Synod News and Events
Children’s Work Advisor
The Synod is delighted to announce that Mrs Hannah Middleton has been appointed to the post of Children’s Work Advisor. As most will be aware, Hannah has worked for the Synod before in the role of Children’s Officer and we look forward to welcoming her back. Hannah will be mainly working from home and she will begin work on Monday, 25 May. Hannah can be contacted at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Eddowes would like to remind everyone that the TLS application dates are fast approaching. They need to be with Heather Skidmore by the end of May. All information and application forms can be found on the TLS part of the URC website.
Keld Resource Centre – Meadows & Moorland
One of the forthcoming events at Keld is ‘Meadows and Moorland’ – a Guided Farm Walk on Sunday 14th June from 11.00 – 13.00. Local hill farmer Chris is the third generation of his family to farm this land. He will take you through the meadows then out on to the open moor and finally to the lower pastures by the River Swale where the Swaledale sheep rears her twin lambs. Chat as you walk and get answers to all your questions about farming in the Upper Dale. Meet at the Keld Countryside and Heritage Centre. You will need your own transport for the short drive to the farm. Assistance dogs only. Booking not essential but highly recommended. To find out more, or to book yourself in: Ring Glenda Calvert (01748 886845) or e-mail her at email@example.com Further information available at the Keld website: http://www.tkrc.org.uk
Charity Abseil – Rhona Dunn
Rhona Dunn, a former Synod Clerk and soon to be the first lady President of Morpeth Rotary will be starting off her term of office by doing a 160ft abseil down Cathedral Quarry in Coniston in aid of The Great Northumberland Air Ambulance. This is a charity which relies on volunteer donations with no government help. As Rhona says ‘we all may at some time in our lives or our families need this service. If you feel able to donate, Rhona’s Virgin Money Giving page is at the following link: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RhonaDunn
North East Events
Faith in the Media
‘Voices of Faith’ invite you to an evening of interfaith dialogue. Taking part will be: Jo Lonsdale (Faith and Ethics Producer, BBC Newcastle), Martin Sheppard (Communications Officer, Diocese of Newcastle), Imam Mohammed Roziur Rahman (Shah Jalal Mosque, Newcastle) from 6.00 pm – 8.30 pm on Wednesday, 13 May 2015 at The Church of the Holy Cross, Whittington Grove, Fenham, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE5 2QP. Free refreshments provided. To confirm attendance: contact Josie Pinnegar: tel: 0191 270 4142. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Future sessions in 2015: 22 July, 9 September and 18 November. All 6.00 pm – 8.30 pm. Venues to be confirmed.
Praying the Gospels
The Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle in partnership with the National Board of Catholic Women and the Department for Ecumenism will be holding a day of reflection for women ‘Praying the Gospels’ with Revd Caroline Worsfold on Saturday, 16 May 2015 from 10.30 am – 4.00 pm (refreshments from 10.00 am) at St Hilda’s Diocesan Resource Centre, West Road, Newcastle, NE15 7PY (opposite St Cuthbert’s House). There is no charge for the day but booking is essential. Please bring a packed lunch. Closing date for bookings: Friday, 8 May 2015. To book please contact the Diocesan Department for Adult Formation and Evangelisation at: email@example.com Tel: 0191 243 3313
Events at Ushaw in May
On Sunday 10th May, 6.00 pm – Evening Prayer led by the Dean of Durham, the Very Reverend Michael Sadgrove, supported by the choir of St Anthony’s Academy, Sunderland. This promises to be a wonderful occasion for Ushaw. Chapels, cafe and gift shop open from 4.00 pm.
On Saturday 16th May 2.30 pm – Organ Recital by Caroline Hodgeson from Darlington – a wonderful programme of music is in store, at a time when the rhododendrons should be in full bloom in the gardens. The chapels, gift shop, and cafe will be open from Midday to 5.00 pm.
On Saturday 23rd May 7.30 pm – Kathryn Tickell and the Side. Tickets are available for £12.00 at the Gala Theatre, Durham
On Saturday 30th May 3.00 pm – Ushaw String Quartet – performing Haydn Op. 76 No.2 “Fifths”; Grieg Opus 27 No.1. Tickets are £6.00, available on the door.
Do note that some events at Ushaw also allow wonderful opportunities to visit the stunning chapels, refresh in the cafe, see the beautiful grounds, and generally savour Spring at Ushaw: www.ushaw.org/
Is There a Doctor in the House?
There will be no shortage of medics on hand for a special choral event at Newcastle’s St Mary’s Cathedral in May, dealing with their latest ’emergency.’
The Northern Doctors Chorus is lending its support and voices to the UK’s busiest Food Bank, the Newcastle West End Food Bank which is based in the main hall of the Church of the Venerable Bede on West Road in the city.
The fight to raise a growing amount of funds to finance the work of the charity has led to the recruitment of the choir, which is made up of North East doctors and senior medical students. Formed 3 years ago, the choir’s current members are based in hospitals and GP practices across Newcastle, Gateshead, South Tyneside, North Tyneside, Northumberland and County Durham. The choir gave its debut performance at St Nicholas Cathedral in Newcastle in December 2012, it has celebrated ‘Sounds of British Summer’ at St John the Baptist Church, as well as celebrating ‘Carols at Christmas’ at St George’s Church, Jesmond.
The concert, on Thursday, 21 May starts at 7pm. More details available from organiser Michael Nixon by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting Chris Hodder on email@example.com or call 07954 965 153
Tickets for the event: £10 per person.
(Note: Newcastle West End Food Bank is the largest of its kind in the UK, feeding over 1,000 people a week. Half of these are children – 500 families in the north east CANNOT afford to feed their own children. From 2013 – 14 it fed nearly 24,000 and has fed more than double that already this year, with 50,000 using the Foodbank this current year so far.)
Ecumenical Pilgrimage – NECAT – North East Churches Acting Together
This year marks the 900th anniversary of St Godric going to Finchale Priory in Durham. St Godric follows in the tradition of the great Northern Saints in his zeal for the Gospel and his love of our region. He lived as a hermit at Finchale dedicating his life to prayer. To give thanks for the life of Godric, NECAT will be holding a pilgrimage and service in the beautiful setting of Finchale Priory on the banks of the Wear.
The service on Saturday, 23rd May will be led by the Rt Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham, accompanied by the other church leaders. It will have a focus on prayer; especially prayers for the North East and for renewal of religious life. The service at 2.00pm will be followed by time for a picnic and fellowship together for those who want to stay. For further information please contact: Revd Joanne Thorns, Regional Officer, North East Churches Acting Together (NECAT) Tel: 07932 513 295 firstname.lastname@example.org
North East Churches Acting Together (NECAT)
NECAT became the intermediary body for Churches Together Groups in September 2014 and invites you to the Annual General Meeting at 2 pm on Thursday, 4 June at The Sanctuary Artspace in Gateshead to look at what has happened over the last few months and to see what is planned for the future. All are welcome. Details and direction for Sanctuary Artspace can be found on their website http://www.sanctuaryartspace.org/