God will supply all our needs

Dear Friends,  I am writing this sitting outside in the sunshine appreciating the warmth, the birds singing and the general freshness of early summer. I am praying it will be an inspiration. We have been selected, probably due to our rural setting as a mission community, for a 10 week trial conducted by CPAS ( […]

Jesus – King of Kings

Dear Friends, Whether or not you consider yourself a royalist, you can’t help but be aware of the forthcoming coronation – if nothing else, we’re getting an extra Bank Holiday! But what’s the point of the coronation? It’s not really the occasion when Charles becomes king – that happened automatically as soon as Her Majesty […]

Palm Sunday in Kirkoswald

‘Donkey, ’ Bullrush’ made a return to the annual Palm Sunday village walk from the Methodist Chapel to St Oswald’s Church this year. Having made an appearance on Christmas Eve, Bullrush is a firm village favourite, reminding us of important dates on the Christian calendar. Services on Palm Sunday were led by Revd Katharine Butterfield […]

The Glory of the Resurrection

Dear Friends, I recently gave a lenten talk based upon the thought of ‘where are we in God’s vision’, I based our discussion around the verse found in Jeremiah 29:11, how God’s thoughts are always towards us to give us hope in the midst of dark times. Well…. we need hope in our present times […]

There is always room for you

Dear Friends As I begin to write this in the middle of winter there are also signs of spring. My young grandson recently pointed out to me, a snowdrop courageously trying to raise its head. The days are getting longer which always heightens our spirit. I hope you have managed to keep warm particularly through these […]

New initiative: Jesus, Acorns & Me!

Little Acorns are on the move! Come and learn about Jesus through drama, dance, role play, music and games.  Join us Sat 4 February, 10-30am, in Hunsonby Hall  Families & children aged 0-12 all welcome – free refreshments  For further details contact Claire Slee on 07756932116 Email Claire

Take time to engage

Dear Friends As I am preparing to write this I have been putting together some material I am going to use for the Leaders of Worship meeting on Thursday. Here I am talking about ‘How to nurture a faith-sharing community’ based on a book produced by James Lawrence from CPAS. I have mentioned this book […]

The Chat Room CIC – a warm and welcoming space

Saturday 1st October saw the long awaited opening of The Chat Room on Front Street in Alston, (opposite the Town Hall), with Eden District Councillor Lissie Sharp doing the honours. Twenty six people attended, with lots of chatting and tea-drinking going on!  Since then we have had a variety of people coming in, some locals […]

Be a ‘helper’

I wonder how many of you can remember this song, “When I needed a neighbour were you there, were you there, when I needed a neighbour were you there…?” I’ve been thinking about this song based on Matt 25:31-46. It’s interesting that when we are hurting, when we are troubled, anxious about something we often […]

Freshness, Newness and …Change

For some reason these three words have been laid upon my spirit over the last few weeks, I believe God wants me to draw our attention to these words and their import for us within the context of our ongoing Mission Community enterprise here. We all I think do enjoy the thought of Freshness and […]