St Peter the Apostle, Byers Green

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

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BI-Monthly Letter from Priest in Charge

Image of Rev Dr Caroline Friswell 

Dear Friends


It has been a very sad time in Byers Green over the past two months with the sudden and totally unexpected deaths of Mark Hodgson and David Brownson.  I am particularly sad for Mark’s young children and David’s daughter Sarah.  They are all much too young to lose a father and I extend my deepest sympathy to Mark’s partner Stacey, his parents Doreen and Gordon and to Mark’s brothers and also to Sarah Brownson and David’s father Ken and siblings Billy, Linda and Dorothy.  Mark’s funeral was conducted by the Rev Janet Titterton, Methodist Minister and I gather that many attended it.  I also know something of the impact that his death has had on those who knew him.  I conducted David’s funeral and was greatly moved by the very obvious love and affection that so many people clearly had for him.  To lose two well-loved and respected men from Byers Green in just a few weeks has undoubtedly hit the community hard and I have been praying for all the family members so tragically affected.


It is also a challenging time for this country as we continue to wait for the final outcome of the Brexit negotiations and the change of leadership of the Conservative Party.  I meet people who are feeling very anxious about the future.  I also meet people who have become fatalistic.  None of us know what awaits us in 2020 and what the real impact of Brexit (or no Brexit) will actually have on us as the United Kingdom.

However, I have been reminded in recent weeks of just what a powerful God we have and God has plans and purposes for us as individuals and as a nation.  In Jeremiah 29:11 God says ‘For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.’  May this promise provide comfort for the bereaved and hope for all of us as a nation over the coming months.

Yours in Christ

Rev Caroline