We are delighted to be able to welcome you to the new Hillside Church website. Our extremely grateful thanks go to Andy Redfern for building it for us and to our new website team (Dave, Sheila, Sarah, Matthew, Damian, and Gloria) who will be responsible for keeping it updated. Over the coming weeks and months the team will be adding more photographs and ongoing information to the site so please keep coming back. We hope you will find the site easy to use and informative and would love to hear your comments about it. The team will also be revitalising the Hillside Facebook page and Twitter account and posting updates more frequently.
At the end of January we said goodbye to Bob and Val Hopper. Bob was our vicar for 33 years and his final weekend with us was one of very mixed emotions because, for many of us, Bob was not just our vicar but a longstanding friend. Bob and Val are now enjoying a well-earned but extremely busy retirement with a variety of new projects in sight as well as the joy of spending more time with their grandchildren.
Hillside Church is now in a period of vacancy but we are pleased to tell you that the post is currently being advertised. It is already listed on the Diocese of Durham website and the advert will shortly be appearing in some national publications. Interviews are expected to take place in early September. During this time it is vital that we all continue to pray for every aspect of the process of selection and appointment.
Over the past months we have run several events in Hillside. In April Dr Peter Ward from Acorn Trust led a ‘Mind The Gap’ day of teaching focussed on supporting and encouraging us during this time of vacancy.
In May we had a Walk Through The Old Testament event at St Cuthbert’s which was greatly enjoyed and appreciated by everyone who attended, including one second-time attendee. People commented that by the end of the day they had a much clearer understanding of the way the the Old Testament books related to each other as well as learning more about the subject-matter of each book.
We held a barbecue at All Saints to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th Birthday and invited people from our local community to celebrate with us. Copies of the special publication ‘The Servant Queen and the King she serves’ were given to guests. Despite the indifferent weather and the fact that other events were taking place that day there was a good attendance and the event was greatly enjoyed by everyone.
During the past few months we have also re-started the Mens’ Breakfasts which used to be a popular part of Hillside life, and of course the Hillside Wanderers have continued to wander come rain or shine.
Looking ahead to the summer, there is another Mens’ Breakfast coming up on Saturday 25th June and the Hillside Wanderers will be out and about on Saturday 2nd July. We are also planning to run two holiday fun/activity days for the local community, one at All Saints on Saturday 23rd July and the other at St Cuthbert’s on Saturday 20th August, both from 11am to 3pm. Keep checking back for more details so you can invite friends and neighbours as well as finding out ways you can get involved.
As we continue to pray for the selection and appointment of our new vicar, please also pray for the Church Council, the Churchwardens and everyone else involved in leadership as we seek to ensure the continued smooth running of Hillside.
From Hillside PCC
16th June 2016