Monthly Archive



On Ash Wednesday there was a Service of Holy Communion, with the Imposition of Ashes.

On each Wednesday in Lent, starting on 25th February, Rev’d Vernon Cuthbert is inviting everyone to come to ‘worship and break open the word’ at 7.30 pm in the Old School Room.

On Maundy Thursday, 2nd April, at 7.30 pm there will be a Service of Holy Communion, with foot washing.

On Good Friday, 3rd April, we will again be joining with the Methodist Church for a walk around the village, starting at        12.00 noon, followed by lunch at 1.00 pm and a service at 2.00 pm.

Christmas Tree Festival and Fayre

Arrangements went well for this year’s Christmas Tree Festival over the weekend of 28th, 29th and 30th November.  It was a busy, but very enjoyable time.  Thanks to Helen and Ernie Belsham for all their organisation.

Friday 28th November

7.00pm to 9.00pm.  Preview Evening.  Compass Acapella choir  sang in church from 7.15pm until 7.30pm.                                                                       Mulled wine and mince pies were then be served, during which time there was an opportunity to see all the decorated trees.                                             The choir then sang again from 8.30pm to 9.00pm.

Saturday 29th November

10.30am. The Mayor and Mayoress of South Shields opened the event.     The choir of Cleadon Church of England Academy then sang for us.

Many, many varied stalls were available from which to purchase goods. There were also tombola stalls, competitions and Grand Draw tickets for sale.

10.30am to 11.30am. Coffee was served in the Old School Room.       12.00 noon to 2.00pm. Soup and sandwich lunches in Old School Room.

The Grand Draw took place at 1.00pm.

2.00pm to 4.00pm there were children’s activities in the Parish Hall. 2.30pm to 4.00pm.  Afternoon Teas were served in the Old School Room.

Sunday 30th November

  8.00am  Holy Communion                                                                          10.00am  Sung Eucharist

1.30pm to 3.30pm.  The Church, Parish Hall and Old School Room were open for viewing and Afternoon Tea was served during these times.

The Rev’d Norman Shaw

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of the Rev’d Norman Shaw. Norman trained at Cranmer Hall and served his curacy at Craghead, Stanley where he became Priest in Charge. He worked for 10 years at Cleadon and had an active retirement in Sherburn and Shadforth. He died on Tuesday 28th January peacefully at home. His funeral will be at 12noon next Friday 7th Feb in St Cuthbert’s Shadforth.

Hospitality and Hope say ‘Thank You’

Our recent Harvest Thanksgiving service saw us able to pass on a considerable amount of tinned and packet food to Hospitality and Hope for their Food Bank. They have said thank you to us and included a copy of a recent short video they have filmed. You can see it here:

Hospitality and Hope Food Bank Video on Youtube

Churches Together in Cleadon – Good Friday walk

Good Friday walk 2013

Good Friday walk 2013

For Good Friday 2013 we have a series of images prepared by commission4mission which aims to encourage the commissioning and placing of contemporary Christian Art. The images by Henry Shelton and accompanying poems and prayers by Jonathan Evens enable us to follow Jesus on his journey to the cross reflecting both on the significance and the pain of that journey as we do so.

We will start in the Yard of the All Saints campus at 12noon and walk to the Methodist Church via Cleadon Lane, the Pond, Sunniside Lane, Sunniside Terrace, Shields Road, Front Street, Cleadon Village Church of England Primary School on Boldon Lane, Front Street and Sunderland Road. At the Methodist Church there will be an act of worship starting at 2.00pm.

The whole collection might traditionally be known as The Stations of the Cross.

Coffee Drop-in during Old Schoolroom Re-furbishment

During the refurbishment work of the Old Schoolroom the Coffee Drop-in facility will take place as follows

  • Monday – in the Chapter House
  • Tuesday – in the Parish Hall from 10.30am leading into the Soup Lunch
  • Thursday – in the Chapter House

The Chapter House is at the higher level of the All Saints site. Level access is available from Cleadon Lane. There will be no Coffee Drop-in on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Old Schoolroom Re-furbishment

On Monday 25th February we handed the Old Schoolroom over to Tandem, the lead contractor for the refurbishment of this room. This work will provide a renewed facility that will help us enable community to happen in Cleadon.

  • The toilet will have Disabled Access Provision;
  • the windows will be repaired;
  • the foyer roof will be renewed;
  • work on the west wall will stabilise a problem with the wall ties;
  • the outside will be re-rendered;
  • the main roof will be made water-tight;
  • the kitchen will be replaced;
  • and the whole will be repainted.

This has been made possible through the Durham Board of Education funding some of the work that derives from their occupancy of the building, using it most recently as a dining hall for the former Infant School. The Old Schoolroom was returned to the Parish in November 2007. It is anticipated to take six weeks.

During the re-furbishment usual activities are taking place elsewhere on site wherever possible. Occasionally this will have a knock-on effect to another user group.

A Lent Course: for a change


At All Saints Church and Chapter House

Wednesday 27 Feb:
Transforming Living

Wednesday 6 Mar:
Transforming Worship

Wednesday 13 Mar:
Transforming Prayer

Wednesday 6 Mar:
Transforming Society

We will start at 7.30pm promptly. All are welcome.

Bite Back at Hunger

Be inspired to put your faith into action to put an end to hunger!

Christian Aid has teamed up with acclaimed singer-songwriter Gareth Davies-Jones to present Bite Back at Hunger, a series of 10 cafe-style multimedia events.

With inspirational real-life stories, music and images from across the world, Bite Back at Hunger events will help people to engage with both Christian Aid week and the ENOUGH FOOD FOR EVERYONE IF campaign.

Sunderland: Wednesday 13 March, 7.30pm at Burn Park Methodist Church, Burn Park Road SR2 7LS

Jarrow: Friday 15 March, 7pm at Grange Road Baptist Church, Grange Road West NE32 3JY

Free Entry. For details or to book contact Christian Aid North East on 0191 228 0115 or

live music from Gareth Davies-Jones

Bite Back At Hunger Tour

+Justin Welby appointed 105th Archbishop of Canterbury

Bishop Justin became the first Bishop of Durham to be appointed directly from this diocese to the role of Archbishop of Canterbury on Friday 9th November. He will be moving to Lambeth Palace early in the new year. We pray for +Justin, Caroline Welby and their family as they look towards this move; +Mark, Bishop of Jarrow, and the senior team in this diocese as they prepare for another vacancy so soon after the last one; and Canterbury Diocese as they prepare to receive him.

Bishop Justin recorded this message the day after the formal announcement confirmed what had become a poorly kept secret.

Bishop Justin on leaving Durham Diocese (Youtube)