Branch End and New Ridley
Painshawfield estate in the trees
St Peter’s Church, Bywell
Early English church on site of Saxon monastery
Looking east over the station
St George's church Mickley
South entrance
Mickley Square
Jiggery Pokery and Eastgate Manor
Mickley Square, High Mickley and West Mickley
View from Ovington bank

2017 Archive

Nine Lessons and Carols

Thank you to John Roddam and the choir who sang so well at this candlelit service

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Christingle service 2017

orangeThe Christingle Service in St Peter's church Bywell collected over £200 for the Children's Society. Thank you.

    This Christingle cake was made to a recipe by the Gogglebox Vicar, Revd Kate Bottley.Cake 3




The Big Sing

The annual Big Sing with Prudhoe Community Choir held in SICA on 3 December raised over £400 for Christian Aid. Thank you to all who came.


Learning to be thankful

At the All Age Worship on 17 September we looked briefly at the practice known as examen (Latin, meaning critical reflection; exploration) as a way of discerning what God has been doing in our lives. The idea is that before going to sleep, we can use the following to help us grow in thankfulness and in our journey to become more like Jesus. This is the first of 4 parts to examen and you can read each sentence several times.
Lord I possess nothing.
I owe you everything.
My very self is your gift.
The deeper my life in you becomes,
the more I am struck by your goodness to me.
I thank you for your infinite goodness and love.
For the description of all 4 parts, please click here.
How to Practice Lectio Divina

At the All Age Worship on 20 August we looked at various practices to help us more effectively read the bible. One of these is 'divine reading' - known as lectio divina - a practice that has been around since Benedict established it in C6. You can download the method by clicking here.


Questions posed by the Congregation on 16 July

On 16 July, the gospsower titleel for the day was the well-known Parable of the Sower. Using the idea of a seed taking its time to bring new growth, we engaged in an activity which approached this parable in a new way. The service had been planned so that the focus was on asking questions rather than providing so-called 'answers' by so-called 'experts'. We helped the message of the parable to germinate in our minds by asking questions about it. The gathered questions from the congregation can be read here.

The congregation suggested what we might do with these questions. What you are reading here was one suggestion. Others included writing an article for the September magazine and following up some of the questions at the All Age Worship service on 20 August. If, after reading them, you have some ideas as to next steps, or indeed would welcome a chance to talk through some possible answers, please get in touch via the Contacts page.


 Assistant Warden

Following Mickley parish's election of Barry Onions to the post of Deputy Warden, Bywell parish has now elected Joy Marshall to the post of Assistant Warden. Both these appointments are designed to support our existing churchwardens in their roles. A Deputy Warden has the same responsibilities as a church warden, whereas an Assistant Warden has responsibilities connected to a particular situation. The particular role here is to be the first point of contact for emails coming from the diocese, the deanery and other official bodies and to communicate this information to our wardens, neither of whom have email facility.


Children's Society Boxes

Several people in the parish keep a box in their house for donations to the Children's Society. The annual box-opening in May raised £518 for this worthy cause. Thank you to all who contribute.


Friends of St Peter's Church Concert

The evening of Bach music for cello and organ held in April made over £500.


Change in the Church of England

The 'Programme for Renewal and Reform' is a comprehensive initiative involving organisational change for the whole Anglican church.