The Lantern June/July2019
Art or Graffiti? Clet Abraham is a French artist who has become famous in Florence, where he is based, and much further afield, for his ‘guerrilla’ acts of art, editing street signs with easily removable adhesives like these. Clet is clear that his signs are art. The police say adding to the street signs is against the ‘codice della strada’ (laws of the road) and occasionally fine him. Some see these works as part of the urban decay rampant in Florence while others feel offended by the religious content of the Pietà signs. The artist himself says: “My street sign work stems from a reflection upon our ‘common visual space’. The omnipresence of street signs can verge on the absurd; they have a highly invasive aesthetic. As a professional in the world of visual space, I feel called to intervene, both to notify the public of the absurdity of the situation, and to propose a constructive and respectful alternative. My [intention is] to maintain utility but give it some intellectual, spiritual, or simply amusing interest.” Clet certainly doesn’t see his art as graffiti. Of graffiti artists, he says, “We do have in common a taste for the mysteries of the night and of surprise; a healthy attitude [or preference] for liberty of expression and breaking of rules – but these are the bases of being an artist!” For more, see www.instagram.com/cletabraham
Welcome to St Peter’s Church, Harton and St Mark and St Cuthbert’s, Cleadon Park Priest
Re Kate Boardman MA FHEA email@example.com
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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
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
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 VestryFrom the Vestry Last year, a group of pastors from the Nordkirche were away together, in Florence, and I was looking at the photos of a colleague. Not the beautiful much-taken views of the Duomo and the bridge (though he promised he took those too) but of almost every street sign he passed. They were the fabulous art of Clet Abraham, who I’d never heard of but who has done some work in London and in Glasgow as well as around Europe and the US.
where there seems to be no way o u t , o r h o p e . A ‘d e a d e n d ’ transformed by the Easter Christ – through his death, he has destroyed death; his death was not the end and because of it, our death is not the end. Added visual impact too, for those who know that the Roman cross, despite most western artistic depiction, was T shaped. I thought many of Clet’s signs were brilliant, but this was particularly inspired. He acknowledges that there are people offended by this adoption of religious imagery, but to me it is such a simple way to be reminded in everyday life that when it feels like there is no way out, there is always hope to be found in our crucified God who takes such a situation and makes something new, offers hope not just for this life, but for the next. As we move from Easter through Ascension and Pentecost and into ‘Ordinary Time’, I shall now be on the lookout for ‘ordinary’ things which unexpectedly remind me of Hope.
A few examples are on page 2, but one that really caught my eye was the crucified Christ sticker, on the No Through Road (is that its official name? It’s a long time since I took my driving test!) How perfect, I exclaimed, that would be just great to preach in Easter. ‘How so?’ came the reply. Well, because it’s the dead end sign… ah, perhaps that doesn’t come across in translation. What do you call that sign in German? ‘Sackgasse’ – not in my vocabulary, but it obviously doesn’t mean ‘dead end’ in quite the same way. In I’m writing in Easter, Good Shepherd French, it’s not so dissimilar – it’s ‘la Sunday, when this morning ’s voie sans issue’ – no way out. readings were Dorcas being raised from the dead and in Revelation the It is of course anything BUT a dead image of heaven as the great end. ‘No way out’ is transformed by multitude, from all nations, people, Christ, who is the way, the truth and t r i b e s a n d l a n g u a g e s , a l l the life. A way out of many places 4
worshipping the Lamb, clothed in white, where there was no hunger or thirst and where God had wiped away all tears.
he lived, always inviting, above all, those who nobody else wants. In the church we call this idea of coexistence "ecumenism" It means "house community" – a kind of global religious cohabitation. As Revelation tells us, a multitude, from all nations, all people, tribes and languages. This needs more than a solo effort by any individual state – although a united Europe could perhaps be a good step in this direction. But God himself allows us such a heavenly thought with the biblical vision.
That same colleague sent me an article he wrote for their local newspaper in March ready for the Brexit date that never was. I thought I would share, and leave him to prompt this month’s prayer, today’s collect. He writes (titled ‘Br-enter’ instead of ‘Br-exit’): Every day "Brexit" is in the news. And it is picked up too in our Bible readings. So many texts about how states should/could live together. […] A general criterion: whether we make life ‘heaven’ or ‘hell’; how much people are excluded – such as the poor, the weak, the stranger. There’s a special hope expressed that one day all the people and tribes of the world will meet on Mount Zion.
"Imagine!" a well-known Briton John Lennon said once. "You could say I'm a dreamer. But I'm not the only one. I hope someday you will join us. And the world will live together as one." Whatever our geopolitical future looks like by the time the magazine goes to print, let’s hope that we can all hold on to that vision.
In "heaven" one is no longer asked to which nation they belong. The Bible describes it as a paradise, s o m e t i m e s a b i g p a r t y a n d sometimes a golden city. But always w h e re eve r yo n e i s to get h e r. Especially those who were excluded before. Jesus was asked when this would be. His answer was "This heaven is already here!" This is how
Risen Christ, faithful shepherd of your Father’s sheep: teach us to hear your voice and to follow your command, that all your people may be gathered into one flock, to the glory of God the Father. Amen.
Some questions taken from the quiz at the Christian Aid evening held on 15th May. 1 This is the original Barbours Shop in South Shields. What now stands on this site?
2 This is a photograph from 1900 of a bandstand in one of the parks in South Shields. Which park is it?
3 When was the tower at Westoe Colliery demolished: 1963, 1973, 1983, 1993, 2003?
4 What has replaced this tram line?
5 This is a scene from 1941, where was the photograph taken?
6 When was the new Vigilant pub built: 1915, 1925, 1935, 1945, 1955?
7 This old local farmhouse still stands, where is it to be found?
8 This photograph of King Street shows on the left side Marks and Spencers which had been the Theatre Royal and on the right side the Golden Lion Hotel. Where is the lion to be found now? 7
Bible Cake Ingredients • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (1 Kings 4:22) • 1 cup milk, (Judges 5:25) • 2 cups white sugar, (Jeremiah 6:20) • 2 cups figs (Nahum 3:12), chopped • 2 cups raisins, (1 Samuel 30:11) • 2 cups almonds, (Numbers 17:8) • 2 teaspoons honey, (1st Samuel 14:25) • 1/2 teaspoon salt, (Leviticus 2:13) • 2 teaspoons baking soda (Amos 4:5)
Chocolate Fondant covers a rectangle cake with edible gold painting for the pages.
Directions • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13 inch tin. • In a large bowl, combine flour, milk, sugar, figs, raisins, almonds, honey, salt and baking soda. Mix thoroughly. • Pour into prepared 9x13 inch tin. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 40 minutes, or until edges pull away from pan. Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 322 calories; 7.9 g fat; 60.1 g carbohydrates; 6.7 g protein; < 1 mg cholesterol; 161 mg sodium Answers to the ‘Christian Aid Quiz on pages 6 & 7 1) The Word; 2) West Park; 3) 1993; 4) The grass reservation of the dual carriage way on King George Road; 5) Westoe Fountain/Roundabout/ Dean Road; 6 1925; 7) Brinkburn Farm/Ashley Road (see picture opposite); 8) Ocean Road in front of the Museum
Brinkburn Farm, May 2019
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How does the summer come round so fast again? Last year we served lunch to over 650 people across 20 days of activities. This year weâ€™ve already got 12 days planned and are busy sorting out activities. As ever, if you would be able to help out even if only for part of a morning, you would be warmly welcome. Thereâ€™s always a need for sandwich-makers, for sign-in monitors, for people to keep a general eye on activities, a sharp eye on the play park, or to set to with a sweeping brush at the end of the day. Do we have a topic to take your fancy?
I would recommend a visit this June to Ushaw College to see this amazing exhibition of clerical vestments. They were all designed by Dame Werburg a nun at Stanbrook Abbey.
The exhibition is in such a light airy space and is free to enjoy once you have paid the ÂŁ5 entrance fee to Ushaw, which allows you entry for the entire year to this amazing place in County Durham.
Born in 1894 Eileen Grace Welch attended art college but decided in 1915 that her true calling was to a spiritual life. However under her guidance Stanbrook Abbey became a flourishing centre for the creation of such beautiful works as can be seen in these photographs. (And you are able to get so close to them as to appreciate every stitch.)
Dame Werburg remained at the Abbey until her death in 1990 at the age of 95. As well as overseeing the art work she managed the Abbeyâ€™s orchard and was still climbing ladders to harvest the fruit until her 80s. She painted and carved throughout her life and some of these pieces are also on display. A joy to see. Jean Stokes
Brexit - a different perspective As thoughts turn to holidays and travel, perhaps in Europe, it seems that Brexit is not yet resolved. Spare a thought for those for whom the EU is more than just a holiday destination, and for whom the ongoing will we-won't we is continuing to cause uncertainty and stress. Here we share two views of what Brexit currently means to people involved. ‘We are Glynis and Steve Allen and we used to live in Harton, Glynis for all her life and Steve since 1979. Glynis’s father was Hugh Gilliland who many of you may have known as South Shields Registrar of births, deaths and marriages. We moved to Spain 12 years ago with a view to spending our retirement in a more relaxed, warmer way of life owing to my early onset arthritis and osteoporosis. At the time the thought of leaving the EU did not exist and we had no fears with regard to our life in Spain. We were in a common Europe after all! We applied for residency, switched to paying taxes in Spain and then applied to enter the Spanish health system. Despite a lot of red-tape and time, we achieved our aim of becoming fully legal residents in Spain. Then in 2016 Brexit happened! For the record, we were able to vote in the referendum (up to 15 years after we left the UK) and we voted to remain. The reasons were that we honestly thought (and still do) that Brexit would prove, economically, very difficult for the UK and, of course, on a more personal level, we thought of the disruption that Brexit may cause us personally. Although we have integrated into the Spanish way of life and have many Spanish friends, we also know many fellow ex-pats. There are more than 300,000 British expats living legally in Spain and many more who are illegal, many of whom are clamouring to return to the UK. There are also approximately 300,000 Spaniards living in the UK. Immediately after the referendum, no-one knew what was going to happen, not even the politicians. After all, no country has ever left the EU. For the first year or more there were a lot of “What ifs”. What if we lose the right to health care? What if we lose the right to residency? What if children can’t continue their education? What if this happens? What if that happens? Rumours came thick and fast. There is no doubt that we were very worried about our future in Spain so we started looking online and researching any possible information. As you know, for the first year or more there was no information and then gradually facts began to emerge. About 18 months ago we learned from a ‘friend of a friend’ about a British Consulate Q&A session in our local town. We made a point of attending and found it very informative in some ways but still very vague in others with no concrete information. 15
However, we were told of a government website that gave regular updates about Brexit, so we signed up. We receive regular updates concerning what we need to know about ‘Importing animal feedstocks’ and ‘transfer of medications’ which are not really top of our list. However, every so often there is a ‘Living in Spain’ section with relevant information. Through this, we also found a Spanish government website for British expats. Through these sources we have found out that we have to apply for a new residency card and a Spanish driving licence…more red tape, expense and time but we think it is worth it. We know many ex-pats from different European countries and, without exception, they all think the UK is foolish to want to leave. However, democracy is democracy and we are resigned to accept whatever happens and adjust our lives accordingly. As the Bible says: “But of that day and that hour knoweth no man” (Mark 13:32). We just wish that the politicians, who are elected to make decisions, would make a decision one way or another so that we may continue our lives!’ Being a child of the EU I am Filipa Moreira and I am 14 years old. My dad is from Portugal, my mum is from Germany, I was born in the UK and I have plans to study abroad. This for a very long time has not been a problem and I am scared to be looking at a life in which it is. I have always been proud to be an outcome of an intereuropean relationship, freedom of movement and the child of German-Portuguese parents. I have loved and do love growing up in a family that threads together the cultures that have made up who I am and who I am becoming. I have loved and do love being surrounded by the roots and flowers of these cultures. Dinner tables stacked with a cultural expedition of food. Birthdays packed with international stamps and languages that I have to weave myself in and out of to unpick their collective message. Celebrations marked with traditions that challenge some and comfort others. Stereos bursting with a world tour of music. Bookshelves screaming in every language that I recognise as my mother tongue. Holidays repetitively and constrictively spent blending in on beaches and parading up and down the foreign but so well known roads that individually mean so much to my family. This is how I have lived and I am so grateful to be living like this. I have always treasured the beauty of a multicultural family and it has always been the norm to me. I have always gladly claimed the title of a second-generation European immigrant because my upbringing has shown me that what an immigrant is and what they can bring and create is amazing. 16
When all of me is tied to so many different cultures from my name to my appearance to my understanding of the world, I have always found it hard to claim a cultural identity. I have never felt wholesomely German or Portuguese or British (even less so in this political climate). But I have always felt that Britain was home and the brewing pot for all of these other cultures that make up me. I have always hoped that the EU could be home and that it will continue to be where I can learn and expand my cultural identity and self. But right now those two things are so up in arms that I don’t know where I stand. And neither does my close family. My parents have both recently been granted citizenship and both my sister and I received it as well. The confusing gift of British citizenship, as a life long German, one has cast a weird spell on my home. There have been days in which my house has been filled to the brim with an unwanted helpless anger that the Life in the UK test has prodded at. It saddens me to see the eyes of my parents radiating pure fear because none of us know what is going to happen next. The words “Home Office” has been spat on the walls of my family’s wellbeing over and over. The 2016 referendum has forever left its mark on my family. It makes me so angry to see that people can so easily turn on what has beautifully supported them for so long because of some carefully crafted lies spat from the mouths of the hypocrites who falsely represent us. As a young person, I am so angry to know that the result of the referendum would have been significantly shifted if the national voting age was lowered to 16. It makes me angry to feel the division that the proposal of Brexit has drawn across the UK. It makes me angry to catch a glimpse of the mountains between the Brexit that is being proposed and the Brexit, along with other false proposals, that were offered in 2016. It makes me angry to see this mess of a political move take priority over the screaming social needs of the people and the climate crisis that is staring at us. It makes me so angry to see the seeds of thousands of (but not enough) ballot papers grow and shape what my life and so many others’ lives will become. Long story short: I am angry. And I believe rightly so. I am a living outcome of the EU, living in a country that functions how it does because of the EU and its immigrants. We walk on literally EU funded ground that we can only walk on because of EU funded programmes, healthcare and education that we absentmindedly enjoy. We are a country that has thrived from the creation of the EU and that will do nothing but shamefully crumble if it rips itself from the home that it has grown in for so long. Whatever happens, I will not stop calling myself an EU citizen because I am so grateful for what it has given me.
SNIPPETS STORIES AND SOUNDBITES which nodded assent or refused petitions. As it is holiday time again, some of us will no doubt, on our travels come So next time you see one of these across astronomical clocks in quite phenomenal pieces, you are cathedrals and old churches so I inadvertently being preached to! thought I would share with you some background information on these oooooooooOooooooo fascinating timepieces and other automata. Becoming popular in the Further to the latest on surgeon 13th Century they were designed to David Nott in the last issue of i n t e r a c t w i t h t h e v i e w e r o r Lantern, he too, like Canon Andrew worshipper, and referred to now as White, has allowed his compassion to the ‘Artificial Intelligence’ of their get him into hot water. His ethic, to day! help ALL in need, has placed him in danger of being accused of assisting They were designed to encourage the enemy! worship in a subliminal way. The hourly chimes were meant to oooooooOooooooo coincide with the call of the monks to prayer, so that the viewing public A letter in the Church Times a few would be taking part. Many of these weeks ago reflected on a ‘church clocks showed the Apostles and built in the round’ in Lincoln in the Saints, or figures depicting evil being 60’s as being a typical style of the overcome by good, or, darkly, such time (Vatican II). It was lovingly figures as Old Father Time, to remind described as “a tent of meeting for viewers of their mortality (and need the people of God as they created to reform and behave!) community in the breaking of bread”. Does that (Bedouin tent and worship Inside the buildings there were description) resonate with anyone? moving figures; statues of the Virgin Mary to prevent monks from having Anita Buyers carnal thoughts; a boy statue which was able to move, (but if the young boy viewer couldn’t make it move, he was not ready for the next stage of his vocation); and a statue of Jesus 18
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 2018
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
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 20
Activities at St Mark & St Cuthbert’s Church Hall Monday
• 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 8th June & Sat 13th July
Messy Church: - 10.30 -12.30
Craft, Worship, Food & Fun for all ages Sat 22nd June & Sat 27th July
• after 9.30 am Parish Eucharist
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