ABOUT OUR CHURCH

The official title of our
parish church is
The Parish Church of
St John The Divine
Acklington
but it is often referred to locally as St John's Church.

All denominations (and those of no particular faith) are very welcome to visit the church and join in with the services and celebrations. Sunday School for children takes place every fortnight during school term times.

REGULAR SERVICES
SUNDAYS

10.45 a.m.
Parish Communion

_______________________

WEDNESDAYS

9.30 a.m.
Morning Prayers


MUSIC

The hymn book that is used for the vast majority of services in the church is the very popular 'Anglican Hymns Old & New'.

      


There are 858 hymns and worship songs in the book making it one of the most comprehensive collections available.  It contains a vibrant mix of favourite traditional hymns and the best of the new worship songs.



John Davison has played the church organ for services for the past 38 years.  John says,

"
For each service we always try to select a good balance of hymns…
* usually at least a couple from
  the suggested list for each
  Sunday
,
*
often an old traditional
   favourite,

* often a more modern hymn,
*
occasionally a children’s
   hymn
,
* occasionally a new hymn.

Hopefully there are always hymns to please everyone."

 

SPECIAL SERVICES
As well as our Sunday Services already mentioned, we have a number of additional services on special occasions throughout the year.  Two examples are shown here.

PALM SUNDAY PRAISE


HARVEST FESTIVAL
 

We are also fortunate that staff and pupils from our village school regularly use the church for their services of worship. 



Watch out for these additional services and please support where you can.  Everyone is always welcome.
BRIEF HISTORY

The church was erected in 1861 and is one of the largest buildings in the parish. The stones of which the church is built were tooled and dressed within the walls of Alnwick Castle. All the woodwork was also prepared there. For this is one of the churches built by Algernon, fourth Duke of Northumberland, in the last few years of his life. When the stones were ready, and the woodwork was fashioned, masons and joiners were sent from the castle works to Acklington to set them in their appointed places. The Duke & Duchess were present at the consecration which was performed by the Lord Bishop of Durham.

    
 
Both the church and the old vicarage were built from the designs of Mr. James Deason. The church is in the early English style and is a fine Victorian Gothic building with a plain exterior and an unexpectedly pleasing interior. Some good modern woodwork includes an altar and reredos and communion rails, given as memorials to various members of the Milburn family of Guyzance. 


   


The oak Lych Gate itself is very attractive and interesting.  It was opened in 1921 as a war memorial dedicated in honour of those from this district who took part in the Great War 1914 - 1918.  There was quite a ceremony which was attended by His Grace the Duke of Northumberland. The Lych Gate was renovated on the occasion of the coronation of Queen. 

Y
ou can read a fuller version of the history of the church by clicking on the book below.

  

SUNDAY SCHOOL
Sadly, at the current time, there is not sufficient demand for regular Sunday School classes.  The Sunday School has therefore been put on hold until numbers pick up.

When Sunday School is in operation it usually takes
place every other Sunday
from 10.45 a.m. - 11.45 a.m. 

In the past the children have produced some excellent
work under the supervision
 of our Sunday School
leaders Mrs Pam Coils and
Mrs Margaret Hammond.

Each term the work was very  carefully planned and the teaching was based around stories - usually followed up
by art and craft activities. 

Just as soon as numbers are healthier and the demand is there, the teachers and facilities are available for Sunday School to re-open.

Some examples of the art
and craft work produced at
our Sunday School are
shown below:


  






ARTEFACTS

Housed in the church of St. John The Divine, Acklington, are the four ancient relics pictured below. 



The sanctus bell came from the old Brainshaugh Priory.  It is thought this was the bell that the nuns rang to signify a death in Guyzance village - and it was frequently used during the great plague of 1349 which killed off two thirds of the local population.  The bell survived the plague (although it has been fitted with another handle at a later date) but the priory and its inhabitants never recovered and the buildings fell into ruin.


The second picture above shows a mortar which has also come from the priory.  It was used in the preparation of food.  The frog like picture below is in fact a 16th century breastplate of Italian design which was ploughed up not far from the priory. 



the final picture shows the Acklington Warrior Stone which was discovered in the garden of the Old Vicarage.



There is still considerable mystery around the Acklington Warrior Stone and its discovery.  It is believed to be linked to the famous medieval Lindisfarne Warrior Stone which was found on Holy Island.

More can be read about the Warrior Stone on the history pages of this website.  Just click the "Pelican" link below and you can get more of the story.

  
 

SPECIAL GIFTS


Members of Acklington Church try to support poor communities overseas (particularly around Christmas time) by buying unusual but useful presents. 



So far the special gifts we have purchased include: a cow, pigs, turkeys, sacks of maize, bees, goats, bicycles, a tap, some young sapling trees and a sheep.



C

CLERGY

Our last vicar was the Revd Michael Leslie Dent. 

Mike has now retired and left the parish. 

We have a vacancy until another priest is appointed.  
This period is called an ‘interregnum’.


Revd Mike Dent

Should you require a priest for a baptism, wedding or funeral service, please contact Revd Christine Shield.

Christine can be contacted on 01665 711141


Revd Christine Shield

VICARS OF
ST JOHN THE DIVINE
ACKLINGTON
1861 Henry Miles
1865 George Thompson
1883 William Rudge
1902 John Maughan
1903 John Robertson
1925 Thomas Dunscombe
1930 A. H. Nicholson
1938 H. G. Cutter
1946 W. Hume
1956 Henry Ball
1960 William Barry Hicks
1967 Bernard Gurney Fox
1974 Stephen Huxley
1979 Anthony Duncan
1987 Graham Newman
1995 Janet Brearley
2013 Michael Dent

CHURCHWARDENS

Churchwardens have a very responsible jobs in the life of their parish church.  They are expected to be leaders in the church and have many important duties to carry out.  If you want to know more about the chief responsibilities of a churchwarden, please click on the logo to the right. 

The current churchwardens of St John The Divine, Acklington are Mr William Rowntree (known as Bill) and Mr Peter Wright.

The two churchwardens are pictured below.  Should you need to contact either of the wardens then their telephone numbers are as follows:
   Bill     - 01670 761458
.
   Peter - 01670 761347

 

PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL (PCC)

All Anglican churches have a Parochial Church Council. A PCC has the important responsibility of co-operating with the vicar, or priest in charge (known as the incumbent) in promoting the mission of the Church in its parish. It is also responsible for the financial affairs of the church and the care and maintenance of the church fabric and its contents.

A PCC consists of the clergy and churchwardens of the parish, together with a number of representatives of the laity elected at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting. The incumbent is the chairman of the PCC and a lay member is appointed vice-chairman. The PCC must meet at least four times a year.

Our PCC currently meets every second month and the twelve members who currently make up our PCC are shown below.
 
 
Ex-Officio Members:

   Vicar & Chairperson      
   Churchwarden
   Churchwarden
   Deanery Synod Representative
   Deanery Synod Representative
 
Ex
-Officio Members:


- vacancy -
Mr Bill Rowntree
Mr Peter Wright
Mrs Moira Peden
Mrs Joyce Aynsley


ACKLINGTON PCC



11 MEMBERS
 

  Elected Lay Representatives

   Lay Vice Chairman
   Secretary
   Treasurer
  
  



 
-Officio Members:

Mr John Davison
Miss Barbara Lamb
Miss Joan Davison
Mrs Barbara Cock
Mrs June Davison
Mrs Audrey Lamb
Mrs Val Sharp
 
 
   
The Parish Safeguarding Officer

The Parish Safeguarding Officer is Mrs Janet Bell. The officer (who is accountable to the PCC) works co-operatively with the incumbent to make sure all policies, procedures and guidelines are in place to safeguard children and vulnerable adults.
 

PCC MEETINGS

Minutes of the latest PCC meetings can be viewed by clicking on the appropriate date opposite.  The date and time of our next PCC meeting is:

Wednesday
22nd Nov. 2017

at 4.00 p.m.



    20th September 2017
    19th July 2017
    24th May 2017
    22nd March 2017
    19th Mar 2017 - APCM
    18th January 2017
    23rd November 2016
    14th September 2016
    27th July 2016
    25th May 2016
    16th March 2016
    27th January 2016
    24th November 2015
    23rd September 2015
    22nd July 2015
    27th May 2015
    25th March 2015
    22nd Mar 2015 - APCM
    22nd January 2015
    12th November 2014
    10th September 2014
    28th May 2014
    22nd January 2014   


PARISH PROFILE OF 2017

PARISH PROFILE
Our PCC members have created a Parish Profile - a detailed statement describing the church's ministry and mission within the parish.  The profile includes fifteen different sections as listed below:
   01  Introduction
   02  Description of the Parish & boundary map
   03  The Church Community
   04  Statistics
   05  Church Buildings
   06  Patterns of Worship
   07  Church Activities
   08  Ministry
   09  Finance
   10  Community Involvement
   11  Relationships with neighbouring Parishes
   12  Ecumenical Relationships
   13  The Parish and the future
   14  The new incumbent
   15  Parsonage

To read the profile in full, please click on the cover opposite.
 

CHURCH NEWS AND NOTICES

Church members are
kept well informed of church events and activities.  There is a
 busy noticeboard in
the church porch (pictured left) and
the parish magazine
"The Pelican" is
extremely popular
with parishioners.

 
 

BAPTISMS, WEDDINGS AND FUNERALS

By clicking on the logos below you will be able to see details of the most recent baptisms, weddings or funerals which have taken place in our church.  For more detailed information (and for information on previous baptisms, weddings and funerals) you will need to contact a church warden for permission to access registers or church archive records.
BAPTISMS
WEDDINGS
FUNERALS

 

Verity Currie and Robert Williams got married in Acklington Church on 25th August 2013.  Below are some pictures of the event.

   
        

        

FUNDRAISING EVENTS

Members of Acklington Church need to raise substantial funds each year in order to meet their expenditure, including:

- paying their parish share (quota);
- maintaining and heating the large
  church building;
- upkeep of churchyard;
- insurance payments;
- charity giving;
- missionary work.
Fundraising events are usually well supported and varied in their nature.  Over recent years, the following fund-raising events have taken place:
Cream Teas / Soup Kitchens / Coffee Mornings / Table Top Sales / Wine & Cheese Evenings / Sponsored Slims / Art Evenings / Harvest Suppers / Alnwick Fair Stalls / Steeplechases / Christmas Fairs / Harvest Bounty Days / Summer Fairs / Musical Concerts / Sponsored Walks/ Barbecues / 100 Club / Winter Warmer Lunches / Auctions / Pudding Club Evening / Quizzes

The posters below show some of the activities that took place in 2016.
 

FUNDRAISING EVENTS DURING 2016...

   

   

     

PICTURE GALLERY

You can see many more church pictures by clicking on any of the albums below.
ALBUM 1

SESQUICENTENNIAL

 
ALBUM 2

CHURCHYARD

 
ALBUM 3

HARVEST

 
ALBUM 4

VICARS OF ACKLINGTON

 
ALBUM 5


TAPESTRY

 
ALBUM 6


CRIBS IN CHURCH

 
ALBUM 7


SCARECROW TRAILS

 
ALBUM 8


MISCELLANEOUS


 


 

THE DIOCESE AND THE DEANERY




The Church of St John The Divine Acklington is in the Diocese of Newcastle.

   

The Diocese of Newcastle is made up of 13 Deaneries, as follows:

   Alnwick
   Bamburgh &
      Glendale
   Bedlington
   Bellingham
   Corbridge
   Hexham East
   Hexham West
   Morpeth
   Newcastle Central
   Newcastle East
   Newcastle West
   Norham
   Tynemouth.
There are 27 Anglican churches in the Alnwick Deanery, as follows:

   Acklington, St John The Divine
   Alnham, St Michael & All Angels
   Alnwick, St Michael
   Alnmouth, St John The Baptist
   Alwinton, St Michael & All Angels
   Amble, St Cuthbert
   Bolton, Bolton Chapel of Ease
   Boulmer, St Andrew the Fisherman
   Chevington, St John The Divine
   Craster, St Peter The Fisherman
   Edlingham, St John The Baptist
   Embleton, Holy Trinity
   Felton, St Michael & All Angels
   Hepple, Christ Church
   Holystone, St Mary The Virgin
   Howick, St Michael
   Lesbury, St Mary
   Longframlington, St Mary
   Longhoughton, St Peter & St Paul
   Newton By The Sea, St Mary
   Rennington, All Saints
   Rock, St Philip & St James
   Rothbury, All Saints
   Shilbottle, St James
   Thropton, St Andrew
   Warkworth, St Lawrence
   Whittingham, St Bartholomew
ART WORK DEPICTING THE CHURCH OF ST JOHN THE DIVINE, ACKLINGTON
The church of St John The Divine, Acklington, has been sketched and painted many times. Below are just a few examples.

 
St John's Snow Scene by Sarah Sells

  
Acklington Church by Charles Evans
 


Line Drawing by Dennis Sweetman

 
Sketch of St John The Divine by
Hazel Charlton
 


Church Lych Gate by
June Pirie


St John The Divine by Charles Evans
 
During April 2008 there was
an exhibition of art work by inmates from Acklington Prison held in the Parish Church.  Click on the art palette to see a flavour of the excellent work that was on show.

 
 
CLOSE UP QUIZ
Five close ups of items you will find in our church.  Have you any idea what they are?

       
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