|The weather offered a welcome contrast to |
The climbing wall was patronised by some very young climbers:
and everyone patronised the family firm for organic burgers:
|The font at St Aidan's Thorneyburn|
|Wedding flowers at St Cuthbert's Corsenside|
All Sunday services for this parish take place in this, the Summer Church, in August.
For me, Sunday was 9.30 at St Cuthbert's Bellingham followed by an 11 o'clock baptism in the Family Service at St Peter's Falstone, lunch with the congregation at Kielder, tea with The Friends of St Cuthbert's Bellingham and an evening of tidying up!
This is the middle of the three. Yesterday it was a funeral at Elsdon, a once-in-a-lifetime event as we send a faithful friend on his way, wishing him "God speed".
Sunday will be a baptism at Falstone, also something that is irreversible and can only happen once.
Tomorrow is a marriage "till death us do part" at Corsenside, the church without lighting, heating, organ -- or certain other facilities which I borrow from another church and deliver today.
|"Making waves" at St Peter's as we told the stories of St Peter sinking underwater until Jesus rescued him and of Jesus stilling the storm on the Sea of Galilee. |
We prayed for all people who work at sea and for the ministry of the Church's Mission to Seafarers, caring for people working away from home in dangerous conditions.
These afternoon activities were followed by traditional Evensong at St Aidan's Thorneyburn.
After the normal morning services at Bellingham and Falstone, St Cuthbert's Bellingham celebrated the completion of six years of restoration work on the building with a re-dedication service in the late afternoon -- and an hour of chatting over refreshments.
In the evening I made a visit to arrange a funeral. Quite a long day, starting work at about 7.30 a.m. with final morning service preparations and finishing at about 10.00 p.m. with taking the dog out to lock the church.
|Telling us about the height of the snowdrifts on the way to school in 1963|
|The ruins of the old water mill just above...|
|Sharing a picnic of bread...|
as we hear about St Aidan's teaching the Northumbrians about Jesus and His Last Supper with the disciples when they shared bread and wine.