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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June Signpost

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 emme0707@gmail.com 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.

With my continued prayers and very good wishes.

John

On-line collection

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 .

May 2020 Signpost Magazine

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 emme0707@gmail.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.

With my continued prayers and very good wishes.

John

Friends of Houghton Parish Church Trust – April 2020 Update

FRIENDS OF HOUGHTON PARISH CHURCH TRUST

ANNUAL REPORT 2020

CORONAVIRUS

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 decision. 

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.

Easter Egg Parade 2020

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.

April 2020 Signpost

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.

George Peebles, Organist Celebrates 30 years!

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.

Boxing Day Dip

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.

Community Christmas Day Lunch at the Kepier Hall

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.

 

 

 

 

Advent and Christmas 2019

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.