All Hallows' Church Room
A new year , a new venture
The first gathering of the newly formed Film Club took place on 16th January 2024. The afternoon began with cake and tea/coffee served at 3.45pm followed by the film at 4.00pm which was the extremely entertaining and thought provoking 'The Lady in the Van' based on the true experience of Alan Bennett starring the very talented Maggie Smith and Alex Jennings as Alan Bennett.
Several films are available to choose from and vote for during coffee following the Sunday morning service. It is a condition of our church film licence that the name of the film should not be advertised, so there may be an element of mystery beforehand.
The next film will be shown at 3.45pm on Tuesday 20th February.
All are welcome. Do come and join us for an enjoyable couple of hours with friends in a warm,cosy environment.
Sunday 3rd December 2023
Rev'd Canon Steve Wright and parishioners from Holy Cross Church, Haltwhistle, St Cuthbert's Church, Greenhead and All Hallows' Church, Henshaw welcomed the Bishop of Newcastle, Bishop Helen Ann to the Benefice Holy Communion Service held at All Hallows' Church on the first Sunday of Advent.
Bishop Helen Ann presided over the service. In her address she spoke about the season of Advent, a time of waiting with hope and anticipation as we journey through to Christmas Day.
In Bishop's House Advent began on 1st December with the opening of Advent Calendars (yes, plural) and the cat has one too!
Bishop Helen Ann had visited Sycamore Gap the day after the tree was felled. During a residential meeting, earlier in the week,at The Sill she had the opportunity to go for an early morning run and headed to Sycamore Gap to see how the site looked and felt now.
On a beautiful morning with a stunning sunrise she described what she discovered there. ' A well manged space with a small bunch of flowers and a cross made from some twigs roped together with twine and a sign reading ' This tree stump is alive, if we leave it alone it might sprout new growth'....A message of profound Advent hope in our waiting'.
Bishop Helen Ann stayed for coffee and chatted with parishioners after the service.
Rev'd Canon Steve Wright displayed a facsimile of the Lindisfarne Gospels..
13th Sunday after Trinity
A Benefice Holy Communion Service was held at St Cuthbert's Church, Beltingham to celebrate The Feast of the Translation of St Cuthbert, Parishioners were welcomed from Holy Cross Church, Haltwhistle and St Cuthbert's Church, Greenhead as well as Beltingham and Henshaw. Rev'd Canon Steve Wright presided.
In his address Steve continued the Old Testament Gospel readings we have looked at during the summer months and spoke about the story of Moses and the burning bush (Exodus 3:1-15) as well as looking at the life of Cuthbert. He concluded his address with a poem written by Mr Keith Brunton.
Keith, who died earlier this year was a very much respected and a valued member of our Church Community.
Over the river and under the bridge
and right by the lodge of the hall
By farm and bastle, hamlet and castle
on the road to nowhere at all
then by a green with a circle of stone,
a pleasure, a treasure appears-
a church of St Cuthbert has stood on this spot
for over a thousand years,
When Vikings came to LIndisfarne with axe and sword and fire
the bones of Holy Cuthbert were hidden in this shrine
It may only be a legend that he rested in this place
but a spirit of tranquillity and sense of love and grace
lingers in the stonework and under the ancient yew
Come and stand and feel it, the legend may be true.
Beltingham Church - Keith Brunton
Over the Wall Theatre Group
Later in the afternoon many of us enjoyed the first performance of the Over the Wall Theatre Group who presented 'Making Theatre History' by Damien Trasler, David Lovesy and Steve Clark..
A play about putting on a play. The cast comprised Rev'd Keith Teasdale, Jo Wright ( wife of Steve ), Churchwardens, Janet Lord and Adrian Storrie, Penni Routledge. James Blythe and Gill Cowell. Rev'd Canon Steve Wright was the director and Diane Storrie was the prompt..
A very successful first performance, we are promised more in October and .a very delicious cream tea was enjoyed by everyone after the performance.
Quite a large group of volunteers assembled at Henshaw Church this morning under the leadership of Libby Scott. The task was to collect up and move the mountains of fallen leaves from the front of the Church. It was a cold and crisp morning but we were soon warmed up with our activities.
At 11 o'clock we stopped for a welcome cup of coffee in the Church Room and then we were in for a lovely surprise when our Vicar showed us an amazing copy of the Lindisfarne Gospels. He has borrowed this copy for a month to show parishioners and school children in the area. It will be displayed at our services during December.
Sunday 23rd July 2023
On the seventh Sunday after Trinity a service of Morning Prayer was held at All Hallows' Church led by Mrs Anne Galbraith and Mrs Carol Adams
Anne's reflection centred around 'humility' and what it means to be 'humble'. At this time when football is so topical Anne related part of her reflection to the letter of 2021 by Gareth Southgate, England National Football Team Manager, entitled 'Dear England' in which Gareth speaks of pride, privilege and humility.
Anne read a passage from this very eloquent and insightful letter:-
Only about 1,200 players have represented England at senior men's level. Ever. .
It is a profound privilege. Don't forget, many of our lads started out at Football League Clubs like Barnsley, MK Dons and Sheffield United. Their backgrounds are humble. For them to make it to this point, as one of the chosen few in history.....well it simply doesn't happen without pride.
This is a special group. Humble, proud and liberated in being their true selves.
Gareth Southgate 'Dear England' 2021