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special events 2015

Celebrate

Today was a day for us to celebrate as we welcomed Bishop Frank this morning to lead our 9:30 service. This was a service of celebration for the completion of the first phase of our developments of the church. As you can see by the pictures we now have a lovely new carpet and some very striking glass doors.

During the service we were able to have the new 'proggy mat', of St Cuthbert, dedicated by the Bishop. This will hang in the Parish Hall. The St Cuthbert's mat was lovingly created from the stain glass in the east window by Vivienne and her fellow matters, Jane and Ruth. St Cuthbert is depicted with his cuddy ducks.

In the afternoon we had our usual monthly Café Church. The theme this month was 'Making time for God'. An interesting exercise to see how much time we spend in a day on everyday living and how much time we put aside to spend with God.

painting the doors

Adding the finishing touches to the doors.

the painted front doors

the painted front doors

glass doors
The new glass in the doors lets so much light into the church now.

celebrate with cava

Time to celebrate!

the lovely spread from the parishoners

A lovely spread donated by various members of the congregation. Thanks everyone!
time for the bubbly!
It's time to open the bubbly!

celebrate service

celebrate service

celebrate service
celebrate service
mac and bishop frank looking at the new access path to be built
Bishop Frank disscussing the next phase with Mac. Our new access path.
the new carpet
The lovely new carpet.

bishop frank blessing the new  glassed doors

Bishop frank blessing the new glassed doors.

Margaret was licenced to administer home communion

Margaret was licenced to administer home communion.

proggy mat group with the bishop

Vivienne, Ruth and Jane with Bishop Frank and their lovely St Cuthbert proggy mat.

st cuthbert proggy mat

St Cuthbert proggy mat,still to be finished.

st cuthbert in the east window

St Cuthbert in the east window.

st cuthbert proggy mat

café church

Café Church - Making time for God.

café church

 

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Experience Easter

Again Penny brought Experience Easter to St Cuthberts.

To add to the children’s experience of the Easter Story the adult helpers from the church dressed in Biblical costume. Fortunately the church is developing a tradition of adults doing nativity plays and other dramas where they dress the part so costumes were available.

This year, over a space of two weeks, we had 220 children from the local schools taking part. When the children arrived they were divided up into small groups, given a card to collect picture stamps at each place they visited and set off to tour the church. Eight minutes was allowed at each place they visited and time just flew by for children and adults alike.

After five places had been visited the whole class gathered at the East End of the church to hear the Resurrection story together. Penny said “I told the children when they first arrived that some parts of the story are sad but that we would all be joining together for the happy ending. I think it is important that the Easter story is handled sensitively but honestly with children.”

There was time in the small groups for children to express what they felt about the story as well as to do an activity that was meaningful for their age group.

The displays stayed up for three weeks and as St Cuthbert’s is an open door church, many people came in to see and walk around for themselves.

servent king

hopes and dreams

last supper

last supper

alone

sharing your sorrows

resurection

empty tomb

resurection around the alter

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Easter Day

'Lay hold on life' was the theme of our Easter sermon. As we sang 'Onward Christian Soldiers', everyone was invited to come and decorate the cross.

happy easter

decorating the cross

decorating the cross

decorating the cross

the children of the church standig with Diane at the finished cross

the finished cross

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BBQ

This year we had our BBQ at the vicarage. We were blessed with good weather - which meant we could sit out in the lovely garden.

Our Parish BBQ's give you delicious food, lovely sunshine and great fellowship.

bbq in the vicarage garden

the cooks hard at work

The chefs, Keith and Mack.

looking at people through the lovely flowers

people eating around the table

two guys choosing what to eat

Mike forgot his hat, luckily Keith was able to let him borrow his!

linda spoilt for choice.  Hmm what to choose?

Linda spoilt for choice!

mother and daughter

the vicar taking a break from making the puds

Diane taking time off from making the delicious puds!

two guys sitting by the wall tucking into their food!

margaret sitting on the lawn

sitting around the table

so many lovely puds

mmm very popular cake

lovely square cakes

chocolate cakes

sitting chatting

on the trampoline

jumping on the trampoline

time to go home

Time to go home. Thanks Diane and Keith for a lovely day.

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Flower Festival

Members and friends of the church can be justly proud of the flower festival they put together over the August weekend. Funds were raised for the ‘Access for All’ appeal which plans to create a sloping pathway to allow wheelchair users and mums with buggies easy access to the building.

The weekend was a success from start to finish. The congregation drew on the talents of members and friends to put together some 17 arrangements on the theme of hobbies.

There was a buzz in the church throughout the weekend, visitors old and new not only enjoyed the flowers but relaxed with a drink and a homemade scone. For some it was a time to catch up with old friends, for others a planned day out and some a chance to just pop in and have a look.

A very successful weekend culminated the event raising about £1000 for the ‘Access for All’ appeal.

Thanks go to everyone who helped, and to all those who came to enjoy the festival and supported the appeal which I am sure they would agree is for a very worthy cause.

woodwork flower arrangement

woodwork flower arrangement

theatre flower arangement

theatre  programmes flower arangement

theatre chamgne flower arangement

theatre masks flower arangement

scrabble flower arrangment

scrabble flower arrangement

scrabble flower arrangement

sewing flower arrangements

sewing flower arrangements

sewing flower arrangements

flowers in a frame

flowers in a frame

flowers on a bike

flowers on a bike

flowers in a boat

flowers on a bike

flowers in a wheelchair

flowers in a boat

inside the boat full of flowers

art flower arrangements vincent vangough sunflowers

bridal flowers on a stand

bird watching flower arrangement

belly dancing flower arrangements

card making flower arrangement

by the beach flower arrangement

cup cake flower arrangement

amble outreach group paper flowers in a vase

allotment flower arrangement

warkworth golf club flower arrangement

music flowers

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Walking with the wounded

It was great to welcome the 'Walking with the Wounded' team to Amble this afternoon.
Day 11 of the #‎WalkOfBritain finished here in Amble, after the team had walked another 17 miles.
To show our support Rev Diane presented them with a cheque of £100 on behalf of St Cuthbert's Parish Church.

Beverly playing the pipes under the town suare clock tower

Diane with ambl's Mayor - Craig.

Beverly piping in the walkers

Beverly piping in the walkers into the square

Diane handing over the cheque

having a rest under the canopy

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Angel Festival

angel of the north

a group of angels on a table

harriots picture of an angel

whicker basket angel

knitted angel

modled angel

black and silver music angel

large pottergate angel

paper doyley

alluminated angel

motzart paper angel

three gold strung angels

angel drawing

barbi angel

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Carol Singing at the Pods

The Harbour Village Pods on the Quayside opened late on four Thursdays before Christmas
Each Thursday evening the pods decided to generously donate a proportion of their profits to a local charity.

We were very fortunate to be one of the charities that they picked, so we chose to go down and share some of the Christmas Spirit by singing carols around the pods.

Thanks must go to the Harbour Village for supporting our 'Access for all' appeal.

You can watch our carol singing here.

singing at the pods

singing at the pods

singing at the pods

the pods lit up for christmas

the pods lit up for christmas

the pods lit up for christmas

the pods lit up for christmas

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The New Cross

A new cross for St Cuthbert’s

Ten pews that were removed from the rear of the church unexpectedly found new life.  They are now to be part of Amble Coastal Rowing Club’s new skiff.  Rob Angus, spokesman for the Club, said he was delighted that the pews, which had formed part of the lives of Amble folk since the church was built in 1870, would have a new lease of life, as thwarts (seats) and oars. 

However, not all the wood has been used in the building of the new skiff. 

St Cuthbert’s is now open every day for anyone who wishes to visit the church.  This has meant that the brass cross, that stands on the alter during services, is locked away leaving the alter bare.

It was a wonderful surprise when Rob and Brian turned up, just before Christmas, with a wooden cross that they had made from the old pews.  Now a cross can stand on the alter all the time.

Thanks must go to all at Amble Coastal Rowing Club for this kind gift.

sanding the old pews

cutting the groves

piecing the two arms of the cross together

finished cross in the boat shed

rev diane receiving the cross

rev diane receiving the cross

all the christingle helpers welcoming the cross

the cross on the alter

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