Saturday, 23 January 2016

Newsletter 2016_03

‘Redesdale Rites’
The Church of England in Elsdon, Otterburn, Horsley & Byrness

24 January 2016

  • The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity concludes tomorrow (Monday).  This evening  (Sunday 24th)  at 6pm at St Cuthbert's Church in Bellingham there will be an Ecumenical Service of Prayer followed by a shared supper to which all are welcome and invited to bring a contribution.

  • Congratulations to Dale and Emma Quincey, married at St John the Evangelist, on Saturday 23rd. We wish them every blessing in their married life.

  • In late 2015 the Tyndedale Community Bank (TCB) was formed to provide local borrowing and lending services for the people of Tynedale. TCB is looking for “Church Champions” to be a link between TCB and Church communities. If you would be interested in becoming a Church Champion, or would like more information about TCB, please contact Benjamin Carter on 01434 688 198 or


The services this Sunday 24th January (‘Epiphany 3) are:
9.00 am - Parish Communion at Holy Trinity, Horsley
11.00 am  Morning Prayer (BCP Mattins) at St Cuthbert’s, Elsdon
The bible readings are: Nehemiah 8.1-3,5-6,8-10   1 Corinthians 12.12-31a

There will be a service of Communion (with prayer for healing) at St John the Evangelist, Otterburn on Wednesday (27th)  at 10.00 am

Our Service next Sunday  (31st January)  is:
11.00 am - Group Service at St John’s Otterburn. We will be celebrating the festival of ‘Candlemas’ with a Family Communion. All welcome.
Candlemas commemorates the ritual purification of Mary, 40 days after the birth of her son Jesus. This day also marks the ritual presentation of the baby Jesus to God in the Temple at Jerusalem. It concludes the ‘Christmas Season’.
There is a traditional saying:
“If Candlemas Day be fair and bright, winter will have another fight.
If Candlemas Day brings cloud and rain, winter won't come again.”
We’ll see!


Lent 2016
Conversations around the Lord’s Prayer...
Monday evenings during Lent.
(All sessions begin at 7.30 pm in Otterburn Vicarage)
15th February
‘Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name’
An invitation to discover our place in the universe
22nd February
Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is heaven’
The Christian faith cannot be relegated to the realm of the spiritual or the margins of society.
29th February
Give us this day our daily bread
Just enough for each day, that others also may have enough
7th March
Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us
God’s grace to us and our obligation to others are inseparable
14th  March
Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil
Our choices are eternally significant, not just for ourselves but for the well being of creation
21st March
For thine is the kingdom, the power and glory, for ever and ever
The prayer concludes with ‘worship’, which in word and deed is the secret of true happiness.


Every blessing


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