Sunday, 1 August 2021

Service of the Word for the 9th Sunday after Trinity


Service of the Word for Sunday 1 August - the 9th Sunday after Trinity. The Revd. Martin Jackson leads this short time of readings, reflection and prayer. 

Exploring the theme of Christ, "the Bread of Life" - but also recognising that human failing which is the spirit of complaint.

Thursday, 22 July 2021

St. Mary Magdalene - Apostle to the Apostles


Celebrating St. Mary Magdalene. Live-streamed with our midweek congregation present, this is also our online offering for the weekend of Sunday 25 July.

We're in church on Sunday as well: 9am in St. John's Church, Castleside; 10.30am in St. Cuthbert's Church - and Sunday's Eucharists celebrate the faith of St. James the Apostle.

Sunday, 18 July 2021

Service of the Word - the 7th Sunday after Trinity


Service of the Word for Sunday 18 July - the 7th Sunday after Trinity. The Revd. Martin Jackson leads this short time of readings, reflection and prayer. The readings speak of sheep and shepherds. What does it mean to be a pastor of the flock - for anyone to share care for God's people?

Sunday, 11 July 2021

Service of the Word - 11th July 2021


Service of the Word for Sunday 11 July - the 6th Sunday after Trinity. The Revd. Martin Jackson leads this short time of readings, reflection and prayer. What does it mean to be a prophet? What does it mean to speak out today?

In addition to this service, the Eucharist is celebrated in each of our churches - at 10.30am in St. Cuthbert's Church, Shotley Bridge; and at 4pm in St. John's Church, Castleside.

Friday, 9 July 2021

Where next? - for the Church and for the nation?

 


I’ve intentionally delayed bringing out the new issue of our Parish Magazine. It’s a double issue for July and August, so I wanted first to be able to record and celebrate Phil Carter’s Ordination to the priesthood - and then perhaps to be able to say something about how the Government’s plans for “opening up” after the pandemic restrictions might affect us in our churches and parishes.

We can certainly celebrate Phil’s Ordination! Inevitably it had to be lower-key than we might wish with far fewer people in attendance. But in a way this made it all the more intense. While in “normal” times there would be many hundreds of people in a packed Cathedral, this time only eight guests could be invited for each person to be ordained. And in place of a huge scrum of priests around each ordinand, the laying on of hands involved only the Bishop of Durham and the Training Incumbent - me! The grace of Orders conveyed by the Bishop - my responsibility for Phil’s formation and our collegiality as priests… Then the excitement of First Eucharists at which Phil presided.


But then - what next? People have looked forward to the end of the restrictions with which we have lived so long, but at the same time we know they are restrictions designed to keep us as safe as possible. Can we simply shed our face masks, resume our social activities and children’s work and Lunch Clubs, and sing heartily the hymns we have missed? I can’t give you an answer. Even if the Government declares all things possible, we will need to make a considered response, individuals will have their own reservations - and for some the freedoms of the many may lead them to restrict still more what they themselves do and where they go.

The Church of England’s “Worship Task Force” will be meeting on 14th July to consider how to respond to Government pronouncements expected on 12th July. The “National Guidance” will then require our response. We will seek to ensure our churches are as safe as possible. At the same time we need to be renewed in our worship and our witness, in our faith and in our prayer. Travel with me on this longer journey!                    

Martin Jackson







Sunday, 4 July 2021

Service of the Word - the 5th Sunday after Trinity


Service of the Word for Sunday 4 July - the 5th Sunday after Trinity. The Revd. Martin Jackson leads this short time of readings, reflection and prayer. What are the things we celebrate? How do we keep going when things are tough?

And in our churches the Revd. Phil Carter, ordained priest yesterday, presides at the Eucharist for the first time.

Tuesday, 29 June 2021

The Vicar on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne…



Reflecting on our sense of calling - to prayer, service, ordination, life in the world, but always in need of renewal.

A bit of an experiment - the 4G used for the original live-stream isn't consistent, though it holds up for the most part (and not long ago there wasn't even a phone signal).