Welcome to Bywell, Mickley and Stocksfield Anglican churches
Hello. We are pleased to see you.
This is the website of the Anglican churches serving the residents of Broomley, Bywell, Cherryburn, Hedley on the Hill, High Mickley, Mickley Square, Stocksfield and West Mickley. (For map showing the area of the relevant two parishes click here ). There are three church buildings - St George's Mickley, St John's Stocksfield and St Peter's Bywell - which are the responsibility of one priest.
Please use the menu above for details of services. You can select to view services either by their location or by their type.
Enjoy your visit - we hope to see you in person!
Following the retirement of Revd Bill Rigby, repsonsibility for church affairs lies with the Area Dean, Revd David Hewlett, and the Churchwardens. For more about the vacancy please click here.
During the vacancy, the 8am Sunday service will not take place every week. Please use this link to check. NB Dates in this link overrule information in the calendar on the right. Thank you.
For all the LATEST NEWS, please see below.
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Parish Communion (Common Worship)
|Sun Oct 23, 2016 @13:00 - 03:00PM|
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Prayers for the Benefice
|Tue Oct 25, 2016 @09:30 - 12:30PM|
|Tue Oct 25, 2016 @18:15 - 07:30PM|
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Said Communion (Book of Common Prayer)
|Wed Oct 26, 2016 @19:30 - 08:30PM|
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|Thu Oct 27, 2016 @19:00 - 09:00PM|
Aotearoa - The Land of the Long White Cloud
On Saturday 29 October at 7 pm in the church hall on Meadowfield Road, Robert and Anne Peers are hosting a charity evening on behalf of the Children’s Society. Robert and Anne will show photos of their trip to Aotearoa (the Maori name for New Zealand) last winter – a stunningly beautiful country with such a variety of scenery from semi-deserts to glaciers and most things in between. There will be penguins – Aaaah! Albatrosses – huge! Keas – comical! There will be wine (NZ of course), soft drinks and nibbles. All welcome – even at the last minute!
Seeking the views of the Community on our new priest
We are currenty seeking the views of the community to help us build a profile of the attributes of a new priest. If you would like to contribute, please read this letter for further details. Thank you.
Starting on Sunday 19 June, there is now a new service on the third Sunday in each month (except August) replacing the standard Holy Communion at 9 am. It will start at 10 am and will be short and informal, yet at the same time worshipful and inclusive. A different way to allow us to worship God and to learn about Jesus. Come and see!
Friends of St Peter’s Bywell
St Peter’s Church, Bywell has launched a new initiative called Friends of St Peter’s Bywell to raise money for essential building maintenance. The Friends of St Peter’s is a registered charity inviting members to make an annual donation towards the upkeep of the church. Membership rates are individual, family and corporate with suggested annual donations of £20, £30 and £50 respectively.
The initiative has been developed by a group of parishioners led by Ralph Marrison. “We need to do something” says Ralph Marrison, “In common with many rural parish churches, the regular congregation attending services at St Peter’s is too small to generate sufficient income, yet this church still serves the wider community. We feel it must be kept open, not just for the regular congregation but also for the christenings, weddings and funerals of local people.”
“There is also a growing trend in heritage tourism.” Ralph states, “This is particularly strong in Northumberland where the history of Bywell is linked to Lindisfarne and the Northern Saints. St Peter’s church has many interesting historical and architectural features with some fascinating stories attached. We are seeing an increasing number of visitors in the summer months, and we hope that some of them, along with people in our local community, will be persuaded to become a Friend of St Peter’s and make a small annual donation. If a few hundred people take this relatively small step, it will make a world of difference to the future of this beautiful and ancient church.”
Download an application form to become a friend here .
Change in the Church of England
The 'Programme for Renewal and Reform' is a comprehensive initiative involving organisational change for the whole Anglican church.
(Click here for sermon notes on this issue)
What's Been Happening?
EU Referendum - Bishop Christine's letter
In the aftermath of the announcment of the result of the EU Referendum, Bishop Christine has wrote to all churches. Click here to read her pastoral letter.
Revd Adele Phillips preached on this letter and the Christian response to the result. Click here to read.
Bill and Helen's Farewell
Revd Bill Rigby retired in April. As Bill and Helen prepared for their new life, a farewell event was held for them. Please click here to see a selection of photos of people crammed into the Church Hall enjoying a great evening!
Paintings of old Bywell
Visit the St Peter's Church Bywell page to view these paintngs showing important historical detail of the village of Bywell. They supplement the information supplied by Dennis Harding, local historian and author of A Pleasant Retreat: Bywell, Stocksfield and District and by Peter Ryder, well-known local archaeologist.
We need to pray. We need to pray more than we do. Following the second visit to the Northumbria Community in October 2013, prayer triplets began meeting.
Most of the 45 minutes per fortnight is spent in silence or listening. There is no need for people to say anything unless they feel moved. At the Community we learned about the simple practice of Centring Prayer and this is how we spend the first 15 minutes. Next comes 15 minutes of intercession using a list of people who are sick or in need. The final part is praying for each other, which can be in slience or using words depending on the wishes of the people in that triplet. All conversations and the list are strictly confidential.
If you think you might be interested in spreading the network of prayer in our communities, please contact Robert Peers.
Changes to the benefits system, high rents and low wages for many who are in work mean that an increasing number of people are finding themselves unable to afford enough food or to provide for their families. Yes, even in the Tyne valley.
Food banks have been springing up all over the country and many of these involve local churches. In Matthew 25, Jesus teaches about the Kingdom and says to those people who cared about others whilst on earth:
"You have my Father's blessing, come take possession of the Kindgom. For when I was hungry you gave me food, when I was thristy you gave me drink."
The West Northumberland Food Bank is collecting non-perishable food (rice/pasta, tinned meat and fish, cereals, tinned potatoes, UHT/powdered milk, biscuits, sauces, soup, tinned fruit and veg, tea bags, instant coffee, cartons of fruit juice) and items can be left in a box at the back of church.
Recipients of food parcels are all recommended by various professional agencies who issue a token in order to prevent misuse of the system. Please see Elaine Woods for further information.
2015 Archive (click here to view these events)
Lent groups 2015
Visit to Northumbria community
2014 Archive (click here to view these events)
Revd Bill Rigby's 25 years
The History and Archaeology of the Bywell churches
2013 Archive (click here to view these events)
Lent Groups 2013
Garden Party 2013
Visit to Northumbria Community
2012 Archive (click here to view these events)
Bishop Martin's Pastoral Letter on Women Bishops
Morning Praise Celebration May 2012
Garden Party 2012
Pie and Peas Adventure