Later this year we will begin to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the opening of this church. In preparation for this milestone, I invite you to reflect on and celebrate what it means to be a member or friend of Holy Name today.
The Parish Council and I hope that as a result of our celebrations our community and its identity will continue to grow and become even better known on Tyneside as a place where all – young or old, married, single or divorced, and whatever their sexuality – are welcomed and cherished. In this spirit we hope that as many of our members and friends will join together to hold a variety of celebrations and events throughout the year for people of all ages, means and preferences.
The first of our celebrations takes place on 23 June 2018 on HMS Calliope on the River Tyne. You’ll be able to begin the evening with leisurely drinks on deck and in the Officer’s Mess while taking in the best views of the river. That very evening you will have the unique and privileged view of the spectacular water feature to be erected on the Tyne – as part of the Great Exhibition of the North – that will pay homage to one of the North East’s most famous landmarks, the Angel of the North. The fountain will be 80 metres long – one metre for every day of the Great Exhibition – and as high as the Tyne Bridge. Later you can dance the night away to a ‘live’ band. After sumptuous food prepared by the Navy’s chefs, you’ll be able, if you wish, to dance the night away to music from a ‘live’ band. While the Calliope is not the Tuxedo Princess, this event will be a jolly party on the Tyne.
Thanks to a generous sponsor (who wishes to remain anonymous) that the cost of this unique celebration on the Tyne will be about half what it normally would cost for such an event.
Members and friends of Holy Name are now invited to begin thinking of creative ways to celebrate the 90th within their own sphere of interest or activity in the parish. What does it mean to you to be a member or friend of this parish? And how would you like this to be celebrated and, perhaps, become better known for others to benefit?
If you are active in any of our parish groups, what could this group do to celebrate and make its activities better known? For instance, the Film Club might celebrate the actress Audrey Hepburn who was born in 1929? For the Tea Club, what about a 1920s style Tea Dance? Perhaps the Book Club could focus on one book per month published in that decade? Maybe the Wine Club could have a tasting of a 1929 Chateau Lafite? (only joking,!) We could have photographic and art exhibitions; a series of public lectures (on how the Church has developed its teaching and practice since 1929?); concerts embracing various styles of music?; a pilgrimage to a holy place e.g. Iona; and, perhaps, we could also have a mini parish Retreat over a weekend during the anniversary year.
These are just a few ideas but your own suggestions will be most welcome and the Parish Council will be discussing them in the months ahead. So please start thinking of what Holy Name means to you and how we can celebrate together our church’s 90th anniversary.
Earlier this year the Parish Council decided that we would fund-raise throughout the anniversary year for a project in the parish of St Anthony in Walker to benefit young people. So, if you can, you might host a small event in your home or workplace to support this very worthwhile project?