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Magazines - The JULY 2017 Magazine is out now and at the back of church.  

Magazines - 2017 previous issues -   January,  February  March April   May June 
Magazines - 2016 previous issues - January, February March April May June July/August September October November December
Magazines - 2015 previous issues - January, February, March, April July/August September October November December
Magazines - 2014 previous issues - January, February, March, April, May June  July August September October November
Magazines - 2013 previous issues - February, March, April  May  June July September October November December



For your prayers:
Please continue to pray for two activities at St. Catherine’s
1. ‘OPEN THE BOOK’ assemblies in New Brancepeth Primary School.
The last one of the school year one is on Mon. 10th July concluding the story of Joseph and his brothers.
Fr. Carl was spledid last time as Joseph in his coat of many colours!
Pray also for the school facing big changes in Sept. with a new head, deputy head and other new staff.
2. ST. CATHERINE’S LUNCH CLUB. This continues to go well and enjoyed by many.
Please pray for our next lunch on Friday, 14th July.
This continues to go well and enjoyed by many. Please pray for our next lunch on Friday 14th July.
If there are other topics for prayer please let David know (d.g.gregory-smith@durham.ac.uk)

Prayer for Our Churches in St John’s church
next meeting Wednesday, 19thJuly, 09.30 - 10.15 am.
Over the summer months we shall meet in St. John’s.
All welcome


Thursday Coffee -
since we started in 2015 we have raised £1084.62 of which £77.50 (our March takings) went the Famine appeal.
With the rest of the money we are going to buy two altar cloths one for the high altar and one for the lady chapel.
Thank you to everyone who has given their support.

There will be an
Extraordinary PCC Meeting
on Thursday, July 13th 6.30pm


Next PCC meeting Wednesday, 19th July at 6.30 pm


Churches Together Quiet Day: This will be held at Minsteracres Monastery on Saturday, 29th July.
It will be led by Fr. Jeroen who in the past has proved to be very inspirational.

There will also be plenty of time for quiet reflection and to enjoy the lovely setting of the monastery
in the country north of Derwent Reservoir.

For further details contact David (0191 3731554) or Rosemary Cox: rosemaryjcox@aol.com.


Sunday 30th July is a commemoration of the battle of Passchendaele
A parade will leave the British legion at 10.40 am followed by a service at St. John's Church

Lindisfarne (Holy Island) Outing

will be on Saturday, 5th August. Please sign up on the sheet at the back of the church.
If numbers warrant it, we may order a larger coach (52 seats).


newest at the top

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK - the Tesco collections raised an amazing £480
Grateful Thanks to all who helped and contributed
St. John’s Spring Fayre
Saturday, 13th May, 12.00 -2.00 pm.


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Our branch 125th celebration
was a great success, we had 55 seated guests in the back of the church for our vintage tea party,
and our speaker was the Bishop of Jarrow - thank you to everyone who contributed on the day.


A few photo's from this morning. The first two show Liz's Easter garden with a close-up of the tomb and rolled up shroud
The third photo shows our group of very happy people after the service.
Just over a year ago, our organist and friend Rose Reeve passed away.
Rose had many talents besides being an amazing musician, one of which was painting.
Rose's husband Roger kindly donated two of her paintings on silk to St. Catherine's and these were welcomed in to the church today. The fourth photo shows the painting entitled 'Christ is Risen' which is very appropriate for this Easter Sunday.
The fifth photo shows the painting entitled 'Fishes' and represents the rivers Deerness, Browney and Wear
which is especially fitting for our village church so near to all three rivers. The last photo is a close-up of Fishes





St Catherine's Lunch Club April 13th - some photos.
Everyone enjoyed the delicious lunch and the company of good friends
as you can see from the photos.
Keith James, local historian gave a very interesting talk about the history of Brandon & Byshottles.
A donation to Cancer Research UK was given to Keith from the raffle proceeds




Photo's from St. John’s Open church Saturday, 4th March
as part of the 'Talking Jes
us' event
There was a display of paintings on silk by the late Rose Reeve
as well as items of note which are part of the history of St. John's



Thursday, 11th May at 6.00 pm: The first AGM was to be held at church.

Report from Facebook page -
Great first AGM tonight. Thank you to everyone who came.
Lovely positive comments about the new plans.
Building costs have gone up considerably but there is an option for the hall part not to be as big
but it would still hold 180 people seated and fit 10 round tables for 110 people for weddings/ parties.
This would make the back area bigger which the space could be utilised for all sorts of outdoor activities/parking.
Has a meeting room for 12 people and a large kitchen that can be used for meetings as well.
All exciting if we can get the lease and raise the rest of the money!
It's only been three years and we have achieved so much in that time.

For any enquiries please see Facebook stjohnshallmeadowfield or contact Lesley on lesleypb@aol.com


For more updates, see the Hall page here

DH7 CHURCHES TOGETHER - see DH7 page - here

Durham clothing bank need donations of clothes (adult and children), toiletries , nappies , sanitary protection.
The Food bank would like donations of dried food, pasta, rice, soup, tinned meat, fish, fruit, fruit juice, coffee, tea, dried or UHT milk. Food bank is on every Tuesday. Items can be donated Sundays and Wednesdays.

County Durham clothing bank are appealing for items to put in a shoe box for the homeless. List of items for the winter homeless shoe box (bag) appeal -
Cuppa soups, Pot noodles, Hot chocolate, water mix types, Coffee sachets, Toothpaste (49p poundstretcher), Tooth brushes (£1 for 3 poundstretcher), Soap, Wipes, Small flask, Hat, Scarf, Gloves, Socks, Deodorants, Sanitary products for the girls, Shampoo, Conditioner, Comb and brush, Chocolate treats, Pen and note pads, Face cloths.

Need a volunteer to take them to Brandon welfare hall on Tuesday mornings about 11.30am.
Both are held at Brandon Welfare Hall, queries on clothing bank - Dawn 0770 7031625. Food bank enquires to 0191 3037559


ANYONE MISSING - Do you keep an eye on your neighbour?? In the pew, as well as along the road. Please try to help anyone in church who is not familiar with our service; as well as letting the clergy know if people are ill, and not just having a day off



Lesley Baxter, treasurer of St. John's church who was fund-raising to renovate the church hall is now, with the support of others, fund-raising for a complete rebuild of the hall. To keep up with Lesley's progress please see Lesley's Facebook page here - https://www.facebook.com/Stjohnschurchhallmeadowfield



Some History - A Church Hall was proposed and 1508 square yards of land adjourning the Church grounds was rented for the sum of 5/-per year from the Church Commissioners and in 1911 the Parochial Hall was uilt. After the end of the Second World War the army moved out of the Church Hall, and with several grants awarded to the Church the Hall was renovated. It was painted and stage and window curtains were renewed. The Church Lads Brigade benefited from sports equipment and a Bugle and Drums band was formed. The band was reported to awaken the whole of Meadowfield from their beds on a Sunday morning!