Churches February 2023
St Helen's Church
10am Holy Communion
St. Helen’s Church is now open for worship again. Everyone is welcome.
Weekday Services and Events
Wednesday 22nd February Ash Wednesday 10am - Holy Communion which will be followed by coffee.
The next meeting of the PCC is Wednesday 8th March at 6.30pm in St. Helen's Meeting Room.
St Helen's Contact Details
Vicar: Audrey McCartan 708806
Wardens: David Pringle 788283 (Treasurer)
Thought for the Month
Here we are in 2023. Can you believe it, another year has passed and we begin with January again? Some of us I suspect have seen more Januarys than others but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. More years notched up, more wisdom or so they say.
Have you ever thought about how the month of January got its name? The month of January is often most associated with new beginnings because, in the Gregorian calendar, that’s when the New Year begins. This concept came from Roman mythology. The first month of the year was named based on the Roman god Janus who was said to be the god of beginnings and transitions. New beginnings are part of everyday life, after a night’s sleep we wake up to a new day. Richelle E. Goodrich said this about new days;
“The earth provides us a brand new beginning every twenty-four hours. It is a repeated invitation to breathe in the cool morning air and start afresh; to mimic the sunrise and brighten up while reaching once more for the sky; to carry a glad song in our heart like the early birds; and, as faithfully as the morning dew, to wash off the dust from yesterday.”
What a lovely picture they paint of the opportunities for each new day. Starting a New Year it’s traditional to make New Year resolutions. What are we going to do differently this year, if anything? Usually, resolutions involve opportunities for growth and positive change.
In the Bible, there are several stories where the characters decide to take a change of direction in their lives and live life differently - a new beginning. St Paul, a woman caught in adultery, and the prodigal son are some examples of people whose lives are far away from God. Then they all have an encounter with God and have a new beginning. It’s a positive one for not only them but those around them. People’s stories inspire me and particularly those of faith who believe that there is a higher being that can help them through life and offer a new beginning.
I learned during January of the death of Davey Falcus, a pastor latterly of a church in Ashington who had a dramatic new beginning. Davey moved from a life of crime and drugs to a life walking with God. You can read his story in his book “From Gangster to God”, he has also uploaded a summary of his story or testimony on YouTube. Davey has been and will continue to be an inspiration to many because of his new beginning.
New beginnings are part of everyday life. Are there any new beginnings you have to make this year?
Diane Armstrong, St Helen’s Longhorsley
Brinkburn Partnership of Catholic Parishes
St Thomas Catholic Church
Every Monday and Thursday - Mass at 12noon
Every Sunday - Mass at 11.15am
Contact Fr Shaun Purdy 01670 812200 email@example.com
Mission Free Church
11am Family Service and creche
5.30pm Prayer in the Mission Hall
6pm Evening Worship / Bible Study
For our other group meetings, please see the Group Activities sections.
Visitors are always very welcome to all our events.
Contact Ian Pagan 788263 firstname.lastname@example.org