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Brandon Parish Magazine
July/August 2022

St. John’s Church, Brandon &
St. Catherine’s Church, New Brancepeth


Regular Services:
St. John’s: Holy Eucharist on Sundays – 9.45 am,
Wednesdays – 9.00 am

St. Catherine’s: Holy Eucharist on Sundays – 8.45 am, Thursdays – 9.30
Morning Prayer Thursdays – 8.45 am
Tuesdays and Fridays: Fr. Carl leads Morning Prayer on zoom at 8.45. Contact Fr. Carl for an invitation.

Fr. Carl Peters: The Clergy House, Sawmill Lane, Brandon,
Durham, DH7 8NS. Tel: 0191 6803875,
Other Contact Telephone Numbers
St. John’s: Carolyn – 6803875
St. Catherine’s: Joe – 3739927; Liz – 3731554

From the Registers

Funerals at St. John’s Church
27 May - Sheila Reid
24 June - Win Dunning
Funeral at Crematorium
7 June - Frank Mayman
Wedding at St Catherine’s
25 June - Ian Lumley & Julie Harrison

Mothers’ Union, Wednesday 13th July, 2.00 pm at St. John’s church
with Father Carl.
The next meeting will be in September.

PCC Meeting, Wednesday 13 July, 6.30 pm, St. John’s Hall

St Luke's Summer Fair, Saturday 16th July, 1.00 pm.
All are welcome at their annual event in their church hall in Ushaw Moor

Quiet Day at Minstreacres, Saturday 23rd July.
This annual opportunity will be led by one of the Minstracres residents. Please contact Bill Offler if interested, and lifts can be arranged, and 0191 3782883

St. John’s Hall:
Table top sale Sat. July 23rd 10 am to 12 pm, and Aug. 20th.
Lesley will carry the Queen’s baton relay for Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. She will leave the top of Claypath at 15.01 and walk to 211 Gilesgate on Thursday 14th July.
Anyone who can, please go and cheer Lesley on!

Trypraying is for those who are not religious
and don’t do church.
This initiative is something we could consider using in our churches.

Here is some information taking from their website:
The idea for trypraying has grown.
It is being used in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and the USA.
Thousands of churches have also made use of it and the project around it.


Almost everyone you know will have prayed
at some time in their life – and many still do.
For many people amazing things happen when they pray and many people find it a great help. But it’s not just for the religious. Millions of people who say they are not religious also pray

We have some resources to help.

POSTERS and BANNERS: Like the one at the top of the page.

The trypraying booklet is a 7 day prayer guide for those who are not religious. You might like to try it for seven days and then pass on to someone else.
Get one to carry with you.
There are over 750,000 copies being used and passed from person to person.


The week-end of 2/3 July is Petertide when many men and women are ordained Deacon or Priest.
Please pray for any you know and for the new ministry of these men and women in the Church of England.

Father Carl, as we know, has four churches to look after,
an almost impossible task.
Please pray for him with all the pressures on him, and for guidance for the best way our patterns of services and his other responsibilities can be managed.

We have an opportunity to go into New Brancepeth Primary school with
‘Open the Book’ (telling Bible stories)
on Monday 4th July.
Also the top class will be coming into
St. Catherine’s on Wednesday, 20th July. Please pray for these two events
and for the other opportunities Father Carl has in visiting local schools and taking assemblies.

A Prayer for Ukraine
God of peace and justice,
we pray for the people of Ukraine today.
We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons.
We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow,
that your Spirit of comfort would draw near to them.
We pray for those with power over war or peace,
for wisdom, discernment and compassion to guide their decisions.
Above all, we pray for all your precious children, at risk and in fear,
that you would hold and protect them.
We pray in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.

From our Priest:

Well summer is with us now and I think we’ve been having some quite decent weather! Let’s hope there is a lot more to come.
Sometimes summer makes us think of summer holidays, past and present. Are you going away this summer or any time this year?
Certainly it’s nice to be able to get away and find rest and pleasure, it’s much needed if we can and even if we don’t get away, a nice day out or a bit of time sat in the garden is welcome space and relaxation.
I must admit, I always admire people who have a particular interest or hobby. Whether it’s playing golf or being part of a bowls team. Whether it’s fishing or painting, or whether it’s running or enthusing over steam trains, it seems a good thing to do something you enjoy unashamedly, where you can switch off and forget for a while the busyness and distractions of life.
At various stages of life, we often find ourselves in a position where there is a lot to do. Some of these things we might enjoy and other things much less so. Even loathe! But from everything we need a break sometimes, even if we have a job we enjoy. If for instance we’re running around most of the time, we might not have much time to see the fruits of our labour.
We might not have much time to think ‘yes that was good!’
Or perhaps appreciate those we work with.
And in Christian ministry of various kinds, we similarly don’t always take enough time out to reflect on where we can see God at work.
Daily prayer life in whatever form we use is an opportunity for this.
Whatever we’re doing in life though, we can’t just give out all the time.
We need to put something back into ourselves.
It’s no good for a holiday rep to talk ‘holidays’ when they don’t have a holiday themselves.

It’s sad when a preacher works hard in churning out sermons to talk about God, but fails then to find time to step into silence and be alone with God. That’s a bit like talking to everyone about your family or someone you love, but then failing to spend any time with them.
So we all need time out, or time aside and space.
When the demands of life are tough or a bit too much, let us keep our faith that God is there for us and God wants to spend time with us.
God believes in rest, ‘he rested on the seventh day from all his works.’
And God wants to give us his rest, the rest above all rest.
If our hearts are faithful to him then that rest is ours.
As we hear in the New Testament in the Letter to the Hebrews.
‘ So then, a Sabbath rest still remains for the people of God; for those who enter God’s rest also cease from their labours as God did from his. Let us therefore make every effort to enter that rest.’
I hope we can all find time to feel comfort in those words and have faith in the one who wants to give us his rest.
And if you’re going on holiday this summer or any time this year.
Have a good one!
Fr Carl Peters



Fr. Carl’s message to us is about holidays and taking enough rest. Would you like to tell us a little about how you take rest or what you do on holidays?

What is your best memory of the past year?


           Foreign Parts?      

Just sitting in the garden?



OR something else?

Why not email or ring me and I can include some of what you enjoy in the September magazine? or 019 13731554.

Download the app for the in-depth 7 days journey: videos, space to write your thoughts and prayers, and a record of your progress
from Day 1 to Day 7.

Get the app from the Apple App store, Google Play, or Windows Store

Many people have been impacted by
praying at difficult times in their lives.
Watch the videos in our story section,
as a few people share their experiences of prayer. Also featuring stories of those such as Jenna and John who have started out on the trypraying journey of faith.


Catching the Wave is a 40-day prayer guide encouraging us to pray for our communities and to pray for revival.

An A6 sized perspex box in which to place 4 or 5 trypraying booklets.
'Please take one' is written on the lid.
It can be placed outside next to a trypraying banner.


One suggestion is we could get a poster, a number of leaflets and a perspex box for people to help themselves.

Please make any comments to Fr. Carl or to the editor, David, or 019 13731554.