Newsletter: 6th – 12th March 2022

Greetings from Eileen

Dear friends

As we move out from under the shadow of Covid and see the shadow of evil cast over the people and country of Ukraine, our mortality confronts us and follows us into the season of Lent.

When the Malaysian Airline passenger flight MH17 was shot down in 2014 over Ukraine – on the same flight path as my recent flight from Amsterdam to Singapore, I was among those who did not realise that Russia’s flexing its power then was a precursor to their invasion of Ukraine today. I confess that while I prayed for those whose loved ones were killed in that tragic flight, I had not prayed for Ukraine, nor for the seed of evil in Russia’s leader to shrivel.

Echoes from the last world war are undeniable. There is a dictator, who is challenging world leaders to enter the war he has started. So, we plead with God, to stop his violent grasping and treachery against Ukraine, and that peace be restored to the people of Ukraine.

Almighty Father, we come before you with heavy hearts as we hear of the violence against Ukraine. Remembering your will to restore all things, and trusting in your power to accomplish the same through the cross of Christ, we join with your whole church in praying for a miracle, for peace.

For those families with children fleeing their homes, we pray
Lord, have mercy
For those who at this moment are under fire, we pray
Christ, have mercy
For the territories ceased by invaders, we pray
Lord, have mercy

This Sunday’s Services: We look forward to welcoming everyone and especially hope to see those of you who have stayed away due to the risk of Covid-19 to come again into our churches.

St Andrew’s, Winston: 9.30am Holy Communion
St Mary’s, Gainford: 10.45am Service of the Word
The Cathedral Church of St Cuthbert, Durham: 3.30pm Choral Evensong with the Installation of Canons

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


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.

St Mary’s, Gainford, Lent Studies: Join me on one or more of these times, 7 to 8pm on Wednesdays* 16th, 23rd, 30th March 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.

* Please note that there is no Lent Study session on Wednesday 9th March at St Mary’s, Gainford. This was misprinted in the Parish News.


YOUTH SAINTS, Creation Club, and Youth Bible Study: We give thanks to God for blessing our ministry with our Youth. Please pray that our Youth Saints may be inspired to invite their friends and neighbours Thursday 10th March at St Mary’s, Gainford

◦ 5.45pm Youth Bible Study
◦ 6.30pm Creation Club
◦ 6.30pm Youth Saints

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

Heavenly Father,
your Son battled with the powers of darkness,
and grew closer to you in the desert:
help us to use these days to grow in wisdom and prayer
that we may witness to your saving love
in Jesus Christ our Lord.


Post Communion

Lord God,
you have renewed us with the living bread from heaven;
by it you nourish our faith,
increase our hope,
and strengthen our love:
teach us always to hunger for him who is the true and living bread,
and enable us to live by every word
that proceeds from out of your mouth;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.


The First Reading

Psalm 91:1-11

You who live in the shelter of the Most High,
who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,
2 will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress;
my God, in whom I trust.”

3 For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
and from the deadly pestilence;
4 he will cover you with his pinions,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.

5 You will not fear the terror of the night,
or the arrow that flies by day,
6 or the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
or the destruction that wastes at noonday.

7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only look with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.

9 Because you have made the Lord your refuge,
the Most High your dwelling place,
10 no evil shall befall you,
no scourge come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways.

The Gospel

Luke 4:1-13

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, 2 where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished. 3 The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become a loaf of bread.” 4 Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone.’”

5 Then the devil led him up and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. 6 And the devil said to him, “To you I will give their glory and all this authority; for it has been given over to me, and I give it to anyone I please. 7 If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.” 8 Jesus answered him, “It is written,
‘Worship the Lord your God,
    and serve only him.’”

9 Then the devil took him to Jerusalem, and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, 10 for it is written,
‘He will command his angels concerning you,
    to protect you,’
11 and
‘On their hands they will bear you up,
    so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.’”
12 Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 13 When the devil had finished every test, he departed from him until an opportune time.


Celebrating St Cuthbert 2022


An Invitation to Pilgrimage Events on St Cuthbert’s Day

On Friday and Saturday 18th and 19th March 2022, we will be joined by pilgrims who have participated in the Camino de Santiago and Camino Ingles to journey together from Finchale Priory to the cathedral and to worship in Durham Cathedral.

Canon Chancellor Charlie Allen writes:

We are looking forward to celebrating St Cuthbert in style again at Durham Cathedral as we gradually emerge from the difficulties of the last two years.

We will sing a big special service of Evensong with a Procession to the Shrine on Friday 18 March at 6.00 p.m. The service is sung by Durham Cathedral Choir and the Preacher is the Reverend Canon Angela Tilby, Writer and Broadcaster and Canon Emerita of Christchurch Cathedral, Oxford. We very much hope you will be with us on this special day which epitomises all that Durham Cathedral stands for. Please bring guests with you too. All congregational seating is unreserved. The service will last about one hour and there are drinks and nibbles in the Cloisters afterwards.

You can book free tickets at:

On Saturday 19 March, you are welcome to join a Pilgrimage Walk from Finchale Priory to Durham Cathedral. You should arrive at Finchale at 1.00 p.m. ready to leave at 1.30 p.m. – arriving at the Cathedral at 3.30 p.m. in time for a celebration of the Eucharist at 4.00 p.m. (see below).
For more information, please contact:

During the day there will be family activities in the Cathedral on the theme of St Cuthbert. And, at 4.00 p.m., there will be a celebration of the Eucharist in honour of St Cuthbert sung by Durham Cathedral Choir and Newcastle Cathedral Choir. You are welcome to attend and sit in the congregation. Seats are free for all and you don’t need to tell us if you are coming.

A Prayer: The Road Ahead

I can only see a little of the road ahead
I can’t see my final destination.
I can’t even see over the next hill,
But I know there’s be ups and downs beyond it –
High points from which one can see quite a long view,
Valleys where the hills shut one in.
And some of those clouds may mean storms.
But the great thing is to have got started!

Thank you for calling me –
For setting my feet on the way.
Thank you for the map of the way
Which is yourself.

Written by Rev'd Canon Eileen Harrop

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

March 6, 2022

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