St Peter the Apostle, Byers Green

  • St Peter's Rectory
  • Byers Green
  • Spennymoor
  • Co Durham
  • DL16 7NL

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Monthly Letter from Priest in Charge

Image of Rev Dr Caroline Friswell 

Dear Friends

In the middle of April I led a retreat for fourteen people at Shepherd’s Dene Retreat House in Northumberland.  The weekend was entitled ‘From Easter to Pentecost’ and we explored together something of the spiritual and psychological journey taken by the disciples between the Resurrection of Jesus that we celebrated at the beginning of April to the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, which we will be celebrating on 20 May.  We ended our weekend by remembering that God is Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, something we will be revisiting on 27 May, which is Trinity Sunday.


In many ways Trinity Sunday can be seen as just a bit of an add-on to the whole Easter season and many clergy dread having to preach that day because the Trinity is a mystery that can be hard to explain and understand.  I happen to enjoy Trinity Sunday and consider it to be a very important conclusion to the Easter Season and it paves the way for all the Sundays that follow.  Because, unless we have a sense of God being Three Persons in One, we miss something very significant about the nature of God.


As part of my preparation for the Retreat I read Richard Rohr’s book, The Divine Dance.  In this he reminds the reader that the Trinity is, above all things, a relationship: a relationship of love between each member of the Godhead.  So rather than getting bogged down in trying to understand the substance of the Trinity he encourages us to focus on the energy flowing between the Father, the Son and the Spirit.  What’s amazing is that we are invited into that relationship and that the love that each Person of the Godhead shares with one another is equally shared with us.  That’s why I believe that Trinity Sunday is every bit as important a day to celebrate as Easter and Pentecost.


With every blessing