DH7 Churches Together


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Magazines - The April 2017 Magazine is out now and at the back of church.  

Magazines - 2017 previous issues -   January,  February  March          
Magazines - 2016 previous issues - January, February March April May June July/August September October November December
Magazines - 2015 previous issues - January, February, March, April July/August September October November December
Magazines - 2014 previous issues - January, February, March, April, May June  July August September October November
Magazines - 2013 previous issues - February, March, April  May  June July September October November December


Open Churches:
St. John’s church is open for quiet, prayer or to light a candle, etc.
Please make use of these times, and let your friends and neighbours know.
St. John’s:
Various times, Monday – Friday



A few photo's from this morning. The first two show Liz's Easter garden with a close-up of the tomb and rolled up shroud
The third photo shows our group of very happy people after the service.
Just over a year ago, our organist and friend Rose Reeve passed away.
Rose had many talents besides being an amazing musician, one of which was painting.
Rose's husband Roger kindly donated two of her paintings on silk to St. Catherine's and these were welcomed in to the church today. The fourth photo shows the painting entitled 'Christ is Risen' which is very appropriate for this Easter Sunday.
The fifth photo shows the painting entitled 'Fishes' and represents the rivers Deerness, Browney and Wear
which is especially fitting for our village church so near to all three rivers. The last photo is a close-up of Fishes





St Catherine's Lunch Club April 13th - some photos.
Everyone enjoyed the delicious lunch and the company of good friends
as you can see from the photos.
Keith James, local historian gave a very interesting talk about the history of Brandon & Byshottles.
A donation to Cancer Research UK was given to Keith from the raffle proceeds




Photo's from St. John’s Open church Saturday, 4th March
as part of the 'Talking Jes
us' event
There was a display of paintings on silk by the late Rose Reeve
as well as items of note which are part of the history of St. John's

Prayer for our churches
Please note that the DH7 Tuesday morning Prayer Group will be held in
St. Patrick's Presbytery.
They are held on the third Tuesday of each month. 09.30 - 10.15 am. All welcome.

(Note: Change of Venue from St. John’s church to St. Patrick's Presbytery)
Next meeting – Tues. on Tuesday, 18th April, 09.30 - 10.15 am. All welcome

St.Catherine' News 2016
& St. Catherine's Christmas Buffet

The lunch club on Friday went very well with 24 visitors.
The talk by the fire service was very informative and the food from the caterers was delicious!
The next lunch will be on Thursday 13th April (instead of Good Friday, 14th)



Food Banks – still need supplies. There is a box on the table at the back of church in St. Catherine's

ST. JOHN’s NEWS 2016

St John’s branch meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from September to July in church at 2pm with Holy Eucharist usually followed by a speaker or any other business (and of course tea/coffee).We would welcome new embers, there is information on our table in the porch.

Diary Dates

Thursday Coffee: The next coffee morning is 30th March 2017 at 10.30am in St. John’s.
Proceeds to St John’s Restoration Fund.

Every 2nd Sunday please bring a cake or savoury product along,
for bring and buy sale during coffee at the end of the service proceeds go to the church funds.
Would everybody who has a Children’s Society money box please hand them in to Margaret G. A.S.A.P also if you are interested in doing a Children’s Society money box for next year please see Margaret G.

St. John’s events - further details will be added later

There is to be a Brass Band concert on
Saturday, April 22nd
There will be a Faith Supper so just bring a little something along with you to add to the supper
Cost is just £3 for a great community night out



St. John's Hall Meadowfield AGM will be on Thursday, May 11th at 6pm in St. John's church.
If any one has any questions they want to ask at the AGM please email Lesley at lesleypb@aol.com or send message before 8th may so shecan be prepared on the night. The project managers will be there to answer any technical questions. Hopefully there will be time for questions on the night but Lesley would rather know in advance what peoples concerns are. All welcome.

Thank to you everyone who has donated and special thanks to Jan and Tom, Shirley & Shirley, Carol and Alison for all their fundraising ideas and organising some great fundraisers for both the hall and the church.

For updates, see the Hall page here

DH7 CHURCHES TOGETHER - see DH7 page - here

Durham clothing bank need donations of clothes (adult and children), toiletries , nappies , sanitary protection.
The Food bank would like donations of dried food, pasta, rice, soup, tinned meat, fish, fruit, fruit juice, coffee, tea, dried or UHT milk. Food bank is on every Tuesday. Items can be donated Sundays and Wednesdays.

County Durham clothing bank are appealing for items to put in a shoe box for the homeless. List of items for the winter homeless shoe box (bag) appeal -
Cuppa soups, Pot noodles, Hot chocolate, water mix types, Coffee sachets, Toothpaste (49p poundstretcher), Tooth brushes (£1 for 3 poundstretcher), Soap, Wipes, Small flask, Hat, Scarf, Gloves, Socks, Deodorants, Sanitary products for the girls, Shampoo, Conditioner, Comb and brush, Chocolate treats, Pen and note pads, Face cloths.

Need a volunteer to take them to Brandon welfare hall on Tuesday mornings about 11.30am.
Both are held at Brandon Welfare Hall, queries on clothing bank - Dawn 0770 7031625. Food bank enquires to 0191 3037559


ANYONE MISSING - Do you keep an eye on your neighbour?? In the pew, as well as along the road. Please try to help anyone in church who is not familiar with our service; as well as letting the clergy know if people are ill, and not just having a day off



Lesley Baxter, treasurer of St. John's church who was fund-raising to renovate the church hall is now, with the support of others, fund-raising for a complete rebuild of the hall. To keep up with Lesley's progress please see Lesley's Facebook page here - https://www.facebook.com/Stjohnschurchhallmeadowfield



Some History - A Church Hall was proposed and 1508 square yards of land adjourning the Church grounds was rented for the sum of 5/-per year from the Church Commissioners and in 1911 the Parochial Hall was uilt. After the end of the Second World War the army moved out of the Church Hall, and with several grants awarded to the Church the Hall was renovated. It was painted and stage and window curtains were renewed. The Church Lads Brigade benefited from sports equipment and a Bugle and Drums band was formed. The band was reported to awaken the whole of Meadowfield from their beds on a Sunday morning!