at 7.30 before I go to church for Morning Prayer)