We are once again very pleased (and shocked at how fast it has occurred) to share with you our June edition of the Signpost. This is our third edition published online since the lock down took place and we are eager to still keep in touch with as many people in our parish, therefore we are pleased to be able to continue to publish our monthly Signpost. As with the last two edition we are trying to distribute this months church magazine to as many people as we are able while following Government guidelines. This means we have publish the Signpost online again on our website and distribute to as many people as possible. Please follow this link to read June’s Signpost. As is the new normal, feel free to share with friends, family or neighbours you think would enjoy reading the Signpost. If you know anyone without access to email or missing their copy would you please telephone or text your request to Malcolm Foster on 07860 250300 and we will try our best to get copies to them. If you would like to have an electronic copy sent to you automatically, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your request. Once again huge thanks to everyone who contributed to this edition and a special thank you to Malcolm (editor) and Steve for all the last minute efforts to get it published.
Money Matters! As you’d imagine, with not being in our church buildings financial giving to church is down significantly while many of our financial commitments have not gone away. This week we’re trialling a new way of giving to church with our ‘on-line collection’ – a bit like a collection plate being out on the way into church! We’ll send a link to this with our service invitation or you can access it here. If you would like to find out about regular giving to St Michael and All Angels please contact our Treasurer Alastair Bradley at email HoughtonTreasurer@aol.com .
In our continuing efforts to keep in touch with as many people in our parish we are pleased to be able to continue to publish our monthly Signpost. As with the last edition we are trying to distribute this months church magazine to as many people as we are able while following Government guidelines. This means we will publish the Signpost online again on our website and distribute to as many people as possible. Please follow this link to read May’s Signpost. Feel free to share with friends, family or neighbours you think would enjoy reading the Signpost. If you know anyone without access to email, missing their copy would you please telephone or text your request to Malcolm Foster on 07860 250300 and we will try our best to get copies to them. If you would like to have an electronic copy sent to you automatically, email email@example.com with your request. A huge thanks to everyone who contributed to this edition and a special thank you to Malcolm (editor) and Steve for all the last minute effort to get it published.
It is with great regret that
the Trustees have had to cancel the Friends Annual Musical Weekend in May which
was going to be a feast of amazing talents from new and well loved performers. We are very aware of this dreadful pandemic
affecting all our lives, therefore you will not be surprised by this
It is our intention to postpone
the delivery of the already prepared Annual Report until such time as it is
deemed safe to do so. The Trustees are
hoping that all our loyal subscribers to the Friends will continue to support the
great work that has been achieved through the Trust.
As many of you know, the
Friends Trust is committed to opening the Church daily throughout the summer
months. To this end a new notice board has
been ordered to advertise the Church opening times. This would have been ready for the beginning
of the season, but has had to be postponed until Church reopens.
In the meantime, all the Trustees
wish you a safe passage through these life changing times.
STAY SAFE – STAY AT HOME
If anyone would like to join
the Friends, please contact George Peebles, our membership secretary on (0191)5841628.
We have loved seeing the response from everyone getting involved and sharing with us their egg-tastic designs! Below are pictures of a few of the first eggs from the children of Young Church, 2nd Houghton Guides, Space4 and from our congregation!
Keep sending us your eggy designs and we’ll keep sharing them – Easter doesn’t end till 31st May.
As we are following the Governments Stay at Home guidelines we have decided rather then not publishing this months Signpost, we will publish it for free online and try our best to deliver paper copies while out for our daily exercise to those who do not have access to the internet. If you know of anyone who you think would benefit from a paper copy, please email their details or call the church office on a Tuesday 10 am – 2 pm or Thursday 10 am – 2 pm. Click on this link to the April 2020 Signpost.
It was a delight to enjoy some of George’s favourite hymns at our Parish Eucharist this morning as we celebrated 30 years as our organist and musical director. After the service he was presented with gifts and cards and we all got to enjoy a cake that looked too good to be cut and a glass of something sparkling. Huge thanks to George for all his dedicated hard work and the joy he brings to our worship through music.
Well done to our fabulous four who braved the freezing sea at Seaham on Boxing Day morning to raise money for Church funds. Well done, we are thankful to our dippers and to all who sponsored them. Thank you.
Thanks to some funding from the Community Chest Sunderland City Council Fund, ELCAP Transport and a small team of hardworking volunteers we were able to serve 27 people with a delicious hot Christmas Dinner this year. The feast was added to by Alex & Carol Scullion who collected food from Aldi on Christmas Eve bringing us two geese and some delicious desserts among other items. We also had three gorgeous Christmas cakes made and donated to us. Rector John and his family joined us to provide some seasonal singing and help to serve the food. St Michael and All Angels PCC provided funding to purchase a small gift for everyone who attended.
Here are a selection of photos from Church over the Advent and Christmas period. We all enjoyed the lovely tradition of Posada – Mary and Joseph travelling around homes in the Parish – this included a night at a real inn (The Wild Boar).
We had the beautiful candlelit Advent Carol service to begin the season and enjoyed a Christingle, Crib Service, Alternative Community Nativity, Traditional Carol Service and a wonderful Eucharist on Christmas Morning.