Tuesday, February 28, 2017

"If winter comes, can spring be far behind?"

Sunday 26th February 2017

Stormy and sunny and the happiness of a baptism and the sorrow of a burial  --  all in between two other Sunday services at Bellingham and Thorneyburn

Friday, February 24, 2017

Another funeral

Friday 24th February 2017
The hearse is on its way coming over the bridge to the cemetery on a bright cold day after the service in church.

Enjoying the creation

Sunday 19th February 2017
Teddy makes a new friend...
 ...during refreshments after the service in which we had told the story of creation and pictured the development of the natural world.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Transporting Mary and Joseph

Saturday 18th February 2017
The chainsaw sculptured Mary, Joseph, donkey and baby in the manger stand outside St Cuthbert's church Bellingham from Christmas Eve till Candlemas (2nd February).  Then follows the challenge of finding strong men to load them up to return to storage...

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

St Valentine's Day funeral

Tuesday 14th February 2017

Lovely to come out of St Peter's church Falstone to see snowdrops in the sun after the funeral of an eighty-year-old who had a loving marriage from 1959 till this month...a life celebrated in church by 92 people in the congregation.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Red sky in the morning...

Saturday 11th February 2017
Actually this "red sky in the morning..." was a few days ago; but it could have provided a "shepherds' warning" for the cold wet day that we had today.

"Daniel Blake's" Food Bank

Friday 10th February 2017
Not church junk, but donations put into the church for...
...the parishioner who runs the Food Bank (where I, Daniel Blake was partly filmed)  to take to Newcastle

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Every service!

Wednesday 1st February 2017
 Bellingham has been living for a month with the bridge over the North Tyne obstructed by machinery used in repair work.  The men have been kind and courteous and very understanding towards people walking or travelling on horses or walking frames: they have provided a shuttle service to the point of obstruction for the disabled who can then board the bus just on the other side of the machinery: