Saturday, 25 February 2017

Newsletter 2017_05

The Church of England in

Editor: Revd Peter Mander   01830 520212


Sunday 26th February
(Sunday Before Lent)
9.00 am: Parish Communion, Holy Trinity Horsley
11.00 am: Mattins (BCP), St Cuthbert Elsdon

Exodus 24.12-18 - Moses with God on the Holy Mountain
2 Peter 1.16-21 - Eyewitness of the majesty of Christ
Matthew 17.1-9 - Jesus transfigured

Monday 27th February
3.00 pm: Meeting to begin the planning for the future development of St Cuthbert’s Church building in Elsdon to be held in the Church Vestry. Open to all Elsdon people, parishioners and members of the congregation.

Tuesday 28th February 2017 - SHROVE TUESDAY
5.00 - 6.30 pm: Fun and food time for OTTERS and their families
(and pancakes of course)

Wednesday 1st March - ASH WEDNESDAY
10.00 am: Holy Communion at St John the Evangelist Otterburn
With the imposition of ashes

Thursday 2nd March
2.00 pm: Elsdon PCC meet at Holly Lodge, Elsdon

Friday 3rd March
6.30 pm: Women’s World Day of Prayer Service at St Peter’s Church Otterburn (followed by refreshments)

Saturday 4th March
10.00 am - 4.00 pm: Parish Quiet Day at Alnmouth Friary

Sunday 5th March
(First Sunday of Lent)
9.00 am: Parish Communion, St Francis Byrness
11.00 am: Parish Communion, St John the Evangelist Otterburn

Monday 6th March
7.30 pm: Lent Conversation 1 - Otterburn Vicarage
‘Let’s talk about the psalms’


A Time for Reflection

A Parish Quiet Day to help us begin Lent
Alnmouth Friary

Led by
Brother Joseph Emmanuel SSF
Saturday 4th March
10.00 am to 4.00 pm
Alnmouth Friary

There will be two main sessions.
The morning session will focus on how to use the gift of silence creatively and the afternoon session will introduce us to a time honoured way of reading the bible, known as ‘Lectio Divina’.   There will be an opportunity to share in Holy Communion with the brothers at midday and plenty of free time to enjoy the silence of the House or to walk in the beautiful coastal village of Alnmouth.
Coffee and tea are provided but we will need to take a packed lunch, or alternatively there are places to eat in the locality.

If you are interested please let me know as soon as possible as places are limited  (email or telephone 01830 520212)

There will a cost to help fund the work of the Friars and to cover the use of the facilities - suggested £10.00 per person - pay what you can as I don't want the cost to exclude anyone

Bishop Frank presides at Communion at Alnmouth Friary Jubilee Celebration

Lent 2017
Let’s talk about The Psalms
Otterburn Vicarage
Monday evenings in Lent: 7.30 pm - 9.00 pm
The ancient poems we call Psalms are over 2000 years old. They were written in very different times from our own when humans could travel at the speed of a camel - not at the speed of sound. But these songs have stood the test of time for they address many of the problems we still face: violence, injustice, anger - and bewilderment. Why do the wicked prosper? Where is God when we suffer? In this 5-session course, Bishop Stephen Cottrell - a prolific and popular author - reflects on the psalms in general (and five psalms in particular). He invites us to join him as he does so.

Session 1  6th March   Know that the Lord is God. (Psalm 100)
Session 2 13th March Out of the depths have I cried  (Psalm 130)
Session 3 20th March How long, O Lord?  (Psalm 13)  
Session 4 27th March You spread a table before me. (Psalm 23)
Session 5  3rd April Unless the Lord builds the house (Psalm 127)

The sessions will be based on a CD featuring a discussion by the Dominican Friar Fr Timothy Radcliffe, Revd John Bell of the Iona Community, the Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons Revd Prebendary Rose-Hudson Wilkin and Revd Dr Jane Leach, the Principal of Wesley House Cambridge.

Diocesan Open Forum Meeting
Saturday 11th March, 9.30 am to 1.00 pm
Dr Thomlinson Church of England Middle School,
Silverton Lane, Rothbury
to launch of our Diocesan Vision
Growing Church Bringing Hope’
If you are interested in attending please let me know  /  01830 520212
(I can provide transport for two people if needed


will be sung by David Ritson at

St. Peter's Catholic Church, Otterburn

On Sunday, 19th March, 3pm

David Ritson who is an accomplished musician, will share with us the Passion Story of Jesus. This is an inspiring reflection which will help us all as we approach the sacred time of Holy Week.

All are welcome.

Light Refreshments will be available afterwards

Can you spare a few groceries
or other essential items for the Newcastle West End Foodbank?
The need is especially great at the moment
after the Christmas rush.
There is a box at the back of St John’s Otterburn where you can drop of items, which will be regularly collected.

To find out more about what is most needed and other ways in which you can help visit their website
by clicking the image below

Past editions of Redesdale Rites can be found
by clicking on the link below

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