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Double issue Parish Magazine with news from St. Cuthbert's Church, Shotley Bridge
1 Parish of St.Cuthbert, Benfieldside Sunday Worship 10.30a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST (every Sunday) Evening Service (as announced) Please check the Calendar for changes to this pattern each month Messy Church 3.30p.m. in the Hall - 3rd Tuesday of the month Weekday Worship Morning Prayer: As announced Midweek Eucharist: 10.00a.m.Thursday Parish Office Arrangements for Baptisms, Marriages, etc. should normally be made with the Vicar - please phone or catch him at a service. For Spiritual Advice & the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession), please contact the Vicar. Clergy & Reader Vicar: The Revd Martin Jackson St. Cuthbert’s Vicarage, Church Bank, Shotley Bridge 01207 503019 mobile phone: 0797 226 2412 e-mail: email@example.com Reader: Mrs. Rosie Junemann 01207 583998 Parish web-site: saintcuthbertschurch.weebly.com Parish Blog: saintcuthberts.blogspot.com Please see the Calendar & Pewsheet for alterations to this pattern - especially during August. 2 PARISH CALENDAR - JULY 2017 Sunday 2 3rd SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY (Jeremiah 28.5-9; Romans 6.12-end; Matthew 10.40-end) 10.30a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST Mon. 3 2.00p.m. Mothers’ Union - at Ebchester (Strawberry Teas) 7.30p.m. Sing Together - in church Wed. 5 7.30p.m. Organ Recital - by Kris Thomsett in church Thurs. 6 10.00a.m. Eucharist - cancelled this week Sat. 8 2.30p.m. Strawberry Teas - St. John’s Church, Castleside Sunday 9 4th SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY (Zechariah 9.9-12; Romans 7.15-25a; Matthew 11.16-19; 25-30) 10.30a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST 12 noon Holy Baptism Mon. 10 7.30p.m. Finance Committee - Vicarage Tues. 11 12.30p.m. Lunch Club - Church Hall Thurs. 13 10.00a.m. Eucharist Sat. 15 3 - 5p.m. Afternoon Tea - join us in the Church Hall Sunday 16 5th SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY (Isaiah 55.10-13; Romans 8.1-11; Matthew 13.1-9,18-23) 10.30a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST Tues. 18 3.30-5.30p.m. “Messy Church” - Hall & Church Wed. 19 7.30p.m. Concert - by the Derwentside Singers - in church Thurs. 20 10.00a.m. Eucharist Sunday 23 6th SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY (Isaiah 44.6-8; Romans 8.12-25; Matthew 13.24-30,36-43) 10.30a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST Thurs. 27 10.00a.m. Eucharist Sunday 30 7th SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY (1 Kings 3.5-12; Romans 8.26-39; Matthew 13.31-33,44-52) 10.30a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST 2-5p.m. Duck Race! - Spa Cricket Ground 3 Mon. 31 2.00p.m. Eucharist - at Derwentdale Court AUGUST Please note the reduced service provision this month Fri. 4 JOINT PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO WHITBY Sunday 6 THE TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD (Daniel 7.9-10,13-14; 2 Peter 1.16-19; Luke 9.28-38) 10.30a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST Sunday 13 9th SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY (1 Kings 19.9-18; Romans 10.5-15; Matthew 14.22-33) 10.30a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST Sunday 20 10th SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY (Isaiah 56.1,6-8; Romans 11.1-2a,29-32; Matthew 15.21-28) 10.30a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST Sunday 27 11th SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY FEAST OF ST. BARTHOLOMEW THE APOSTLE (Isaiah 51.1-6; Romans 12.1-8; Matthew 16.13-20) 10.30a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST SEPTEMBER Sunday 31 12th SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY (Jeremiah 15.15-21; Romans 12.9-21; Matthew 16.21-28) 10.30a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST Mon. 4 12noon Mothers’ Union Soup & Sweet Lunch - Church Hall 6.30p.m. PCC Meeting - Committee Room 8.00p.m. Hall Management Meeting - Committee Room Thurs. 7 10.00a.m. Eucharist Sunday 10 13th SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY (Ezekiel 33.7-11; Romans 13.8-14; Matthew 18.15-20) 10.30a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST 4 View from the Vicarage On Missional Leadership, Active Learning Sets… Don’t be put off by the title! But these are two terms which are on my mind as I write. At the beginning of July I’ll be spending the best part of a week on a diocesan course entitled “Missional Leadership for Growth.” It’s not the whole course. There’s already been a preparatory day, I’ve completed online learning preference and personality insight tests, and there’s another one on learning aptitude to complete before Monday. Then there’ll be a group of parishioners to set up - in the hope that we can share and act on what I’m discovering, followed by another residential week in November and still more work with our parish group to follow. All the clergy of our diocese are doing it at some point - I’m part of “Cohort 3” so they’ve already had one group through and another one half way. I admit to being apprehensive. There are good intentions in the running of the course. But it will take up a lot of time. Even more it will require fresh approaches on my part. “Active Learning Sets” are part of it - watch this space to see what they entail and whether they work! But if they require a new openness on my part - well, that goes hand in hand with a sense that we need fresh initiatives in the life of the Church if we are to be getting on with the task of mission. The danger is always of “initiative fatigue.” But at the same time it’s fatal to do nothing - and received wisdoms do need challenging. Wasn’t it simpler for the first disciples? Jesus simply said to them, “Follow me.” When they wanted to know more as to what he was doing, he invited them, “Come and see.” And that invitation is still open. The issue is how we extend that invitation in today’s world. The challenge is also to accept it. “Come and see,” says Jesus - and that requires a response. We need to give up time in the first place. “Take this bread, drink this wine,” he asks us. It’s a simple invitation - but so often we can think of other things we need to do instead. How can we flourish as Christ’s people? How can we be deepened in our faith? That’s what we all need to learn. That’s where we all need renewal. Martin Jackson 5 Notes & News… 100 Club - Winners June 1st Prize £25 No 36 David Rhode 2nd Prize £15 No 24 Michael Parker 3rd Prize £10 No 92 Nora Bates Many thanks to Jennifer Lambert who has run the 100 Club for a number of years - doing a brilliant job. She has now passed on the baton to Glynis and Fiona Bell. Further details on how to join the 100 Club from our organiser, Glynis Bell, phone 01207 501158. _______________________________________________________________________________________________ SING TOGETHER 2017 Hymns and songs for Summer Monday 3rd July at 7.30pm St Cuthbert’s Church (Come early if you need to park!) All welcome! _______________________________________________________________________________________________ Thinking about Confirmation? Our Deanery Confirmation is to be on Sunday 15th October at 6pm in St. Andrew’s Church, Stanley. The Bishop of Durham, the Rt. Revd. Paul Butler will be officiating. Now is the time to be thinking about whether you are ready to be confirmed. It may seem to be a long way off, but we need to do some preparation - and to fit it around summer holidays and everyone’s diary. So - if you’d like to know more - get in touch with the Vicar soon! 6 Mothers’ Union… Our July meeting is on Monday 3rd at 2.00pm at Ebchester Church for a Service followed by tea and strawberry scones. Something we always enjoy! Please get in touch with Mary Mitchell or Sheila Barnes if you would like transport to get there. As usual, there will be no meeting in August but we will be hosting our Soup and Sweet lunch on Monday 4th September. Sheila Barnes _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 2nd Tuesday Lunch Club … continues to provide food and friendship 12.30p.m. Tuesday 11th July We’re taking a break in August - back for… 12.30p.m. Tuesday 12th September _______________________________________________________________________________________________ Christian Aid Week Kate and Kath would like to thank most sincerely all those who collected valiantly during Christian Aid week this year, and also to those in our Parish who donated generously. Together we raised £952.68, a brilliant effort by a fairly small group of people (10 collectors in all). Your efforts will make a difference! Thank you! _______________________________________________________________________________________________ Our Summer Season of Concerts continues. A concert during June by Lanchester Male Voice Choir in its 50th Anniversary Year was much appreciated and raised £212-53 for the Roof Fund. Many thanks to all who helped and supported. Remember there are two more concerts in July! 7 St Cuthbert’s Summer Fair was held on Saturday 17th June For the first time in years we had a good weather forecast. It was wonderful to be able to set up stalls outside with confidence! And this gave us more room for delicious teas in the Hall (as well as a couple of tables outside). It’s possible that the good weather kept some people in their gardens - but thanks to all who joined us! Thanks to everyone who helped us have such an enjoyable afternoon: stallholders, excellent tea-makers, tombola and games organisers. All in all a final total of £979.30 - a great help for church funds. _______________________________________________________________________________________________ Taking stock… It’s worth stepping back to see where our recent efforts of fund- raising have been bearing fruit. Thanks to all who have helped with these and other ventures. USPG Lent giving - £186.12 Christian Aid collection - £952.68 Summer Fair - £979.30 (General Fund) And the following have all benefitted our ongoing Roof Appeal: • Coffee Morning at Jan Worters - 13 May - £447.25 • Derwent Singers/Handbells Concert - 18 May - £177.40 • Lanchester Male Voice Choir Concert - 14 June - £218.53 • Donation from The Freemasons of County Durham - £250.00 So far, we have raised £7,451.09 for the Roof Fund, not including any of the grant money we have been promised. This includes two single donations this year towards the fund - one for £1,000 and one for £200. Sadly our most recent bid to a national charitable foundation has been unsuccessful due to their limited funds. But thanks to all who have worked so hard in local fund-raising which is essential in making bigger bids. 8 Summer Concerts at St. Cuthbert’s Wednesday 5th July: 7.30pm Organ Recital - Kris Thomsett Assistant Director of Music , St Nicholas’ Cathedral, Newcastle Wednesday 19th July: 7.30pm Derwentside Singers - in St Cuthbert’s Church, Shotley Bridge Proceeds to St Cuthbert’s Roof Fund Tickets £5 - or pay at the door Light refreshments served 9 New for 2017… Buy a date in the diary - Your chance to win £50! Dates cost £1 each Choose any date you wish Buy as many as you wish The Revd Martin Jackson has already chosen the winning date and placed it in a sealed envelope. The envelope will be opened at St. Cuthbert’s Church Christmas Fair to reveal the winner. All profits to go to the Church Roof Fund. Good luck! Organiser: Eileen Westthorp, tel. 01207 507396 _________________________________ Doreen Robson & other folks you’ll know are taking part in “Sister Act” up at the Empire Theatre _________________________________ I told my mum that I'd opened a theatre. She said, 'Are you having me on?' I said, 'Well I'll give you an audition, but I'm not promising you anything.' _________________________________ I bought a train ticket to France and the ticket seller said 'Eurostar' I said, 'Well I've been on telly but I'm no Dean Martin.’ 10 Join us for Afternoon Tea! Saturday 15th July 3.00 – 5.00 pm St Cuthbert’s Church Hall Tea/softdrinks/sandwiches/scones/cakes £5 per person There will be a display of local photographs which is part of a photography competition (why not enter?). We are hoping to produce a calendar for 2018, and 12 of these photographs will appear there. We need you to vote for your favourites! We may be able to help with transport. If you need a lift, please contact Lynne Severs - 502587 11 12 Messy Church At 3.50pm last time we met the team were rather despondent as we only had 2 children at our Messy Church session. We knew that the after-school clubs were a big draw and it was induction evening at The Academy. However, we were not disappointed when 12 more children seemed to arrive all at once! Not as many as we had hoped for, but they were very welcome. One family were returning for the second time – “We enjoyed it so much last time, we have brought Dad along as well”. This is what Messy Church is all about – the whole family coming together to hear Bible stories, do activities together, join in worship together, then have some time to talk about what they have been doing whilst enjoying a meal together. We had a lot a fun doing activities based on the healing of a blind man called Bartimaeus. Some of these made the children think about what it must be like to be blind – trying to draw a picture whilst blindfolded, identify flavours and smells when they couldn’t see what was offered to them, finding their way blindfolded around an obstacle course. We also tried to write our names using the Braille alphabet – admittedly, using biscuits covered in buttercream icing with chocolate chips for the dots was not what Louis Braille had in mind when he invented this wonderful aid to communication for the blind! But it was a fun way to get the point across. We made happy and sad faces to take into church to use during the telling of the story of Bartimaeus and we reflected on how lucky we are to be able to see. The Messy Church Team _______________________________________________________________________________________________ Our next session will be on Tuesday 18th July, when our theme will be “Healing the Lame Man.” Come along and weave a mat, make dancing puppets, experiment with eggs! And, of course, much, much more! 13 Photograph Competition Act quickly! If you have not already handed in your favourite photograph of Shotley Bridge, or the church, or of the area around Shotley Bridge it is not too late! We are putting all the photographs on display at the Afternoon Tea on July 15th and they will still be there on Sunday 16th so that everyone will have a chance to vote for their favourite. The 12 favourites will then be sent to the printers to be made into a 2018 calendar which we will sell later on in the year and at our Christmas Fair. All the proceeds from the sale will go to the Church Roof Fund. Please let us have your photograph, with your name, address and telephone number printed clearly on the back. Cost: £1 for each photograph entered We will then display the photographs in the church hall at the Afternoon Tea on July 15th. Everyone will have an opportunity to vote for the 12 photos to be featured in our calendar over the weekend of 15th & 16th July. There will be a prize for the winning 3 entries: 1st prize £20 2nd prize £15 3rd prize £10 And, of course all twelve of your favourite photographs will appear in the calendar for everyone to enjoy! Please let us have your photographs as soon as possible – we need to mount them and put up the display before the 15th July! More information: Lynne Severs OR Linda Short 01207 502587 01207 503750 14 Saint of the Month - 22 July: Mary Magdalene What do we really know about her? Fake news is not new. Perhaps one old example is the assertion that Mary Magdalene was a prostitute. Back in the 6th Century, Pope Gregory is said to have confused her with two other women in the Bible. Medieval Bible scholars also attempted to name an unidentified sinful woman who had washed and anointed the feet of Jesus. As Mary Magdalene is mentioned in the next chapter they regarded her as the same person! After this, many classical artists painted Mary in various states of undress, perpetuating a falsehood. So what do we really know about Mary? The Gospels tell us that she came from Magdala, a town in Galilee, and Jesus healed her by casting out seven evil spirits. After this she followed Jesus, with other women, on His ministry providing resources. Later, Mary watched Jesus die on the cross, and having cared for His needs while He was alive, wanted to care for Him after His death. It was when Mary went to anoint the body of Jesus at the tomb that the risen Jesus appeared to her. He told Mary to go to His disciples and tell them about His return to Heaven. She was obedient and became the first emissary of the resurrection. In those days, the witness of a woman was worthless. Despite ridicule, Mary had the courage to speak about Jesus in a place of great disbelief. We have to ask ourselves do we have the same courage as Mary? How prepared are we to stand our ground to share Jesus with others in the face of those who mock and scoff at us? Although we usually associate Mary with the Easter story, this month on 22nd July, the Church celebrates her Feast Day. In this snapshot of Mary’s life we know she had experienced great distress and suffering. After Jesus healed her, Mary expressed her gratitude by being utterly committed and devoted to Him. Jesus can give everyone a new start; a new purpose and direction in life. Like Mary we can thank Him for blessing us, loving us and forgiving us and moving into practical forms of service. Only Jesus can transform our lives so that we can glorify God in all that we do. 15 The Great St Cuthbert’s Duck Race! In aid of the Church Roof AppeaL This amazing event is to take place on Sunday 30th July 2.00 - 5.00pm at The Spa Cricket Ground If you haven’t already bought a ticket, then catch us quick – we are rapidly running out! If you have tickets which you have NOT sold, could you please return them to either Linda Short or Lynne Severs as we are being asked for more! Could you pass on the counterfoils to Linda as soon as possible please? We are keeping a tally of numbers ! Come along on the 30th to cheer your duck along. We hope to release them at 2.30pm and then after that there will be refreshments in the marquee, and plenty of fun and games for everyone to join in. We are also having a tombola stall, so any prizes would be gratefully received. There will be a box at the back of church for any contributions. 16 17 Grand Auction in aid of the Church Roof Fund On Monday 23rd October 2017 in the Church Hall at 7pm, we shall be holding an auction. Turn out your cupboards, declutter your loft and garden shed! Do you have any of the following which you never use, taking up room in your house? • China and glass • Handbags, scarves, jewellery • Pictures, mirrors, gift sets • Silver items, small electrical goods • Unwanted gifts eg toiletries • Unworn or pre-loved quality clothing items • Cushions, lamp bases and shades • Vases and ornaments • Kitchen tools and utensils Please bring along items to Church or the Church Hall from the beginning of September. Your rubbish may be someone else's treasure! All goods should be in mint condition. Larger items can be collected at a later date. More information in the September issue of the parish magazine or from Kath Burdon 18 The plagues of Egypt God says to Moses, "Moses, I have good news and bad news for you." Moses asks, "What's the good news?" God replies, "Moses, I shall visit plagues upon the Egyptians. Their rivers will run red with blood, frogs will infest their houses, lice will infest their bodies. I shall cause flies to swarm upon them. Their cattle shall die; boils will infect both man and beast. I shall cause hail to destroy their crops; and locusts shall devour anything green that is left in their land. Darkness will cover their land for three days and nights. I shall then lead you through the wilderness, until the children of Israel reach the Land flowing with milk and honey." Moses replied, "That's GREAT, Lord! What could possibly be the bad news?" "You, Moses, shall write the Environmental Impact Statement." _______________________________________________________________________________________________ An egotist is a man who talks about himself so much that you don’t have a chance to talk about yourself. - V Havner 19 More music . . . Gibside Chapel Sunday 2nd July: 3 - 4pm Evensong in the Chapel Sunday 6th August: 1.30 – 4pm Music and Evensong in the Chapel www.nationaltrust.org.uk/gibside Durham Cathedral Saturday 8th July: 3pm (following procession to the Cathedral) Durham Miners’ Gala Festival Service led by brass bands Wednesday 12th July: 7.30pm Organ recital by James Lancelot, Master of the Choristers and Organist (one of the last opportunities to hear James perform before his retirement) Wednesday 26th July: 7.30pm Organ recital by Ashley Grote, Master of Music, Norwich Cathedral Includes music by Back, Franck, Wagner and Elgar Wednesday 2nd August: 7.30pm Organ recital by David Dunnett, Organist, Norwich Cathedral Includes music by Vivaldi, Mozart, Whitlock and Dupre Wednesday 9th August: 7.30pm Organ recital by Peter Stevens, Asst. Master Music, Westminster Cathedral Includes music by Bach, Ireland and Preston Tickets for the organ recitals £8 on the door (concessions £6) Saturday 15th July: 7.30pm Reg Vardy Band and Festival Chorus Belshazzar’s Feast: William Walton Tickets £13 - £20 from the Gala Theatre Box Office Advance notice: The Sixteen: Choral Pilgrimage 2017: The Olive Branch: Choral music by Poulenc and Palestrina: Durham Cathedral: Friday 20th October at 7.30pm 20 From the Parish Registers Funerals 31 May Ian McKinnell (74) Redwood Court 13 June Avril Dower (84) Benfieldside Road 22 June Mildred Gunnion (77) Ravenside Terrace May the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace _______________________________________________________________________________________________ Euodia and Syntche Euodia and Syntyche were Paul’s good friends Who for the gospel did contend; But all we know about them now Is that these ladies had a row! So, if YOU have a heated spat It’s wise to check who knows of that; A row’s a cause of bitter tears Remembered for two thousand years! Nigel Beeton Useful Church Contacts: Churchwardens: Linda Short, 9 Sherwood Close 503750 Carol O’Malley, 13 Spring Close, Ebchester 561884 PCC Lay Chair: Jan Worters, 59 Queens Road, Blackhill 506248 PCC Treasurer: Carol O’Malley, 13 Spring Close, Ebchester 561884 PCC Secretary: Glynis Bell, 7 Greenacres Road, S/B 501158 Church Hall: Linda Short, 9 Sherwood Close 503750 Magazine Orders: Jill Barron, Glastonbury, Benfieldside Road 504352 Magazine Adverts: Kate Johnson, Messenger House 507037 See Philippians 4.2 -loved quality clothing items • Cushions, lamp bases and shades • Vases and ornaments • Kitchen tools and utensils Please bring along items to Church or the Church Hall from the beginning of September. Your rubbish may be someone else's treasure! All goods should be in mint condition. Larger items can be collected at a later date. More information in the September issue of the parish magazine or from Kath Burdon 18 The plagues of Egypt God says to Moses, "Moses, I have good news and bad news for you." Moses asks, "What's the good news?" God replies, "Moses, I shall visit plagues upon the Egyptians. Their rivers will run red with blood, frogs will infest their houses, lice will infest their bodies. I shall cause flies to swarm upon them. Their cattle shall die; boils will infect both man and beast. I shall cause hail to destroy their crops; and locusts shall devour anything green that is left in their land. Darkness will cover their land for three days and nights. I shall then lead you through the wilderness, until the children of Israel reach the Land flowing with milk and honey." Moses replied, "That's GREAT, Lord! What could possibly be the bad news?" "You, Moses, shall write the Environmental Impact Statement." _______________________________________________________________________________________________ An egotist is a man who talks about himself so much that you don’t have a chance to talk about yourself. - V Havner 19 More music . . . Gibside Chapel Sunday 2nd July: 3 - 4pm Evensong in the Chapel Sunday 6th August: 1.30 – 4pm Music and Evensong in the Chapel www.nationaltrust.org.