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children at the experiencing easter



 
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“Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."
 
     
 

special events

St Cuthbert's Day
St Cuthbert is celebrated every year on his Feast day, the 20th March. This year we celebrated down at the sea food center at Amble Harbour Village.

Cuthbert was born in the vicinity of Melrose, in present day Scotland, of poor parents. He tended sheep on the hills above the abbey when he was older.

The young Cuthbert may have been influenced by the nearby monks of Melrose Abbey in his choice of vocation; when he was sixteen he received a vision of the soul of St. Aidan being carried to heaven by angels.

St Cuthbert was born around 634 near Melrose, in present day Scotland, of poor parents. The young Cuthbert may have been influenced by the nearby monks of Melrose Abbey in his choice of vocation; when he was sixteen he received a vision of the soul of St. Aidan being carried to heaven by angels, so he entered the abbey there as a monk.

In 665 he was appointed the Prior of the monastery at Lindisfarne, then after twelve years of unremitting work he longed to devote himself fully to God. So in 676 he retired to Inner Farne as a hermit.

Once there he built a cell from turf.  At first Cuthbert was supplied with food from Lindisfarne, but still craving for isolation he insisted on growing his own and requested tools and grain.
He is said to have formed a close relationship with the birds which bred on the islands, especially the Eider Duck – still known locally as ‘Cuddy’s’(or ‘Cuthbert’s) Ducks.

In the spring of 684 went to Coquet island to meet Elfled, sister of King Egfrid and abbess of Whitby. She knew that Egfrid wished to make Cuthbert a bishop.

King Egfrid and Bishop Trumwine came and asked Cuthbert to become Bishop of Hexham. He was reluctant to leave his life of prayer as a hermit but they persuaded him. 

After about two years, Cuthbert resigned his position and retired to the Inner Farne to die. He died on the island on 20th March 687.
St Cuthber't day service
St Cuthber't day service
St Cuthber't day service
St Cuthber't day service
St Cuthber't day service
St Cuthber't day service
St Cuthbert's picture in tiles by Threebies
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Experience Easter @ St Cuthbert’s

Here at St Cuthbert’s we have been hosting Experience Easter for local school children for the past four years. The story goes back a long time to the day when Sister Penny Horseman C.A. first saw “Experience Easter set up in a church. “I thought it was such a good idea”, said Penny. “Set up six places in your church to look like events from Holy Week and invite children to come in and hear the story told, while sitting inside the event. I had wanted to try it for years. It started in the Gloucester Diocese and had spread worldwide.

Penny also thought that it would add to the children’s experience if the adult helpers from the church dressed in Biblical costume. 

When they arrived the children 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.

After five places had been visited the whole class gathered at the East End of the church to hear the Resurrection story together. “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” said Penny. 

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. Experience Easter has been put together by educationalists from the Diocese of Gloucester so is appropriate to the children and to the school curriculum.

experience Easter notes

Hopes and dreams

Hopes and Dreams

The great crowd that had come fo the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" Question - Is it easier to go with the crowd?

servant king

Servant King

Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, "Anyone who wants to be the first must be the very last, and servant of all. Question - How do we serve others?

The last supper

Remeber Me

Jesus took the bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them saying, "This is my body given for you; do this in rememberance of me". Question - How is Jesus known to us in the breaking of bread?

remeber me garden of gethsemany

Alone

Watch and pray. Circle me Lord. Keep distraction without, keep peace within. Circle me Lord.

placing the figures into the garden

Placing the little figures into the garden

sharing our sorrows the large cross

Sharing our Sorrows

And they crucified him.... Jesus remember me when you come into your kingdom

talking to the children about the empty tomb

resurection

Resurection

"He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him" Question - Where do we see Jesus in our 'Galilee'?

drawing their faces
sticking up the faces
the group of little faces stuck to the wall

Drawing faces of the feelings shown

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Model Boat Exhibition 
This was held in aid of our 'Fit for the Future' appeal.  A big Thanks to everyone who was involved in this as it was a great success.
large skiff little gem with a smaller model inside
HMS unicorn 1700
the royal yacht caroline 174a9
RLNB plymouth
boat in a bottle
Pictufe of the coble - new venture
sse empress australia in a glass case
several modles of boats
provider 111 on the window ledge
HMS illustious
 suzy - fishing vessle
boy andrew
boat on a window sill
coble and keelboat society north east and yorkshire coast

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Making a cardboard loo for the Puffin Festival
This year we are fundraising for a toilet and servery to have in place at the back of church before the BIG birthday next year.

This gave rise to the idea that the church  should have a cardboard loo and launch this at the Puffin Festival.  It took about 6 weeks to construct and was just ready in time for a place in the town square. 

We had a lot of fun with this loo, playing the...

'Prehistoric Puffin Poo' game.

This prehistoric poo came from the Puffin-sore-arse where it had last been nesting. 

Well it was a fun game for kids and adults alike, and we were able to raise not only funds for our 'Fit for the Future' appeal but also awarness of our appeal in the town too.
setting too with the cardboard

When the loo began it was just flat cardboard.  This was shared onto our face book page with no indication as to what it was going to be.  People became intrigued. Week by week more pictures emerged until they eventually worked it out, by that time it was ready for the town square where they saw it in all its grandeur!

becoming a box but why?
Becoming a box, but why?
the box
getting morfe identifiable now the bottom bit is added
ah now I get it, handle is attached to the top box
painting it white
silver handle is added


in the town square ready to start the day in full costume

we also ran a tombola


playing the poo game it was free the donations wern't
Playing the prehistoric puffin poo game. Freshly dug up from a prehistoric puffin-sore-arse nest. Careful as you go.
playing the poo game
the long awaited gin break given we were next to the gin cart
The end of the day - We were lucky to be positioned next to the portable gin bar!
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Harbour Lights with 'Bog Aid' and the 3 Fiddlers
harbour lights choir

Singing in the parish hall for our 'Fit for the future' appeal was a community event by Harbour Lights continuing their well established tradition of raising money for local good causes.


three fiddlers
three fiddles

‘The Fiddling Three’ gave us music for a summer evening.  Tudor dance music, Bach, Mozart, folk tunes and even blues and Cole Porter!

 

Something for every musical taste!

This event was in aid of our 'Fit for the future' appeal.


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