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Christmas Services Timetable

Posted on Sunday, November 13, 2016

Sunday 4th December 10am Morning Praise (plus toy service)   Sunday 4th December 4pm Christingle   Sunday 18th December 6:30pm Christmas Carol Service   Christmas Eve 4pm Crib Service   Christmas Eve 11:30pm Midnight Mass   Christmas Day 10am All… Read more »

 

Christ First – Worshiping Together in Middlesbrough

Posted on Thursday, May 12, 2016

Prayer and Worship Event – July 17th 2016 Macmillan Academy 6pm – 8pm A Worship Event for the whole Church in Middlesbrough   One Town One Church One God One Mission One Night   Prayer, Praise, Story Telling, Unity  … Read more »

 

SERVICES AND EVENTS FOR HOLY WEEK AND EASTER 2016

Posted on Thursday, March 17, 2016

  Sun 20 March – Palm Sunday   8am – Holy Communion 10am – Parish Eucharist 6.30pm – Night Prayer   Mon 21 March – Monday of Holy Week   6pm – Silence 6.30pm – Evening Service   Tue 22… Read more »

 

Clergy Letter for March

Posted on Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Migration and Movement Our current Lent study group is working through material looking at issues regarding migration and movement, a key issue that dominates our news.  The migration and movement of peoples is not a new phenomena, and is often… Read more »

 

Jesus is the Reason for the Season

Posted on Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Amidst the build up towards the Christmas season, the Church does its best to remind society that ‘Jesus is the Reason for the Season’.  Catchy soundbites like this can help to keep the true meaning of Christmas current and remind… Read more »

poppy-fields-remembrance-day-1  

LEST WE FORGET

Posted on Tuesday, November 3, 2015

In the United Kingdom Remembrance Sunday is our day “to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts”.  It is held on the second Sunday in November,… Read more »

Untitled (original)  

GAMBLING HAZARDS!

Posted on Wednesday, July 1, 2015

I learnt my lesson about the hazards of gambling many years ago! I was at school, and I lost my fish & chip lunch money in a fruit machine, and went hungry for the rest of the day! Yet this… Read more »

communion  

Everybody worships something!

Posted on Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Everybody worships something!   Human beings are worshipping creatures! I wonder if you think this is true or not. Many people may deny this for they regard worship as a strange or outdated practice, connected to the idea of religion… Read more »

burns-night-image  

A Burns night to remember!

Posted on Monday, February 23, 2015

A Burns night to remember! Gordon Mallory formally addressed the Haggis (picture below) which had been presented to him by David James. After the Haggis was “killed” an excellent meal prepared by the Events and Charities team, of Haggis, Neeps… Read more »

Latest Tweets

  • Fancy a shopping trip to Boundary Mill on December 1st?. Ring the Parish Office on 01642 316201 to book a place. £10pp.

  • Please pray for the innocent victims of the senseless shootings in Las Vegas. Pray also for a change in the American gun laws.

  • Fantastatic night tonight listening to the gorgeous Seatones and their fantastic range of musical reminiscences.

  • Congratulations to Ian & Gayle married today at St. Cuthberts. We pray every blessing on them as they start a new life together.

  • We are trying something new. Come and join us on Sunday 1st October .00.pm. Bring a friend. You will be most... fb.me/OChKDUAq

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Christmas Services Timetable

Sunday 4th December 10am

Morning Praise (plus toy service)

 

Sunday 4th December 4pm

Christingle

 

Sunday 18th December 6:30pm

Christmas Carol Service

 

Christmas Eve 4pm

Crib Service

 

Christmas Eve 11:30pm

Midnight Mass

 

Christmas Day 10am

All Age Holy Communion

Latest news

 

Christmas Services Timetable

Posted on Sunday, November 13, 2016

Sunday 4th December 10am Morning Praise (plus toy service)   Sunday 4th December 4pm Christingle   Sunday 18th December 6:30pm Christmas Carol Service   Christmas Eve 4pm Crib Service   Christmas Eve 11:30pm Midnight Mass   Christmas Day 10am All… Read more »

 

Christ First – Worshiping Together in Middlesbrough

Posted on Thursday, May 12, 2016

Prayer and Worship Event – July 17th 2016 Macmillan Academy 6pm – 8pm A Worship Event for the whole Church in Middlesbrough   One Town One Church One God One Mission One Night   Prayer, Praise, Story Telling, Unity  … Read more »

 

SERVICES AND EVENTS FOR HOLY WEEK AND EASTER 2016

Posted on Thursday, March 17, 2016

  Sun 20 March – Palm Sunday   8am – Holy Communion 10am – Parish Eucharist 6.30pm – Night Prayer   Mon 21 March – Monday of Holy Week   6pm – Silence 6.30pm – Evening Service   Tue 22… Read more »

 

Clergy Letter for March

Posted on Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Migration and Movement Our current Lent study group is working through material looking at issues regarding migration and movement, a key issue that dominates our news.  The migration and movement of peoples is not a new phenomena, and is often… Read more »

 

Jesus is the Reason for the Season

Posted on Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Amidst the build up towards the Christmas season, the Church does its best to remind society that ‘Jesus is the Reason for the Season’.  Catchy soundbites like this can help to keep the true meaning of Christmas current and remind… Read more »

poppy-fields-remembrance-day-1  

LEST WE FORGET

Posted on Tuesday, November 3, 2015

In the United Kingdom Remembrance Sunday is our day “to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts”.  It is held on the second Sunday in November,… Read more »

Untitled (original)  

GAMBLING HAZARDS!

Posted on Wednesday, July 1, 2015

I learnt my lesson about the hazards of gambling many years ago! I was at school, and I lost my fish & chip lunch money in a fruit machine, and went hungry for the rest of the day! Yet this… Read more »

communion  

Everybody worships something!

Posted on Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Everybody worships something!   Human beings are worshipping creatures! I wonder if you think this is true or not. Many people may deny this for they regard worship as a strange or outdated practice, connected to the idea of religion… Read more »

burns-night-image  

A Burns night to remember!

Posted on Monday, February 23, 2015

A Burns night to remember! Gordon Mallory formally addressed the Haggis (picture below) which had been presented to him by David James. After the Haggis was “killed” an excellent meal prepared by the Events and Charities team, of Haggis, Neeps… Read more »

Latest Tweets

  • Fancy a shopping trip to Boundary Mill on December 1st?. Ring the Parish Office on 01642 316201 to book a place. £10pp.

  • Please pray for the innocent victims of the senseless shootings in Las Vegas. Pray also for a change in the American gun laws.

  • Fantastatic night tonight listening to the gorgeous Seatones and their fantastic range of musical reminiscences.

  • Congratulations to Ian & Gayle married today at St. Cuthberts. We pray every blessing on them as they start a new life together.

  • We are trying something new. Come and join us on Sunday 1st October .00.pm. Bring a friend. You will be most... fb.me/OChKDUAq

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Christ First – Worshiping Together in Middlesbrough

Prayer and Worship Event – July 17th 2016

Macmillan Academy 6pm – 8pm

A Worship Event for the whole Church in Middlesbrough

 

  • One Town
  • One Church
  • One God
  • One Mission
  • One Night

 

Prayer, Praise, Story Telling, Unity

 

Please Contact Rev. Andy Grant or call 07922655304 for more information.

Latest news

 

Christmas Services Timetable

Posted on Sunday, November 13, 2016

Sunday 4th December 10am Morning Praise (plus toy service)   Sunday 4th December 4pm Christingle   Sunday 18th December 6:30pm Christmas Carol Service   Christmas Eve 4pm Crib Service   Christmas Eve 11:30pm Midnight Mass   Christmas Day 10am All… Read more »

 

Christ First – Worshiping Together in Middlesbrough

Posted on Thursday, May 12, 2016

Prayer and Worship Event – July 17th 2016 Macmillan Academy 6pm – 8pm A Worship Event for the whole Church in Middlesbrough   One Town One Church One God One Mission One Night   Prayer, Praise, Story Telling, Unity  … Read more »

 

SERVICES AND EVENTS FOR HOLY WEEK AND EASTER 2016

Posted on Thursday, March 17, 2016

  Sun 20 March – Palm Sunday   8am – Holy Communion 10am – Parish Eucharist 6.30pm – Night Prayer   Mon 21 March – Monday of Holy Week   6pm – Silence 6.30pm – Evening Service   Tue 22… Read more »

 

Clergy Letter for March

Posted on Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Migration and Movement Our current Lent study group is working through material looking at issues regarding migration and movement, a key issue that dominates our news.  The migration and movement of peoples is not a new phenomena, and is often… Read more »

 

Jesus is the Reason for the Season

Posted on Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Amidst the build up towards the Christmas season, the Church does its best to remind society that ‘Jesus is the Reason for the Season’.  Catchy soundbites like this can help to keep the true meaning of Christmas current and remind… Read more »

poppy-fields-remembrance-day-1  

LEST WE FORGET

Posted on Tuesday, November 3, 2015

In the United Kingdom Remembrance Sunday is our day “to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts”.  It is held on the second Sunday in November,… Read more »

Untitled (original)  

GAMBLING HAZARDS!

Posted on Wednesday, July 1, 2015

I learnt my lesson about the hazards of gambling many years ago! I was at school, and I lost my fish & chip lunch money in a fruit machine, and went hungry for the rest of the day! Yet this… Read more »

communion  

Everybody worships something!

Posted on Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Everybody worships something!   Human beings are worshipping creatures! I wonder if you think this is true or not. Many people may deny this for they regard worship as a strange or outdated practice, connected to the idea of religion… Read more »

burns-night-image  

A Burns night to remember!

Posted on Monday, February 23, 2015

A Burns night to remember! Gordon Mallory formally addressed the Haggis (picture below) which had been presented to him by David James. After the Haggis was “killed” an excellent meal prepared by the Events and Charities team, of Haggis, Neeps… Read more »

Latest Tweets

  • Fancy a shopping trip to Boundary Mill on December 1st?. Ring the Parish Office on 01642 316201 to book a place. £10pp.

  • Please pray for the innocent victims of the senseless shootings in Las Vegas. Pray also for a change in the American gun laws.

  • Fantastatic night tonight listening to the gorgeous Seatones and their fantastic range of musical reminiscences.

  • Congratulations to Ian & Gayle married today at St. Cuthberts. We pray every blessing on them as they start a new life together.

  • We are trying something new. Come and join us on Sunday 1st October .00.pm. Bring a friend. You will be most... fb.me/OChKDUAq

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SERVICES AND EVENTS FOR HOLY WEEK AND EASTER 2016

 

Sun 20 March – Palm Sunday

 

8am – Holy Communion

10am – Parish Eucharist

6.30pm – Night Prayer

 

Mon 21 March – Monday of Holy Week

 

6pm – Silence

6.30pm – Evening Service

 

Tue 22 March – Tuesday of Holy Week

 

6pm – Silence

6.30pm – Evening Service

 

Wed 23 March – Wednesday of Holy Week

 

10am – Holy Communion

6pm – Silence

6.30pm – Evening Service

 

Thu 24 March – Maundy Thursday      

 

6pm – Silence

6.30pm – Holy Communion & Foot Washing

7.30 to 8.30pm – The Watch followed by Night Prayer

 

Fri 25 Mar – Good Friday                 

 

10am – Children’s Workshop (Sunday Crew)

11am – All Age Service

2pm to 3pm – The Hour (Readings, laments & Silence)

 

Sun 27 Mar – Easter Day                 

 

8am – Holy Communion

10am – Parish All Age Communion with Baptism

No Evening Service

 

 

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Christmas Services Timetable

Posted on Sunday, November 13, 2016

Sunday 4th December 10am Morning Praise (plus toy service)   Sunday 4th December 4pm Christingle   Sunday 18th December 6:30pm Christmas Carol Service   Christmas Eve 4pm Crib Service   Christmas Eve 11:30pm Midnight Mass   Christmas Day 10am All… Read more »

 

Christ First – Worshiping Together in Middlesbrough

Posted on Thursday, May 12, 2016

Prayer and Worship Event – July 17th 2016 Macmillan Academy 6pm – 8pm A Worship Event for the whole Church in Middlesbrough   One Town One Church One God One Mission One Night   Prayer, Praise, Story Telling, Unity  … Read more »

 

SERVICES AND EVENTS FOR HOLY WEEK AND EASTER 2016

Posted on Thursday, March 17, 2016

  Sun 20 March – Palm Sunday   8am – Holy Communion 10am – Parish Eucharist 6.30pm – Night Prayer   Mon 21 March – Monday of Holy Week   6pm – Silence 6.30pm – Evening Service   Tue 22… Read more »

 

Clergy Letter for March

Posted on Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Migration and Movement Our current Lent study group is working through material looking at issues regarding migration and movement, a key issue that dominates our news.  The migration and movement of peoples is not a new phenomena, and is often… Read more »

 

Jesus is the Reason for the Season

Posted on Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Amidst the build up towards the Christmas season, the Church does its best to remind society that ‘Jesus is the Reason for the Season’.  Catchy soundbites like this can help to keep the true meaning of Christmas current and remind… Read more »

poppy-fields-remembrance-day-1  

LEST WE FORGET

Posted on Tuesday, November 3, 2015

In the United Kingdom Remembrance Sunday is our day “to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts”.  It is held on the second Sunday in November,… Read more »

Untitled (original)  

GAMBLING HAZARDS!

Posted on Wednesday, July 1, 2015

I learnt my lesson about the hazards of gambling many years ago! I was at school, and I lost my fish & chip lunch money in a fruit machine, and went hungry for the rest of the day! Yet this… Read more »

communion  

Everybody worships something!

Posted on Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Everybody worships something!   Human beings are worshipping creatures! I wonder if you think this is true or not. Many people may deny this for they regard worship as a strange or outdated practice, connected to the idea of religion… Read more »

burns-night-image  

A Burns night to remember!

Posted on Monday, February 23, 2015

A Burns night to remember! Gordon Mallory formally addressed the Haggis (picture below) which had been presented to him by David James. After the Haggis was “killed” an excellent meal prepared by the Events and Charities team, of Haggis, Neeps… Read more »

Latest Tweets

  • Fancy a shopping trip to Boundary Mill on December 1st?. Ring the Parish Office on 01642 316201 to book a place. £10pp.

  • Please pray for the innocent victims of the senseless shootings in Las Vegas. Pray also for a change in the American gun laws.

  • Fantastatic night tonight listening to the gorgeous Seatones and their fantastic range of musical reminiscences.

  • Congratulations to Ian & Gayle married today at St. Cuthberts. We pray every blessing on them as they start a new life together.

  • We are trying something new. Come and join us on Sunday 1st October .00.pm. Bring a friend. You will be most... fb.me/OChKDUAq

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Clergy Letter for March

Migration and Movement

Our current Lent study group is working through material looking at issues regarding migration and movement, a key issue that dominates our news.  The migration and movement of peoples is not a new phenomena, and is often a necessary and unavoidable feature of globalisation and the evolving of a global economy.  It is a fact of life that to move with your job could take you almost anywhere in the world, and with the relaxing of employment laws, it possible for large numbers of foreign nationals to work in any European country.

 

However, we all know that conflict and poverty also generates a desperate need in people to be on the move in order to escape and find a safer and better place to live.  The sight of people fleeing the Syria and Iraq for fear of their lives, and making the hazardous land and sea journey towards Europe, is heart-breaking, and is a reminder as to how dangerous and fragile the world can be.  It is very easy to get bogged down in the politics of it all, and the whole situation is very complex, yet the response that Christ calls us to make is in one sense very simple:

 

34 Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35 for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? 38 And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? 39 And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ 40 And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family,[a] you did it to me.’ (Matthew 25:34-40 (NRSV).

 

Here lies the biblical mandate that should motivate us to help all whoever they are at their point of need.  Jesus makes no distinction about anyone’s ethnicity, religious belief, class, culture etc.  In serving and helping our fellow human beings, we are serving Christ himself, who identified with the poor, and who shares in all human suffering.  Whatever our views on migration, whatever our political stance, the unifying call from Christ is to help the poor and needy, whoever they are and wherever they may be.

 

Vicar

 

 

Latest news

 

Christmas Services Timetable

Posted on Sunday, November 13, 2016

Sunday 4th December 10am Morning Praise (plus toy service)   Sunday 4th December 4pm Christingle   Sunday 18th December 6:30pm Christmas Carol Service   Christmas Eve 4pm Crib Service   Christmas Eve 11:30pm Midnight Mass   Christmas Day 10am All… Read more »

 

Christ First – Worshiping Together in Middlesbrough

Posted on Thursday, May 12, 2016

Prayer and Worship Event – July 17th 2016 Macmillan Academy 6pm – 8pm A Worship Event for the whole Church in Middlesbrough   One Town One Church One God One Mission One Night   Prayer, Praise, Story Telling, Unity  … Read more »

 

SERVICES AND EVENTS FOR HOLY WEEK AND EASTER 2016

Posted on Thursday, March 17, 2016

  Sun 20 March – Palm Sunday   8am – Holy Communion 10am – Parish Eucharist 6.30pm – Night Prayer   Mon 21 March – Monday of Holy Week   6pm – Silence 6.30pm – Evening Service   Tue 22… Read more »

 

Clergy Letter for March

Posted on Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Migration and Movement Our current Lent study group is working through material looking at issues regarding migration and movement, a key issue that dominates our news.  The migration and movement of peoples is not a new phenomena, and is often… Read more »

 

Jesus is the Reason for the Season

Posted on Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Amidst the build up towards the Christmas season, the Church does its best to remind society that ‘Jesus is the Reason for the Season’.  Catchy soundbites like this can help to keep the true meaning of Christmas current and remind… Read more »

poppy-fields-remembrance-day-1  

LEST WE FORGET

Posted on Tuesday, November 3, 2015

In the United Kingdom Remembrance Sunday is our day “to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts”.  It is held on the second Sunday in November,… Read more »

Untitled (original)  

GAMBLING HAZARDS!

Posted on Wednesday, July 1, 2015

I learnt my lesson about the hazards of gambling many years ago! I was at school, and I lost my fish & chip lunch money in a fruit machine, and went hungry for the rest of the day! Yet this… Read more »

communion  

Everybody worships something!

Posted on Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Everybody worships something!   Human beings are worshipping creatures! I wonder if you think this is true or not. Many people may deny this for they regard worship as a strange or outdated practice, connected to the idea of religion… Read more »

burns-night-image  

A Burns night to remember!

Posted on Monday, February 23, 2015

A Burns night to remember! Gordon Mallory formally addressed the Haggis (picture below) which had been presented to him by David James. After the Haggis was “killed” an excellent meal prepared by the Events and Charities team, of Haggis, Neeps… Read more »

Latest Tweets

  • Fancy a shopping trip to Boundary Mill on December 1st?. Ring the Parish Office on 01642 316201 to book a place. £10pp.

  • Please pray for the innocent victims of the senseless shootings in Las Vegas. Pray also for a change in the American gun laws.

  • Fantastatic night tonight listening to the gorgeous Seatones and their fantastic range of musical reminiscences.

  • Congratulations to Ian & Gayle married today at St. Cuthberts. We pray every blessing on them as they start a new life together.

  • We are trying something new. Come and join us on Sunday 1st October .00.pm. Bring a friend. You will be most... fb.me/OChKDUAq

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Jesus is the Reason for the Season

Amidst the build up towards the Christmas season, the Church does its best to remind society that ‘Jesus is the Reason for the Season’.  Catchy soundbites like this can help to keep the true meaning of Christmas current and remind the wider public as to what Christmas is really about.   However, understanding and exploring who Jesus is, what he has done, what he is doing now, and what he will do in the future should help us to relocate him from being the reason behind our celebrations to the very forefront of them.

Christians claim Jesus is God himself, who lived as human being, was executed, then rose again, before ascending back to heaven from where he had originally come.  His life, death and resurrection have made it possible for us to live in relationship with God, and be saved from death and the power of sin in our lives.  Jesus invites us into relationship with God, making Christianity far more than just ‘another religion’, belief system or philosophy.  Central to the Christian faith is this relationship with God through Jesus Christ made effective and real by the power of God’s Holy Spirit.

All humans were created to be in relationship, and also to be fulfilled.  This Christmas some people will search for fulfilment through excess drinking, eating and spending.  Yet many will realise they remain unfulfilled when the parties are over, and Christmas is done for another year.   Being in relationship with Jesus fulfils us in so many more important ways.  He satisfies our hunger for meaning and purpose in life, our hunger for life beyond death, our hunger for forgiveness.

Jesus can be trusted; he claimed to be the unique Son of God – on an equal footing with God.  He came not to condemn, but to forgive and show people that God loves us.  He came to set us free from fear and guilt and give us power to change (whoever we are and whatever we have done).  This Jesus whose birth we celebrate this month is the King of Kings and promises to return again to earth to reign, when all evil and injustice will finally be brought to heel.  Now that’s worth celebrating!  Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all!

 

Revd Andy Grant

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Christmas Services Timetable

Posted on Sunday, November 13, 2016

Sunday 4th December 10am Morning Praise (plus toy service)   Sunday 4th December 4pm Christingle   Sunday 18th December 6:30pm Christmas Carol Service   Christmas Eve 4pm Crib Service   Christmas Eve 11:30pm Midnight Mass   Christmas Day 10am All… Read more »

 

Christ First – Worshiping Together in Middlesbrough

Posted on Thursday, May 12, 2016

Prayer and Worship Event – July 17th 2016 Macmillan Academy 6pm – 8pm A Worship Event for the whole Church in Middlesbrough   One Town One Church One God One Mission One Night   Prayer, Praise, Story Telling, Unity  … Read more »

 

SERVICES AND EVENTS FOR HOLY WEEK AND EASTER 2016

Posted on Thursday, March 17, 2016

  Sun 20 March – Palm Sunday   8am – Holy Communion 10am – Parish Eucharist 6.30pm – Night Prayer   Mon 21 March – Monday of Holy Week   6pm – Silence 6.30pm – Evening Service   Tue 22… Read more »

 

Clergy Letter for March

Posted on Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Migration and Movement Our current Lent study group is working through material looking at issues regarding migration and movement, a key issue that dominates our news.  The migration and movement of peoples is not a new phenomena, and is often… Read more »

 

Jesus is the Reason for the Season

Posted on Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Amidst the build up towards the Christmas season, the Church does its best to remind society that ‘Jesus is the Reason for the Season’.  Catchy soundbites like this can help to keep the true meaning of Christmas current and remind… Read more »

poppy-fields-remembrance-day-1  

LEST WE FORGET

Posted on Tuesday, November 3, 2015

In the United Kingdom Remembrance Sunday is our day “to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts”.  It is held on the second Sunday in November,… Read more »

Untitled (original)  

GAMBLING HAZARDS!

Posted on Wednesday, July 1, 2015

I learnt my lesson about the hazards of gambling many years ago! I was at school, and I lost my fish & chip lunch money in a fruit machine, and went hungry for the rest of the day! Yet this… Read more »

communion  

Everybody worships something!

Posted on Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Everybody worships something!   Human beings are worshipping creatures! I wonder if you think this is true or not. Many people may deny this for they regard worship as a strange or outdated practice, connected to the idea of religion… Read more »

burns-night-image  

A Burns night to remember!

Posted on Monday, February 23, 2015

A Burns night to remember! Gordon Mallory formally addressed the Haggis (picture below) which had been presented to him by David James. After the Haggis was “killed” an excellent meal prepared by the Events and Charities team, of Haggis, Neeps… Read more »

Latest Tweets

  • Fancy a shopping trip to Boundary Mill on December 1st?. Ring the Parish Office on 01642 316201 to book a place. £10pp.

  • Please pray for the innocent victims of the senseless shootings in Las Vegas. Pray also for a change in the American gun laws.

  • Fantastatic night tonight listening to the gorgeous Seatones and their fantastic range of musical reminiscences.

  • Congratulations to Ian & Gayle married today at St. Cuthberts. We pray every blessing on them as they start a new life together.

  • We are trying something new. Come and join us on Sunday 1st October .00.pm. Bring a friend. You will be most... fb.me/OChKDUAq

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LEST WE FORGET

In the United Kingdom Remembrance Sunday is our day “to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts”.  It is held on the second Sunday in November, the Sunday nearest to 11 November, Armistice Day, the anniversary of the end of hostilities in the First World War at 11 a.m. in 1918.

Remembering and commemorating the many hundreds of thousands of people whose lives were ended prematurely in conflict should never be allowed to fall from our national consciousness.  Indeed recent conflicts appear to have triggered a resurgence of interest and respect as we remember those whose lives have been lost in the Middle East in this current generation.

Remembrance is not about glorifying war; it is worth remembering that all warfare is in essence ‘failure’.  The failure of one or both sides in a potential conflict situation to maintain peace, to negotiate, compromise, explore other alternatives and strive for the common good.  Sadly as history has proved, despite all warfare being a failure, some wars are unavoidable and sadly necessary in order to preserve freedom.

In the West, we can so easily take for granted the many freedoms that people have fought to protect in the past.  Unless we experience a very direct real threat to our safety and freedom, (as those who lived through World war II did), many of us simply cannot put ourselves in the shoes of those who did experience such threats.   Yet the freedoms we enjoy today came at a price.

Whilst freedom should involve being able to live our lives in relative peace and security, without living in dread fear of invasion by cruel dictator, Remembrance gives us that one opportunity each year, to stop and reflect on what could have been if our nation had succumbed in the past to tyranny.  A chance to say ‘thank you’ to those who gave their lives back then, and to those in the present age, who are willing to fight for our nation and preserve our way of life.

 

Latest news

 

Christmas Services Timetable

Posted on Sunday, November 13, 2016

Sunday 4th December 10am Morning Praise (plus toy service)   Sunday 4th December 4pm Christingle   Sunday 18th December 6:30pm Christmas Carol Service   Christmas Eve 4pm Crib Service   Christmas Eve 11:30pm Midnight Mass   Christmas Day 10am All… Read more »

 

Christ First – Worshiping Together in Middlesbrough

Posted on Thursday, May 12, 2016

Prayer and Worship Event – July 17th 2016 Macmillan Academy 6pm – 8pm A Worship Event for the whole Church in Middlesbrough   One Town One Church One God One Mission One Night   Prayer, Praise, Story Telling, Unity  … Read more »

 

SERVICES AND EVENTS FOR HOLY WEEK AND EASTER 2016

Posted on Thursday, March 17, 2016

  Sun 20 March – Palm Sunday   8am – Holy Communion 10am – Parish Eucharist 6.30pm – Night Prayer   Mon 21 March – Monday of Holy Week   6pm – Silence 6.30pm – Evening Service   Tue 22… Read more »

 

Clergy Letter for March

Posted on Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Migration and Movement Our current Lent study group is working through material looking at issues regarding migration and movement, a key issue that dominates our news.  The migration and movement of peoples is not a new phenomena, and is often… Read more »

 

Jesus is the Reason for the Season

Posted on Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Amidst the build up towards the Christmas season, the Church does its best to remind society that ‘Jesus is the Reason for the Season’.  Catchy soundbites like this can help to keep the true meaning of Christmas current and remind… Read more »

poppy-fields-remembrance-day-1  

LEST WE FORGET

Posted on Tuesday, November 3, 2015

In the United Kingdom Remembrance Sunday is our day “to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts”.  It is held on the second Sunday in November,… Read more »

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GAMBLING HAZARDS!

I learnt my lesson about the hazards of gambling many years ago! I was at school, and I lost my fish & chip lunch money in a fruit machine, and went hungry for the rest of the day! Yet this is small fry (excuse the pun) compared to the losses that some people experience today.

One of the most startling additions to television in recent years, has been the huge increase in the advertising of on-line gambling sites. Not a single run of adverts passes by without at least one on-line gambling website being promoted. There area number of points that are worth noting as we consider the ethics and morality of gambling, and its phenomenal rise as a legitimate business.

Firstly, the ‘hook’. For a small minority of gamblers to win big money, and for gambling companies to continue in business, what is required is for the vast majority of gamblers to lose money. Gambling companies rely on the ‘hook’ promising that ‘everyone is a potential winner’ (though not everyone will be a winner). In effect the prize winnings of the ‘lucky few’ are made up by the multiple losses of others (always the majority). The ‘hook’ draws you in, and acts like a drug. Yet in the same breath, gambling companies advise their customer to ‘gamble responsibly’. Yet many people do not have the discipline to gamble sensibly, and take reckless financial decisions in order to try and increase their chances of winning.

Secondly, having a big win does not solve all your problems. It is estimated that half of those who secure big wins on the lottery or through gambling,end up bankrupt within a few years. The desire for a big gambling win is driven by the desire for a lifestyle that most people ordinarily will never be able to afford. This leads many into spiralling debt, and for some, provides more justification to gamble. A self-made hell with no way out.

That is not how God wants us to live, or manage our money and resources. The bible has much to say about money and wisdom; and in his letter to the Romans, Paul said this – ‘owe nothing to anyone – except your obligation to love one an- other’ (Roman 13.8). Gambling is at heart a love of self (even if sometimes winners do share their winnings!). Alternatively, patient saving, generosity to those in need, spending kept under control, denying ourselves unnecessary expensive luxuries, and finding true contentment in being thankful for what we have, are wonderful antidotes to the temptations and hazards of gambling!

Revd Andy Grant

 

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Everybody worships something!

 

Human beings are worshipping creatures! I wonder if you think this is true or not. Many people may deny this for they regard worship as a strange or outdated practice, connected to the idea of religion with which they have no interest or belief. In reducing the idea of worship as something only religious people do though, is to entertain subtle self-delusional thoughts. Often at the heart of human motivation lies self-interest. If we are honest, much of what we do can often be with ourselves in mind (even if the out ward act might be for the benefit of another). So in life we have to contend with our natural instincts towards self-interest, and the sooner we are honest with ourselves about that the better. Yet when we mix our undeniable capacity for self-interest with those deep and powerful impulses to worship, then we have a problem. The worship of ‘self’ results and then we act on it.
‘Where your treasure is, there your heart will also be’ said Jesus. He meant that what we place value on can captivate our hearts. What we value,we give worth to, and giving worth is a way of describing worship. Human beings worship from the heart, and that worship has to be directed somewhere. In the ancient world people worshipped statues, trees, the sun, the stars etc and today things are not that much different. It is unsurprising today to hear of people worshipping money, worshipping a celebrity, worship- ping a car, a beautiful home, or sex, material goods etc. We might hear these things said glibly, but they betray the sickness that plagues the human condition, that of misdirected worship. The irony is that though the worship from the heart can be aimed at all these things I have mentioned, behind them allies the worship of self. The human sense of desire and adoration focuses upon the object of desire and returns to the heart from where it came. There is a personal pay off for worshipping something (other than God) and it involves self-interest, the worship of self, and satisfaction of personal desires. It is a vicious circle that never fulfils, yet lures us back time after time.

In today’s climate, people sometimes make moral decisions based upon the idea that something is OK if it feels good and hurts no-one. That’s fine if you are only going to measure the immediately tangible or evidential outcomes. Yet self-interest often does unseen damage. Worshipping materialistic goods or money breeds greed and fuels the desire for more. Worshipping and thirsting for power leads to exploitation. Worshipping sex fuels lust and does a hidden damage to relationships and respect.

We know inwardly and in time see outwardly the results of human self-interest, self-worship, and self-interest. Governments can legislate to contain it, but cannot legislate to change the heart, the source of desires and impulses.

Human beings are worshipping creatures so worship must be directed to wards its rightful place. The Christian belief is that for the right kind of human benefit and flourishing, worship must be God-centred. In doing so we give God worth, and exchange the sinful ‘benefits’ of being captivated by greed, sinful desires, shame and guilt, for the joyous benefits of forgiveness, joy and peace. If we can see and acknowledge the damage that the former does in all in- stances, then we are left with no choice but to seek to worship the one who is the source of all life, the true object of our deepest desires, the one who loves us with an everlasting love, and who knows that worshipping Him is actually for our eternal good and benefit.

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A Burns night to remember!
Gordon Mallory formally addressed the Haggis (picture below) which had been presented to him by David James. After the Haggis was “killed” an excellent meal prepared by the Events and Charities team, of Haggis, Neeps and Tatties (alternative sausage or vegetarian option for the feint hearted) was served.

The meal was followed by entertainment from Gordon who read from the works of Robert Burns and sang folk songs.

This was followed by an evening of folk music from The Seasonal Singers, a 20 strong Teesside based singing group who sing for fun and raise funds for charity with 80% of their fee supporting charities. The first half of the performance consisting of many Scottish Favourites, The Sky Boat Song, Marie’s Wedding, Flower of Scotland and many more.

The second half of the performance consisted of many more well known favourites.

 

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Posted on Monday, February 23, 2015

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