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The Lantern April/May 2019


A Song of Faith This is the ‘canticle’ that we read at evening prayer in Eastertime alongside the Gospel. The words are taken from the first letter of Peter, chapter one, at the end of the New Testament. God raised Christ from the dead, the Lamb without spot or stain. Blessed be the God and Father ♦ of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy we have been born anew to a living hope ♦ through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, Into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled and unfading, ♦ kept in heaven for you, Who are being protected by the power of God through faith, ♦ for a salvation, ready to be revealed in the last time. You were ransomed from the futile ways of your ancestors ♦ not with perishable things like silver or gold But with the precious blood of Christ ♦ like that of a lamb without spot or stain. Through him we have confidence in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, ♦ so that your faith and hope are set on God. God raised Christ from the dead,
 the Lamb without spot or stain. Psalm 40 tells us that ‘sacrifice and offering you did not desire…burnt offering or blood offering you did not require.’ At the cross Jesus overturns and subverts forever the notion of an angry God who needs placating by sacrifice. In carrying all the people’s sin to the cross Jesus, considered to be ‘without sin’ takes on the role of the sacrifice, often a perfect lamb. Because he did it willingly, the curse (as other literature would phrase it) is broken. 2

Welcome to St Peter’s Church, Harton and St Mark and St Cuthbert’s, Cleadon Park Priest

Re Kate Boardman MA FHEA revkateboardman@gmail.com

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Hon Assistant Priest

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Hon Assistant Priest

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Peter Cross

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Vicarage:3 Page Avenue, South Shields, NE34 0SY

REGULAR SERVICES AT ST PETER’S EUCHARIST Usually sung Eucharist with children’s groups. Tea & Coffee follows in the Green Room.

• 11.00 am

EVENING SERVICE We have a variety of evening worship styles including Taize, Songs of Praise, Quiet Meditation and Iona Worship

• 6.00 pm



• 10.00 am

Daily Prayer

EVENING PRAYER is said each day - a quiet and contemplative service of prayer and readings


For bookings of BAPTISMS, WEDDINGS and CALLING OF BANNS, there will be someone available at St Peter’s Church every Wednesday 6.15 pm - 6.45 pm For any queries about church services or bookings contact Rev Kate Boardman


EUCHARIST Followed by coffee in the Hall

• 9.30 am


EUCHARIST Followed by coffee in the Hall

• 10.00 am

For bookings of BAPTISMS, WEDDINGS and CALLING OF BANNS, or for any queries about church services or bookings contact Rev Kate Boardman 3

New Zealand and because of our government’s handling of the last days He came that we might have life, of the Brexit timeline. This latter also and life in abundance. still at the time of writing, very much a Writing for Easter in Lent is always a matter of the now and not yet! case of the ‘now’ and the ‘not yet’. These events feel very far from a peek This continues for us all when we through the gates of glory and a arrive at Easter and go onward into glimpse of the Easter world to come. the Easter season – the resurrection There is much to lament, and much to we celebrate is a now, a real joy and repent. Everywhere we look, we see revelation, the event which gives us arrogance and hurt, indifference or our faith in Jesus Christ as the Messiah hate. Greed and lust and envy, pride and the one promised to us to save us. and sloth, gluttony and wrath. We may And yet here we are still, in the daily not usually define all the ills of our life of the world, struggling with world into the classical categories of mundane things, mundane hopes and sin, and yet we probably could. Or fears, mundane aggravations and could chalk them up against the ten frustrations from the world being far commandments. from without spot or stain. We may In Lent we call ourselves and each live still in the not yet, but we hold the other to account in repenting of our great hope of Easter, because in it we own failures, to seek and uphold a can see the ‘now’ of the Kingdom, better way. Each time we collude in even if only a glimpse. even a tiny way in the mess of the At the moment though, we are still in world, we feed the trolls. We cannot the not yet. In a Lent which has change the [whole] world, that is already seen a shameful atrocity in neither our gift, nor our job. We can New Zealand with senseless loss of life however, change the little piece of it of people at prayer and a catastrophic that we stand on, and we must weather event bringing vast swathes commit to doing so. of devastation across Mozambique, The pain of our society and world is Malawi and Zimbabwe, which barely not just a birth pang to be endured made the news headlines because of

From the Vestry


but something to be entered in to and engaged with. How can we build love and reconciliation – between leavers a n d r e m a i n e r s i n o u r o w n communities (even families), never mind between those of different faiths and backgrounds? New Zealand PM Jacinta Arden gave a good account of how to act in that spirit, faced with the terrorist attack in Christchurch, but we all have our part to play in minimising the exclusion and othering that lead to hate and violence. When we follow Jesus to the margins and spend our time learning through his eyes to value and love those who are different, those who are outsiders, alien, oppressed, we pin sin upon his cross. He died for our sins and took them with him, and yet still we fall into them again. We must learn to stand up and call out the sins of the world more clearly, more readily and with passion. And to find ways to act on them, against them.

bring us life. So though we tend to see Lent as a time for privation and denial, we must also not just give up alcohol or caffeine or sugar, but more fundamentally those things which prevent us from fully living. Whatever they may be for each of us. When we consciously ‘turn away from sin, and remain faithful unto Christ’, then we see the ‘now’ of life more clearly. After a Lent of not yet, can we seek to put just as much effort into living as Easter people, in the abundance which will be offered by the now? What does abundant living really looks like to each of us, and how we can achieve it?

One of the questions on Alpha was “if you could do anything you wanted for 24 hours, what would it be?” and we soon discovered that this was quite difficult to answer – that money could provide some things, and teleportation could enable others, but that perhaps the fullness of life is actually to be We move from Lent to Easter. So we fo u n d i n s m a l l s c a l e t h i n g s … hold onto the knowledge and the hope f r i e n d s h i p , f l o we rs , co m p a ny, that Jesus did not come to condemn laughter… the world or to condemn us. Rather, May these be yours, perhaps not yet, he came – and he died – that we might but in the fullness of Easter life, and have life. Life in abundance. He came with every Easter blessing. and died and was raised again to life to 5

Holy Week P = St Peter’s

Mon 14th Tues 15th Wed 16th

12.30pm 7pm 10am 7pm 12.30pm 7pm


MC = St Mark & St Cuthbert

Said Eucharist Healing Eucharist Eucharist Music & Meditation Said Eucharist Tenebrae

Maundy Thursday 10am P Service of the Word 7pm P Sung Eucharist with

Stripping of the Altar & the Watch

Good Friday 3pm MC

Good Friday Liturgy

Holy Saturday 6pm P

Evening Prayer

Easter Day 9.30am MC 11am P

Easter Liturgy Easter Liturgy


Alpha began in 1977. It is organised into a series of sessions over 10 weeks, including a day or weekend away. Each session starts with a meal, followed by a talk and then discussion in small groups. The talks aim to cover the basic beliefs of the Christian faith. In April 2016, Alpha introduced the Alpha Film Series, where traditional Alpha content is shown in a series of films, lasting 20-27 minutes featuring stories and interviews. Each episode poses a different question about life and faith.

Boardman. Here are some of the comments from those who participated;

Episode 1 – Life: is this it? Episode 2 – Jesus: who is he? Episode 3 – Cross: why did Jesus die? Episode 4 – Faith: how can I have faith? Episode 5 – Prayer: why and how do I pray? Episode 6 – Bible: why and how do I read the bible? Episode 7 – Spirit: who is the Holy Spirit and what does he do? Episode 8 – Fill: how can I be filled with the Holy Spirit? Episode 9 - New Life: how do I make the most of the rest of my life? Episode 10 – Evil: how can I resist evil? Episode 11 – Telling Others: why and how should I tell others? Episode 12 – Healing: does God heal today? Episode 13 – Church: what about the church? At St Peter’s we have just finished our first Alpha course, led by Elaine Gray with assistance from Emma Waters and Kate

‘I had wanted to undertake Alpha for a while. The course was more than I could have hoped for. It was relaxed and nurturing and allowed questions to be asked and feelings to be expressed in a calm environment. At the conclusion I felt I had made friendships and was ‘held' in a caring and compassionate way.” Phil.

‘The course investigated a number of issues around faith. It threw up many things I’d only vaguely thought about and got me to deeply examine (in a positive way) my relationship to God, Jesus, The Holy Spirit and my faith. An important part for me was the development of friendship and community through sharing food and discussing our experiences together. I thoroughly enjoyed it.’ Leanore.

I enjoyed the way that questions were posed that made us think about our faith in a different perspective. The discussions with other group members were deep and meaningful. Over the weeks of the course a real friendship seems to develop between group members. It really felt like a ‘family’. I am very glad that I attended and would happily do so again.’ Patti. ‘Alpha has been a moving journey helping me and guiding me in my journey of faith. Sharing and discussing with others has helped me to learn more about myself and my Christian faith.’ Angela. 7

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SNIPPETS STORIES AND SOUNDBITES ’with a quiet, cultured voice’ came and spoke, but all he said was ‘Thank Some of our readers have expressed you’, and ‘Goodbye’. A few days interest in our past coverage of David later David had been to listen to a N o t t , t h e s u r g e o n w o r k i n g debate in Parliament called by sometimes independently and Andrew Mitchell MP, to ask the sometimes with charities such as United Nations to debate the issue, MSF. His most recent book, ‘War and while cycling home his phone Doctor’, was serialised on Radio 4. I buzzed. He stopped to take the call, only managed to catch the last and it was his Syrian surgeon friend, episode, which I thought I would to tell him that safe passage had share with you (at the risk of a been granted for the 1,500 injured spoiler, or that some of you may have and medics. He finishes his book by saying that he will never know who heard or read it). the person with the quiet cultured Recently he has been working from voice was, but....... he will always London, where he has pioneered wonder! operating by remote control, using oooooooooOooooooo computer driven procedures on the injured thousands of miles away. Someone recently received a text One day he was contacted by his from a Chinese Christian friend, surgeon colleague in Syria to ask if he concluding with ‘May God pickle could make personal representation you’! Similarly L M Montgomery’s Anne (of Anne of Green Gables) said to President Assad to appeal to him ‘Does God make jam in Heaven, as a former London hospital eye because he makes and preserves us’. surgeon and fellow subscriber to the Both had the same meaning, the Hippocratic Oath. (President Putin second being literary licence, but the had just refused a safe passage for first interpretation was apparently 1,500 injured and medics). David predictive text! phoned the Syrian phone number he Anita Buyers had been given, and spoke to what seemed like a room full of people, all having their say. Then someone, 9

Spinach Frittata Ingredients • 9 large eggs • 2 Tbsp milk • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese (about 1 ounce, 30 g) • 1/4 teaspoon salt • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper • 2 Tbsp olive oil • 1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 cup) • 1 large clove garlic, minced • Sun-dried tomatoes, about 2 Tbsp chopped (optional) • 8 oz (225 g) fresh spinach (or more), chopped (can use baby spinach) • 2 oz (56 g) goat cheese Method 1 Whisk together eggs, milk, Parmesan, salt, pepper. Set aside. 2 Heat olive olive oil in an oven-proof, add the onions and sauté until translucent, about 4-5 minutes. Add the garlic and sun-dried tomatoes (if using) and cook a minute more. 3 Add the chopped spinach, a handful at a time, use tongs to mix with the onions. As the fresh spinach begins to wilt and there is more room in the pan, add more of the fresh chopped spinach to the pan. 4 Once the spinach has wilted, pour the egg Parmesan mixture over the spinach and onions. Use a spatula to lift up the spinach mixture along the sides of the pan to let egg mixture flow underneath. 5 Sprinkle bits of goat cheese over the top of the frittata mixture. 6 Lower the heat to low and cover the pan. Let cook on the stovetop 10 to 13 minutes, until all but the center of the frittata is set. (You may need to check a few times, to see how well the frittata is setting.) The centre should still be wiggly. Pre-heat the grill. 7 Set the oven rack in the top third of the oven. Grill for 3 to 4 minutes until the top is golden. Remove from oven with oven mitts and let cool for several minutes.Cut into wedges to serve. 10

Codrington College, Barbados We recently returned from a Caribbean cruise and one our tours took us to Codrington Estate, home of Codrington College, the oldest theological seminary in the Western Hemisphere.

Codrington Estate was established in 1670 by Christopher Coddrington III b. 1668, a second generation Barbadian whose grandfather was one of the first English settlers to the island.

Christopher was educated at Oxford University in England and went on to have a distinguished military career before eventually retur ning to Barbados in his later years. He died on Good Friday, 1710 in Barbados but his body was laid to rest in All Souls College in England. He left his estate for the benefit of the locals in Barbados as his heartfelt desire was to improve the lives of black people and poor white people on the island., With the the support of Queen Anne of England, construction of the college began in 1715 and was completed in 1745. It currently offers programmes in Theology ranging from diplomas to doctorates and serves as a seminary for the Church in the Province of theWest Indies.

On the day of our visit the college was closed to visitors, as a seminar was taking place, however we were able to explore the beautiful gardens we discovered students had built a replica of Christ’s tomb.

Laraine & Jim Knott 11

St Paul’s Anglican Church, Barbados A few Sunday’s ago, Linda Major (pictured by her husband in the photograph at the bottom of the opposite page) was telling me about her recent holiday in Barbados and how much she had enjoyed visiting the church there. We swapped stories about Anglican churches in far away places such as Malta and Hong Kong that we had visited and how it made us fully appreciate the world wide aspect of the Anglican Church. Linda said she had been to Barbados three times and each time had attended St Paul’s on Sunday morning and that the welcome she had received was tremendous and how everyone remembered her name from the previous visits so that she felt like a true part of the congregation. Standing with Linda in the photograph is the Vicar of St Paul’s The photographs show a vibrant, much cared for and loved building which is bigger than either St Peter’s or St Mark and St Cuthbert’s with wide side aisles. The service is basically the same, as it will be throughout all Anglican churches, with the set readings, psalms and collects for that Sunday. 12

However certain things clearly reflect the culture and climate of the churches setting. In Hong Kong sitting listening to a sermon with windows wide open and fans whirling overhead was different. In Barbados Linda said the service lasts two hours with a huge amount of singing, the Vicar often bursts into song during the sermon. (As Kate had done in ours a few times.) At the Peace everyone in the church holds hand, row joined with row and a song is sung. As Linda says this gives her ‘goosebumps’. Children go up for communion first and then the adults. Birthdays are acknowledged at the end of the service just as we do, but in St Paul’s in Barbados the person celebrating their birthday comes to the front and hands are placed over that person’s head and then everyone places a hand over the person in front of them, so that all are joined together. Indeed the last time Linda was there she was invited to stand up so everyone could welcome her and she gave, ‘a royal wave’. So a fun community worshipping God full of colour and life and a joyful part of Linda’s holiday. Jean Stokes 13


After reading the feature on the babies born to the couples who married at St Peter’s in 2016/17, I remembered reading the following poem and thinking, at the time, how moving it was. I thought I would share it with you below. Linda Smithson ‘On Children’ by Khalil Gibran The prophet, 1923 Your children are not your children.
 They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
 They come through you but not from you,
 And though they are with you yet they belong not to you. You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
 For they have their own thoughts.
 You may house their bodies but not their souls,
 For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
 which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
 You may strive to be like them,
 but seek not to make them like you.
 For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday. You are the bows from which your children
 as living arrows are sent forth.
 The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
 and He bends you with His might
 that His arrows may go swift and far.
 Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
 For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
 so He loves also the bow that is stable.


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SIR ROBERT BRUCE COTTON MP bibliophile, was very concerned (1571-1631) about the whereabouts and fate of many priceless manuscripts which were held in the various monastic orders. Many were distributed to new owners who were unaware of their cultural and historic value.

Who, you might ask, is Sir Robert Bruce Cotton, and I wouldn’t blame you, had I not stumbled upon him by accident. When I have been ‘doing my homework’ for my contributions to this magazine, I have noticed how often ‘Cotton’ crops up on page footnote references , so I thought I would investigate further. (Apologies to any of our readers who already know what I am about to write.)

Cotton travelled the country hunting out, purchasing and restoring as many as he could. These he formed into a library in his home, the ancient Mansion House, Westminster, and known as the COTTONIAN LIBRARY FOR PUBLICK USE AND ADVANTAGE. This was visited by many of the leading scholars of the day, including Sir Walter Raleigh and Francis Bacon. Some of the items were the only known original works, including Beowulf (although Scandinavian in content, the oldest known Anglo Saxon poem).

At the time of the dissolution many state papers were poorly kept , neglected or destroyed by public officers. Sir Robert collected and bound over 100 volumes, some of which were extremely important as After or at the time of the dissolution valuable evidence and therefore also of the monasteries, Sir Robert Bruce highly sensitive in such a time Cotton, already an antiquarian and between Crown and State, hence he 17

became an object of hostility and suspicion. He was arrested and i m p r i s o n e d – a c c u s e d o f disseminating seditious material. He was eventually released but his library remained closed until his death. It was eventually restored by his son Sir Thomas Cotton in 1633, and after his death, his grandson, Sir John Cotton, who donated the Cotton Library to Great Britain in 1702, at which time many royal and other collections were added. Together they formed the basis of what is now the British Library. The British Museum Act of 1706 saw the library contents transferred to Essex House, in the Strand, and then to Ashburton House. Although this was for safety and security, it didn’t prevent many of the valuable contents (including Beowulf) being badly damaged or destroyed by a fire in 1731. When Sir Robert initially formed his library, he had the contents stored and recorded meticulously. Each row of shelves was named after a famous person, e.g. Cleopatra, or a Caesar, Augustus, Julius, Nero, etc, with a bust of the named person at each end. Hence if you wanted to view 18

Beowulf, you would have to go to “Cotton Vitellius A.xv”; Augustus for the Magna Carta; Nero for the Lindisfarne Gospels and also Gawain and the Green Knight; and Tiberius for Bede’s Ecclesiastical History.

Many of the damaged treasures are now being restored through modern technology and digital imaging, but they are still stored in the manner and notation of that first derived by Sir Robert Bruce Cotton. Anita Buyers

Activities at St Peter’s In Church Various days Bible Study Groups meet (see weekly service sheet for details of venue) Choir Practice (meet in church)

• 6.30 pm


• Craft Club meets on the last

• 2.00 pm to


• Coffee

• after the

Thursday Green Room

Wednesday afternoon of each month from January to November 2018

4.00 pm

10.00 am service Sunday

• Coffee

• after the 11.00


• Messy Church - we organise a

am service

programme of activities one Sunday afternoon every three months for all ages when we do craft , sing, pray, share time and food together. Dates and times are published in the Lantern Parish Magazine

Last Saturday • Coffee morning in each month

• 10.00 am to 11.30 am


Activities at St Peter’s Church Hall Weekly Social Activities Monday

• Parents & Toddlers

• 9.30 am to 11.00 am


• Art Club U3A • 1.30 to 3.30


• Pilates (Judith Briggs)

• 9.30 am to 10.30 am

• Yoga (Pat Uttridge)

• 3.00 pm to 4.30 pm

• Yoga (Gill Glozier)

• 7.00pm to 8.45pm

• T’ai Chi (Martin Thorogood)

• 1.30pm to 2.30pm • 5.45pm to 6.45pm

Wednesday • Art & Craft Club Carol White • 10.00 am to 12 noon • Line Dancing - Beginner (Ethel • 1.00 pm to 2.00 pm Ramsey) • Line Dancing - Improver (Ethel • 2.30 pm to 4.00 pm Ramsey) • Yoga (Carrie Kirston) • 6.45 pm to 8.45 pm Thursday

• Art Club (Tom Finch) • 10.00 am to 12 noon • Keep Fit (Ethel Ramsey) • 12.30 pm to 1.30 pm • Art Club U3A • 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm


• Parents & Toddlers

• 9.30 am to 11.00 am


• Irish Dance

• 9.30 am to 1.30 pm


• Kingscote Christian Group

• 10.30 am to 1.00 pm

Uniformed Organisations’ Weekly Activities Monday

• Rainbows

• 5.00 pm to 6.30 pm

• Brownies

• 5.30pm to 7.15 pm

• Guides

• 7.00 pm to 8.15 pm


• Cubs & Scouts

• 5.45 pm to 9.00 p.m


• Beavers

• 5.30 pm to 7.15 pm 20

Activities at St Mark & St Cuthbert’s Church Hall Monday

• Guides

• 6.00 pm to 7.30 pm


• Bertie’s • Coffee

• 9.15 am to 11.30 am • after the 10.00 am Eucharist Service • 5.30 pm to 7.00 pm

• Brownies Wednesday

• Flower Arranging Class • 10.00 am to 12 noon • Friends Together (1st Weds • 1.30 pm to 3.00 pm every month)


• Line Dancing

• 10.00 am to 11.30 am


• Rainbows • Line Dancing

• 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm • 7.30 to 9.30 pm


St Mark & St Cuthbert’s Coffee Morning: - 10.30 to 12 noon Sat 13th April & Sat 11th May

Messy Church: - 10.30 -12.30

Craft, Worship, Food & Fun for all ages Sat 27th April & Sat 25th May


• Coffee

• after 9.30 am Parish Eucharist



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The above painting was acquired by the National Gallery in London in 1919. The theme is one that the visionary, M a n n e r i s t p a i n t e r, E l G r e c o (1541-1614), painted many times during the end of the 16th and beginning of the 17th centuries. Mannerist painters were reacting against the calm, realism of the Renaissance period and hence El Greco distorts and elongates his figures and presents them in these discordant colours to arouse our emotional response to the subject matter. He was from Crete, El Greco being his nickname in his adopted country of Spain. He was born Doménikos Theotokópoulos and may have been influenced by the Byzantine icons and imagery which surrounded him in the country of his birth. In Toldeo Spain,

where he settled for the major part of his life, he was famous for his approach to art; believing that imagination and intuition are more important than measurement and proportion, and that colour is more important than form. Look at the shape of the rock behind Christ and the shape ‘containing’ Peter, James and John as they sleep and also the dramatic shapes of the clouds. In the background on the opposite side to the angel and the disciples we see Judas and the soldiers approaching to arrest Jesus. What is our response when confronted by this image?. It often said that El Greco’s deeply, devotional, intense images truly reflect the religious spirit of Roman Catholic Spain in the period of the CounterReformation”. Jean Stokes





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