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Daring Disciples

With this edition of our newsletter we are approaching the end of the year. It may just be me, but it feels like the year 2018 has passed very quickly. Some people say that this happens when you get older. That may well be true… However, I think it has also something to do with Full Story

The Hidden Life of Trees

Minsteracres is known for the magnificent avenue of Sequoias, but there are other beautiful mature trees. Unfortunately this year we have lost a few. The stunning old cherry blossom tree near the chapel came down earlier this year. The majestic horse chestnut lost one of its main branches and probably won’t live very long. The Full Story

A Huge Thank You to Free the Way!

Free the Way is a Seaham based charity, which helps people who have a history of addiction to drugs and alcohol, to establish a new way of life in recovery from addiction. The charity provides accommodation and programmes to help service users out of the trap of dependence and to move on to independent living. Full Story


Easy as ABC….!

It’s as easy as ABC ……….!  A night of great fun and fundraising for Minsteracres was held on the evening of Friday 19 October 2018 in St Bernadette’s Church Hall.  This was organised by the ABC Churches of Wallsend, which include St Aidan’s, St Bernadette’s and St Columba’s.  Parishioners and friends attended from all three Full Story

Stencils get a make over at St Elizabeth’s

This week we had four guest stencillers staying at Minsteracres, working in the Sanctuary of St Elizabeth’s Church – Karen Dundas, Shannon Miller, Rory Johnson and Annabelle Remnant.  Karen and Shannon work together as “Scottish Wall Painting Conservators“, whereas Rory and Annabelle are both freelance Conservators.  Rory, who is based locally in Humshaugh, Northumberland,  offers Full Story

Human sundial at Minsteracres

People approaching Minsteracres from the A68 during the past year will have seen quite a bit of activity in the parkland between the chapel and the Peace Garden. The activity focused on a rockery which for many years was the site of a crucifix. Earlier on, during the 1940’s, this concrete slab was the base Full Story


Travellers from Merseyside

In August we welcomed parishioners from St. Helens from their annual holiday retreat. Margaret Marren, the organiser, remembered that the first retreat took place in 1989. It was the time when many members of the Sutton parish of St. Anne and Blessed Dominic didn’t have the means to go on holiday. Fr. Mark White, who Full Story

An international volunteering experience

The summer season is usually quite busy with retreat groups coming and going. In order to ensure that all runs smoothly, we need all help possible. Alongside our regular volunteers in recent years we have received help from volunteers from abroad who spent time at Minsteracres. This summer we enjoyed the presence of Nancy from Full Story

Sacred journey at Minsteracres

The theme for our parish retreats this year has been ‘Sacred Journey’. The intention of this journey was to become more aware of God’s presence in our everyday lives. Happily many travellers came along to Minsteracres to join us on this special expedition – some for just a day, many for a weekend and two Full Story


Journey with the Northern Saints

You are probably aware that Minsteracres is very well situated for the main venues connected with the Northern Saints. So we decided some time ago to see whether there might be any interest in a mid-week retreat dedicated to this subject. To our delight the retreat was quickly oversubscribed. Thus at the end of June Full Story