St. John’s Church, Brandon &
St. Catherine’s Church, New Brancepeth
St. John’s Holy Eucharist Sundays –
Mondays – 7.00 pm,
Wednesdays – 9.00 am
St. Catherine’s Holy Eucharist Sundays
– 8.45 am,
– 9.30 am
Morning Prayer: Thursdays – 8.45am
St. Catherine's church
Morning Prayer also by Zoom Tuesday and Friday
Please contact Fr. Carl for an invitation.
Carl Peters: The Clergy House, Sawmill Lane, Brandon,
Durham, DH7 8NS. Tel: 0191 6803875, email@example.com
Other Contact Telephone Numbers
St. John’s: David (Churchwarden) – 3789718; Carolyn
St. Catherine’s: Joe – 3739927; Liz – 3731554
at St John’s church
5th March 2021 Alan Brown
15th March 2021 Olga Peverell
18th March 2021 Geoffrey Hughes
23rd March 2021 Christine Martin
25th March 2021 Margaret Rose Banks
29th March 2021 John Hudson
9th April 2021 Arthur Phillips
15th April 2021 Pamela Bloomfield
11th March 2021 Arthur William Attle
12th March 2021 Vera Thompson
22nd March 2021 Nancy Emerson
Ascension Day, 13th May: 9.30am Holy Eucharist
at St Catherine’s church and 12 noon Holy Eucharist
at St John’s church
period 13th – 23rd May,
Pentecost Sunday -
is a time of special call to prayer,
‘Thy Kingdom Come’
See article later in the magazine.
Prayer for Our Churches: Tuesdays, 18th May
and 15th June at 09.30 - 10.15, held on Zoom; for an invitation
contact Bill Offler, Secretary Churches Together, firstname.lastname@example.org.
APCM (Annual Meeting) Wednesday May 19th
at St John’s church. This will be preceded by a short
PCC to approve end of year accounts.
overall a very sunny April! It’s had its wintry moments,
but apparently it’s been the driest April in 60 years
and I’m not surprised with the ground so dry. We need
water of course and looking at my weather app on my phone, it
looks like we’re going to get plenty of it in the rainy
our garden we have a pathetic excuse for a ‘pond’
in the shape of an old washing up bowl, set in a hollow in the
grass. I keep it fresh, replenishing it regularly. It’s
lovely to see the various creatures drink from it and seemingly
bathe in it. Birds, squirrels and even our cats drink from it.
The other night as it was growing dark, but in a rather lovely
light, I watched a hedgehog drinking from it. It lingered for
a while and had a really good drink before it headed off to
another part of the garden. It was great to see the beloved
creature, under threat but very much alive there.
So yes, water is life giving and we all know we wouldn’t
last long without it. Physical sustenance is essential. Jesus
asked for a drink of water from a Samaritan woman who was drawing
water from a well. His physical body presumably needed it and
Jesus was tired as we hear from his journey. The woman was shocked
that a Jew would ask a Samaritan for water, as they didn’t
normally have much to do with Samaritans. She said to him. ‘You
are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for
Jesus answered her, ‘If you knew the gift of God and who
it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and
he would have given you living water.’
The Samaritan says to Jesus,
‘Sir, you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep.
Where can you get this living water?’
He answers, ‘Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty
again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst.
Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of
water welling up to eternal life.’
hear then how the Samaritan woman still wants this water that
Jesus speaks of, in a physical kind of way.
‘Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty
and have to keep coming here to drink water.’
of course is talking about a different kind of water that gives
us a different kind of sustenance. The water we drink in this
life is a wonderful gift of creation and when there is a lack
of it in some parts of the world, it’s a source of hardship
So yes, water is precious indeed. It’s life giving!
But how much more life giving then is the living water that
Jesus gives us? Later in the Gospel of John chapter 7 when Jesus
is in the temple, we hear him say in a loud voice,
‘Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever
believes in me, as scripture has said, rivers of water shall
flow from within them.’
Do we want to taste that water?
Are we thirsty for a new life our wonderful but flawed world
cannot offer us?
Well then let’s go to Jesus and quench our thirst with
the living water he offers us through the Spirit.
And when we’re with Jesus, tasting the living water, we
might just want to linger for a while and enjoy his life saving
For there we can pour out before Jesus all our pains and anxieties
and find healing and peace in his most precious and life giving
He is risen!
John’s hall is slowly opening.
The guiding groups are back on three evenings
a week using the outside area. Dianne Proudfoot is having
private dance lessons. Slimming world are
using the hall until the Legion reopens. Also operating are
Hartbeeps on a Tuesday, little movers
on a Friday and children dance lessons on
a Saturday during May. The fitness classes
can hopefully return after May 17th.
Hopefully everything else will be back later in June. Any
queries, please call Lesley on 07846542035.
As we rejoice in this Eastertide and the period including
Ascension, Pentecost (the ‘birthday’ of the church)
and Trinity Sunday, maybe you would like to pray for some
of the needs of the world and our community:
• For the coronavirus pandemic, particularly in India,
Brazil and other countries with large numbers of infections
and deaths. While giving thanks for our vaccination programme
pray that all Western governments will be generous with supplying
vaccines to less well-off countries.
• For all those in need at this time, for the work of
the food bank in Brandon, and particularly their hope to open
the drop-in centre later in May. Pray that they will get the
volunteers they need to run this well.
• For our contacts with Schools, particularly New Brancepeth
Primary where we ran a ‘Teams’ Open the Book session,
telling the story of the Road to Emmaus. Also for Fr. Carl’s
contacts with Browney, Silvertree and others.
• For our church congregations as we slowly get back
to unrestricted services. Pray for God’s guidance and
inspiration for Fr. Carl, our Church Wardens and PCC as we
work out where God is leading us for the future.
• For the Annual Meeting on 19th May, that we will be
drawn together in fellowship and hear what God is saying to
us at this time.
• For the ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ prayer initiative,
13 – 23 May. That we will all be inspired and others
will come to know Christ.
• That the Christian Aid week will result in a large
increase in funds to help the World’s poorest people.
Kingdome Come has many resources to help churches and
individuals to pray.
particular there are two booklets: Novena and Prayer Journal.
A Novena is nine days of prayer that usually encourages us
to pray with a particular intention.
Before you start
• Prayerfully choose five people to pray for, and pray
during these 11 days that they would know the transforming
love of Christ.
• Set a time each day when you will take a moment of
prayer. You need only about 10 minutes.
In the past many have found this booklet very helpful.
The Prayer Journal is new this year, written by ArchBishop
of York, Stephen Cottrell. He says,
‘This booklet is intended for everyone. Each day
there are a few things to read, a prayer to offer and then
an invitation for you to make your own reflections on what
it means to follow in the way of Christ.
You don’t have to write anything down, but you may find
it helpful. Don’t worry if this isn’t you.
Just ask God to help you see clearly how you can follow Jesus
and who you can help’.
You can download either of these from the website, but we
are ordering a number of booklets for our churches. If you
would like one or both please collect them from the back of
the church, or contact Fr. Carl (you might like to make a
small donation, e.g. 50 pence).
“In praying 'Thy Kingdom Come' we all commit to playing
our part in the renewal of the nations and the transformation
of communities." Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin
Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around
the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus. What
started in 2016 as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury
and York to the Church of England has grown into an international
and ecumenical call to prayer.
This year's Thy Kingdom Come will happen from 13th - 23rd
May. During the 11 days of Thy Kingdom Come, it is hoped that
everyone who takes part will:
• Deepen their own relationship with Jesus Christ
• Pray for 5 friends or family to come to faith in Jesus
• Pray for the empowerment of the Spirit that we would
be effective in our witness
After the very first Ascension Day the disciples gathered
with Mary, constantly devoting themselves to prayer while
they waited for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.
Through the centuries Christians have gathered at that time
to pray for the coming of the Holy Spirit.
‘Thy Kingdom Come’ picks up this tradition.
We are praying that the Spirit will inspire and equip us to
share the Good News of Jesus Christ with our friends and families,
our communities and networks.
Whether you have joined in ‘Thy Kingdom Come’
before or not, we invite you to take part – along with
churches from over 80 different denominations & traditions
in nearly 90% of countries (172) around the world.
Aid Week is coming:
10th - 16th May, 2021
Aid exists to create a world where everyone can live a full
life, free from poverty. There
is a particular emphasis this year of the effects of climate
Rose’s story illustrates this:
Rose is caught in a cycle of climate chaos. From severe drought
to flooding, extreme weather robs her of what she needs to
survive: a reliable source of water. Rose strives to provide
for her grandchildren who live with her.
In times of drought, Rose sets out on a long and dangerous
journey every morning to collect water for her family. She
walks on an empty stomach. ‘Because I am old, I can’t
walk very fast. When I get home I just rest in the evening.
I have no energy to do anything,’ Rose says. ‘I
believe God gives me strength and helps me persevere. I pray
God will help people to help me.’
Christian Aid are developing earth dams to catch water when
rain does come so that communities like Rose’s can have
water in dry periods. With a reliable source of water, people
like Rose would be free from long, painful journeys. They
would be able to grow fresh vegetables to eat. And they would
be able to protect themselves from the dangers of coronavirus.
With such dire need, every last drop of water that falls in
Rose’s community is precious.
This Christian Aid Week, will you stand with people like Rose
for every last drop and help them fight the climate crisis?
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
Aid Week Resourcesfor more information.
Give: Use envelopes available in church. If you are unable
to collect one, contact Liz Gregory-Smith, 0191 3731554
Challenge yourself: Take on the 300,000 steps
challenge this May whilst getting fit and raising vital funds
through sponsorship by friends.
Quiztian Aid: This fun filled online quiz
is suitable for all of the family will be held on Saturday
Tea Party: Host a tea or coffee meeting in
your garden (up to 6 people).
Tesco Collection: We hope in July we can
make a collection as we have done in the past. Can you volunteer
to collect for an hour or so? More news later.