Christmas Services and Events at St Michael’s – dates for your diary

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Join us in celebrating the greatest news of all this Christmas – God with us!

These are our Christmas Services and Events:

Tuesday 13th December, 7.00pm – Light of Life Service 

A service to remember loved ones and dedicate a light on our Christmas tree

Wednesday 14th December, 7.00pm – Gilpin Singers Christmas Concert

£3 entry, enjoy a varied concert of music old and new, get in the Christmas spirit!

Saturday 17th December, 11.00am – Carol Singing in the Wild Boar Pub

Meet us in the Wild Boar for some carol singing – wear a Christmas jumper!

Sunday 18th December, 3.00pm – Christingle

A magical family service – all proceeds to Children’s Society

Christmas Eve

3.00pm Interactive Family Crib Service – a chance to take part in a nativity play and sing some carols

7.00pm Our Traditional 9 Lessons and Carols Service

11.30pm Midnight Mass

Christmas Day

8.30am Eucharist

10.00am Festival Eucharist

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The Licensing of The Reverend John Barron

On Sunday 17th March at 3.00 pm the Church was packed with John’s family and friends, members of his now old Parish, fellow Priests and the wonderful people of our Parish. We were all there to celebrate John’s Licensing. The service was a lovely blend of traditional Oaths and blessings with a great mix of hymns – the Anthem sung by the Choir was a particular highlight. The wonderful Sermon from the Bishop of Durham, Rt Reverend Paul Butler, reminded us to serve and be served, and to look not inwardly but towards those who need help. The service ended with some quick notices from John and then we all headed up to the Kepier Hall for the bun fight!

Our thanks go out to all the people who made Sunday such a success, to those making the pies, buttering the sandwiches, getting us all seated, serving the tea, proof reading the service sheet, providing the beautiful music – and for everything else that goes on behind the scenes.

We look forward to journeying with John on his new phase of Ministry and wish him well!

Brave Boxing Day Dippers

Once again this year three brave souls took the plunge into the freezing North Sea to raise money for church funds.  Darren, Susan & John boldly strode into the icy water and posed for these fantastic photos.  Hopefully they will have raised lots of money for their efforts, it’s not to late to make a contribution.

Christmas Day at Space4

After the Christmas Morning Eucharist Rev Judith Howes rushed along to Space4 to prepare a Christmas lunch for some of those from out community who would otherwise have been on their own.  Assisted by Simon Hardy and David Hann the group was served a hot lunch and enjoyed some much needed social time together.  Once again Easington Lane Community Transport provided their minibus to pick up and drop off the party goers.  Huge thanks to everyone who gave so generously of their time and talents.

Christmas Eve at St Michael’s

It was an exceedingly busy and joyful Christmas Eve at St Michael’s with the delightful Crib Service at 3pm.  This very well attended service gave every child a role in the nativity as we shared in the miraculous Christmas story.

A packed church at 7pm for the Carol service where the musical director George Peebles and the choir outdid themselves with a wonderful selection of modern and traditional Christmas music.  The hand bell ringers played a delightful selection of music before and after the service and we heard a variety of readings. 

Then those of us with any stamina left welcomed in Christmas morning at a very atmospheric Midnight Mass.

Children’s Community Christmas Party at the Kepier Hall

Over fifty children and some of their adults attended this free Christmas Party, a collaboration between Space4 and the Kepier Hall.  Everyone enjoyed the talents of Tony Junior who had everyone up on their feet joining in some fantastic games.  There was a delicious buffet tea, a visit from Santa and a selection box for every child.  Thank you to all the hard work of the volunteers involved and to a Community Chest Grant for making this happen.

The Gilpin Singers Christmas Concert

Wednesday 19th December saw a packed church for a truly entertaining performance by our community choir the Gilpin Singers.  The audience got to enjoy a wide variety of Christmas music that was enchanting, moving and sometimes hilarious.  Everyone had a thoroughly good time huge thanks for the hard work of the choir and their conductor Laura.

Christingle x2

On Sunday 16th December at 3pm we had a wonderful Christingle service in church.  Lots of families joined us to make a Christingle and share in the lead up to Christmas.

Then our evening service was ENGAGE with Christingle so the adults all had a chance to construct and learn about the meaning behind this lovely tradition.

Remembrance Sunday Bells

Houghton Bells will be joining with other bell towers around Britain to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War 1.
The of Battle’s Over, a national and international event to mark the Armistice, hope that more than 1,000 cathedrals and churches participate by ringing their bells simultaneously at 7.05 pm on the night of 11th November 2018 after Evensong followed by Mulled Wine. Come along to the service at 6.00 pm and support this special event.

End of Houghton Feast Entertainment

As is the tradition St Michael’s ended Feast week with a fabulous evening of entertainment, fellowship and fun. Bobby Thompson tribute act Tony Washington played to a packed church who had enjoyed a hotpot super. It’s always amazing to see the church building transformed for other uses and there has been a lot of furniture shifting this week! Huge thanks to the wonderful Next 900 team for all their hard work.

Space4 in Houghton Feast Parade

Taking part in the Houghton Feast Parade has become an annual cause for excitement and celebration for Space4 volunteers and service users alike. The weather was glorious and the onlookers cheered with support and encouragement – we think the pictures speak for themselves!