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Eventually our long awaited return to Shepherds Dene on Armistice Day and a beautiful autumn day.

A day of prayer and reflection was led by Rev'd Gill Alexander and Rev'd Michael Sadgrove

The peaceful surroundings of Shepherds Dene gave us the opportunity to quietly remember all those who have lost their lives in conflicts, past and present, to reflect on the events of the last two years amid our changing planet, to gain inspiration from one another and hope for the future.


The world you have made is wonderful

We are sorry for our exploitation of the earth

We are fearful of the consequences of what we have done

Lord have mercy on our planet

Give us the courage to speak 

The strength to make sacrifices

And the will to change

In your love for what you have made

Heal and restore our land.

AMEN    ( Inspiring Prayer) 


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The PCC when considering how to make our Churches more eco-friendly made a decision to plant and seed an area of the new cemetery at Beltingham to create a wildflower meadow.We hope this will provide an area for a diversity of wildlife.

A number of volunteers met on Friday of last week to begin the sowing and planting guided by LIbby Scott who has devoted a considerable amount of time to ensuring this project got underway.

We look forward to spring and pray that we will see the fruits of our labours.

Many thanks to LIbby and all the volunteers. 

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Traditionally Lent is a time of self-reflection when we disrupt the routines of our lives to metaphorically follow Jesus into the wilderness to prepare us for the Paschal mystery. It is a time when we consider our own fragility as human people, explore life’s difficult questions and our need for God.  

This last year of pandemic has been like one long wilderness experience.  We are by no means out of the pandemic woods yet, but we can see a time when we might be able to share a public life together again, and breathe more easily. It is important at this moment to pause and ponder what we have learned and how we might respond as individuals and a Church in these times

To help us journey together in reflecting on our wilderness experience the Parishes by the Wall are holding a series of Lent talks with invited guest speakers.  We will explore Old Testament wilderness themes and Jesus’ time in the wilderness to consider how we might discern opportunities for growing hope, faith, hope and love in these times.

Five sessions will take place on Wednesday evenings during Lent via Zoom from 7:15 – 8:30

Sunday May 16th.

It was a great pleasure for all the congregation to be able to welcome Bishop Christine to Henshaw Church this morning.

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From 21st June 2020 All Hallows' Church Henshaw will be open on Sundays from 2.00pm - 4.00pm and on Thursday mornings from 10.00am -12.00noon for privare prayer.

A Welcomer(s) will be present throughout these times to provide guidance if necessary. Hand sanitisation will be available, you are advised to wear a mask and of course social distancing must be maintained at all times.

If you are unable to bring your own mask one will be provided for you.


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