Newsletter: 27th February – 5th March 2022

Greetings from Eileen

Dear friends

As Winter makes way for Spring, we present ourselves before the Lord who was obedient to God the Father, humbling himself for our sakes. On Ash Wednesday, we acknowledge our mortality, not in gloomy despair but that our earthly condition makes way for life everlasting.

Ash Wednesday – said service with Ashing

Everyone is invited to a short time of prayer of penitence and reflection, and to receive the sign of the cross by Ashing at 9.30am in St Andrew’s, Winston. I shall also be offering Communion to those who wish to receive this afterwards.

Holy Communion Services on Sunday 27th February 2022

We welcome to our services at 9.30am St Andrew’s, Winston and 10.45am St Mary’s, Gainford the Bishop’s Chaplain, Rev’d Dr Chris Knights, who will preside, preach, and celebrate at our churches.

It is a happy coincidence that Rev’d Dr Chris Knights will also be installed into the College of Canons at Durham Cathedral with me, the following Sunday 6th March at the 3.30pm Choral Evensong Service. I look forward to meeting my colleague and being with those of you who are able to attend our services this Sunday 27th February.

I take this opportunity to thank our lay leaders, colleagues from the diocese, and everyone who have blessed our parishes by your care and sharing of the many duties during my absence.

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


 • John Watson:

We pray for the repose of the soul of John Watson, whose funeral service took place on Friday 25th February 2022, and continue to hold in prayer Jean and those who grieve that they may be comforted. We thank Rev’d Dr John Moore for taking the service.

• Lent Programme:

Our parishes are hosting Lent Lunches of soup and cheese and opportunities for Reflection and Discussion. St Andrew’s, Winston will hold one Lent lunch for Water Aid on 19th March and a discussion group on Monday 28th March 6-7.30 pm. Churches Together in Gainford (CTiG) will host lunches on Tuesday 8th March at St Mary’s and Tuesday 29th March at St Osmund’s for Seamen’s missions. Join me on one or more of these times, 7 to 8pm on Wednesdays 16th, 23rd, 30th March at St Mary’s to study God’s Word more deeply, to reflect prayerfully, and have conversations about our journey in the world and in our lives as disciples of Jesus Christ.

• Invitation to participate in a Retreat:

Durham Diocese with the Dioceses of Newcastle and Carlisle have invited parishes to participate in the ‘Small Faithful Rural’ Residential Conference at The Sill Retreat Centre, near Hadrian’s Wall, on 10th and 11th June: The cost for 2 days overnight-stay with full board, speakers, and all resources is £100 per participant for which a subsidy is available. This is an excellent opportunity for us, following our parishes’ Vision Day, to draw on the experience of others to develop our ministry and mission now and in the years to come. Please contact Tom for more information and to sign up.

Regular Events

On Thursdays our youth group YOUTH SAINTS monthly meeting. Please spread the message to friends and neighbours with young people.

Youth Bible Time is also resuming from 5.45pm in St Mary’s Church, Gainford on the same Thursday.  Young people from both our parishes and others from nearby places are all welcome!

Our Growth Fellowship, formerly the Young Leaders Fellowship, is now open to anyone to join from both parishes as well as those within the surrounding area – young adults interested in developing themselves, understanding more about the Bible or those interested in joining in with a regular programme of activities (both indoor and outdoor) are all welcome.  Please contact us if you are interested in taking part!

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 churches continue to be open daily for private prayer.

Please read the separate Covid page outlining the modified approach for each church for details.

Click for St Mary’s Coronavirus Information

Click for St Andrew’s Coronavirus Information

The Collect for Sunday Next before Lent

Here are 2 Collects for this Sunday. The first draws our attention to the occasion of our Lord’s Transfiguration. The second invites us to seek Christ that our hearts and wills be transformed in his glory.


Almighty Father,

whose Son was revealed in majesty
before he suffered death upon the cross:
give us grace to perceive his glory,
that we may be strengthened to suffer with him
and be changed into his likeness, from glory to glory;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Holy God,

you know the disorder of our sinful lives:
set straight our crooked hearts,
and bend our wills to love your goodness
and your glory in Jesus Christ our Lord.


Post Communion

Holy God,

we see your glory in the face of Jesus Christ:
may we who are partakers at his table
reflect his life in word and deed,
that all the world may know his power to change and save.
This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord.


The First Reading

New Testament Reading

2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2

12 Since, then, we have such a hope, we act with great boldness, 13 not like Moses, who put a veil over his face to keep the people of Israel from gazing at the end of the glory that was being set aside. 14 But their minds were hardened. Indeed, to this very day, when they hear the reading of the old covenant, that same veil is still there, since only in Christ is it set aside. 15 Indeed, to this very day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their minds; 16 but when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.

4 Therefore, since it is by God’s mercy that we are engaged in this ministry, we do not lose heart. 2 We have renounced the shameful things that one hides; we refuse to practice cunning or to falsify God’s word; but by the open statement of the truth we commend ourselves to the conscience of everyone in the sight of God.

The Gospel

Luke 9:28-36

28 Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. 29 And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. 30 Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. 

31 They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. 32 Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake, they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. 33 Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah”—not knowing what he said. 34 While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud. 

35 Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!” 36 When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and in those days told no one any of the things they had seen.


Written by Rev'd Canon Eileen Harrop

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

February 26, 2022

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