2014 and 2015 Letters from the Vicar

The Friends of Warkworth Church
The Vicarage, Dial Place, Warkworth, Morpeth, NE65 0UR
February 2015
Dear Friends
 I hope that the past year has been a good one for you and that this year will not disappoint any of us. 
 At St Lawrence there is always something happening. It is a busy place and full of energy. We are blessed to have a great many volunteers without whose help and dedication my role would be quite impossible. Sunday by Sunday people prepare the church for worship, cleaning volunteers sweep and polish, flowers are always fresh and in place, the Wardens and Sides Persons are on a well-oiled rota along with those who read the lessons. Our organist and his choir lift our liturgy week by week. Tables are laid and ready for a much welcomed cup of coffee or tea after the service. 
 Once a month we host, ‘Messy Church’ where children between the age of three to eleven come with their parents or carers and enjoy a light tea followed by a Godly Play story and then they go off to well organised and supervised activities based on particular theme for the month. There is a plenary session at the end where the children show off all that they have made and done. We have a child-friendly hymn or two and end it all with Messy Grace. It is enormous fun – and not just for the children. But, it is only possible because we have so many enthusiastic volunteers. If you can, come along and enjoy it too!
 I also want to say a special thank you to our ‘Friends of Warkworth Church’, for your on-going support. It is so appreciated and we would be the poorer in every sense of the word without you.
 I do so hope that you will be able to come and join us for some of the Magna Carta weekend celebrations in June. Details so far available are overleaf. More on the website nearer the time.
 We continue to keep you in our prayers as you keep us in yours.
 This comes with my very best wishes.

The Friends of Warkworth Church
The Vicarage, Dial Place, Warkworth, Morpeth, NE65 0UR
February 2014

Dear Friends

I still refer to myself as, ‘the new vicar’, but in truth my first year will soon be over!

It is such a privilege to be working in a truly beautiful part of God’s creation which has an equally wonderful church steeped in history and of enormous architectural importance and interest. St Lawrence has a particular ‘feel’ to it as it is imbued with the prayers of countless Christians and pilgrims over the centuries; and of course we have the very real privilege of praying here at this time in its history. However, one of my great blessings is that I have so many able and talented people to help and advise me and who are passionate about the church and its ongoing ministry and mission.

Long before I appeared on the scene much work had been done in the time of the late, much loved and respected Janet Brearley. And I know just what an invaluable role you played in making those projects possible ~ so may I extend my thanks to you as the current incumbent?

Any church of the age and importance of St Lawrence is always going to have to have work done on it. After the huge restoration project there was a need for a break from all that such a project demands. However, in the not too distant future there will be work that needs doing and of course your continued support will prove invaluable.

Do please continue to keep us in your prayers; and do please introduce yourself to me if you are visiting St Lawrence over the coming months, I would love to meet you.

Yours Sincerely


      Reverend Mike Dent