Category Archives: Letters

The Vicar’s monthly letters to the people of Alnwick.

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Nurturing the Seeds

St. Michael’s Vicarage, Alnwick March 2021 Dear People of Alnwick, In early January Jane began her gardening year by planting tomato seeds. This year we will have red, yellow and black – yes, black – tomatoes. The seeds were carefully … Continue reading

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Lent Prayer

– A Lent Prayer Lord, it is Lent. Lent is for stillness. Let us be still in the presence of God. It is Lent after a long year. What has been done has been done; what has not been done … Continue reading

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Towards a Thankful Lent 2021

St. Michael’s Vicarage, Alnwick February 2021 Dear Friends, LENT 2021 Jennie and Iris were great friends and stalwart members of the church where I grew up and I remember them with great fondness. Coming out of Evensong many years ago … Continue reading

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Bishop Mark

St. Michael’s Vicarage,  Alnwick February 2021 Dear People of Alnwick, It was a delight and a privilege to have Bishop Mark, our new Bishop of Berwick, preach at our streamed service on Sunday 24th January when we celebrated the feast … Continue reading

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Longing for Light

St. Michael’s Vicarage Alnwick Dear People of Alnwick, I am writing this letter in the middle of November for an issue of ‘Gateway’ which covers the period to the end of January. In terms of the Church’s year this will … Continue reading

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Being ‘FINE’

St. Michael’s Vicarage Alnwick Dear People of Alnwick, How are you? That feels like the most appropriate thing I can ask as the clocks go back, the dark nights descend and the prospect of a difficult winter lies ahead. But … Continue reading

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Lead, Kindly Light

St. Michael’s Vicarage Alnwick Dear People of Alnwick, As I write this letter the news is not good. Northumberland, along with the rest of the North East, is now under a scheme of restrictions in a bid to halt further … Continue reading

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Bearing and Sharing Our Burdens

St. Michael’s Vicarage Alnwick Dear People of Alnwick, St. Paul was very good at telling people off! In writing to the Church in Galatia he told the Christian community there: “Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will … Continue reading

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For the Healing of the Nations

St. Michael’s Vicarage Alnwick Dear People of Alnwick, I am writing this letter on the day our Prime Minister announced an easing in the Covid 19 lockdown situation in England. The relaxation (which will come into effect from 4th July) … Continue reading

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“Ordinary” Time

St. Michael’s Vicarage Alnwick Dear People of Alnwick, As I looked in my diary the other day I could not help but smile. According to our church calendar we will be entering Ordinary Time at the beginning of June! Well, … Continue reading

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