This morning's service was based around the well-known story of Joseph and his coat of many colours. The children played a major part in the service. They read extracts from the Bible with clear voices and great confidence.
Their art work, completed in Messy Church, was displayed around the Church.
During the service "colours" were added to a plain dark coat and it was hoisted up into the rafters to great effect.
More than fifty people enjoyed an excellent *Burns Night Supper" in Bardon Mill Village Hall to celebrate the birthday of Robbie Burns. The food was both tasty and plentiful and we were able to "dance off the calories" afterwards to the music provided by the "Reivers".
An wonderful article from the Guardian newspaper online about the Yew Tree at St Cuthberts, Bellingham https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/nov/30/country-diary-ancient-yew-beltingham-northumberland
The annual Carol Service took place on Sunday December 16th at Henshaw Church. The choir sang some unusual pieces of music including" The Cherry Tree Caro"l, "The Boar's Head Carol" and "No Wind at the Window". The congregation listened to traditional Bible Readings which were read by representatives of different organisations within the community. Everyone joined in the well known carols including " O Come all ye Faithful" and "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing". Afterwards we all enjoyed some very welcome refreshments especially the mulled wine and mince pies .
Last Saturday we were treated to a wonderful talk by Gill about her year of "Challenges" which she bravely undertook to celebrate her 60th birthday and to raise funds for our Parishes. We saw photographs of the Haydon Hundred bike ride, her trek around Mont Blanc and her pilgrimage walk through Northumberland. You can read more about her adventures in this month's Parish Magazine.
After the talk we enjoyed a beautiful afternoon tea of sandwiches, scones and cakes efficiently arranged by Carol and her band of helpers.