Sunday, October 30, 2016

All Saints' Sunday

Sunday 30th October 2016
Rector and Server after the Eucharist at St Peter's Falstone

We all enjoyed the morning's celebration and felt encouraged by the example of the saints, not only official ones like St Thomas (honest), St Peter (spontaneous), St George (fighting evil) and St Teresa of Avila (spiritual guide), but also good people down the ages like Sir Nicholas Winton who arranged the Kindertransport for children to escape from Nazi occupation in 1939.  We prayed for Syrian and other refugees today.

Monday, October 24, 2016

In hospital abroad

Monday 24th October 2016
Here is a reminder of the October sun shining in this corner of Northumberland for any parishioners in hospital.

The baptism

Sunday 23rd October 2016
Following the baptism practice for the two year old on Friday, we had the actual baptism in the Sunday service for him and his baby brother at St Aidan's Thorneyburn.

Parents and Godparents

Friday, October 21, 2016

Different preparations

Friday 21st October 2016
On the way from showing a two-year-old Thorneyburn church in preparation for his baptism ... to a visit about school governors ... and then on to collect Traidcraft material for the church stall selling fairly-traded goods.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

A good morning

Thursday 20th October 2016

After Holy Communion in St Cuthbert's and a cup of coffee in the cafĂ©, it took me an hour to walk about 400 yards home because I was delayed by chatting with so many people.   Time well spent!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

What a variety!

Sunday 16th October 2016
Messy Church harvest in the afternoon after two morning services which were (1) a Book of Common Prayer (1662) Sung Eucharist with sermon in Bellingham and (2) a Rededication Thanksgiving service for All Saints' church Woodburn after the restoration of its roof  (and a different sermon).

Saturday, October 15, 2016

A bumper crop

Saturday 15th October 2016
It's not a very big tree (Red Falstaff) and it's weighed down with fruit this year. 

So is the Scotch dumpling
and the James Grieve
Even the Cox and the pear for the first time since we planted them

It's very exciting
   How are we going to use all this fruit without wasting it?  Everybody else has plenty this year.
That's the kind of problem which faces farmers when there's a glut and the prices fall.  But rarity value puts prices up when they haven't got the produce to sell.
     I'm glad we sent our incidental profit after the Harvest Supper to Farm Community Network.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Cheerful parish visiting

Monday 10th October 2016
You never know what you'll find your parishioners doing... but the baptism is all arranged.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Enjoying the morning sun

Sunday 2nd October 2016
After a frosty night, being turned out in the sunny paddock was too enjoyable for Molly to bother turning to face me  --  but notice her ear cocked back towards me: