This Sunday we will worship at:
  • 9am: Morning Prayer with Hymns and Reflection streamed on
  • From 10am till 12noon: Private Prayer All Hallows' Henshaw
  • 10.30am: Benefice Morning Worship St Cuthbert’s Haydon Bridge: It will help our planning if you could contact the Church Wardens (Dave Thornhill: 07810 336537 or Gill Valentine:07711 110850) if you plan to be at this service
Everyday through the week: we will continue to offer Morning Prayer at 9am and Evening Prayer at 6pm streamed on

Face masks

The Church of England have updated their advice on the wearing of facemasks in response to Government regualations. the new advice states:

We strongly advise that face coverings should be worn by all those attending a place of worship, including ministers, worshippers, staff, volunteers, contractors and visitors, where there may be other people present; remembering that they are mainly intended to protect other people, not the wearer, from coronavirus COVID-19 and that they are not a replacement for physical distancing and regular hand washing.

Further details concerning this advice can be found here, and from this Sunday we will encourage the wearing of face masks during public worship and endeavour to provide face masks for those unable to bring their own.

Mid-week Reflection

Yvonne Hewitt as written this reflection on the emergence from lockdown

After 3-4 months of lockdown restrictions are very gradually beginning to lift, businesses are starting to open, schools are opening to more pupils, our churches are open for supervised private prayer and shops for non- essential goods may open again. We can begin to meet with each other albeit still in a very limited way. Families can have more interaction with each other particularly grandparents and grandchildren. Yet, although a move towards the new normal I am not sure that it altogether feels like that. The sense of fear, anxiety and trepidation is still very much present. Infection rates are steadily going down as are the number of people being admitted to hospital with the virus and therefore the daily death rate is decreasing but the virus is still very much there. Covid 19 has not yet released its hold our country. We still have a long way to go and avoid at all costs a second peak.    

A very positive change is the recent announcement that the alert level has been downgraded from level 4 to level 3 indicating the level of the virus in circulation is less. However, the level of risk if we do not continue to be vigilant and abide by Government advice is still high.

It was extremely disconcerting and upsetting to watch on the news the demonstrations taking place in London, Newcastle and other parts of the country in relation to the Black Lives Matter movement. The violence, destruction and desecration of war memorials made for difficult viewing. In order to maintain some degree of public order the police are finding themselves in a position of high personal risk.  For this to occur so soon after all the sacrifices so many people have made, the loss of so many lives and the grief so many are suffering makes it hard to comprehend. Has this all been forgotten? Have no lessons been learnt? It makes me feel I would like to stay in my ‘bubble’. 

There is absolutely no doubt as to the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement but the actions of a minority sadly detract from the true meaning of the cause.

In contrast to this the campaign of Marcus Rashford, the footballer who plays for Premier League Club Manchester United and the England National team was led with such calmness and dignity. He achieved his aim to reverse the Prime Minister’s decision over providing food vouchers throughout the summer holidays for families struggling to feed their children.

To have survived this far is an achievement for all of us. For many it has been an extremely difficult and lonely time, but as we emerge from this period of our lives I am sure we can all find we have so much to be grateful for. The gift of time for many has been precious, providing an opportunity to enjoy many of the simpler pleasures of life, parents have been able to spend more time with their children, for many a reconnection has been made with the outdoors and the natural world.

A photograph in a daily newspaper at the time Wells Cathedral was preparing for re-opening showed a verger lighting a candle in readiness for this.  On the ground was an inscription headed with the symbolic rainbow, the words of this inscription were as follows:

Remember before God
those who have died
during the Coronavirus pandemic
and those who continue to suffer
and give thanks for the dedication,
skill and courage of those who have
served selflessly throughout.

As we begin to re-enter our churches these words seem so appropriate. May we give thanks to God for our lives and remember those who have lost theirs.

What a privilege to carry ev’rything to him in prayer.