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
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
10.00am Festival Eucharist
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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!