Angel Festival

The Minster is dedicated to St Michael and All Angels – here is an image from our east window

This year we decided to celebrate Michaelmas is a very different way by inviting groups and schools and individuals to contribute an angel or angels to our Festival. And what a collection we had over 500 Angels in Church from 27th – 29th September. It was an amazing event celebrating human creativity and imagination.

The word “angel” means messenger and we wanted people to hear loud and clear that they were welcome in their Minster . It was wonderful to welcome so many visitors over the weekend.

Ordination at the Minster

On Sunday 29th September our Patronal Festival – St Michael and All Angels it was wonderful to welcome Bishop Paul – the Bishop of Durham to ordain Chris Watson as Deacon. Chris has been a member of our congregation for a number of years and it was real joy to see him ordained in the Minster.

Parish Church ordinations are quite rare and no-one could remember the last time this happened at the Minster, so this was really something very special indeed.

Chris will serve as a curate within the Minster Team.

Here’s Chris cutting a rather special cake to celebrate his deaconing.