Bulletin Board

 

PLEASE NOTE:- There will be NO Printed Version

of the Bulletin in Church until further notice.

 

As from Saturday 10th April, there will be a

 Saturday Vigil Mass at St Paul's at 5pm.

This is a TEMPORARY measure to ease numbers at

 Sunday Mass and help with social distancing.

 

 

Second Sunday of Easter

Sunday 11th April 2021

 

Services

COVID-19 Pandemic

PLEASE NOTE

  Due to increasing numbers at Mass

we feel we need to implement a booking system to ensure that

 we remain COVID secure in line with Government guidance.

 Everyone is welcome to attend Mass but please can you now book your place in advance.

All Future Mass Bookings can be done in person with the steward at the door or

by calling 01665 579303 on a Wednesday only between the hours of 10am and 1pm

Many thanks

 

·      Maximum Attendance is 77 persons.

·      Please enter the church in single file (keeping a 2m distance)

by the Front Door where you will be met by a Steward.

·      The pews will be filled from the front and moving to the back.

·      The Holy Water stoops, confessionals will not be used and

 hymn books, Mass cards and all piety goods will be removed.

·      When Mass has finished please leave by the Side Door, again

in single file and keeping your distance.

·      The wearing of Face Masks is compulsory

 

Unfortunately, toilet facilities are unavailable. 

 

Gospel  Acclamation

 
Alleluia, alleluia!

Jesus said to him: ‘You believe because you can see me.
Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe.’
Alleluia!

 

GOSPEL

 

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John      20:19-31

 

Glory to you, O Lord

In the evening of that same day, the first day of the week, the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews.

 Jesus came and stood among them. He said to them, ‘Peace be with you,’ and showed them his hands and his side

. The disciples were filled with joy when they saw the Lord, and he said to them again, ‘Peace be with you.

‘As the Father sent me, so am I sending you,’

After saying this he breathed on them and said:

‘Receive the Holy Spirit.
For those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven;
for those whose sins you retain, they are retained.’

Thomas, called the Twin, who was one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.

 When the disciples said, ‘We have seen the Lord,’ he answered, ‘Unless I see the holes that the nails made in his hands

 and can put my finger into the holes they made, and unless I can put my hand into his side, I refuse to believe.’

Eight days later the disciples were in the house again and Thomas was with them. The doors were closed, but Jesus

 came in and stood among them. ‘Peace be with you,’ he said. Then he spoke to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here; look,

 here are my hands. Give me your hand; put it into my side. Doubt no longer but believe.’

Thomas replied, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus said to him:

‘You believe because you can see me. Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe.’

There were many other signs that Jesus worked and the disciples saw, but they are not recorded in this book.

 These are recorded so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing

 this you may have life through his name.

The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

  Act of Spiritual Communion by St Alphonsus Liguori

My Jesus, I believe that You are truly present in the Most Holy Sacrament.

 I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.

 Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,

 come at least spiritually into my heart.

 I embrace You as being already there and unite myself wholly to You.

 Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

 

Weekday

Wednesday 14th April---NO 9.30am Mass

 

Fr Stephen will continue to celebrate Mass every day, in Private,

for the Health and Wellbeing of all parishioners.

You have Father Stephen’s assurance that all mass intentions received

will be honoured on the dates they have been allocated.

And for all those whose anniversaries

 occur around this time

“Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord

and let perpetual light shine upon them,

May They Rest in Peace. Amen”

 

St Aidan’s Seahouses

Thursday 15th April---NO 11.30am Mass

 

All Saints, Thropton,

No weekday Word & Communion or Mass until Further Notice

 

Live streams

The following parishes have set up a live stream of Mass.

 

St. Mary's Cathedral, Newcastle

The live stream of Mass can be found on

 the Cathedral's YouTube Channel.

 There will also be a live streaming of a time of quiet prayer

 before the Blessed Sacrament and devotions from 5.00pm until 5.45pm.

 

Our Lady of Mercy Parish, Sunderland

 via their YouTube channel.

 You can also find details and information on their Facebook page.

 

Chester le Street, St. Cuthbert and Sacriston, St. Bede

 a recording of daily Mass is viewable via their Facebook Page.

 

St. Mary's, Hexham

 via their parish website www.stmaryshexham.org.uk and their YouTube channel.

 

St. Paul's, Cramlington

 via their Facebook Page.

 

Stockton Family Parish

 via their Facebook Page. 

 

Our Lady and St Wilfred’s, Blyth

 via their Facebook Page. 

 

The Re–opening of our Churches:

To view the current list of churches that are now re-open please

 visit our website, www.rcdhn.org.uk, for further news and details.

As our churches have re–opened, may we remind everyone that they must continue

with the controls that we have in place in our churches.

 It is only in this way that they can remain COVID secure and can continue to be a safe place for our congregations.

May we also take this opportunity to recognise that the churches only remain safe

 because of the hard work of all of our clergy, cleaners and volunteers.

 

Mass by Phone Service

During these times when our churches are closed and Masses are being

streamed online, the Diocese of Middlesbrough have set up a system to allow

 people who don't have internet access to listen to Mass over the telephone.

 If you would like to access this service, the telephone number to call is 01642 130120.

 Calls are charged at local rate and free if in your included minutes.

 

The Diocesan Youth Ministry Service:-

YMT Facebook page has a short daily Lenten reflection for each day of Lent.

 

       Please remember

St Paul’s Church, Alnwick in your will.

 Thank You.

 

CAFOD-Thank You

Thank you to all parishioners at St Paul’s for your generous support for CAFOD this year and for your latest donation of £258.10.

 It means so much to us that you have reached out to our brothers and sisters around the world, when life here at home is quite changed. 

This Lent we shared the story of Abdella’s ten hour walk for water through the mountains of Ethiopia.  Your gifts will mean that we can help improve

 water access for Abdella’s community and others around the world.  Solar powered pumps giving clean water are life changing.

We would also like to share other emergency action CAFOD is taking to save lives in Ethiopia. We are sure you

will have heard of the devastating conflict that has broken out in parts of Ethiopia.

  Thanks to the Catholic community of England and Wales, we can respond quickly and reach out in love to those who are suffering right now.

 Working alongside the Church in Ethiopia, we will deliver water to 30,000 people, nutrition support to over 50,000 children under 5

, and practical support like trauma and emergency kits and hygiene facilities to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Thank you and God Bless.

 

Mary’s Meals

The people of Tigray in Ethiopia urgently need our help.

Due to brutal fighting in the region, frightened families have been

 forced to flee their homes and millions are living in fear of starvation. 
The region’s capital, Mekelle, is being overwhelmed by displaced and traumatised

 people arriving every day. Many are unaccompanied children who have lost their parents.
Mary’s Meals has been working with a trusted partner in the region for many years

and together we are reaching out to children and communities affected by this dire situation. 
But we really need your help to continue this life-saving work.

Please give if you can.

https://www.marysmeals.org.uk/crisis-in-ethiopia

 

St Paul’s Roof

Work on the roof was scheduled to begin on 11th January 2021. 

At an extra ordinary meeting of St Paul’s Parish Council, held on

Friday 18th December 2020 at 7 pm via Zoom, It was decided to postpone starting

 the work with a view to seeking funding.

For further details please see the meeting notes at the bottom of the page. 

 

On behalf of the Maryvale Institute, Faith & Mission would like to invite you to

 participate in the Exploring the Directory for Catechesis Conference 2021.

 For more info please visit: https://www.maryvale.ac.uk/conference-2021.html or contact marketing@maryvale.ac.uk

 You can register for this conference at: https://bit.ly/2Z2KqIX

About the Conference:

 Maryvale Institute, on behalf of the Archdiocese of Birmingham, is delighted to announce a free,

 virtual conference that will focus on the new Directory for Catechesis. The Directory, published in March 2020, makes clear the

 essential elements in teaching and personal formation required by the mission of catechesis. Building

 on the previous 2 catechetical directories (1971 and 1997), this new text is a vital resource for all those engaged

in the Church's work of proclaiming the Gospel.

This conference offers an opportunity for those either involved with or interested in catechesis, to explore the main themes

 and key emphases of this important text, and to reflect on its implications for their work in the Church and the world.

The conference will take place across 3 sessions, focusing on different aspects of the directory:

 

·       Session 2, Friday 16th April, 2.00-4.00pm:Key Emphases/Foci of the New Directory: a Closer Look. Speakers confirmed so far: 

Fr Jan Nowotnik (Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales and Archdiocese of Birmingham), 

Katherine Coolidge (Catherine of Siena Institute), Dr Tamra Fromm (Catholic Biblical School of

 Michigan and Maryvale Institute), Sr Hyacinthe Defos du Rau OP (Dominican Srs of St Joseph and

Maryvale Institute) and more, followed by breakout sessions.

 

·       Session 3, Friday 14th May, 2.00-4.00pm:Growing in Faith: A Lifelong Journey of Catechesis. Speakers confirmed so far: 

Angela Wood MA (Maryvale Institute), Sr Carino Hodder OP (Dominican Srs of St Joseph), Lianne Pap

 (Archdiocese of Birmingham and Maryvale Institute), Paul Northam (Archdiocese of Birmingham,

 Beccy Roseman (Kenelm Youth Trust, Archdiocese of Birmingham) and more, followed by breakout sessions.

 

 There is no cost to register and attend all sessions of the conference, although we would encourage

delegates to consider a donation of £5 or £10 or more towards scholarships for those enrolling on

 Maryvale Institute’s adult formation courses, to help support and train the catechists of the future

Best wishes

Faith & Mission, Diocese of Hexham & Newcastle, UK

 Tel: 0191 243 3316,  Mob: 07375 934713 E: adminfaith.mission@diocesehn.org.uk

 

TO OUR CATHOLIC UNIVERSE AND

CATHOLIC TIMES READERS IN THE PARISH:-

at the moment you are unable to collect your paper at Mass,

 but you can get it delivered direct to your home every week, POST FREE.  

Please go to www.thecatholicuniverse.com or call them on

0161 820 5722 and they will arrange for you.

SPECIAL OFFER 3 MONTHS :-£25.00

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Keeping you and your parish in our thoughts and prayers.

 May we take this opportunity in thanking you for all your support.

 God bless

 

Where is the best Catholic shop you've ever imagined?

Answer - on your laptop.

 Visit our online shop on our website, www.thecatholicuniverse.com, for a huge selection of gifts and cards.

 St Patricks Day is coming. Easter is coming. Order your gifts and cards online now!

   

Statement regarding the publication of the IICSA report

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), has published its investigation report

 into the Catholic Church in England and Wales today.  This is based on the main public hearings

held in October and November 2019.

 to read the report  go to www.rcdhn.org.uk

If you have been affected by this report further support is also available:

 You can contact the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle Safeguarding Team on 0191 243 3305 or find

 further contact details at: http://www.rcdhn.org.uk/safeguardingdio/safeguardingcontacts.php

‘Safe Spaces’ is an independent service supporting survivors of church-related abuse.

 This independent service is run by the charity Victim Support and is free to access

via telephone – 0300 303 1056 (answerphone available outside of opening times),

email – safespaces@victimsupport.org, or

web-chat via www.safespacesenglandandwales.org.uk. 

Other organisations offering support can also be found via the

 Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service at https://www.csas.uk.net/

  

Gift Aid

The Diocese is not sending out Gift Aid Donation Statements for 2019/20.

However, due to the churches not being fully opened because of COVID19, it was decided that

 this year they would only supply this information if specifically requested.

If like this information, please contact Roisin on 01665 798945.

 

Gift Aid and Donations

During the current COVID-19 pandemic, if anyone would like to pay

their Gift Aid, sign up to Gift Aid or make a Donation through

their bank,  please contact Roisin on 01665 798945

Very many thanks to all those who have supported the

 Gift Aid Donations Scheme.  The scheme continues to make

a significant contribution to parish funds.

If you are not already signed up, please consider joining.

The only requirement is that you should be a UK taxpayer.

Thank You.

 

The Alnwick District Food Bank

 This is to confirm we continue to operate from our base at Lindisfarne Adult Learning Centre and will do so with

 the goodwill and cooperation of Northumberland County Council throughout this latest lockdown.

Our website www.alnwickdistrictfoodbank.co.uk is kept updated with regard to opening times as is our FaceBook page.

Both also detail where donations can be dropped off and items needed.

 Our team of volunteers have committed to "keeping the show on the road".

We are here to serve our local community to the best of our ability.

Kind regards

From us all at ADFB

 

Statements from Pope Francis, Bishop Robert Byrne and the

Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales

condemn the death of George Floyd

To read the statement in full

please go to the Diocesan website:- www.rcdhn.org.uk

 

 The Prayer Group

 pray in their homes at 7 o’clock every Tuesday

 we would like to share with you one of the prayers we use

Bring me now into the deep silence of your presence.
I give you my body and ask that it may become your dwelling place
This moment may every part of my being be at peace
Let my heartbeat
Be in harmony with your heartbeat
Let every part of my body be filled with your Spirit
Take each blood vessel
Take every part of my nervous system
Take each muscle ,each organ ,each cell
Fill me now
With your stillness
With the reality of you living presence

This is part of the Shalom Prayer from the Maranatha Community
I hope it helps, Barbara Dawson, SHALOM

 

Diocese Information

Please use the RCDHN link on the top right of the page.

 

The Vicariate for Faith & Mission

Pope Francis – Prayer to Mary for Protection

 during the COVID–19 Pandemic.

O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.
At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain,
with steadfast faith.
You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need.
We are certain that you will provide, so that,
as you did at Cana of Galilee,
joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform ourselves to the Father’s will
and to do what Jesus tells us:
He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us,
through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.
We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test –
and deliver us from every danger,
O glorious and blessed Virgin.

 

Peoples Kitchen and Alnwick Food Bank

 -please could all food donations for People's Kitchen and

Alnwick Food Bank have lids on where necessary.

 Thank You.

 

 First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion 2019-20

Has been cancelled until further Notice.

 

Nights of Light-April

Saturday 10th---Arthur Carroll—In thanksgiving

Saturday 17th---Mary Robinson---Birthday Thoughts, R.I.P.

Saturday 17th---Arthur Carroll---In Thanksgiving

 

 

If you would like the Church to be lit up for a special occasion or

 remembrance of a loved one, download the form on the

 Nights of Light page on the parish website.

 Minimum donation £1 per date!     

Thank You.

 

  Fatima Mass

Yvonne Douglas has been to Fatima and is having a Mass said for all our

 parishioners every month for a year and also every Friday included in the Rosary.

 

Partnership Day of Reflection

for Ministers of the Word has been moved to November.

 

Feasts of the Week

 

USED POSTAGE STAMPS

Please continue to save your used stamps until the church re-opens.

 Thank You

 

The Peoples Kitchen

My thanks as always to all who give so generously throughout the year.

The kitchen are constantly feeding and clothing the many needy people on a

 daily basis, the numbers are ever increasing.

Well done to you very kind hearted people.

 

DRIVEWAY

 When driving within the church grounds PLEASE keep to the 15mph speed limit. 

Expensive gravel is being displaced by overzealous drivers.

  Thank You.

 

PLEASE let us know

if a relative or neighbour has been taken to any of our hospitals,

 otherwise we will not be able to visit them.

 

   Offertory Collection

Did you know you can pay your weekly offertory donation

 via standing order or direct debit.

 In these days of internet banking it is so easy to make

 a regular payment to St Paul’s RC Church, Alnwick.

 You can still gift aid your donation by filling in the form at the back of church.

 

Bereavement Support

If you, or someone you know, has recently been bereaved Hospice Care

 now provide support either in your own home or in a mutually convenient place.

  For more information see the leaflets in the back of church

 or phone the hospice on 01665 606512.

 

ST. PAUL’S SCHOOL

The website is http://www.stpaulsalnwick.co.uk/

containing lots of information about our schools and a

 chance to keep up to date with what is happening.

 Please visit our website.

 

Memoriam Book

The Memoriam Book placed in Our Lady’s Chapel

contains the names of family and friends of parishioners,

 each written under the date of their death.

 If you would like the names of your loved ones included,

 please fill in the form at the back of Church

and place it in the box provided.

 Fill in a separate form for each name, please.

 

Security

Please be vigilant when you are in and about the Church.

Do not leave your valuables unattended in the church.

 

Nights of Light

Our Church looks particularly attractive at present with the flood lighting.

We depend on the Nights of Lights scheme to fund the lighting of the church.

If you would like to celebrate a important occasion,

please consider lighting up our church

If you would like the Church to be lit up for a special occasion,

please obtain a form from the back of the Church and hand it with your donation

to Tim Sewell, any of the Parish Council,

drop it through the letterbox at the Parish House

or download the form on the Nights of Light page

Minimum donation £1 per date!

 

In the absence of the priest, whom can we contact?

It is always good to be able to contact the priest of the

parish when you need information or in emergency.

But the parish house is not always manned.

In the absence of the priest, the number of a contact person

will be on the answering machine.

 

Hospital Referral Cards

It is becoming increasingly difficult to know when any

 of our parishioners have been admitted to hospital.

If you or any of your family are being admitted to any of our

 hospitals please let the priest know as soon as possible.

At the back of the church there are some hospital referral cards.

We would ask you to have one of these cards at home and if for any reason you have to stay

in hospital please hand it to the ward sister who will inform the hospital chaplain.

Please supply the patient’s name, ward and hospital.

Alternatively, a hospital referral card can be completed and given to Fr. Stephen.

Due to the unavailability of information regarding religious denomination of patients

in the RVI,  Freeman and Walkergate Hospitals, patients and relatives

must take responsibility to inform the hospital chaplain.

Tel 0191 232 1892.

The same situation applies to all our local hospitals and maybe care homes.

If you or a relative are going into hospital or one of our

 care homes please let the local priest know.

It will make our work much easier

 

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Minutes of the meeting of St Paul’s Parish Council

 held on Tuesday 2nd March 2021 at 7 pm via Zoom.

Present – Fr Stephen Watson, Mary Donaghey (Chair /Minutes) June Etterley, Edith Humphries, Edward Sweeney

Co-Opt Members Michelle Burgess attended for financial update and Mary Frater to update on Christians Together in Alnwick.

Opening PrayerThe opening prayer was given by Fr Stephen. 

Apologies for absence

Apologies received from Co-opt member Martin O’Hanlon and Christopher Benjamin.

Review of the Agenda.

The Agenda as it stood was accepted.

Minutes of previous meeting and Matters Arising:

The minutes of the previous meetings held on 1st December and the Extra ordinary meeting held on 18th December

 were agreed without further review.  Fr Stephen gave an update on the work being carried out on the Parish House.

  Fr Stephen is hoping to move back into the house in three weeks. There was some additional work required to be done.

  The two main ground floors in the office and the backroom needed to be repaired and floor joists replaced.

  Due to rewiring and plumbing the house now needs to be cleaning and decorated. 

Martin has informed Fr Stephen that permission has now been received from the Council to carry

 out the necessary work to the trees in the Church grounds at a cost of £8,000.

In relation to the Church roof repairs, Fr Stephen has spoken to the Building Department of the Diocese

 who are working on our behalf to try and obtain funding to assist in the cost. 

There is no update yet and due to Covid restrictions it is difficult to contact people and departments.

 Taking into account all necessary work including repairs to the Parish House, repairs to the Church roof

 and clock and the necessary tree maintenance there is a potential deficit of £9,000.   

Parish Administrator’s Report:

Michelle Burgess gave an update on the church’s current financial position: 

Current Account:  £30,323.69

Deposit Account: £89,516.03

This is a reduction on the figures reported at the last meeting.

 We have paid £46,238.40 from the deposit account towards the roof tiles for the Church roof repairs.

 Also, from the deposit account £26,881.57 has been paid for work on the Parish House.

 A payment of £279 was also made to The Diocese towards cleaning packs sent out when the church reopened after Lockdown.

 This included sanitizer and gloves plus cleaning services.  The Diocese was able to offer a discount on the cost.

 In addition, we had to pay the annual Levy to the Diocese of £6,638.93.  Each year each Parish pays a Levy

 to cover support services such as the Building Committee and for publication of documents.

 This was put on hold last year due to Covid.  This payment was made from the current account.   

Building repairs and maintenance

 Church bells and contact from NCC regarding noise complaints they have received.

Two weeks prior to this meeting a message was left on Michelle’s landline (at the time the Parish landline

 was disconnected due to the ongoing rewiring and repairs).  The message stated they were ringing from

Northumberland County Council Environmental Health Department stating they had received several complaints

 about the Church bells and noise throughout the night from various residents.  Fr Stephen has tried ringing

 the number given twice without success.  No further calls have been received.  This caused some confusion

and consternation to the members present, as no one was aware of any recent complaints being made

directly to members of the Church.    Complaints have been received in the past via email but have tended to be

from visitors and tourists staying in the area.  Obviously with the current restrictions there were unlikely to

 be visitors staying nearby.  As it stands the bells can either be turned on or off manually but there is no timer

 mechanism allowing the bells to be turned off during the night.  The Clock is currently running 10 minutes

 fast and the quarter chime is still not working.  Repairs to the clock would cost £12,000 and have been put

 on hold due to more pressing matters.  Fr Stephen suggested we write to the Environmental Health Department

 for clarification asking if any complaints have been received and explaining that a voice mail has been left

 purporting to be from their department.

Action Point:  Michelle Burgess will send a letter to Environmental Health asking for clarification.

Parish Council Constitution

Timetable for future meetings / AGM and Parish Council elections.

At the Parish Council meeting held in March 2020 it was decided to change the meeting timetable from bi-monthly

 to quarterly, but no firm alternative timetable was set.  The Parish Council Constitution published in October 2017

 states that meeting normally take place on the first Tuesday in each of the months of September, November,

January, March, May, and July each year.    Due to the start of the Pandemic and the first national Lockdown later

 in March there was no meeting of the Parish Council until September 2020 via Zoom.  Furthermore, the usual

 Parish Council election in June and the AGM normally held in July did not go ahead.  It is very much hoped

 that with the lifting of restrictions in June that some normality will return, and that the AGM and the

elections can take place this year.  To this end Mary Donaghey put forward a proposal to return to meeting

 bimonthly with the next meeting of the Parish Council taking place in May.  This will need to be via Zoom, but it is hoped the

 AGM in July can go ahead in the Church in person.

There are currently three vacancies for members on the Parish Council.  The constitution states that of the

 8 members of the council 4 shall be male and 4 shall be female.  There are two permanent

 members being the parish priest who serves as President of the council

and the Parish Administrator appointed by the Diocese.

After some discussion it was decided to resume meeting on a bi-monthly basis.  Therefore, the next meeting

 will be in May. A further suggestion was made that future meetings should take place in the afternoon at around 4pm.

  Following that meeting an announcement will be placed in the Parish Bulletin seeking

nominations for the council vacancies.  The AGM will hopefully them go ahead in July.

Action point – secretary to send out a copy of the Constitution for information to all Parish council members.

Christians Together in Alnwick  

Mary Frater then gave an update on activities since our last meeting.

 On the Saturday before Christmas 1,000 knitted angels were put out round and about Alnwick and included

 a card giving details of an online service on Christmas Eve which was well received. 

During Christian Unity week a virtual service was held from St James Shilbottle on the Monday.  On the Sunday

 evening Michael from St Michael’s church and Gerrard the curate conducted an online service.  Various members

 of other churches gave reading with others singing.  Several people also met at St Paul’s church and

 walked around the town stopping at the various churches to pray.

  At the AGM it was decided to hold Lenten lunches via Zoom with each church taking its turn.

 Andrew Duff has set it all up via the Christians Together website.

  When it was St Paul’s turn Fr Stephen gave a talk about being a hospital Chaplain which was well received.

  The talk given by Fr Stephen is still available on You Tube for a limited time via this link https://youtu.be/5_MWXeRsvfU.

  At the AGM, a new committee was set up.  Ruth Bulls from the Methodist church will be

 the new Chair, Bob Bains from Welcome Network is vice-chair, Jean Barr from St James Alnwick is now secretary.

  John Knight is continuing as treasurer.

Any Other Business

Mary Frater gave update of the giving of Christmas gifts for the house bound and care home residents.

 Along with Pam Slater Mary arranged to hand out 35 Care packages including a plant.

 In addition, St Michaels provided 25 comfort and joy goodie bags with prayer cards, hand warmer and sweeties.

 The proceeds from the coffee fund paid for everything.

Mother’s Day – normally Joanne Harrison-Frater organises bunches of daffodils which the liturgy children

 then hand out at church.  This year it has been decided that Joanne will again organise the daffodils and quarantine

 them and then due to restrictions people will be asked to take a bunch as they leave church from the side entrance.  

Fund raising – Mary suggested taking advantage of a stall which is made available free of charge in Alnwick Market for fund raising.

 It is hoped this will be available around the middle of June.  The stall will need to be filled with homemade jams and crafts etc.

  Volunteers will be needed to main the stall from 8am to 3pm.  It was agreed this would be an excellent opportunity.

Action point – Mary Frater will write and see if the stall can be booked for mid-June.

In relation to the trees Ed Sweeney has suggested approaching A J Scott who may take the wood away

 free of charge when the trees are cut.  This may save some money.

Action point – Mary Donaghey will approach Martin and ask if A J Scott has been approached.

Date of next meeting to be arrangedNext meeting to take place Tuesday 4th May at 4pm via Zoom.

Closing Prayer

 

 

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