St James Church, Burnopfield
Church of England
Diocese of Durham
St. James Church, Burnopfield is your Parish Church if you live in Burnopfield, The Leazes, The Lintz, The Hobson and Crookgate Bank and Dipton.
Revd Andy Miller was as installed as the vicar of the Benefice of ‘Tanfield’ with ‘Buropfield & Dipton’ on 11th June 2015
As I write, it was only yesterday that I was installed as Vicar of Tanfield with Burnopfield and Dipton, and what better way to begin these, my first words as Priest in this Benefice, than by thanking you for the fabulous welcome that you gave to me and my family. The service was both moving and joy filled for me, and I hope for you as well – and as for the spread afterwards in the Church Hall, this was frankly amazing both in terms of its variety and size. I am touched by all the effort made on my behalf and I am hopeful that this will be but the first of many such happy occasions that we will celebrate as a church family during my time here, (although I suspect that I will need to get my cassock taken out if there are too many more of these incredible bun fights!).
As any of you who attended the service itself will know, in his words to us from the pulpit, Mark, the Bishop of Jarrow also served up food – in his case food for thought. His sermon was one in which he challenged us, as I begin my ministry amongst you, to work together for the good of our communities; for the good of the people of Tanfield, Burnopfield and Dipton. I will never forget his call that we truly get to know these places where we live, to find how we can serve them best, and through our actions and words, become a real blessing to those that we find ourselves alongside. But, more than this undoubtedly hard demand, what I will most clearly remember from this sermon is the call to look upon the people we see around us every day with “the eyes of Jesus”; the call to love and cherish each person that we meet, no matter how they act, or who they are, as Christ loves and cherishes them.
This is clearly something that will require time, effort, and the need to think about everything that we do in our church lives at present in great detail, as by doing this we can decide how we can best focus our efforts to allow blessings to flow to those around us. More than anything though this is a task that can only be achieved on our knees in prayer – prayer that God will help us to be and see as Jesus Himself did and does. As I think about the task ahead, I wonder if this prayer may be helpful for all of us over the next few weeks and months together.
Heavenly Father, at this new stage in the lives of our parishes, we pray to you for guidance. Give us wisdom to know your will for our lives and the lives of those people around us. Give us compassion to look upon our neighbours in love and to see what our communities need. Give us humility to put others first and to hold our own needs more lightly. Help us to look upon Tanfield, Burnopfield and Dipton with the eyes of your Son, Jesus Christ and to see how we can truly bless these places that we love, now and in our futures together. Amen.
If by the time I have left this place I can say that together we have looked upon and loved people as Jesus did, blessing our communities in how we have lived as Christians in this region, then I think that we will have done the job that God has called me here for – which I think is certainly a good reason for another one of those hoped for celebration feasts! Andy
Vicar: Revd Dr. Andy Miller
Parish Office: 01207 270261
Church website: www.stjamesburnopfield.org.uk
Durham Diocese: www.durham.anglican.org
Map and Directions
You can find the Church via the link below across the top of the Google map at the corner where Syke Road forms a T-junction with the B6310.
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The Week Ahead
Monday 1st to Sunday 6th September 2015
14th Sunday after Trinity
Holy Communion – 9.45am
Joy of the Gospel – 10.45am
Coffee Shop – 10.30am-12.00pm
Services & Prayer Days at St James
8.00am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)
10.30am Parish Communion (Common Worship) changing to a new time of 10.45am from Sunday 6th September onwards.
9.45am Holy Communion
If you can’t get to church on Sunday morning then why not come along to this Thursday morning Communion if you are in Burnopfield during the day time?
The Still Service
On the Second Sunday of each month at 6.00pm
Still is a time to give space for God, space for prayer. A time to pause and consider in the hustle and bustle of our lives. Still will be based around Night Prayer/Compline with stillness, quiet, space, candles, silence, short readings, recorded music and simple prayer.
Julian Prayer Group
The group meets on the last Wednesday of every month in St James Church at 2.00 pm & 7.30 pm
It is a service lasting about 40 minutes, starting with a short meditation followed by a piece of music leading into 30 minutes of silent contemplative prayer. A piece of music follows the silence, and ending with a short prayer.
Click on the image below of Juilan of Norwich to find out more information about this tradition.
A monthly Prayer Diary for the Parish of St James Burnopfield with Dipton
“Pray in the Spirit at all times” Ephesians 4:18a
St Paul explains to us that as Christians it is our pleasure, but also our duty to pray. Christ too took Himself away to quiet places to pray to His Father, God.
Ways to Pray
There are many ways to pray
In your prayers you may like to use the following basic structures
- Prayer for the day and its tasks: Prayer for the World and its need: Prayer for the church and her life.
- Say sorry to God: Say thank you to God: Say please to God.
You can pray holding a cross, or a stone, or with beads or a rosary. You can look at a picture, or icon, or a view. You can go for a walk. You can pray with, or without words.
Please use the prayer diary below as you see fit during your daily times of prayer, there are 31 sections, so one area of church life that you may decide to focus upon each day.
|Date||Area of church life|
|4||Authorised Pastoral Assistant|
|6||Organist and choir|
|7||Liturgical Assistants, Eucharistic Ministers and servers|
|8||Sidespeople and welcomers (Baptisms, weddings, funerals)|
|9||Readers and intercessors and those who prepare service sheets|
|12||Messy Church helpers and attendees|
|13||Julian Prayer Group|
|14||Still Service congregation|
|15||Thursday service congregation|
|16||Dipton Manor Care Home Service|
|17||Leazes Hall Care Home Service helpers and attendees|
|18||Church cleaners and flower arrangers|
|19||The Friday Coffee morning helpers and attendees|
|20||The Mother’s Union|
|21||The Men’s Group|
|22||Those to be baptised in the parish and those who have been|
|23||Those who are to be married in the parish and those who have been|
|24||Those who have been recently bereaved in the parish|
|25||Those who receive Home communion|
|26||Those who maintain the website and Facebook page|
|27||Retired clergy who serve the parish|
|28||Deanery Synod, the Area Dean and other Deanery Clergy|
|29||The Bishops and Archdeacons|
|30||The worshipping community at St Margaret’s Tanfield|
|31||Everyone who has visited St James’ church this year|
If you want to know more about prayer within the Church of England then
St. James Church, Burnopfield is your Parish Church if you live in Burnopfield, The Leazes, The Lintz, The Hobson and Crookgate Bank.