Author: Sarah Hay

Antiphon Day – 17th December

Today, we invite you to join in with our Antiphon Walk across the Pilgrim’s Way, the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, Northumberland, UK, in every place where you are. You can also find the words of the antiphons in Celtic Daily Prayer Book One – from page 108. From 17th to 23rd December, we set our […]

Aidan’s Song

A beautiful song from Anna Raine – ‘Aidan’s Song’ – to accompany us as we remember the example of St Aidan (31st August). Through simply ‘being who he was’, and with a willing heart, Aidan brought a unique expression of Celtic Christian spirituality to the land of Northumbria and, as such, also became a key […]

The sea is so big and my boat is so small…

In September 2021, Catherine Askew, Sarah Hay and Sarah Pillar spent a few days with Kev Grimley and family at the Bethany Community, Leicestershire, to learn how to build a coracle… Brendan, and other Irish monks, would have set out in this kind of small, round boat to find their own ‘desert in the sea’, […]


Recorded specially for St Brendan’s Day – 16th May, 2022 – The Story of Brendan the Fisherman is taken from an unpublished book ‘Field of the Saints’ by Clare and Ant Grimley and read by their daughter, Katie. We invite you to join in with St Brendan’s Day, which you can do by following this […]

Easter 2022 – A Welcome and Introduction from the Overseers

Catherine Askew, Sarah Hay and Sarah Pillar introduce the key themes and provide orientation for the Easter 2022 journey with the Northumbria Community. Please note that the pathways that are referred to have been emailed out to all of the Companions, Novices and Friends on our Northumbria Community database. However, even if you are not […]

A song for a new year – Hold the Candle High

Hold the candle high, let the flame rise in the silence Let our heartbeat fill the stillness as we lean into the dawn. Hear the laughter rise, bringing hope and expectation In the brightness of the morning, as the New Year comes in. Let us offer up a welcome, as we share a cup of […]

An Advent Contemplation

In this Advent contemplation, Jayne Bartholomew – a Companion in Community – reflects on incarnation. The contemplation is split into three, separate meditations and we would invite you to press pause at the end of each one for a few minutes. May God encircle you with love this Advent.