We were delighted to hear from Bishop Mark that a new vicar has been appointed to cover the parishes of Beltingham with Henshaw and Haltwhistle and Greenhead. Reverend Canon Stephen Wright is currently Priest in Charge of the Quidenham Group of seven parishes in South Norfolk. Stephen has previously served in Yorkshire and has spent many years abroad in Nigeria, Kuwait, Dubai and Sharjah. He and his wife Jo will be living in the Vicarage, Edens Lawn, Haltwhistle and are expected to arrive in March.
Stephen's installation will be on 31st March 2022. More information about this will be provided in due course.
We very much look forward to welcoming and supporting Stephen and his family as he begins his ministry in Northumberland.
Sunday 19th December 2021
A service of carols, readings and music led by Mrs Anne Galbraith and Mrs Carol Adams was held at All Halllows' Church.The service included a duet by Mrs Philippa Collingwood and Mrs Hilda Rowlands who sang 'Born in the Night' and organ recitals played by Mr Nigel Clayburn as well as readings relating to the Christmas Story. The reflection given by Mrs Anne Galbraith followed the theme explored during Advent of 'Listening, Watching, Waiting and Welcoming' moving onto 'Stop' Anne reflected on the question of 'how often do we stop in our busy lives and just take time to listen, to observe, to pay attention to what is happening within us and around us?' Anne included a reading from the poem by Robert Frost 'Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening'
Many of the Christmas angels were made by the children of Henshaw School who held their Christmas Service earlier in the week.
Thank you to all.
Sunday 21st November 2021
As the liturgical year of the Church draws to a close, Rev'd Keith Teasdale was welcomed back to preside over a Eucharist service at All Hallows,Henshaw. Keith spoke about the significance of this Sunday, the last before Advent, in terms of the Christian and secular meanings. It is also known as'Stir Up' Sunday when families traditionally gather together to prepare and stir up the Christmas Pudding..
The service conlcuded with a reading from John Betjeman's poem Advent 1955.
To celebrate the season of Advent, Evening Prayer services with readings will be held on Tuesday 30th November, Tuesday 7,14,and 21st December beginning at 3.30pm at All Hallows' Church.
Emmanuel 'God is with us'
The Evening Prayer Services during Advent have followed a theme from a small book entitled 'God with us, Your Christmas Journey' which has a a welcoming introduction by Archbishop Justin Welby. The journey begins in week one with 'LIstening' followed by 'Watching, Waiting and Welcoming. In silence we learn to listen, if we take time to observe the world around us we see the signs of God's presence in the wonders of nature. At the end of our sevice last week we took time to observe the most wonderful sunset which gradually spread its orange glow across the sky. As we wait to celebrate the birth of Jesus may we take time to remember and pray for those in all parts of our world, who may for whatever reason, be struggling and in need of help and support.
We pray that we may all receive God's gifts of peace,hope and love.
The final service will be at 3.30pm Tuesday 21st December when we explore 'Welcoming'
Sunday 14th November 2021
A Parish Eucharist service led by Rev'd Michael Jackson was held at All Hallows' Church, Henshaw. This was followed by a service of Remembrance at the War Memorial in Bardon Mill. In addition to the poppies displayed at the War Memorial posies of poppies made by the ladies of the WI were placed on alternate pews in the Church. Mrs Pauline Storey prepared the floral arrangements of poppies for the altar of the Church.
To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die
Hallowed Ground by Thomas Campbell