Churches April 2023

St Helen's Church

Sunday Service:

10am   Holy Communion

St. Helen’s Church is open for worship. Everyone is welcome.

Easter Services

Palm Sunday 2nd April at 10am - Liturgy of the Palms - Holy Communion 

Monday 3rd April at 7pm - Compline

Tuesday 4th April at 7pm - Compline

Wednesday 5th April 12 noon - Holy Communion followed by shared lunch

Wednesday 5th April at 7pm - Compline 

Maundy Thursday 6th April 6.30pm - Holy Communion of the Lord’s Supper

Good Friday 7th April at 2pm - Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion and Death 

Easter Day 9th April at 10am - Holy Communion 

St. Helen’s Annual General Meeting 

Sunday 16th April - Holy Communion Service, followed at 10.45am by AGM in Church.

PCC Meeting

The next meeting of the PCC is Wednesday 14th June at 6.30pm in St. Helen's Meeting Room.

St Helen's Contact Details

Vicar: Audrey McCartan  708806


Wardens: David Pringle  788283 (Treasurer)

Stephen Gibson

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Brinkburn Partnership of Catholic Parishes

St Thomas Catholic Church

Every Monday and Thursday - Mass at 12noon 

Every Sunday - Mass at 11.15am

Contact Fr Shaun Purdy  01670 812200


Services for Holy Week and Easter:

Palm Sunday - 11.15am Mass with the distribution and blessing of Palms

Good Friday - 5.15pm Commemoration of the Lord's Passion

Easter Sunday - 11.15am Mass

Services at St Aidan’s, Ashington:

Holy Thursday - 8.00pm Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper

Holy Saturday - 8.30pm The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night

Thought for the month

Three Catholic Priests, two Anglican Priests and a Rabbi went to the Holy Land… no it’s not the start of joke, it really did happen!

Last month I visited the Holy land on a four day Jewish/Christian tour. We didn’t visit the usual Christian sites, but we went off the beaten track to meet people and hear their stories and experiences of living in the Holy Land and the communities that they belong to. 

This month, Christians commemorate the passion, death and resurrection of one of the residents of the Holy Land - Jesus. We celebrate the greatest act of love of God, that he sacrifices his only son to take away our sins. The Easter story doesn’t end in misery, but ends in the glorious splendour of the resurrection, it gives us hope for a bright future.

The Easter Story is also one of hearing the stories and experiences of the early Christians who, at first, didn’t know what to do or where to turn. Jesus changes all of that, he equips them to be bold witnesses of the resurrection and to speak it to the nations. 

In the Acts of the Apostles, we hear of the early Christian community, we hear about their joys and sorrows, their struggles and at times their persecutions. In whatever they faced, they did so with strength and hope that the Lord would be their refuge.

In our life, we can experience joys and sorrows, we can have our ups and downs, but what Easter reminds us of is that there is new life and growth, there is a bright future and hope. It also reminds us that as a community we can support one another along the way; that we can help one another from our own experiences.

May this Easter be a time of real joy and hope for us all, that we may know  winter is (hopefully) far behind us and that we can experience the gift of new life, but that we can also grow in good friendships and the support of those within our community to help us experience what it is to belong and have a sense of fraternity and belonging. May the light of Christ shine in our hearts, our homes and in the village of Longhorsley. 

Father Shaun Purdy, St Thomas of Canterbury

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Mission Free Church

Sunday Services:

11am Family Service and creche

5.30pm Prayer in the Mission Hall

6pm Evening Worship / Bible Study

For our other group meetings, please see the Group Activities sections.

Visitors are always very welcome to all our events.

Contact Ian Pagan 788263


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