From this week’s news-sheet

Dear Friends,

For over 6 years now our community project Space4 has helped the church to remain very much in the heart of the community in Houghton-le-spring.  In the coming months as we continue to learn as society how to co-exist with covid, we believe there has never been a more important time for our project to strive to meet our project vision of to be ‘a space for community to flourish’.

Earlier this year, our PCC agreed a shape for the future direction of our project and we have secured funding from the Lottery “Reaching Communities” fund to enable us to deliver the project over the next three years.  We’re now seeking to appoint an Operations Manager to help us take the project into the ‘next chapter’.  Please do consider if you know someone who might be suitable for this role and share details in your own networks to help us promote it (the job advert can be found here: https://www.vonne.org.uk/jobs/space4-operations-manager-8491).

Can I ask you to put in your diaries Saturday 3rd July and Sunday 4th July.  Our Curate Rev’d John D’Silva will be ordained priest on Saturday 3rd and I will be representing the parish at a covid-safe service in Durham Cathedral (broadcast on Facebook – details to follow).  John will be leading his first service of Communion as Priest at our 10am Sunday morning service on the 4th July.  We will be welcoming John’s family and guests to the service, which will be held outdoors in the church grounds where we can sing hymns, acccomodate a large number and offer hospitality.  Please keep the diary free that morning, let us know if you can help on the day and pray for good weather!

With my prayers and very best wishes

Rector John


Our prayer for this week:

God our saviour,
look on this wounded world
in pity and in power;
hold us fast to your promises of peace
won for us by your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Amen.

This week we are praying as a community for: Our country and our response to the pandemic.

The week ahead

Sun 20th – Third Sunday after Trinity
     10 am  Holy Communion broadcast on Facebook, Zoom & Dial-in
    6 pm  Holy Communion (said) in St Michael & All Angel’s Church.
      9 pm   Reflection on our Space4 Facebook page.
Tue 22nd
      7pm  Holy Communion in St Michael & All Angel’s Church.
Thur 24th
     10 am Holy Communion in St Michael & All Angel’s Church.

Date for Diary: 
Sun 4th July 10 am Rev’d John D’Silva First Communion
outdoors in the grounds of St Michael & All Angel’s Church.

Young Church
We are excited for our Young Church to be able to meet together once again in person. It will be held in the community room in the Keiper Hall on Sundays at 11am. For more information please email our Young Church leader Clare at stmichaels.youngchurch@btinternet.com. All are welcome!

Staying in touch, church office & telephone contact
Our website and facebook page contain details of how to join others online for prayer, worship, study, and community life.  We will send regular updates via our church distribution list – please ask people to email us if they’d like to receive this and other email contact.
Find us online at:
website: http://www.stmichaelshls.org.uk/  church facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/stmichaelshls.
space4 facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/HoughtonSpace4/

You can contact us through our ‘remote’ church office on 0770 7043395 between 10am & 2pm on a Tuesday & Thursday or you can email us at stmichaels.hls@gmail.com.  Please let us know if you would like us to be in touch with you by telephone.  If you want to contact me at the Rectory then my number is 0191 584 7657 if I’m not able to take your call leave me a message and I will get back to you.