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!

Houghton Feast 2018

How quickly Houghton Feast comes around and how kind the weather was to everyone this year! After the usual opening ceremony on the Friday night Saturday brought the Craft & Produce Market in Church and the Parade in which Space4 took park.
There was a wonderful variety of stalls in church with all sorts of great things for people to look at an buy and there was a good footfall all throughout the day. The hot sandwiches went down very well as did all the homebaking. Huge thanks to everyone who contributed and to those who worked so hard getting the church ready for the the market and then turned around again at the end of the team. What a team!
Sunday morning we hosted the Feast Civic Service which was very well supported by the local community and many civic dignitaries. We enjoyed a sermon from Canon Provost of Sunderland Minster Stuart Bain.

We’re in Vacancy!

After many meetings and hours of work by the team, our parish Profile is complete and is on the Diocesan website where our vacancy is being advertised. We are all really pleased with the contents and we hope you can feel the passion that went into creating such a wonderful depiction of our parish life. We hope this will all be recognised by the right candidate to succeed Rector Sue. Follow this link to view our Parish Profile. Priest in Charge – St Michael & All Angels

Patronal Festival in the Kepier Hall

As we celebrated St Michael and All Angels this Sunday we gathered in the Kepier Hall for our worship followed by a bring and share lunch. We were joined by Heather and Peter Keogh who used to be regular attenders before moving to Cumbria; they brought along a beautiful cake for everyone to share. There was some hearty singing and we all enjoyed a thought provoking sermon from Roz Pickersgill. After the service we moved through into the Davidson Suite for coffee before returning to the main hall for a wonderful spread.

Huge thanks to everyone who helped to set up, served coffee and prepared food.

Bishop Paul Presides & Preaches at Harvest Festival

We always have our Harvest Festival a little early at St Michael’s because of our Patronal Festival and Houghton Feast and it was a delight to welcome Bishop Paul this morning to preside and preach. People were very generous with their gifts of canned and dried food which will be given to help replenish the Space4 food cupboard and gifts of money which will be donated to a charity that gives aid to Rohingya refugees.
Bishop Paul talked about our response to the graft that it takes to grow, harvest and produce our food suggesting that we need to give thanks, be generous and to graft ourselves. He went on to say that we need to graft to challenge unfair systems and practices that endanger our planet and the well being of those who inhabit it. We all enjoyed some informal chat over coffee and biscuits after the service.

Weddings at St Michael’s

We have had some beautiful weddings over the Summer period here at St Michael’s. It has been a huge delight to welcome Channing & Keegan, Rebecca & Alex, Sarah & Paul and Emma & Wayne with their friends and families to this stunning church and I am sure they will all agree they were made to feel very welcome on their special day and the lead up to it. To book your wedding here come along to vestry hour between 6pm and 7pm on the first Monday of each month and if you can’t make that ring our parish office on 0191 5121769 on a Wednesday or Thursday to make other