St. John’s Church, Brandon &
St. Catherine’s Church, New Brancepeth
are now taking place in St. John’s and St. Catherine’s
using Covid-19 safety regulations.
The Eucharist services are shorter than normal with no singing.
St. John’s: Holy Eucharist at Sundays
– 9.45 am,
Mondays – 7.00 pm, Wednesdays – 9.00 am
St. Catherine’s: Holy Eucharist at
Sundays – 8.45 am, Thursdays – 9.30
Morning Prayer Thursdays – 8.45;
also by Zoom Tuesday and Friday at 8.45am.
Please contact Fr. Carl for an invitation.
Fr. Carl Peters: The Clergy House, Sawmill Lane, Brandon,
Durham, DH7 8NS. Tel: 0191 6803875, firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Contact Telephone Numbers
St. John’s: David (Churchwarden) – 3789718; Carolyn
St. Catherine’s: Joe – 3739927; Liz – 3731554
24th May 2021 Eleanor Jane Reed
2nd June 2021 Betty Gibson
At present our services are restricted by the Covid regulations.
With the hoped for relaxations, it may be possible to return
to a more normal mode of operation with singing.
Details will be announced on the church website and on church
As well as the services in the churches, on Tuesdays and Fridays
Fr. Carl leads Morning Prayer on zoom at 8.45 am.
If you would like to join in, please contact Fr. Carl for
Prayer for Our Churches: Tuesdays, 20th July
and 17th August at 09.30 - 10.15.
be held on Zoom; for an invitation contact Bill Offler, Secretary
Churches Together, email@example.com. However it may
be possible to meet in person. Details will be available from
Wednesday 7th July at 6.30 pm in St. John’s Church.
Pilgrimage to Holy Island:
Unfortunately this cannot be held this year.
is a slimmed down issue of the magazine reflecting the summer
I hope you will be able to have a summer holiday this year!
– Editor, David Gregory-Smith
Most groups are now back and places must be booked.
Hopefully after 19th July the remainder of the groups and social
dances can return.
St. John’s hall has got some funding for summer holiday
activities for primary age children .
For six Wednesdays there will be a two course meal followed
by entertainment from Niki Noo and her forest school in the
garden. Places are limited and it is aimed for children who
get free school meals.
Please contact Lesley Baxter on 0784 6542035 for more details.
Hopefully everything else will be back later in July.
Maybe you would like to pray for some of the needs of the world
and our community:
• For the coronavirus pandemic as we come out of the Covid
restrictions. 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 the drop-in centre
later. Pray that they will get the volunteers they need to run
• 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.
• Pray that we will be able to share God’s love
with our friends and neighbours, and especially any we know
who are suffering in some way at this time.
we’re into the summer now in the second year of things
not being very normal. Signs of normalness are all about us
though and whilst we press forward with caution, we hopefully
step into better and safer times.
It’s good to see families and friends meeting up again,
for those who feel it’s safe to and not least it’s
good to have had a fair spell now back in our church buildings.
lockdowns and Tier 3’s a certain toll is taken on our
communities, when people can’t be together in their normal
way. It’s been sad to see pubs, clubs and cafes, all shut
and darkened; places where folk normally meet and socialize.
The life that normally populates such places has had to lay
dormant for periods of time and many of us missed the chance
to chat and relax and just wind down in a social context. But
we are resilient and hidden life comes out of the woodwork.
was a point especially during the first lockdown, when many
of us felt firmly within the woodwork, particularly if we were
furloughed or working from home. Or maybe we were just isolated
for safety’s sake. Regular walks were a good thing for
many of us and I discovered local footpaths I didn’t know
about before. Importantly whether we’re busy or not as
busy as before, it’s good to find time for rest in whatever
shape or form that comes in.
you do in the summer? Are you planning a break away? Or just
staying at home? Whatever you do I hope you can find some relaxation
and rest. Some of us busy about quite a bit and we get it into
the mindset that we’ve got to be doing something. Doing
things can be good and necessary. But finding time to be still
is important. Being still with God and just being still from
time to time is good for us and in the stillness we find rest.
Ultimately being in the presence of God means we are resting
in him and we so need that. In the sometimes busyness of our
lives we need to remember God’s presence with us. In our
stresses and strains and times of challenge we need to remember
God too. When the Israelites under the leadership of Moses,
were in the wilderness, the people sometimes wondered where
God was in their times of challenge. But our faithful God was
always with them. When Moses said to God, ‘Remember that
this nation is your people.’ The Lord replied, “My
presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
So in the months ahead, whatever we’re doing this summer,
whether we’re just staying home or going on holiday, may
we find time to ‘be still before the Lord and wait patiently
for him’, words from Psalm 37. And when the Lord comes
to us, may we accompany him, that he might make us lie down
in green pastures; lead us beside still waters and restore the