Saturday, 11 March 2017

Newsletter 2017_07

The Church of England in
Revd Peter Mander   01830 520212


Sunday 12th March
(Second Sunday of Lent)
9.00 am: Parish Communion, Holy Trinity Horsley
11.00 am: Parish Communion (BCP), St Cuthbert Elsdon
6.00 pm: Bible reading, prayer and meditation with Taize music,
St Peter’s RC Church Otterburn (ALL WELCOME).
 -Alternates between St Peter’s and St John’s Otterburn -

Monday 13 th March
7.30 - 9.00 pm: ‘Let’s talk about the Psalms’. Session 2 of our Lent conversations looks at Psalm 130: ‘Out of the depths have I cried’. Otterburn Vicarage

Wednesday 15th March
10.45 am: ‘Holy Communion’ Rede House
As there will be no Communion at St John’s this morning all are welcome to come to Rede House
5.00 - 6.00 pm: Otters St John’s Church

Friday 17th March
2.00 pm: Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Richard Cross
St Cuthbert, Elsdon

Saturday 18th March
1.00 pm: Wedding of Joseph Richards and Rebecca Chapman
St John the Evangelist Otterburn

Sunday 19th March
(Third Sunday of Lent)
9.00 am: Parish Communion, St Francis, Byrness
11.00 am: Parish Communion, St John the Evangelist, Otterburn

3.00 pm: ‘No Greater Love than this’
The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Sung by David Ritson
St Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, Otterburn


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.


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

In case you missed it last week!


A six-year-old Scottish girl named Lulu wrote a letter to God: “To God, How did you get invented?” Lulu's father, who is not a believer, sent her letter to various church leaders: the Scottish Episcopal Church (no reply), the Presbyterians (no reply), and the Scottish Catholics (who sent a theologically complex reply). He also sent it to the Archbishop of Canterbury, who sent the following letter in reply:

Dear Lulu,

Your dad has sent on your letter and asked if I have any answers. It’s a difficult one! But I think God might reply a bit like this –

‘Dear Lulu – Nobody invented me – but lots of people discovered me and were quite surprised. They discovered me when they looked round at the world and thought it was really beautiful or really mysterious and wondered where it came from. They discovered me when they were very very quiet on their own and felt a sort of peace and love they hadn’t expected. Then they invented ideas about me – some of them sensible and some of them not very sensible. From time to time I sent them some hints – specially in the life of Jesus – to help them get closer to what I’m really like. But there was nothing and nobody around before me to invent me. Rather like somebody who writes a story in a book, I started making up the story of the world and eventually invented human beings like you who could ask me awkward questions!’

And then he’d send you lots of love and sign off. I know he doesn’t usually write letters, so I have to do the best I can on his behalf. Lots of love from me too.

+Archbishop Rowan

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

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