Recorded specially for St Brendan’s Day – 16th May, 2022 – The Story of Brendan the Fisherman is taken from an unpublished book ‘Field of the Saints’ by Clare and Ant Grimley and read by their daughter, Katie.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.


Each year The Northumbria Community celebrates Antiphon Day. The Advent antiphons are ancient prayers traditionally used from 17 to 23 December. On Antiphon Day (17th December) a pilgrimage walk would be planned, breaking the journey occasionally to say the next of the antiphons in turn, and saying or singing the accompanying verse of the popular […]

Leadership Reflections: After the Storm

In December 2021, the Overseers recorded three, short videos at our Mother House, Nether Springs, in the wake of Storm Arwen. Catherine Askew reflects on the circle of life. Sarah Pillar reflects on key words from the prophecy about the coming of Christ this advent. All three Overseers gather at the site of the fallen […]

Leadership Reflection: Living the Questions through 2020 and 2021

Sarah Pillar, Catherine Askew and Sarah Hay share from their experiences and observations during the last 15 months (within 2020-2021). Reflecting on the core questions we seek to live from – Who is it that you seek? How then shall we live? How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land? – they […]