the Registers - Funerals at Crematorium
8th April - Thomas Akins
14th April - Thomas Jackson Curry
21th April - John Bell
30th April - Olive Basey
Many of the usual services and events are cancelled for the
time being. However there are some available on-line.
Ascension Day: (21 May) Fr. Carl is planning to celebrate
the Holy Eucharist at 10.15 am on Zoom.
Prayer for Our Churches: Tuesday, 19th May, 09.30 - 10.15
Also Tuesday, 16th June, 09.30 - 10.15 am.
These will be held on Zoom, for an invitation contact Bill
(DH7 Churches Together Secretary, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Pentecost Sunday: 31st May – The ‘Birthday’
of the church.
As well as the normal Sunday service, plans are being made
for the annual Pentecost Praise organised by DH7 Churches
Together to be held by Zoom from Brancepeth Castle at 6.00
pm. Further details will be posted on our website or from
Christian Aid week: 10 – 16 May. THIS IS NOT CANCELLED!
But will obviously have to be held in a different manner –
see separate article in this magazine.
PCC and Annual Parochial Church Meeting: These have been postponed
– the APCM should have been held before the end of April
according to church rules! These rules have been relaxed so
it will be held later, probably in the Autumn.
Aid Week 10-16 May
Christian Aid Week 2020 goes digital
‘Love never fails. Coronavirus impacts all
But love unites us all.’
As this virus spreads across the world, love rises up in response.
You’ve already shown incredible kindness to your neighbours.
Now is the time to reach out to your neighbours both near
Your love protects our global neighbours battling the spread
of this illness. Your love protects. With soap, clean water
and medical supplies.
By supporting this Christian Aid Week, you can reach out and
protect more of your neighbours today.
Together with our local partners, we are working quickly to
limit the impact of coronavirus
in some of the most vulnerable communities around the world.
• We are drawing on our experience from the Ebola crisis
and helping communities to prevent and delay infection.
• We are providing essential soap, water and handwashing
• We are ensuring urgent health messages get through
to help keep people safe.
• We are working through our networks of church partners
and faith-based organisations to reach the most vulnerable at
this critical time.
With your help we can do even more.
Here are some ‘virtual’ ideas:
• Sunday 10 - Saturday 16 May, 7.30pm: Daily fun quizzes
for the whole family throughout Christian Aid Week.
Sign up using the link
• 300,000 steps in May Facebook challenge: We’ve
got a new fundraiser launching on 1st May in Facebook, for people
who want to challenge themselves to walk 300,000 steps in May.
It could be in the house, in the garden, or using your daily
out of home allowed exercise - with physical distancing measures.
Go to Christian Aid facebook page.
• Send an e-Envelope: Help raise vital funds for Christian
Aid Week by simply sending your friends and family a personalised
message in an e-Envelope. Go to https://envelope.christianaid.org.uk/https://envelope.christianaid.org.uk/
• Make a personal donation: You make a donation directly
by going to: https://donate.christianaid.org.uk/https://donate.christianaid.org.uk/
• If you do not wish to give on-line, you may give by
telephone: 020 7523 2269.
Christian Aid may hold a time in the Autumn when we could do
our normal Supermarket Collections.
Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has launched a free
national phone line as a simple new way to bring worship and
prayer into people’s homes while church buildings are
closed because of the coronavirus.
Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as
full worship services from the Church of England at the end
of a telephone line. The line has been set up particularly with
those unable to join online church services during the period
of restrictions in mind.
Our Church Finances at this time of Covid-19.
In order to keep up our financial commitments, and to meet other
bills that still come in, Fr. Carl is asking congregation members
to consider switching their giving from envelopes or money in
the plate to a Standing Order to the church bank account.
Many people have already done this, which is very helpful.
But if you have not thought about it, maybe you can consider
doing so (Contact Fr. Carl for details).
If you do not want or unable to do this, consider putting aside
what you may normally give, so that when the churches reopen,
you can make your gifts.
• Please pray for our churches, both locally and nationally
at this strange time, that we can maintain our fellowship and
further our mission to those around us.
• Pray also for those whose personal finances are under
strain, and are worried about how to meet bills or even feed
• Pray for developing nations where the hardship of lock-down
are very severe, where if people cannot work they may not eat.
Pray also that the virus will be contained so that meagre health
resources are not overwhelmed.
remember Bishop Emmanuel from Byumba Diocese, Rwanda?
visited us and preached at St. John’s in June 2014 during
the vacancy before Fr. Carl joined us.
We have had an appeal from the Bishop who wrote saying there
was an urgent need for funds to help people with medical needs
who have no money and that coronavirus has made the situation
The main problem amongst the poor of the Diocese is food since
the coronavirus lockdown. The Bishop is trying to help feed
those who are starving.
We have also heard from one of his clergy in a remote area
of the Diocese, Wilson Matabaro, whose church has similar
problems. He requests prayer with this message:
1. My Parish is near Ugandan border and it is closed because
of political issues and as my people depended on border activities,
they no longer work [and so cannot buy food to eat].
2. I was new in the Parish, with 3 months before Covid-19
And now I am in the middle as all people are staying at home.
3. All citizens are staying at home. Although the government
is trying to help, our developing country cannot feed every
Covid-19 is everywhere, even in UK, I want you to share with
my fellow vicar of your Church this message so that we pray
for each other.
Pass my greetings to all family members and the Church; tell
them that God is coming to change bad things into good. May
God bless you all.
Any gifts (which can be gift aided) can be sent through the
Friends of Byumba (our Bishop Paul is the Chair of the Trustees).
The address is: The Treasurer, The Friends of Byumba Trust,
58 Etherley Lane, Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham, DL14 7QZ. Or
for on-line gifts, the Bank Account is: Friends of Byumba,
Account number 68004540, Sort code 60-22-23.
So please pray for Bishop Emmanuel and Revd. Wilson
I hope you’re all managing to keep well and safe during
these challenging and threatening times.
Church looks a bit different now. It’s more phone calls
and other ways of messaging and communicating online. Not that
some of that wasn’t happening before. It’s just
become more so with our church buildings being shut. Of course,
people’s prayer lives continue. For some daily prayers
and bible/spiritual readings. Lighting candles at certain times.
Watching a service on the telly. Perhaps watching the Pope or
the Archbishop of Canterbury on Easter Day.
Some if they have the access are watching live-streamed services,
or worship on YouTube. Last Sunday it felt very special to celebrate
the Holy Eucharist for the Third Sunday of Easter from my front
room on Zoom, with some members of all three churches joining
in and interacting in devotion and fellowship.
It was certainly good to see some familiar faces! As it is when
I might come across folk from church and community, when I’m
doing some daily exercise in a ‘socially distanced’
Some familiar things continue, if in an unfamiliar way. With
no church services, no baptisms, no weddings; funerals at the
crematorium or all at the graveside continue with a small amount
of mourners in a slightly reduced time. I feel sorry for family
and loved ones, who know there would have been so many more
there and have no gathering to go back to afterwards. I think
all our hearts go out to them.
But church does go on. Christian life goes on. And it needs
to. For the familiar things of bereavement, loneliness, abuse
of whatever sort, sadness, depression, violence and many other
sufferings, continue to be a part of people’s lives. Maybe
even boredom! It’s sometimes quite hard for folk to become
we have much of that other familiar human trait. Humour. Laughter.
There’s plenty of it. On telly, on facebook. In other
personal interactions we have with people.
But the church needs to be there for the needy at this time.
As it does at all times. And when the light shines, it shows
that we’re all in need.
In this Easter season the hope we see in Jesus’ resurrection
is a resurrection message for all. The sad, the broken, the
lost and those who might even be ‘found’, all need
to know that better things are ahead. That life can go from
where we are now, to somewhere better.
And the best place of all is knowing that our Risen Saviour,
who put sin in its place when he was nailed to the Cross and
then conquered death in his rising; this very same Saviour,
the one who went from death to life, from dark to light, is
by our side. Jesus is in our rising as we enter the morning
of a new day. And whatever lies ahead, whatever setback or pain
we feel, however lonely we might feel in isolation or semi-isolation,
perhaps missing family and friends; or however we might want
to be in a different place. Jesus is our light. And in him there
is no darkness.
A different take
on the virus!