Below please find messages from the congregation to keep church folk up to date with what is going on in each others lives or for church folk to send encouraging messages to the congregation in general. If you want to post a message to this page, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or ring/contact the minister and he will pass it on.
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- Another death…
Olive Season, Eden House resident, passed away at the weekend. Olive’s daughter, Helen, reached out to the church and Rev John at this sad time.
She said: “The staff at Eden House have been so caring and loving. I appreciate that Olive had not attended a service for a while.”
Helen asked that we include mam in our notices, saying. “Mam had a fantastic life and I would not have wished her to continue as she was. Please also mention the staff of Eden House who took such wonderful loving care of Olive in the years she lived with them.”
As a congregation we hold Helen and Olive’s family and friends as well as the staff and residents at Eden House in our thoughts and prayers.
- Pentecost Preparations…
Bunting Prayers are starting to come in…
Pastoral visitors and stewards have made contact with those connected to the church to ask each household to provide a prayer which will be collected on a string of bunting with those from across the Circuit. Revs Andy and John will take them round the chapels and take photos for a Press Release that says to the community: we may not be physically able to gather but we are still connected together in prayer at this time.
Pentecost celebrates the birthday of the church when the Holy Spirit came. May the bunting flags link our collective prayers in a visual symbol of our worshipping community, singing, praising and praying together in spirit in the power and strength of God’s Holy Spirit.
- More Rainbow Angels…
Thank you to Ann for more Rainbow Angels and some blue hearts for the NHS and I know others are hard at work knitting away. We will deliver more angels into Eden House and Sandringham Care Homes on behalf of the congregation and also deliver this time into Bishop Auckland Hospital via the chaplaincy team.
- Pentecost Bunting
Is your prayer included?
60 bunting triangles are already returned. If anybody wishes to add their prayers to those of 350 Methodist households across the Bishop Auckland and Shildon Circuit for Pentecost then they can send it in to Rev John, just to give anyone a chance who has been missed. We can add the prayers to the backs of triangles or on any spares that we have when we get them all back in.
The prayer can be one of praise, for God’s goodness and protection. Thankfulness, for NHS, care staff and all key workers. It can be a rainbow 🌈 or flower 🌼🌺🌻 or a verse of a favourite hymn, which sums up how you feel.All prayers are precious to a listening God, who hears and sees 👀 our prayers, a God who cares.
Revs Andy and John will take photos of all the bunting outside the various chapels on the Circuit on Pentecost Sunday and create an article for the local news sites with the pictures that we take to illustrate that Church is still going on even if the church buildings are closed and we continue to be together in prayer.
- More resources for Thy Kingdom Come
Richard Andrew, District Chair, wanted to share these daily thoughts for the nine days between Ascension and Pentecost with you
As part of Thy Kingdom Come a set of daily reflections is being prepared by ecumenical leaders, including me, from across the North East. These reflections are being hosted on the St Thomas, Newcastle website although the page will only be populated from tomorrow, the beginning of Thy Kingdom Come. The reflections can be accessed at https://stthomas.church/thykingdomcome .