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


On 10 June we were visited by Karin Hürlimann from Switzerland.  Karin regularly comes over to Bishop Auckland and has a real heart for all that God is doing locally and has become involved in various Christian projects in the area.  We have got to know her quite well over the past few years and she has blessed us at St Peter’s Church on a number of occasions. 


So it was a real delight to welcome her back on 10 June.  After the main service Karin invited people, who wanted to, to spend time being soaked in the presence of God – as advertised in last month’s magazine.  Really this was simply a time of being with God whilst listening to reflective music.  Karin encouraged us to stand, sit, kneel or lie down anywhere we wanted to in the Church so that individuals were able to have their own personal time praying and listening and resting in the Spirit.


I know how hard it is, in the midst of a busy life, to simply be still and give our undivided attention to God.  It happened to be a particularly busy time for me that weekend and so I found the three quarters of an hour or so extremely helpful.  I didn’t have any profound thoughts, I simply rested in God.  I know from what others have told me that I wasn’t the only person present who found the experience refreshing and healing.


I have often been challenged by a verse in Psalm 46: ‘Be still and know that I am God,’ because I’m not very good at being still.  Yet when I am, as I was on that Sunday morning, I find it hugely beneficial.


Perhaps this is something that you might like to practice a bit more.  If you do, how about coming along to our regular Meditation Services on the last Wednesday of each month at 7 pm? 


With every blessing


Rev Caroline