Churches April 2022
St Helen's Church
St Helen's Church is still out of use following the incident last June.
The next meeting of the PCC is 6th April.
St. Helen’s Annual General Meeting
Sunday 24th April: Holy Communion Service, followed at 10.45am by AGM in the Vicarage
Brinkburn Partnership of Catholic Parishes
St Thomas Catholic Church
Every Monday and Thursday - Mass at 12noon
Holy Week at St Thomas’
Palm Sunday 11.15am - Mass with blessing of Palms
Good Friday 5.15pm - Solemn Liturgy of the Lord's Passion
Easter Sunday 11.15am - Mass
Services at St Aidan’s, Ashington
Holy Thursday will be celebrated at 8.00pm
Holy Saturday Mass will be celebrated at 8.30pm
Thought for the Month
The foyer was crowded, noisy. People clustered around; queuing to pre-order interval drinks; queuing for the loo; queuing for the auditorium.
Row D seat 3; seat 4 arrives after we've all sat down; seats clatter as we all stand to let them through; and sit down again. The murmur of conversation. Random sounds from the orchestra; squeaking violins, trilling flutes.
The lights dim. The conversation drops. Last minute shuffling; coats and bags are stowed under seats. Musicians sit up straight; last coughs around the auditorium; and the conductor walks on stage.
He claims the spotlight. All eyes are focussed on him. Silence falls as he raises his baton; and the music begins.
One of my favourite Eric Morecambe lines was to composer and conductor Andre Previn “I'm playing all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order”. He was playing his own version of Grieg's piano concerto, disregarding both conductor and Grieg!
We live in a discordant world, clamorous with war, injustice, and suffering. It has closed its ears to God's music. We, the church, are God's orchestra; and, yes, it is often out of sync, throughout history and today, but neither the music nor the conductor are at fault. Diverse instruments, many sections; solo violinists and the man who plays the triangle; as God's musicians we are each responsible for playing our own part, following the one who holds the baton to stay in unity and bring harmony to the world.
As Easter approaches, the spotlight falls on Jesus. He led a faultless life, perfectly in tune with his Father's will. He was the visible image of the invisible God… the head of the church, which is his body... and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross - Colossians c1v15-20
Technology brings a blow by blow account of events as they happen around the planet, but only the bible tells the whole story - from Creation until now. It predicted Jesus' birth, and death; gives eyewitness accounts of his life on earth and his resurrection, and tells us how our story will end. Jesus has promised he will return, and all eyes will see him - on a global scale. Revelation c1v7
He will reclaim the spotlight and restore harmony to his Creation.
Lesley Smith, Longhorsley Mission