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Free events at Minsteracres

We’ve got some great free events coming up at Minsteracres. First off, Ellen Teague talks on ‘The Mission Imperatives of ‘Laudato Si’ on Thursday 27 April, 7.30pm. This call to arms from Pope Francis is very close to our hearts and we hope you will join us to learn more. Then on bank holiday Monday, 1st Full Story

DIY SOS

They’re back! Seaham-based Free the Way, a charity helping addicts in recovery, has become a regular on our outreach programme and it is fair to say that Minsteracres benefits every bit as much as they do from their visits. In exchange for comfortable beds and plentiful food (they are famed for their enthusiastic consumption of Full Story

If you’ve got time – we can use it!

We’re looking to recruit new volunteers at our open house in May. Set for the first bank holiday Monday, along with teas and tours visitors will be invited to have a look at the wide range of volunteering available at the retreat cente. “We have really broadened the opportunities available here in recent years,” says Jean Full Story


A spring makeover

Tatiana and Jezebel decided they needed a makeover, they were feeling a little drab in last year’s fashions and it has to be said, the wind and rain had taken their toll on their décolletage. Where to go for a new outfit? Luckily a tractor passing through Minsteracres was headed for Corbridge. They hitched a Full Story

A quiet new year

I spent this New Year in the Sanctuary in the Peace Garden. It was a peaceful time, away from the noise and hubbub of the celebrations. The weather was sunny and I spent time foraging, walking and reading. It was just what I needed. Christmas and New Year are a difficult times for me. I Full Story

Preparing for ‘seeds of hope’ retreats

  In the second half of last year the decision was reached that the Minsteracres theme for the parish retreats in 2017 would be ‘seeds of hope’. This caused me to start focusing on what hope means for me personally, and how it has worked in my (faith) life. I had gone through a difficult Full Story


Towards a sustainable future

One of Minsteracres’ three key aims is conservation of the environment, both our own and the earth’s. It may sound a bit grand to put it that way but a quick look at our different departments shows how embedded that aspiration is here. The biggest single investment we have made towards that aim is the Full Story

Cross of Hope

As I am writing these words I find myself at the threshold of the season of Lent, the 40 days of preparation for Easter. With our retreat theme ‘seeds of hope’ in mind I am reminded of the Cross of Hope that was erected in the grounds of Minsteracres in 2009. Lya Vollering’s contemporary expression Full Story

Seeds of hope 

Each year the retreat team at Minsteracres chooses a new theme for its retreats. Following on from last year’s ‘blessed are the merciful’ is 2017’s ‘seeds of hope’. Aptly using giant redwoods (of which we have a few!) as the source of the seed, the team looked at what is needed to nurture and grow Full Story


Occasional gardeners needed

Parishioner Rosaleen Doonan, the creator of the lovely St Cuthbert’s garden to the side of the church here at Minsteracres, has volunteered (!) to lead a team of occasional helpers to maintain the  gardens around the house. Up until she left  last autumn Sr Therese was the keeper of the flower beds and a regular sight with Full Story