Newsletter: 26th – 2nd October 2021

Greetings from Eileen

The Feast of Michael and All Angels (translated)

Dear friends,

This Sunday our churches acknowledge God’s heavenly beings with the Feast of Michael and All Angels as well as the earthly thanksgiving of Harvest in St Mary’s, Gainford.

Our 9.30am Communion Service at St Andrew’s, Winston will draw attention to the Angelic host in our readings and hymn. We are also celebrating Beth Poole’s first Communion at St Andrew’s.

Our first seasonal Choral Evensong at 6pm in St Mary’s, Gainford will celebrate the Feast of Michael & All Angels.

The 10.45am morning service at St Mary’s, Gainford is a Harvest Thanksgiving. We welcome donations for The Well Foodbank and financial offerings to Butterwick Hospice.

I have not been able to record our TOGETHER ON SUNDAY for broadcast this week. However, I commend to you the Archbishop of York’s Reflections for this Sunday.

Our churches are open daily for private prayer.
We welcome everyone to join us at services in church every Sunday:
• 9.30am at St Andrew’s Church, Winston
• 10.45am at St Mary’s Church, Gainford
Our congregations now sing together in church! Provision for singing without face coverings is also available in both churches.

God is with us. May Christ, who by his incarnation, gathered into one, all things earthly and heavenly, fill you with joy and peace.

Rev’d Eileen Harrop

Our churches continue to be open for private prayer.

Please read the separate page outlining the church’s modified approach

Click for St Mary’s Coronavirus Information

Click for St Andrew’s Coronavirus Information


  • Congratulations Tom Deakin, our Young People’s and AWAKE programme Leader and Website project manager who was baptised and confirmed by the Bishop of Durham, the Rt Revd Paul Butler, last Sunday 19 th September 2021
  • We are saddened by the news of :
    • John Harrison, who died peacefully on Tuesday 21st September.  He was Paula Kirkup’s much loved father and granddad to her children.
    • Ai Lin Ruth Evelyn Tan, who died after a short illness on Tuesday 21st September. She was Vicar/Rector Eileen’s dear aunt, her father’s only sister.
    • Val Jones, who died suddenly on Thursday 24th September 2021. Val had recently joined our new Choral Evensong musicians as our organist and was to have played this Sunday for our first service. Our prayers are with Peter and her family.
  • ‘Living in Love and Faith’ is a national study that everyone in dioceses across the country is encouraged to participate. The issues relating to gender and relationships need open consideration with Christian understanding. Barnard Castle Deanery is holding sessions that we can join online on Thursday evenings (7.00pm) commencing October 21st over Zoom. To sign up email:

The Collect for the Feast of Michael and All Angels after Trinity

Everlasting God,

you have ordained and constituted the ministries of angels and mortals

in a wonderful order:

grant that as your holy angels always serve you in heaven,

so, at your command, they may help and defend us on earth;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.


The First Reading

Revelation 12:7-12​ (St Andrew’s, Winston)

7 And war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels fought against the dragon. The dragon and his angels fought back, 8 but they were defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. 9 The great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.

10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, proclaiming, ​

‘Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Messiah, ​ for the accuser of our comrades has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God.

11 But they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they did not cling to life even in the face of death.  ​

12 Rejoice then, you heavens and those who dwell in them!

But woe to the earth and the sea, for the devil has come down to you with great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!’

The Gospel

John 1.47-51 ​ (St Andrew’s, Winston)

47 When Jesus saw Nathanael coming towards him, he said of him, ‘Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!’ 48 Nathanael asked him, ‘Where did you come to know me?’ Jesus answered, ‘I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.’ 49 Nathanael replied, ‘Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!’ 50 Jesus answered, ‘Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.’ 51 And he said to him, ‘Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.’

The readings for the Harvest Thanksgiving at St Mary’s, Gainford are printed in the order of service, and for Choral Evensong the readings are: Psalm 148 (sung); Daniel 10; Revelation 5


27 Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say that I am?’ 28 And they answered him, ‘John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.’ 29 He asked them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Peter answered him, ‘You are the Messiah.’ 30 And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him.

31 Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, ‘Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.’

34 He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. 36 For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? 37 Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? 38 Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.’

Written by Rev'd Canon Eileen Harrop

Reverend Canon Eileen is the incumbent for St Mary's, Gainford and St Andrew's, Winston.

October 4, 2021

Join Us at services in our churches every sunday

10:45am at St Mary’s Church, Gainford

9:30am at St Andrew’s church, winston


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