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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)

New Media and Prayer

In March this year an event on a football pitch unleashed an unprecedented wave of prayer – all powered by the new media of Twitter. This article looks at the phenomenon

Goodbye Bazaar, hello Christmas Tree Festival

This year instead of a Christmas Bazaar, All Saints have decided to hold a Christmas Tree Festival over the last weekend of November

If you wish to decorate one of the many Christmas Trees we provide then please use the booking form.

The decision to change the focus of the event is to help get a greater involvement of the wider community and for us all to have some fun together rather than for us all to see this purely as a fundraising event. There will still be some of the features of the Christmas Bazaar to enjoy: Tombola, Cakes and refreshments with the drawing of the prize winning tickets in the Grand Prize Draw. But there will also be Christmas Trees.

Friday 23rd November – Preview from 7.30pm with some refreshments
Saturday 24th November – from 10.30am with refreshments available in the Old Schoolroom
with from 2.00pm children’s activities in the Parish Hall and Chocolate Tombola and Grand Prize Draw at 4.00pm
Sunday 25th November – from 1.30pm to 4.30pm