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1 Parish of St.Cuthbert, Benfieldside Sunday Worship 8.00a.m. Holy Communion (2nd Sunday: cancelled this month) 10.30a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST (every Sunday) 6.00p.m. Taizé Vespers (3rd Sunday) 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: 8.30a.m. Monday - Thursday 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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. 2 PARISH CALENDAR - APRIL 2016 Sat. 2 2.00p.m.Marriage of Victoria Brown & Christopher Herron Sunday 3 2nd SUNDAY OF EASTER (Exodus 14.10-31; 15.20,21; Acts 5.27-32; John 20.19-31) 10.30a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST Mon. 4 ANNUNCIATION OF OUR LORD TO THE BVM 2.00p.m. Deanery Mothers’ Union Eucharist Celebrating our Branch’s 125th Anniversary! Thurs. 7 10.00a.m. Eucharist Sunday 10 3rd SUNDAY OF EASTER (Zephaniah 3.14-20; Acts 9.1-6; John 21.1-19) 8.00a.m. Eucharist - cancelled this month 10.30a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST 11.45a.m. Annual Parochial Church Meeting Mon. 11 2.00p.m. “Open for Prayer” 7.30p.m. Parochial Church Council Meeting Tues. 12 12.30p.m. “Second Tuesday” Lunch Club - Church Hall Thurs. 14 10.00a.m. Eucharist Sunday 17 4th SUNDAY OF EASTER (Acts 9.36-43; Revelation 7.9-17; John 10.22-30) 10.30a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST 12 noon Holy Baptism 6.00p.m. Taizé Vespers Tues. 19 3.30-5.30p.m. “Messy Church” - Hall & Church Thurs. 21 10.00a.m. Holy Communion by Extension Sunday 24 5th SUNDAY OF EASTER (Acts 11.1-8; Revelation 21.1-6; John 13.31-35) 10.30a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST Mon. 25 7.30p.m. Sing Together - join us in church Thurs. 28 10.00a.m. Holy Communion by Extension 3 MAY Sunday 1 6th SUNDAY OF EASTER (Ezekiel 37.1-14; Acts 16.9-15; Revelation 21.10,22 - 22.5; John 5.1-9) 10.30a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST Thursday 5th May - Ascension Day 10.00a.m. Eucharist 7.00p.m. Deanery Eucharist in All Saints’ Church, Lanchester Sunday 8 7th SUNDAY OF EASTER - Sunday after the Ascension (Ezekiel 36.24-28; Acts 16.16-34; Revelation 22…; John 17.20-26) 8.00a.m. Eucharist 10.30a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST Mon. 9 7.15p.m. Archdeacon’s Visitation - St. Cuthbert’s, Durham Tues. 10 12.30p.m. “Second Tuesday” Lunch Club - Church Hall Thurs. 12 10.00a.m. Eucharist Sunday 15 PENTECOST - Whit Sunday (Genesis 11.1-9; Acts 2.1-21; Romans 8.14-17; John 14.8-17,25-27) 10.30a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST 12 noon Holy Baptism 3.00p.m. Ecumenical Pentecost Service - St. Patrick’s Church, Consett Readings for Sunday Evening Prayer These readings may be use not only for worship in church but also as you pray at home Sunday 3rd April Ps. 16 Isaiah 52.13-53.12 Luke 24.13-35 Sunday 10th April Ps. 86 Isaiah 38.9-20 John 11.27-44 Sunday 17th April Ps. 113, 114 Isaiah 63.7-14 Luke 24.36-49 Sunday 24th April Ps. 98 Daniel 6.1-23 Mark 15.46-16.8 Sunday 1st May Ps. 126, 127 Zephaniah 3.14-20 Matthew 28.1-20 4 View from the Vicarage Easter hope for a hopeless world… The world can seem bleak and god-forsaken as I write following the terrorist atrocities in Brussels and Lahore. But the faith we declare at Easter is true. In the words of Archbishop Justin Welby, “On Good Friday terror and oppression are met by love, with Jesus praying for the forgiveness of those who caused his death.” Against savagery, bitterness and perverted reasoning there stands in sharpest contrast the sacrifice of Jesus. And on Easter Day we see the triumph of his love. But can we take it in? The women who went out to seek the tomb of Jesus on the first Easter morning did so with the expectation of finding only death – to do for the body of Jesus what they had been unable to do before his hurried burial, taking spices which should have been wrapped into his shroud. They find the tomb – but not the body. The stone is rolled away. The one they loved has gone. With hindsight it may seem strange to us that their response is not of joy but perplexity. They don’t understand – in fact St. Luke’s Gospel tells us they were “terrified.” They find two men dressed in dazzling clothes – but there’s no ready assumption that these are angels. They remind the women that Jesus had spoken of his death – and that he would rise again. Now go and tell other people about it! So they do. And what happens? The disciples don’t believe them. Only Peter goes off to see for himself. He finds no body – only cast-off grave clothes. We’re told simply that he is “amazed” – nothing more. That’s something that may speak to us. Resurrection faith does not come about just because a grave is found to be empty. Knowing Christ to be risen is something that goes much deeper – it grows out of a sense of encounter and relationship… and in St. Luke’s account these are still to occur. The Resurrection needs to be made real in the hearts and lives of people called by Jesus. The story doesn’t end at an empty tomb. Luke will take us on to relate how two disciples fail to recognise Jesus on the Emmaus Road until he breaks bread with them and shares his blessing. Mary Magdalene fails to recognise him until she hears him speak her name. The remaining disciples continue meeting in fear behind locked doors until Jesus comes to stand in their midst, to share food with them, to show them the scars of his wounds. Amid the scars borne by our world may we find new hope. Martin Jackson 5 Mothers’ Union… Monday 4th April, 2pm. We are hosting the Lady Day Service for the branches of Lanchester Deanery Mothers’ Union. We would be delighted to have anyone from our congregation to join us for the service and for refreshements afterwards. This year is also our 125th anniversary, so please think about coming to see what we do. There are so many things the M.U. does at home and abroad that we can't remember them all (I can't anyway!). It would be lovely to see you - and there is a cuppa and cake afterwards. Mary Mitchell _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 2nd Tuesday Lunch Club … continues to provide food and friendship 12.30p.m. Tuesday 12th April 12.30p.m. Tuesday 10th May There are places available for anyone who would like to join us. If you know of anyone who would be interested, please contact Pam Hudson on 506148.They would be more than welcome. __________________________________________________________________________ 100 Club - Winners March 1st Prize £25 No.23 Elaine Bellerby 2nd Prize £15 No.62 Steve Mitchell 3rd Prize £10 No.33 John Westthorp Further details on how to join the 100 Club from our organiser, Jennifer Lambert, phone 01207 505018. Open for Prayer: 2 to 3p.m Monday 11th April Join us in church for as long as you like as we come together for silent prayer. 6 Did you know . . .? The Mothers’ Union is 140 years old this year. And, at St Cuthbert’s, we are celebrating our 125th anniversary! The Mothers’ Union vision is of a world where God’s love is shown through loving, respectful and flourishing relationships. This is a goal actively pursued through prayer, campaigning and enabling. MU is a Christian mission organisation working with people of all faiths and none. It’s a worldwide charity that works with four million members in 83 countries. Its members are not all mothers – nor even all women! Members make a commitment to serving Christ in their own communities, through prayer, financial support and active work to meet local needs. With over 3000 members and 500 active volunteers, the MU in Baghdad is the largest single group in the world! Christians in Iraq have suffered enormous persecution and many have fled to neighbouring countries to escape violence. MU members have built a nursery school alongside the church where children can play together safely. There is also a health clinic which provides free medical treatment to more than 2000 people each month. In Ethiopia, the MU started in 2004 and has now grown to more than 3000 members. They meet together regularly for prayer and fellowship and are also active in visiting hospitals and prisons and support for young families. As in many parts of Africa, female literacy levels are a major cause for concern. The MU have been instrumental in starting literacy programmes. The Association of Anglican Women in Peru is part of the global family of the MU. They have started a sewing project to equip women with the skills they need to generate an income for themselves and their families. In Peru, school uniforms are a legal requirement, so the members make both winter and summer uniforms which are affordable for local families. Closer to home, the members of the MU in the Diocese of Durham volunteer in prisons and help in schools. Like many other MU groups in the 7 UK, members sew and knit clothes for premature babies and make up wash bags for people who unexpectedly find themselves in hospital. In England and Ireland, the MU also raise funds to support an ‘Away from it all’ scheme which enables families under stress to take a holiday or a short break. They help about 2,500 people to have a holiday each year. Watch out for more news. . . . . and join us as we celebrate at 2p.m. on Monday 4th April! Rosie Junemann _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Durham Diocesan Liturgical Committee Music Day 10am – 6pm Saturday 23rd April 2016 Durham Cathedral A day for singers, choirs & directors, and organists £15 per adult (£12-50 for 5 booked at same time) £5 for under 18s Leaflets and application forms at back of church _______________________________________________________________________________________________ SING TOGETHER! FOR EASTER-TIDE, PENTECOST & TRINITY Hymns and songs, new and old All welcome! Monday 25th April - 7.30pm in St Cuthbert’s Church (Come early if you need to park!) 8 9 Notes & News… Our Lent Appeal… was more than simply an appeal for money! It was an invitation to “Count your blessings.” Each day of Lent there have been opportunities to give, act and pray for communities in need - a personal journey or share it with family, friends or your church. We hope this has been a useful aid. Christian Aid asks users to give as they can afford. You can send in any money direct to them, using the form – or bring it into church and we’ll send it on. Again, please use the form provided – and if you can, please Gift Aid your offering! _______________________________________________________________________________________________ Also - coming soon… Christian Aid week is fast approaching! This year it is the 15th to the 22nd May. Over the past few years, thanks to our team of loyal collectors, we have raised an average of £1200 per year. This is a great achievement, and one which we will be able to continue, if we have some extra help. Even collecting from just a small number of houses, say 10-12, would make a difference. If you would be willing to help, please contact Kath Burdon 438948 or Kate Johnson 507037. Thanks! _______________________________________________________________________________________________ St. Cuthbert’s-tide was squeezed in just before Holy Week, the Feast Day itself falling on Palm Sunday. So we were pretty low-key, but managed to sing our way through an unaccompanied Eucharist (our organist being away) – and following it up with a Pie & Peas Supper and Quiz, the by- product of which was a profit of £64, which we’re putting towards ur Roof Appeal. Thanks to all who made it such fun! _______________________________________________________________________________________________ Thanks for so much – to Jenny Macnair! Jenny will soon be moving from the parish to be nearer family in Bishop Auckland – and we’re realising just how much she has contributed to our parish life as a member and in so many activities. Much garden work and so many behind-the-scenes things she has done. And very much up front in masterminding after-service coffee for the last 15 years and running the orders and distribution department of this Parish Magazine. Jill Barron is taking on the latter – her contact details are given near the end of this magazine. Thanks to both! 10 LENT LUNCHES 2016 Fast food – with a difference There’s a Christian tradition of “fasting” in Lent. Many people think of it as “giving up” something like chocolate or alcohol. But more basically it means eating more simply, being disciplined about it – and thinking about the difference that can make for ourselves and other people… That’s been the aim of members of the churches in Blackhill and Shotley Bridge. On each of the six Mondays of Lent they met for a simple lunch of bread and soup – and as in past years they have given donations for a nominated charity. This year lunches have been hosted at Blackhill Methodist Church, St. Andrew’s United Reformed Church, Durham Road Baptist Church, St. Mary’s RC Church, Our Lady of the Rosary and St. Cuthbert’s Church, Shotley Bridge. And a total has been raised of £977.52 to be given to the “Daft as a Brush” Cancer Care Charity. The pictures show some of the more than 50 people who joined together for the last lunch before Easter on Monday 21st March when St. Cuthbert’s hosted the meal. 11 12 Saint of the Month April 21 Anselm - “the man who proved there is a God” Anselm is a good saint to remember next time someone asks you to prove that there is a God. His brilliant and original Proslogion, written 1077- 8, sets out the ‘ontological’ proof for God’s existence. Nearly ten centuries later, it is still studied by theological students as one of the great philosophical ‘proofs’ of God’s existence. Anselm was born at Aosta in 1033, the son of a spendthrift Lombard nobleman, whom Anselm detested. In time he decided to become a Benedictine monk, and joined Lanfranc’s famous monastery at Bec (c. 1060). He became prior, then abbot. He was loved by his monks, appreciated for his sensitivity and intuitiveness. He remained friends also with Lanfranc, who had gone on to be Archbishop of Canterbury. After Lanfranc’s death, Anselm reluctantly agreed to accept the job. Archbishops did not have press offices in those days, but Anselm made his views on Church-versus-King known all the same, and they did not please the king. William Rufus exiled him in 1097 and King Henry I exiled him in 1103. Anselm was utterly committed to what he saw as the cause of God and the Church, and had no time for temporal politics. Peace between archbishop and monarch was not achieved until 1106. Anselm spent the rest of his life in England. His theological stance of ‘Faith seeking understanding’ and ‘the mind at faith’s service’ were the keys to his life and teaching. _______________________________________________________________________________________________ Worry - I have so many problems that if a new one comes along today, it will be at least two weeks before I can worry about it. 13 Messy Church Our theme for last month was “Messy Easter” and we hope you all like the Easter garden which is now sitting in the church porch – it turned out to be a very messy exercise indeed and I think more compost went on the floor than in the tray! We had 19 children together with their mums/grans/carers and there was a lot of noise and excitement as they completed tasks which took them on a journey through Holy Week. Peg leg donkeys for Palm Sunday, a chalice to decorate filled with blackcurrant “wine” and a bread cracker for the Last Supper, a felt purse to sew and decorate for the betrayal, the Easter garden, a collage cockerel for Peter’s denial, a wooden cross where they hammered in nails to remind them of Jesus’s suffering, paper flower prayers which are now on the cross in church, “tomb” biscuits , empty tombs (a croissant baked with a marshmallow inside ), and to bring it all together a large poster which shows Holy Week in handprints and footprints. Very messy and a lot of fun to do! If you look closely you will see that some of the handprints and feet are tiny! Our 2 youngest members, Hugo and Ben aged about 17 – 18 months took part in this task, and Olivia, aged 2, very reluctantly, put her feet into the paint to give us the footprints we needed to symbolise Jesus washing the disciples’ feet. I hope you take time to look at their efforts. During our celebration time in church, the children were invited to open 12 plastic eggs, each containing something to do with the events of this special week, and then they had to order them as we talked about Holy week and all that happened then. This was followed by our meal of chicken drumsticks and crusty bread followed by chocolate nests with mini eggs. Lynne Severs and Linda Short Next Messy Church will be Tuesday 19th April at 3.30pm when our theme will be “The Lord’s Prayer”. Everyone is welcome. 14 Called to be Fools! April Fool’s Day is the traditional way to begin this month! In medieval times the fool (or jester) was not just there for amusement. He had an influential role in the court, because he could speak the truth in ways others couldn’t. As Christians we are also called to be fools; Paul described himself as a ‘fool for Christ’ (1 Corinthians 4:10). In what ways is this an appropriate description of a Christian? In his letter Paul expands on this theme. = a foolish message: ‘For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.’ (1 Cor 1:18). The heart of the Gospel does not focus on clever ideas, but on the Cross of Jesus Christ. This message of foolishness and weakness is both God’s wisdom and power for our lives! = a foolish community: ‘But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.’ (1:27). The church in Corinth consisted of slaves, rather than the rich and successful. God calls the weak and vulnerable to follow Him, in order to shame those who think they don’t need God. = a foolish ministry: ‘My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.’ (2:4,5). Paul’s ministry didn’t rest on human wisdom, but on the power of the Holy Spirit. For us, this power is often displayed when we are at our weakest! ‘A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.’ (William Shakespeare). Paul Hardingham – Parish Pump 15 Annual Parochial Church Meeting & Reports On Sunday 10th April, we will be holding our Annual Parochial Church Meeting. This is the occasion when we elect churchwardens and members of the Parochial Church Council. The meeting will follow on after the main Sunday Eucharist - so go over to the Hall, get a cup of coffee and hang on! We hold the meeting in the morning to attract more people, and give a greater sense of involvement in the mainstream life of the parish. And we’ll do our best to keep things quite brief and to the point. We’re advertising it now because… … this is to ask you to start getting ready for the Annual Meeting now! Nomination sheets for the office of churchwarden (2) and the PCC (12 members, serving one year), will be found in church in due course. Standing for office, proposing someone else, and voting are all matters for careful (and prayerful) consideration. We look at our financial position too, with a review of our Parish Accounts. Most reports of parish organisations can be found in the March issue of the Parish Magazine - two or three more follow here. There’ll be more to say at the meeting. And in any event we don’t just look back at reports… the meeting should help us to celebrate what we are doing now, and help us to look forward to the future. So, please come - and play your part. __________________________________________________________________________ Churchwardens’ Report Routine maintenance has been carried out on the central heating boiler, organ and electrical portable appliances. A specialist in asbestos carried out an informal check on the interior of the church, whilst he was checking on the church hall, and he could not find any evidence of asbestos in the church. The clock has experienced problems this year and, as a result, needed to be stripped down, cleaned and new parts fitted. This appears to have done the trick and hopefully will strike out for many more years. The long overdue Quinquennial Report was finally received and highlighted problems, primarily relating to the roof, gutters, down pipes and drainage. The architect identified this work as necessary between now and the next two years and would be extremely expensive - far above the funds we have available. There was a high possibility the Listed Places of Worship Roof Fund would be announcing another round of grant money to cover this sort 16 of work, so it was decided we would wait and see if we could put in an application to cover the work necessary. The grant details were announced at the end of the year with a very short window to put in a bid (25th February 2016). After a huge amount of work, communications, and serious consideration, our application was lodged a few days before the deadline. The application covered as much work possible but we had to omit the work necessary for improving drainage around the church. We did add additional work which we felt necessary relating to the spire as following the torrential rain this year the bell and clock chamber were badly affected and it was feared this could damage the clock. The maximum amount of grant available was £100,000. Our application was a little short of this. The church will have to make a contribution to this and we will be relying on fund raising to contribute to the pot. We are in no way guaranteed to be awarded this grant. Last year when the grant was opened it was way over-subscribed and it is the same this year. We have put in our best possible, well considered application, and will find out whether it has been successful sometime in June. Hopefully our fund raising will be well underway before then. Grant applications will be made to other charities in the hope we can be awarded additional money towards the repairs. Following a proposal (and vote) it was agreed an application would be made to remove the four cherry trees and two conifers located as you walk in the main church gate. It was felt they were too big and the roots were beginning to damage walls, paths, etc. The local council were consulted and in agreement but indicated two small trees would have to be planted in their place. A faculty was applied for and the trees will be cut down and removed in the near future. Carol and I would like to thank everyone for the help and support given to us over the last year. Linda Short and Carol O’Malley Electoral Roll Officer’s Report There were 107 members on roll on 13 March 2016. Should you wish to be included on the electoral roll, forms are available at the back of church or from Carol O’Malley, and you can be added following the APCM on 10 April 2016. Carol O’Malley 17 Treasurer’s Report At the end of 2015 the revenue account was £3,949 better off than in the previous year, however there was £105 less in the fabric fund. There was £17,938 in the revenue account and £21,030 in the fabric account. Major repairs to the clock mechanism in the bell tower took place during 2015 amounting to £4,794, however, we were fortunate to receive income to just about cover the costs of the repairs. As usual, there is always something that is requiring attention and following receipt of our quinquennial report, major repairs are required to the roof which will cost in the region of £100,000. Fundraising and grant seeking is well underway. Once the repairs are completed to the roof, our next focus will be on the interior decoration to the church, which has deteriorated considerably in recent years. The Parish Share was paid in its entirety (£30,492) and the PCC agreed to increase this by just over 3% to £31,416 for 2016. The huge generosity of parishioners in giving, both in monetary terms and in their time, ensures that our church is well looked after and supported and is a focal point in our community. Please note that the full accounts will be available at the APCM. You can also find them online at https://docs.com/martin-jackson/2633/benfieldside-st-cuthbert-annual- accounts-2015 or follow the links from our blog (saintcuthberts.blogspot.com) or Facebook page (facebook.com/benfieldside). Carol O’Malley __________________________________________________________________________ We’re sorry to carry the news in this issue of the death of Derek Hume, member of our church and choir since childhood and one of the great characters and servants of our community. Music has been a dominant theme in Derek’s life – not only in church but in light opera and amateur dramatics. Along with that, enthusiasms and skills in the Jack Russell Terrier world which took him round the country and to America, Hunt- following, years of service as a Councillor which saw him finally made an Alderman, conviviality in engagement as a Freemason and in hospitality – and a great gift for friendship. Most of all we celebrate the faith and love he has shared for so many years with Edna – our sympathy to her, our thanks for his life and our prayer that he may rest in peace! 18 19 More music . . . Gibside Chapel Sunday 17th April: 2 - 3pm Music by local performers Free event Sunday 3rd April and Sunday 1st May: 1.30 – 4pm Music from local performers and choirs followed by Evensong Free event www.nationaltrust.org.uk/gibside The Sage Gateshead Saturday 23rd May: 7.30pm John Rutter: Feel the Spirit Performed by the combined choirs of the Alnwick District Tickets £15 www.sagegateshead.com Newcastle Cathedral Saturday 2nd April: 7.30pm Gounod: St Cecilia Mass Sing Together Choir Tickets £9 (from The Sage Gateshead) www.sagegateshead.com St Patrick’s RC Church, Consett Saturday 23rd April: 7pm Combined Choirs Concert Annfield Plain Gleemen, Consett Citizens Choir, The Derwentside Singers, The Glendale Choir In aid of Alzheimer’s Society and Henry Dancer Days Charity Tickets £5 at the door St Mary the Virgin, Whickham Saturday 9th April: 7pm Songs of Love and Laughter Jon Grave, tenor, Michael Grave, piano Tickets £8 including wine and nibbles - 07984 833948 Advance notice: Friday 17th June at 7.30pm: Durham Cathedral The Sixteen sing choral works by Byrd, Tallis and Pärt Tickets £17 - £27 from tickets.ncem.co.uk or Gala Theatre 20 From the Parish Registers Funerals 3 March Eric Crowther (90) Shotley Park Residential Home 11 March Derek Hume (88) The Terrace, Shotley Bridge 17 March Frank Joseph Hunter (94) Cooperative Terrace, Shotley Bridge 18 March Hilda Sanderson Greaves (96) Brockwell Court May the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace __________________________________________________________________________ It’s an easy way to stay up-to- date with St. Cuthbert’s. Day- by-day news and pictures at facebook.com/benfieldside __________________________________________________________________________ If you believe what you like in the Gospel, and reject what you like, it is not the Gospel you believe, but yourself. – St. Augustine 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 ent years. The Parish Share was paid in its entirety (£30,492) and the PCC agreed to increase this by just over 3% to £31,416 for 2016. The huge generosity of parishioners in giving, both in monetary terms and in their time, ensures that our church is well looked after and supported and is a focal point in our community. Please note that the full accounts will be available at the APCM. You can also find them online at https://docs.com/martin-jackson/2633/benfieldside-st-cuthbert-annual- accounts-2015 or follow the links from our blog (saintcuthberts.blogspot.com) or Facebook page (facebook.com/benfieldside). Carol O’Malley __________________________________________________________________________ We’re sorry to carry the news in this issue of the death of Derek Hume, member of our church and choir since childhood and one of the great characters and servants of our community. Music has been a dominant theme in Derek’s life – not only in church but in light opera and amateur dramatics. Along with that, enthusiasms and skills in the Jack Russell Terrier world which took him round the country and to America, Hunt- following, years of service as a Councillor which saw him finally made an Alderman, conviviality in engagement as a Freemason and in hospitality – and a great gift for friendship. Most of all we celebrate the faith and love he has shared for so many years with Edna – our sympathy to her, our thanks for his life and our prayer that he may rest in peace! 18 19 More music . . . Gibside Chapel Sunday 17th April: 2 - 3pm Music by local performers Free event Sunday 3rd April and Sunday 1st May: 1.30 – 4pm Music from local performers and choirs followed by Evensong Free event www.nationaltrust.org.uk/gibside The Sage Gateshead Saturday 23rd May: 7.30pm John Rutter: Feel the Spirit Performed by the combined choirs of the Alnwick District Tickets £15 www.sagegateshead.com Newcastle Cathedral Saturday 2nd April: 7.30pm Gounod: St Cecilia Mass Sing Together Choir Tickets £9 (from The Sage Gateshead) www.sagegateshead.com St Patrick’s RC Church, Consett Saturday 23rd April: 7pm Combined Choirs Concert Annfield Plain Gleemen, Consett Citizens Choir, The Derwentside Singers, The Glendale Choir In aid of Alzheimer’s Society and Henry Dancer Days Charity Tickets £5 at the door St Mary the Virgin, Whickham Saturday 9th April: 7pm Songs of Love and Laughter Jon Grave, tenor, Michael Grave, piano Tickets £8 including wine and nibbles - 07984 833948 Advance notice: Friday 17th June at 7.30pm: Durham Cathedral The Sixteen sing choral works by Byrd, Tallis and Pärt Tickets £17 - £27 from tickets.ncem.co.uk or Gala Theatre 20 From the Parish Registers Funerals 3 March Eric Crowther (90) Shotley Park Residential Home 11 March Derek Hume (88) The Terrace, Shotley Bridge 17 March Frank Joseph Hunter (94) Cooperative Terrace, Shotley Bridge 18 March Hilda Sanderson Greaves (96) Brockwell Court May the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace __________________________________________________________________________ It’s an easy way to stay up-to- date with St. Cuthbert’s. Day- by-day news and pictures at facebook.com/benfieldside __________________________________________________________________________ If you believe what you like in the Go