The definition of a pilgrim, which comes from the Latin word ‘peregrinus’, is a traveller who is on a journey to a holy place. Some of our congregation and others from Ryton Methodist church have formed a bible study group and we call ourselves the ‘Bulkington Pilgrims.’ We welcome newcomers and meet in the library once a month. We are currently studying a Pilgrims course on ‘the Commandments’ written by Canon Dr Paula Gooder, author, speaker, scholar and theologian. We are pilgrims on a journey to explore and expand our knowledge of the Christian faith.

The pilgrimage that eight of us are embarking on this week, St Cuthbert’s Way in Northumberland, is a 100K ( around 60 miles ) walk from Melrose near the Scottish border to Lindisfarne and Holy Island. It opened 22 years ago, has way markers and visits a number of places closely associated with the life of St Cuthbert. It is full of historical interest and natural beauty, abbeys, churches, castles and prehistoric remains. St Cuthbert wrote that “travelling at a natural pace on foot allows time for contemplation, and for the cares and worries that surround us daily to be forgotten....for a while at least!” The guide book we are following advises that there is plenty of wildlife to be seen and that we may well experience variations of weather that would test a Saint!

map st cuthberts
The life of St Cuthbert was very interesting. He nearly died of the deadly yellow plague which swept across Europe in around 650 A.D. he claimed to have been saved by the power of prayer, an experience he never forgot. Never underestimate THE POWER OF PRAYER.

Anne McCreath

Our Coffee Morning is over, St James needs time to recover.

Such a buzz and a hum did our lovely folk make, As they chatted away while sampling our cake.

Anne had the raffle with prizes galore.As she welcomed all who came through the door.

Kitchen staff were kept on their toes, As orders for drinks steadily rose, Elizabeth on coffee, and Brian on teas,

Ginny and Pam

Expertly dispatched, they are the bees knees,

Trays of this, and trays of that Went flying through the serving hatch.

Pam with new teapots, tea towels for Jean. An organised kitchen nowhere else would be seen.

In solitary confinement, was cake cutter Ginny, Slicing and plating, and wearing her pinny.


May was kept busy serving choices of cake,

And there was our Shirley with money to take.

Chris and John had the clearing in hand, Pots and crocks swiftly returned to the stand.

Hands in the sink was the lovely Christine, Washing and cleaning the steady stream.

Amongst all the, bustle were Charles and Sybil. Office duties were„ca|ling, no time for a nibble.

Twelve thirty arrived - we were almost done,

And in four more weeks, another one.

V. M. C.

Bible study

Wednesday 16th January 2019

7.15 p.m. Bulkington Library

This month's breakfast was attended by a record number of men, nine in total including Michael, Brian, Chris, Peter, Richard, Bob, John, David and Revd. Charles. It was great to see Charles for the second time. Each month the breakfast is supplied by a different member of the group. It is a simple breakfast of Cornflakes, Toast, orange juice, tea and coffee. This is preceeded by an act of worship based on morning prayer.. During breakfat the conversation included many different subjects such as craft beers, tv programmes and just general conversation. This is not a formal discussion group and we welcome more men to come along and join us, you will be made very welcome. 

Next Breakfast Group is Saturday 9th February

The bells of St James were rung to ring in the New year  by the St James' Bell Ringers as has been the custom for many years. 7 bells were rung this year by Geoff (tower captain), Jean, Richard, Kay,Sue, Dave and Nigel, a regular visitor and former ringer at St James. On the stroke of midnight the tenor bell was rung 12 times. Call changes were rung before and after.


Earlier in the evening the ringers along with Rachel and Michael, neither of who are ringers but are married to Dave and Kay respectively, enjoyed a lovely chinese takeway meal, a couple of quizzes organised by Richard and Jean.

We thank Jean and Richard for hosting this lovely social evening