Welcome to St Peter’s Church, Harton and St Mark and St Cuthbert’s, Cleadon Park Priest
Rev Kate Boardman MA FHEA email@example.com
Hon Assistant Priest
Rev Canon Hails, JP FCMA firstname.lastname@example.org
Hon Assistant Priest
Rev Stan Buyers MEd LCG email@example.com
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
EVENING PRAYER is said each day - a quiet and contemplative service of prayer and readings
Vicarage:3 Page Avenue, South Shields, NE34 0SY
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
REGULAR SERVICES AT ST MARK & ST CUTHBERT’S Sunday
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
From the Vestry “We all need a holy space not just for worship, prayer – or silence, but to teach us what we desperately need to learn - that every place is holy, just as all life is holy.” The above from Brian Hail’s talk while I was on holiday, while I was visiting Gaudi’s astonishing Sagrada Familia for the first time since 1993. Despite having been to Barcelona several times since then, I’d never been to see how much more they have built. Certainly it was a long way from being consecrated as a main church, which it is now.
tourists. There were no candle stands, no prayer boards, very little yet by way of chapels or statues where people gather with joyful thanksgivings or with fervent prayers. And almost without meaning to, following the guide, we were out the other side and couldn’t go back in without paying our 25 euros again.
W h a t , I f o u n d / f i n d m y s e l f wondering, makes something holy? If indeed, there is a single obvious response. I suspect this as a question might elicit as many answers as the question ‘what is art?’ If “every space is holy, if all life is holy,” as Brian said, then it is true too that we all are holy, that we too But it was difficult to pray in the exist for the glory of God – and for space, I found that so strange. Even no other purpose. though – as you will see in the photos in the centre pages – it And then what does that mean? definitely looks like a church, it What does it mean to be holy, to didn’t feel like one. Or it didn’t yet consider all that we are and all that feel like one. Often you hear people we do to be always and only for our say that you can tell a place has God? And what does it take? If a been prayed in, and though I came church doesn’t become properly long ago to the conclusion that this holy without being prayed in, what is true, it was very stark in the about us? Sagrada Familia. It is astonishing architecture, incredible design and Well, worship, prayer and silence utterly stunning, but not truthfully might be good places to start very ‘holy’. deepening our discipleship and vocation. Holiness is not at all the Full of tourists, many of whom like same as piousness, or religiousness. me have faith, but we were still 4
But it is something about being a space in which prayer can take root, a place where worship is offered (and not in an affected, selfimportant worship of self) and perhaps, even for extroverts, a place too sometimes of silence.
This month, two prayers from St Ignatius of Loyola. One you may recognise as the one we use as the commitment prayer in informal worship. Both offer the chance to place ourselves into God’s presence wherever we are, whether tiny in the scale of a stunning cathedral, or simply walking along the street to the shop, work or home, admiring God’s glory in the sunrise/sunset or the flowers growing on the verge. I commend them to you:
If we still ourselves, tune out the distractions of life and listen for God in the silence, we might find ourselves like Elijah, hearing the still small voice of God calling us, reassuring us, comforting us or encouraging us. Perhaps even seeking us out to fulfil a challenge, embark on a mission for and with him.
Lord, teach me to be generous. Teach me to serve you as you deserve;
to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek for rest, to labour and not to ask for reward, save that of knowing that I do your will. Amen . Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding and my entire will. All I have and call my own, you have given to me, to you, Lord, I return it.
Ordination is considered the setting apart of a life to serve God, as is the religious life. But we are all in our baptisms set apart by and for God, for the plan he has for us to flourish and bring glory. Here we celebrate some of the journeys of individuals deeper into God, and as we prepare for hundreds of encounters with holiday club, we wonder how we can all be the best of ourselves that God calls us to be, in order to show his glory, and show his love to the world. Show them, that all – everyone – is holy, and should be loved and cared for.
Everything is yours; do with it what you will. Give me only your love and your grace, that is enough for me. Amen.
Vocations and new ministries
Bishop Sarah confirmed a whole lot of people at M&C in June, among them Jo and Andy Tunnadine, Claire Hutchinson and Elizabeth Yanetta, who now can listen out for where God calls them next.
messy church cupboard to see what resources we could re-use for holiday club, the new crafternoon at St Mark St Cuthbert), a funeral, a wedding visit, a PCC meeting, a service at Haven Court Dementia Care, opening the church hall for kindergarten graduation, discussing new firedoors for the hall… all part of standard vicaring
On the morning of the confirmation, we also admitted Evie Johnson to communion, who is fast shaping up to fo l l o w i n g ra n d m a M a u re e n ’s sacristan footsteps and be an assistant for Ian Matheson.
God calls us at any age – to all of the above and more. We have people in both our congregations wondering if there is a vocation or new ministry that they should be discerning, and we pray for all of them as they go forwards . If you need to think about your own faith, your own discipleship, your own fellowship with Jesus, you might like to consider creating your own ‘sacred space’ – if you have a spare corner anywhere, not necessarily a shed, then Richard Peers’ example of his garden prayer corner is lovely. It’s a perfect way to ‘set apart’ time for prayer and reflection.
And then the following week, bright sunshine at the Cathedral welcomed new deacons and priests (perhaps God will be calling them there!) and so we prayed for Daniel Ackerley (Duckworth’s funeral director) and Cameron Abernethy who spent some of the summer with us two years ago. This summer we have already welcomed Ali Williams from Cranmer on placement and are currently joined by John D’Silva and Bec Wilkinson from Westcott House. They are helping to prep Holiday Club and working really hard to ensure that it all goes smoothly, for which we’re very grateful. It’s been great too, to have Imogen Nichols do her work experience with us – a great way to find out what Kate does the rest of the week! If you were wondering, that week for Imogen included a Deanery Chapter meeting, a home visit after one of the midweek services, clearing out the
Brian is of course entirely right, that every place is holy, but sometimes daily life, though we would love to think it shot through with prayer, is often far from conducive to being recognised as holy. A little prayer corner might just turn your [prayer] life around. 7
having lived in Sunderland and expecting it to be similar, I didn’t think that South Shields would be so beautiful. “
But of course just as it’s difficult to worship alone, we are also about praying together, so if you would like to join with others, all are welcome to say evening prayer in St Peter’s at 6pm most nights. Please ask Peter Cross for details.
Bec Wilkinson “Hello! My name is Bec, I am an ordinand sent from Manchester Diocese and I am also studying at Westcott House, Cambridge.
Don’t be shy to ask the ordinands about their journeys – they will be glad to share their experiences. Here’s just a glimpse to get you started (and, clue, they don’t usually go about marked out by a Halford’s disposable all in one).
I have not had much exposure to the North East before, but having grown up on a shoreline being so close to the sea has been wonderful. I have also enjoyed getting to know a bit more about the heritage of the area, d r i v i n g n o r t h l a s t w e e k t o Lindisfarne, west this week to Newcastle, and then south to Durham next week. I have been shadowing the vicar for a couple of weeks now, thank you for making me feel so welcome as I have been getting involved with parish life. I've particularly enjoyed the opportunity to get creative at Craft Club - who knew knitted brussel sprouts were a thing? I have also enjoyed meeting all creatures great and small of the parish, meeting dogs at the communion rail was a joyful first for me, and playing with Kate's cats - I reckon answering the d o o r w h i l s t s i m u l t a n e o u s l y entertaining a kitten is great practice for the juggling required of a parish priest!”
John D’Silva My name is John and I am a second year ordinand at Westcott House in Cambridge. This means that, hopefully, this time next year I will ordained deacon to serve my curacy somewhere in the North East. It has been a pleasure starting to get to know everyone at St. Peter’s and Ss. Mark and Cuthbert’s over the past week or so. At the moment we are helping prepare for the holiday club that will be happening over the next few weeks. This has meant that I have managed to get paint on myself, my clothes and Kate’s garden decking as well as various things that were meant to be coated. & so far, it’s been great to see how much is going on in both churches. I have also enjoyed exploring some of the local coastline. I have to admit that, 8
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Glory of God As some one who has studied art and delights in its manifestations in all forms, but also as a Christian traveller I have often pondered the ideas most eloquently expressed by Brian Hailsâ€™ in his address on Sunday 19th May. At the same time Kate returned from a trip to Barcelona full of news about the newest Cathedral in Europe and how it is near completion; the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. She was full of wonder at the beauty and creativity of it all but considering the same questions as Brian had proposed.
For one wonders if the cathedral is being finished more as a tourist money spinner than a place of worship and glory to God. Certainly the original architect Antonio Gaudi, a most devout man, would not have wished it to be so. Brian sent me his draft notes, which I reproduce here in the format he sent. Kate sent me these beautiful pictures of the Sagrada and I present both to you here for you to contemplate. Jean Stokes
Easter means Jesus risen again – so quaint a notion to secular culture and one it can’t accommodate. So we commercialise and domesticate it with chocolate egg and hot cross bun. Easter calls us to attend to the transcendent , to open ourselves to the wonder of God – and so permit our minds to be renewed.
Then the repaid invitation for ideas and designs. Talk of a glass roof, a stainless steel and crystal spire – and a viewing platform etc., That – it seems is how a secular society sees a cathedral - as a work of art. So it is – and like any great work of art it has its own integrity. The destroyed spire wasn’t original, but it was still integral. For the purpose of a spire is to point to heaven – the purpose indeed for the whole building
Easter has a message for those responsible for the re-building of Notre Dame Cathedral..... For me, it wasn’t just the burning of Notre Dame that felt so deeply saddening: It was also the response . I don’t mean the huge sense of loss felt by so many, even those living far from Paris – or the huge sums which poured in so quickly to fund the restoration. I mean the political promise to rebuild it even more beautiful than before.... and in 5 years !!
Christian art and architecture aren’t there just to please the eye – their purpose is to arrest attention, halt the mad busy-ness of daily pursuits, and I think – Tease the mind into active reflection on eternal
realities...... God, heaven, creation, gospel – to leave us restless until we are changed deep down. 12
French Cathedrals are owned by the State. Though the greatest art can’t really be owned by anyone: It transcends us all, shapes us all – if we let it.
For creation is God’s masterpiece (to use a phrase of St Paul) - and as the greatest conceivable work of art, creation can’t ever be truly owned – not even in part. As human beings we belong to the earth – not the earth to us – as environmental crisis is proving. But not just to the earth – the medieval masons invested their genius to persuade us we belong also to heaven..... essential to deciphering the riddle of life and so finding meaning – direction – and purpose.
What, I suggest, is being forgotten is the meaning of holy space.... and not just in France. A Cathedral is architecture set apart for the glory of God, And FOR NO OTHER PURPOSE. That is the meaning of consecration. All Churches, ours i n c l u d e d , a re cat h e d ra l s i n microcosm: They too exist for the glory of God – and for no other purpose.
It is tragic if we SO spiritually diminished we reduce our great cathedrals to mere entertainment – perhaps a day trip for tourists….
We all need a holy space not just for worship, prayer – or silence, b u t t o t e a c h u s w h a t w e desperately need to learn - that every place is holy, just as all life is holy.
Notes: Brian Hails Photos: Kate Boardman 13
QUIZ NIGHT St Mark & St Cuthbert’s Church Hall SATURDAY 21st September 7.30 pm Tickets £3 include: SOUP & STOTTIE & DESSERT Bring Your Own Drinks
Modern Stereotypes The Christening
have gay godparent. Preferably with houses in Mustique. Honeysuckle’s grandparents are Honeysuckle is being doused in the b e m u s e d b y h e r b e i n g ca l l e d waters of the river Jordan. Honeysuckle. Whatever happened to Or more accurately, water from the proper Christian names like Jane and church warden’s hot tap preserved in Sarah? At least a backhander to St a thermos so the little mite doesn’t Mary’s Chipping Saintly, secured a get too much of a shock. That bit p r i v a t e c h r i s t e n i n g s o t h a t hasn’t worked. Honeysuckle’s Honeysuckle (however regrettable) induction into the Christian faith has did not have to be done at the family been greeted with a wail of despair. service with Jaden and Daenerys from Were she sentient, this would be the council estate.. With any luck, it intensified by the scrutiny of those wont take too long so everyone can chosen as her godparents. get back to Cowslip House to guzzle Time was when things were relatively champagne and Mrs Killigrew’s simple. Two women for a girl and a legendary egg sandwiches. No social chap with whom her father had been event, and Honeysuckle’s mummy and at Eton. Preferably, one of the three daddy definitely think the christening with money and another with a title. is a smart social landmark in their This has now been increased to six to country lives, would be complete insure against the dropout rate. It without Mrs K’s egg sarnies. includes Jill, a lame girlfriend of A lovely touch of rural simplicity. The Honeysuckle’s mother, who was house is full of flowers, the garden has included because everyone felt sorry been mown and weeded, an a for her. She will be the only one who professional photographer will take r e m e m b e r s b i r t h d a y s , s e n d s pictures so that forever afterwards beautifully illustrated copies of Peter Honeysuckle can blame her mother Pan and steps up to the plate with for dressing her in a christening gown expeditions to the Natural History like a demented chrysanthemum. Museum. With ie Crean afterwards. The other godparents only step into From There’ll always be an England by church for weddings and funerals and Victoria Mather and Sue Macartneyare having some problems with Snape featured in The Sunday promises to banish the devil on Telegraph 5th May 2019 Honeysuckle’s behalf. They have been chosen for diversity: it is so chic to 16
SNIPPETS STORIES AND SOUNDBITES
G a l l e r y ) o f t h e i r f a v o u r i t e watercolours, many painted by the Queen herself, and a wonderful record of their family and domestic life.
This year marks the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci and celebrations and exhibitions are happening worldwide. However, although we are familiar with his paintings e.g. The Last Supper and the £450 million Salvator Mundi –( anyone looking for that special gift? )- what is less known is his musical prowess. In fact, his musical interest, because of the mathematical and scientific influence, was considered to be more important than his painting. He was at one stage regarded as a musical emissary. Much of this music is now lost although the artwork lives on. To t h i s e n d , t h e e x h i b i t i o n s a r e accompanied by appropriately written new compositions as well as those of s o m e co nte m p o ra r i e s s u c h a s Monteverdi. Apparently wherever he went Leonardo always took with him his ‘lira da braccio’ (a sort of medieval fiddle). He had made this himself out of a horse’s skull, decorated with silver! (No bright ideas, please, Praise Band!)
There is a small hidden gem in the heart of Northumberland which motorists and walkers may or may not have discovered. It is Lady’s Well at the village of Holystone, near Alwinton. There are various legends a b o u t t h e p l a c e , f ro m h av i n g prehistoric or Roman origins, to the o n e s o f e a r l y N o r t h u m b r i a n Christianity. One is that it was the place where St Paulinus baptised 3000 Northumbrians during Easter AD 627. Others claim that it was St Ninian. It became the home of Augustinian Canonesses, but the priory was demolished during the reformation in 1541. There is also a forest walk including Dove Crag. From the A1 take A 696 then B6341 following the signs for Holystone. Harbottle Crags are
also nearby. oooooooooOoooooooo
Being friendly is not just the feelgood factor, it is an empirical n e c e s s i t y t o e n s u r e p e a c e ! (Based on a quotation of Bertolt Brecht).
Another anniversary is the celebration of 200 years since the births of both Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. To mark the event there is an exhibition on tour (currently in the Laing Art 17
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
• after the
Thursday Green Room
Wednesday afternoon of each month from January to November 2019
10.00 am service Sunday
• after the 11.00
• Sing and Praise- • We organise a programme of songs
and praise linked to Bible stories one Sunday afternoon every three months for all ages. Dates and times are published in the Lantern Parish Magazine
Last Saturday • Coffee morning in each month
• 10.00 am to 11.30 am
Barley, aubergine and pomegranate salad Ingredients 200g pearl barley 2-3 tbsp olive oil 1-2 aubergines (about 500g), thickly sliced 250g cherry tomatoes, halved ½ red onion, thinly sliced 80g pomegranate seeds 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 2 tsp pomegranate molasses 2 tbsp each fresh mint, parsley and coriander leaves, roughly chopped Handful rocket leaves Method 1. Cook the pearl barley according to the packet instructions (about 40 minutes). Drain, refresh under cold water to cool and drain well. Put in a mixing bowl. 2. Heat a griddle or frying pan over a high heat. Put the olive oil in a small bowl and season with salt and pepper, then brush all over the aubergine slices. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side until charred and tender. Set aside until cool, then roughly chop. Add to the pearl barley with the tomatoes, red onion and half the pomegranate seeds. 3. Put the remaining pomegranate seeds in a small sieve. Using a wooden spoon, press out all the juice from the seeds into a small bowl. Discard the seeds in the sieve, then whisk in the extra-virgin olive oil, pomegranate molasses and a little salt and pepper to taste. 4. Just before serving, stir in the herbs and dressing, then serve scattered with the rocket leaves. Serves 6
Hands on time 40 minutes
Simmering time 40 minutes
A make-ahead recipe, with pearl barley and aubergine, that’s great for a packed luncher picnic on a summer’s day. Calories per serving 254 19
Activities at St Mark & St Cuthbert’s Church Hall Monday
• 6.00 pm to 7.30 pm
• 9.15 am to 11.30 am (not held in August) • after the 10.00 am Eucharist Service • 2.30 to 3.30pm
• 5.30 pm to 7.00 pm
• 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 10th August & Sat 14th September
Messy Church: - 10.30 -12.30
Craft, Worship, Food & Fun for all ages Sat 28th September
• after 9.30 am Parish Eucharist 20
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
• 5.00 pm to 6.30 pm
• 5.30pm to 7.15 pm
• 7.00 pm to 8.15 pm
• Cubs & Scouts
• 5.45 pm to 9.00 p.m
• 5.30 pm to 7.15 pm 21
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Mrs Barbara Matheson
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Ms Liza Dorothy, Mis Diane Lee, Ms Sarah Lysaght, Mrs Barbara Matheson, Mrs Eileen Wraith
Deanery Synod Members Mrs June Mitchinson, Miss Jean Smith Hall Booking Secretary
Ms Liza Dorothy
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Magazine Committee Representative
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Rev. Stan Buyers
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Mr Phil Brown, Mrs Gill Brown, Mrs Angela Clark, Mr Ronnie Clark, Ms Diann Fox , Mrs Glenn Middleton, Mrs Janet Nichols, Mr Ernie Russell (co-opted), Mr James Scott, Mrs Linda Smithson
Deanery Synod Members Mr Peter Cross, Mrs Emma Waters Hall Booking Secretary
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St Peter’s Friday 13th September Saturday 14th September Church open both days 2pm - 5pm Illustrated talk: Four Corners of Harton - 3.00pm Churchyard records on view Refreshments available
St Mark & St Cuthbert’s Saturday 14th September Church open 10am – 2pm Refreshments available 23
The Lantern, the parish magazine of Harton and Cleadon Park