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Christmas Nativity

Our annual Nativity was again a huge success.  This year Junior church re told the story from the perspective of a news desk with outside broadcasts from Rome, Nazareth and Bethlehem.  The older children acted as reporters and the younger children made up the stable tableau.  The all acted and sang beautifully.

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Ecumenical Confirmation

The Durham Deanery Confirmation included 16 candidates from All Saints Newton Hall and Blue Coat School. Held at St Oswald’s church in Durham the candidates were jointly confirmed into the Church of England and Methodist church with both Bishop Mark and Revd Shaun Swithenbank laying hands on each candidate. The candidates were also welcomed by Revd Shaun into membership of the Methodist church with a handshake.

As you can see from the photo, all the candidates enjoyed their special evening which truly reflected the ecumenical nature of All Saints.

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Happy Birthday 234 City of Durham ATC Squadron

This weekend All Saints welcomed the 234 City of Durham ATC squadron to celebrate their 70th anniversary.

The squadron was formed as one of the first squadrons of the ATC in the aftermath of the Battle of Britain.  At that time the purpose of the corps was as a place for training and recruiting young men for the RAF.  Today’s squadron is very different, a uniformed youth organisation that gives many opportunities to cadets.  The squadron are linked to All Saints as our Anglican minister Rev. Joanne Thorns is the squadron padre and they often have meetings and evenings at church.

The 70th anniversary was celebrated with style, past staff and cadets were invited and we were delighted to welcome the Mayor of Durham and her consort to join the celebrations.  The service looked firstly looked at the past and paid tribute to past members, Squadron Leader Brown spoke about his many years as Squadron commander.  We then celebrated the success of our current cadets and the activities and awards that they have achieved and looked to the future as Flt Lt Green announced the move to a much needed new building, we enrolled new cadets and ended with the whole squadron renewing their enrolment promise.    After the service all were invited to stay for afternoon tea and to look at the displays of the past, present and future work of the squadron.

To find out more about the air cadets and particularly 234 squadron look on their website


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