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The Lantern December 2018/January 2019

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The Twelve Days of Christmas Thursday 13th December 7.30-9.00pm St Peter’s Church Harton

An hour long illustrated talk by Jean Stokes on the meaning of the Twelve Days of Christmas Price to include a of glass wine/orange juice

Tickets ÂŁ5.00 All proceeds will be donated to the Mission to Seafarers 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

0191 4554682

Hon Assistant Priest

Rev Canon Hails, JP FCMA bhails@btinternet.com

0191 5295297

Hon Assistant Priest

Rev Stan Buyers MEd LCG stanbuyers@btinternet.com

0191 5365452

Reader

Peter Cross

0191 4566047

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

Thursday

EUCHARIST

• 10.00 am

Daily Prayer

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

Sunday

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

Tuesday

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 If you come to the Nativity service this year, you will hear a ‘very unexpected’ Christmas story.

the UK – a word which should not be appropriate of this country in 2018. With divisions deepening not receding over Brexit, the future of jobs and family life, staffing of hospitals and care homes, and a growing anxiety of the need to stockpile food and medicine, the horizon to 2019 does not in the first instance seem to twinkle with joy.

It invites us not just to look forward to all the things we eagerly anticipate at Christmas, but to reflect too on the reality of the Christmas story itself, when we strip back the layers of twee depictions of a golden haired babe in arms, serenely gazing at a mother as beautifully re-made post-birth as the Duchess of Cambridge, and remember just how radical the incarnation was.

If we look around at the joy and the over-exuberance of some people’s Christmas, and contrast it with the struggle of others to heat and eat, or to buy any presents at all for their children, we see the gap brought into sharp focus. You do not need to be a UN special rapporteur to see the hopelessness and despair of many.

Perhaps we should not think it entirely unexpected at the time, given that we will hear again through Advent all those prophecies of the Messiah’s birth, and at Epiphany of the men who followed the stars, seemingly sure of their goal. But as they drew near, and went to Herod, they revealed that they too had not expected a King to be born anywhere less than a palace.

In the midst of this, a child is born. An unexpected child, in an unexpected place, to unexpected parents. A child who would be displaced, a refugee; state-less and status-less – just as too many are today. The horizon may not immediately seem to sparkle with joy. But if we look again, there is the star that we follow to guide us in life and to lead us nearer to our saviour. A saviour who may still be found (perhaps even most often is) in unexpected places and people. Who does still bring joy.

As I write, icy gales blast outside. I read one article about another homeless person dying outside in the cold, and see two separate photographs on social media of homeless people with their wheelchairs beside them. And tonight I am, simultaneously deeply sad and incandescently angry at Amber Rudd’s denial of the UN expert’s special report on poverty and indeed destitution in 4


The radical wonderful moment of Christmas – the good news – is that G o d c o m e s a m o n g t h e p o o r, marginalised, struggling, depressed, hurting of his world.

We too need to say ‘yes’ again to God. Yes to experiencing his joy in a jaded world. Yes to holding on to his hope in a hurting world. Yes to pursuing his peace in a precarious yet precious world.

God’s plan to save the world (spoiler alert, if you’re coming to the Nativity) began when a teenage girl said ‘yes’ to God. Risking humiliation, rejection and pain, she said ‘yes’ because through the Holy Spirit working within her she knew that God was going to change things.

To place the weak and weary and worn o u t a t t h e c e n t r e s e e m s t o o unexpected, too radical today. But it is where the story began, and it is where we must return. As we near the stable scene this year, with wonder and awe, and place our hope and trust in the child who looks back at us, we should ask ourselves how this unexpected story of hope is spread today.

God’s Spirit can and will work through us too, so that God can change the world. So that we can seek justice and inclusion, food and shelter, worth and compassion for all. And peace for his world.

We too should risk humiliation and rejection and should courageously accept the challenge to carry God’s Word today. Bring your gifts in the New Year, as the Magi did, to honour Jesus, and to join us on a year where we have committed to sharing the Christmas message with those who need or long to hear it. And join the children (angels), singing

God first shared his Christmas message of peace, hope and joy to people with no status – a young woman, a carpenter and shepherds. He does not care about our status or our nationality of birth; about our gender, orientation or ability; or about how many mistakes we have made. His offer of peace, hope and joy is for all.

Glory be to God on high 
 Peace on earth as God comes nigh 
 Alleluia, angels sing 
 Glory to the newborn King Joy and hope and peace and love 
 Be with you from God above.

We see the extent of need and longing in our community, town, region, nation and world for a message of peace, hope and joy. For the message of love that is Christmas. 5


straight our own paths; and as we go on into Epiphany looking up with the Magi to ensure the star marking Christ’s presence in our world is the lantern to our feet and the light always on our path, then you might also like to commit some of your spring to refreshing your faith.

In January, we shall begin running the Alpha Course – a ten week set of short film discussions, with food a n d t h e o p p o r t u n i t y f o r conversation. W h e n A l p h a w a s o r i g i n a l l y developed forty years ago it was created as an evangelistic tool – a course for people new to faith, to Christianity, to church. It was a ‘basics’ programme, and it has given thousands of people in this country and all around the world the chance t o b e c u r i o u s a n d o p e n t o understanding more deeply our faith. Sessions cover Life, Jesus, the Cross, the Bible, the Spirit, Prayer, Church, Telling others etc.

Our course will begin on Monday 14th January, in the Green Room at St Peter’s at 7pm, with the intention to begin a second programme at St Mark & St Cuthbert during the daytime shortly after. Please email Kate directly with questions or to sign up, phone Kate 455 4682 or e m a i l c h u r c h ( t h a t ’ s revkateboardman@gmail.com or stpetersharton@gmail.com). You don’t need to bring anything, do anything before the course and there’s no homework during it. All are welcome.

But Alpha isn’t only for those with no knowledge of Jesus – it is also a great opportunity to reflect on what we each think, believe or are curious about; the chance to ask questions and chew over big concepts together. Given that we are currently praying to be stirred into action, into a renewal of our own faith as we begin our Advent journey, making 6


The Unexpected Story

could live in connection to him and be filled with that confidence, safety, peace and joy. He invited people to be in a special relationship with him, and he gave them guidance on how to live close to him, but they kept getting distracted and forgetting. He sent messengers over and over to remind them of his love, and he rescued them from lots of dangers, and yet they still found it hard. And so, he decided to take away as many barriers as possible between him and people.

The bigger story, that you might share with people curious about faith; the story that the children will tell on Christmas Eve, that we will be able to explore in Alpha, that we wait again to be reminded of in Advent, brought to life at Christmas and revealed in Epiphany: God made people for relationship with him. We were created to always know his love, guidance, care and voice. It’s how we were designed to function best: filled with the confidence, safety, peace and joy that come from knowing we are loved by God.

His plan can be seen in Jesus’ birth, which is what we celebrate at Christmas. God himself came to earth as a person to be close to people, and the story continues through his death and resurrection that we celebrate at Easter. Jesus came to remove all the barriers between us and God.

People chose to walk away from God, and we choose our own path. When we are apart from God, our hearts can forget all of his love, guidance and care. Instead, we can begin to feel fear and worry, and feel lost or helpless. When people feel these things, they can make bad choices. They can hurt others and themselves, and can become so focused on themselves that they forget to care for others. It can make the world a tough place to live in.

All of this means that, today, we can connect with him, just as we are, and our lives can begin to find that love, peace and joy that he always wanted us to have.

God loved people so much that he kept calling to them, and inviting them to come back to him, so they 7


Memory walk South Shields On Saturday October 4th, my daughter-in-law, Nikki, & I met at Bents Park with 3500 other fundraisers to raise money and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Society. We could choose to walk either 22km ,5km or 1Km. It was a lovely sunny but cold day and everyone was in good spirits as we joined the group of 700 for the 22km challenge. We set off at 9am walking from the park via the coast road & cliff tops as far as Roker lighthouse & back. On the return journey we met up at Marsden bay with the group doing the 5km walk consisting of all ages adults, children, toddlers in pushchairs & wheelchair users, some of whom had photos of loved ones on their tee shirts. All who walked had all been touched by this crippling disease, I would like to thank family, friends & the congregation from St Peter’s church for their support & helping me raise £310. The walk at South Shields raised £59,350, countrywide £6 million. Thank you all. Ethel Ramsey

• Durham Cathedral Stewarding • Friends together-activities and food for local parishioners • Friendly Circle -meetings and outings for older people in South Tyneside • Fundraising for various charities through contributions to flower festivals throughout the northeast • Hospitality and Hope Soup Kitchen and Food Bank • Macmillan Cancer Support • Practical and spiritual relief for a refugee family who arrived in our parish having fled his country in fear of their life. • Relief for refugees in Hamburg both practically and in terms of funding • Schools - hosting visits to the church • Shoebox Appeal • Stroke Association • Summer School - activities (including a meal) held daily at St Mark’s and St Cuthbert’s over the school holidays for local children • Tearfund • Tea at three -for our elderly parishioners • U3A organisational roles • Visiting the sick and needy • Voluntary work in the shop and tea r room at South Tyneside District Hospital • Voluntary duties arranging flowers in the chapel at South Tyneside Hospital • Volunteering to work in charity shops throughout the town • Working with young people through leadership of Uniformed Organisations for boys and girls No doubt this just scrapes the surface of the many ways that we do God’s work and apologies for any we have missed. Whatever work you do we send you our heartfelt thanks for your efforts and our prayers for your continued work.

Outreach

As 2018 draws to a close, the editorial team reflected on how much outreach our congregations do, both on an organised basis and individually on a daily basis. This might involve raising vital funds for worthy causes or spending time helping out in various roles. Here are some of the things we know of: • Age ConcernAssistance Dogs • Bread of Life Food Bank • Children’s Society (through Christingle) • DementiaCare 8


Tearfund: A Christian charity committed to eradicating poverty. •Which country’s international rugby team has the shortest name? •What is the only country to have a flag which is not a quadrilateral?

helping local people work together for change. Generally, we focus on training and enabling: we help people see the potential in what God has already given them in terms of their skills and abilities, then help identify the resources and tools they need to mobilise their community. Tearfund supports many projects around the world; too many to list in a short article but one example of a recent project highlights the Church and Community Transformation (CCT) initiative: Tarija is a small Bolivian town close to the border with Argentina. Its green valleys are protected from the dry climate of the highlands and the humidity of the jungle. This makes it a magnet for the many migrants who come here seeking work – and for people keen to exploit them through human and drug trafficking. Church leaders were extremely concerned about the risks this posed for local youth. Through Tearfund’s CCT work, a group of church leaders were trained to help tackle the problem. Pa s t o r J u l i o C é s a r J u s t i n i a n o ministers in a slum outside Tarija, where there is a severe lack of public services and schools. His church has learnt to stand with the community and help them identify solutions to l o c a l n e e d s . T h e y ’r e h u g e l y encouraged to see the church’s potential unleashed to protect young

Just 2 of the 72 questions faced by the quizzers at the Big Quiz for Tearfund held at St Mark’s on 17th November. If you want to know the answers, then you’ll have to read on… Our church was just one of nearly 500 taking part in a giant fundraiser for Tearfund which has been working with local churches to combat poverty in the most deprived communities around the world. In t h e i r l a t e s t r e p o r t , Te a r f u n d explains: Our distinctive approach is to work with and through local churches which are at the heart of the local co m m u n i t y a n d co m m i tte d to 9


people from organised crime. ‘Before this training, we didn’t know how to help children and teenagers and keep them free of drugs,’ he says, ‘but now we have the tools we need.’

w o u l d h e l p t h e m t o f i n d employment, thus avoiding the dangers that would have waited for them otherwise. It gave them hope f o r a n o r m a l f u t u r e a n d a n opportunity to get out of poverty.

Sometimes, change can be brought about by simple, practical help: Lev runs an orphanage for girls in the Central Asian States. But there was a question constantly hanging over him: how could he help the girls find a better life after they left? The answer came from an unexpected source – pastry. Lev and his wife Zarina, despite having very little money themselves, poured everything they had into the orphanage. The couple couldn't even afford to have furniture in their home – just a few mattresses and some sheets. But despite Lev ’s passion and selflessness, the girls couldn’t seem to escape the cycle of poverty in which they were caught. They were leaving the orphanage with few vocational or social skills. Consequently, 90% of the girls became victims of human trafficking and other crime. Lev desperately wanted to do something for them, through Tearfund he underwent development training applied for a cash grant to set up baking courses for girls who left the orphanage. The skills they learned on the course on how to make traditional pastries

There are many such stories of hope o n t h e T e a r f u n d w e b s i t e (www.tearfund.org) and they all show God’s work being done in the most difficult of places. I was very keen for St Mark’s to be a part of the big Quiz; the questions were challenging but we raised £150 on the night and I know it will be used to further this fantastic work. Perhaps more important than this was the awareness it raised of the work done by Tearfund. As we head towards Christmas, some of us may well be considering causes to support through our giving. I would urge you to visit the Tearfund website and give them some serious consideration. A huge thank you to everyone who braved the questions and the heating system and who were so generous with their donations. Bill Answers to the quiz questions: •The international rugby team with the shortest name is Fiji •The country with the nonquadrilateral flag is Nepal 10


Boxing Day December 26th has been a bank holiday in England since 1871 It is also kept as a holiday in many of the countries once in the British Empire such as Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The name is thought to have originated from the giving of Christmas Boxes, or presents on that day. Indeed my father never gave me a Christmas present it was always what do you want for your Christmas Box this year? Though I did receive it on Christmas Day. Throughout the Christian Church the day is remembered as St Stephen’s day, the first Christian Martyr who died for his faith. He was a young man within the new church in Jerusalem and was made, as the Acts of the Apostles tells us, into one of the seven deacons to ensure that the poor and needy within the church were supported. However he spoke out about his faith and was brought before the Sanhedrin who ruled

that he had blasphemed against the law of Moses and on 26th December 34AD he was led outside the city and stoned to death. His symbol of martyrdom is therefore a stone. Hence why he is surrounded by stones in this renaissance painting by Carlo Crivelli, (1430-1494).

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reflecting the rise of the living wage. Samuel Pepys writing in h i s d i a r y o n 1 9 t h December 1663 recorded, Thence by coach to my shoemaker’s and paid all there, and gave something to the boys’ box against Christmas. And again in 1668 on the 28 Dec. he wrote, In some churches old Alms/ Charity boxes are still in situ, the above photograph was taken in St Peter’s Church Walpole, Norfolk. These boxes were opened on St Stephen’s Day and the contents distributed to the poor and needy of the parish.

Called up by drums & trumpets; these things & boxes having cost me much money this Christmas.

The good works of giving on Boxing Day is remembered in a Victorian Christmas Carol written by John Mason Neale in 1853, There is also the custom linked that of Good King Wenceslas. with this of giving presents to those working for us, or offering Wenceslas was a Duke of Bohemia us a service. When I was young I who died in 935AD but is remember the milkman, paper remembered as being Christian in boy, bin man etc were all given a a time when not all rulers were Christmas Box (usually money in and who lived a life of giving to an envelope) by Mam and Dad, a the poor and supporting the custom now dying out among the needy. It is one of of our younger generations, maybe country’s favourite carols and has 12


been illustrated many times. The closing lines as you can see from the illustration above by Jessie King produced in 1919 proclaims,

It is interesting to think how people do that in 2018, certainly one of the activities in 2017 was the charity Boxing Day dip.

Ye who do now bless the poor, Shall Enjoy giving your Christmas Boxes yourselves find blessing. however you do so. Jean Stokes

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Trust me I’m a doctor. Watching this series with Michael Mosley on BBC 2 recently, I was interested in what it had to say about maintaining fitness and improving core strength. The question that was posed was:

They took 12 volunteers aged over 40 and gave them a month-long exercise programme that could be carried out entirely at home. The results At the beginning and end of the experiment tests were carried out to determine the participants’ leg strength and power, handgrip strength and the size of their thigh muscles.

Can I get stronger without going to the gym? The idea of pumping iron at the gym can be intimidating, especially as we get older. But as we get older we tend to lose muscle, so doing resistance exercise to maintain it becomes even more important. So, is there a way to maintain our muscle without going to the gym?

The difference between ‘strength’ and ‘power’ is that strength only measures how much force can be exerted, whereas power also includes how quickly it can be applied. The results The following improvements to the areas tested were: Thigh muscle - an increase in thickness of 2% Leg strength - an increase of 12% Leg power - an increase of 13% Handgrip strength - an increase of 4%

As we enter our 40s our bodies get worse at building and maintaining muscle, and we can lose as much as 1% of our muscle mass every single year. That continual loss doesn’t just affect our strength: low muscle mass is also a predictor of poor health in old age and even early death. But the right exercises can slow or even reverse this decline.

What does this mean? These simple exercises that anyone can do at home can produce really significant increases in muscle strength.

So Dr Mosley designed an experiment in conjunction with Dr Philip Atherton of the University of Nottingham to see if muscle size and strength can be increased without going to the gym.

If this is done over a long period of time, it may help to slow or reverse muscle loss caused by ageing. So why not have a go? 18


Exercises

Participants in the experiment were asked to do 3 sets of 12 repetitions every day for 4 weeks.

Exercise 3: Cleaning Calf Raises ▪ Stand tall with your abdominal (stomach) muscles pulled in and ▪ your feet hip width apart (or slightly narrower), ▪ raise your heels so that you're on your tiptoes, ▪ hold the position and then lower your heels to the floor, ▪ ensure that the lift comes from the whole width of your foot and not the little toe or inside of the foot, ▪ a convenient time to do this exercise is while dusting, cleaning windows or reaching for high objects during cooking

Exercise 1: Toothbrush squats ▪ Stand with feet shoulder width apart, ▪ make sure that ankles, knees and hips are in alignment, ▪ sit back and down like you’re sitting in an imaginary chair, ▪ keep your head facing forward, ▪ lower until your thighs are as parallel to the floor as possible, ▪ press your weight into your heels, ▪ do not let your knees go over the front of your toes, ▪ hold at the bottom and then return to starting position ▪ a convenient time to do this is while brushing your teeth,

Exercise 4: Cooking Bicep Curls ▪ Stand up straight with a weight in each hand at arms length, ▪ keep your elbows close to your torso and rotate the palms of your hands until they are facing forward- this is your starting position, ▪ keep the position of your elbows stationary and curl your arms until the weights are close to shoulder level, ▪ hold in this position and then lower slowly back down, ▪ this can be done at any time using various house-hold objects such as tins/ cans and bottles of water, ▪

Exercise 2: Hoover or Shopping Bag Walking Lunges ▪ Step forward with first leg, ▪ land on heel and then forefoot, ▪ lower body by flexing knee and hip of front leg until knee of rear leg is almost in contact with floor, ▪ do not let your front knee go over the front of your toes, ▪ keep knees and feet pointing forward, ▪ keep torso upright during lunge, ▪ repeat by alternating lunge with opposite legs, ▪ a convenient time to do this is while hoovering or brushing the floor 19


Exercise 5: Towel Tricep Extensions ▪ Pick up a towel with one hand at the end of the towel and position the arm so the towel hangs down your back and the arm is bent, ▪ your forearm should be behind your head with the elbow pointing upwards, ▪ grasp the other end of the towel behind your lower back with your free hand, ▪ make sure your feet are hip width apart and your posture upright, ▪ stretch out the top arm fully, the other arm offers the resistance, ▪ the upper part of the top arm should remain stationary, ▪ hold at the top against resistance and then relax the arm back down, ▪ switch arms after each set of 12, ▪ this exercise can be done using a bath or tea/ hand towel

hold in this position and then press up until your arms are straight again, Exercise 7: Washing Basket Oblique Twists ▪ Stand up straight with feet roughly hip distance apart and soft knees, ▪ hold your washing basket, or other similar weighted object in both hands with your arms at your sides and hands positioned just above your waist, ▪ twist the basket around your body to one side while keeping your lower body fixed and your hips facing forward, ▪ repeat by twisting to the other side Exercise 8: Broom Deadlift Hold a broom or mop horizontally, and stand just behind it with feet shoulder width apart, ▪ squat down (see exercise 1) and grasp the handle with hands slightly wider than shoulder width apart, ▪ keep your back straight and eyes looking forward, ▪ keep the back rigid and arms straight, ▪ lift the broom or mop using the legs, keeping your arms straight, ▪ once you are upright, complete the exercise by raising the shoulders slightly, ▪ return the broom to the ground slowly and carefully

Exercise 6: Wall/ Door Frame Press-up ▪ Stand facing a wall or door frame with your feet hip width apart about 2 feet away from the wall, ▪ place your palms slightly wider than shoulder-width apart on the wall, ▪ you should be able to keep your arms straight with your palms flat against the wall, ▪ keep your body straight and s l o w l y b e n d yo u r e l b o w s , lowering your chest to the wall, until your upper arms are close to parallel with the wall, 20


Quick & easy party nibbles for Christmas

Fig & blue cheese skewers: Skewer wedges of fig and cubes of blue cheese onto small cocktail sticks or skewers, then drizzle with a little runny honey and scatter with thyme leaves to serve.

Parsnip chips with maple-mustard dip: Peel a parsnip per person, then cut into chunky chips and roast with sunflower oil and seasoning at 220C/200C fan/gas 7 for 20-30 mins until crispy and golden. Mix a 200ml tub crème fraîche with 2 tbsp grainy mustard, 2 tbsp maple syrup and some seasoning and serve the hot parsnip chips alongside for dipping.

Mini avocado tarts: Buy mini croustade cases from the supermarket, then put a small spoonful of sour cream in each case. Finely dice ripe avocados and mix with a little lime juice, some poppy seeds and finely snipped chives, then pile on top of the sour cream.

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SNIPPETS STORIES AND SOUNDBITES

change some of our habits and traditions. Most of us like to send and receive Christmas cards, sometimes being the only time we keep in touch, but perhaps we can think of recyclable cards and wrapping paper, less plastic, glitter and sticky bits etc. and waste as little food as possible. We owe it to God’s gifts in creation to see what we can do!

A legend recalled by the late author/ theologian William Barclay tells of how, when the Holy Family was escaping to Egypt they took refuge in a cave for the night to escape from King Herod’s men. A spider began to spin a web across the entrance (was the spider aware of the precious occupants?) Overnight the web became dew-laden, so that in the morning daylight, it sparkled. When the soldiers passed the cave, they assumed that no-one could be hiding there as the web was undisturbed, so they wouldn’t waste valuable time checking it. They went on their way, and when the ‘coast was clear’, Joseph gathered his family and belongings together and they were able to continue their journey safely to Egypt. The use of tinsel was traditionally a reminder of the service rendered by one of God’s tiny creatures.

oooooooooOooooooo A year or two ago Professor Brian Cox told of how he was approached by Father Christmas who asked for his help in trying to get round the world more efficiently and quickly on Christmas Eve. The professor gave the matter some thought, and then told Santa that it was impossible. “But Batman can do it, so surely you can help me”, was the urgent plea. “I’m terribly sorry”, came the reply, “but you must realise that Batman isn’t real!”

oooooooooOooooooo

Anita Buyers

There can’t be many of us who haven’t been horrified by the pictures and accounts of the build up of plastic waste destroying the environment.

St Mark & St Cuthbert’s Coffee Morning: - 10.30 to 12 noon

Saturday 12th Jan & Saturday 26th Jan (none in December)

Christmas is a time when consumerism reaches vastly greater proportions. Perhaps we should be re-evaluating just where we can each do our little bit by trying to

Messy Church: - 10.30 -12.30

Craft, Worship, Food & Fun for all ages Saturday 26th January (none in December) 22


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

Wednesday

• Craft Club meets on the last

• 2.00 pm to

Thursday

• 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 10.45

Sunday

• 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

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

• Parents & Toddlers

• 9.30 am to 11.00 am

Monday

• Art Club U3A • 1.30 to 3.30

Tuesday

• 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

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

Friday

• Parents & Toddlers

• 9.30 am to 11.00 am

Saturday

• Irish Dance

• 9.30 am to 1.30 pm

Sunday

• 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

Thursday

• Cubs & Scouts

• 5.45 pm to 9.00 p.m

Friday

• Beavers

• 5.30 pm to 7.15 pm 24


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

• Guides

• 6.00 pm to 7.30 pm

Tuesday

• 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)

Thursday

• Line Dancing

• 10.00 am to 11.30 am

Friday

• Rainbows • Line Dancing

• 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm • 7.30 to 9.30 pm

Saturday

• Coffee Morning (2nd Sat every month) • Messy Church (Last Sat every month except Dec)

• 10.30 am to 12 noon • 10.30 am to 12 noon

Sunday

• Coffee

• after 9.30 am Parish Eucharist

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CHURCH PERSONNEL ST MARK & ST CUTHBERT’S Church Warden

Anne Blair-Vincent

Treasurer

Mrs Barbara Matheson

PCC Secretary

Vacant

PCC Members

Miss Janet Gardener, Mrs Barbara Matheson, Mrs Dulcie Proudlock, Mrs Audrey Yarrow, Mrs Eileen Wraith

• 0191 4260007

Deanery Synod Members Mrs June Mitchinson, Miss Jean Smith Hall Booking Secretary

Ms Liza Dorothy

• 07538 719585

Magazine Committee Representative

Mrs Anita Buyers

• 0191 5365452

Safeguarding Officer

Rev. Stan Buyers

• 0191 5365452

CHURCH PERSONNEL ST PETER’S Reader

Peter Cross

• 0191 4566047

Church Wardens Mrs Ethel Ramsey ethelramsey@hotmail.com Mrs Jean Stokes jastokes@virginmedia.com

• 0191 4542341 • 0191 4207818

Treasurer

Mr Colin Brown c.brown932@btinternet.com

PCC Secretary

Vacancy

PCC Members

Mr Phil Brown, Mrs Angela Clark, Mr Ronnie Clark, Ms Diann Fox , Mrs Janet Nichols, Mr Ernie Russell, Mr James Scott, Mrs Linda Smithson (co-opted)

Deanery Synod Members Mr Peter Cross, Mrs Emma Waters Hall Booking Secretary

Mrs Ethel Ramsey

• 0191 4542341

Magazine Editor Mrs Linda Smithson lindasmithson@hotmail.co.uk • 0191 4217634 & Committee Mrs Jean Stokes jastokes@virginmedia.com • 0191 4207818 Safeguarding Officer

Mr Phil Brown philneptune@yahoo.co.uk

HARTON CHURCHES TOGETHER REPRESENTATIVES Contact Anita Buyers 0191 536 5452 26

• 07568 172375


Coming soon….. Things to watch out for in 2019! For old or young, there will be more opportunities to worship, learn, sing, pray and serve. Will your new year resolution be to engage in something new?

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Especially for our younger members, but all are welcome, St Peter’s will begin a new service of ‘Sing Praise’ at 3pm on February 3rd 27


Christmas Services & Events 2018 for Harton St Peter and St Mark & St Cuthbert Cleadon Park St Peter's Events

Thursday 13th 7.30pm Art Talk & Reflection: ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ with cheese and wine

Services Sunday December 2nd 4pm Christingle Sunday 16th December 6pm Carols by Candlelight Sunday 23rd December 4pm Crib Service Sunday 24th December 4pm Nativity Monday 24th December 11.30pm Midnight Mass

All welcome St Mark & St Cuthbert Events Saturday 8th December 10.30 - 3pm Christmas Fayre

Services Tuesday 11th December 6pm Christingle Friday 14th December 6pm Community Carols Sunday 24th December 3pm Crib Service Tuesday 25th December Christmas Day service 10am

All welcome

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December 2018/January 2019  

The Lantern parish magazine of St Peter's Harton and St Mark & St Cuthbert's Cleadon Park

December 2018/January 2019  

The Lantern parish magazine of St Peter's Harton and St Mark & St Cuthbert's Cleadon Park

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