Holy Island is a very special place in the far North East of England, separated
from the rest of Northumberland by a 4 mile long causeway, which is covered by
the North Sea for 5 hours at a time, twice a day.
As well as being a place of great natural beauty, Holy Island (also known as
Lindisfarne) is the place where Christianity first arrived in England in 635 AD. It
has been a place of pilgrimage ever since.
St Cuthbert’s Centre is at the heart of the Island, offering a welcome to many
different visitors, and a prayerful space for individuals or groups.
It is with huge sadness that we recently received the news that our Warden,
Revd Rachel Poolman would be taking early retirement due to ongoing health
issues. You can see her farewell message on our Facebook page. There is a
link on our News page or click the Facebook logo on the top right of this screen.
We will miss Rachel’s ministry hugely and wish her well as she leaves the island
in the next few months and moves to her new retirement home. The
Management Group are working with the United Reformed Church both in
Northern Synod and nationally as we explore the shape of future ministry in this
special place. In the meantime, we are working to ensure we can continue to
offer our ministry of hospitality to visitors to the island.
The Centre is open most days for visitors to call in and enjoy the peaceful
space. If, for any reason, the Centre is not open when you call or is being used
by a private hirer, please rest awhile in the garden, which is now looking really
colourful. Enjoy the sights, sounds and scents you will experience there.
Our programme of special events is under way with Events ranging from
exhibitions, through workshops and music to quiet days and reflective walks. We
will update the website regularly – and our Facebook page too – with more
details. In addition we will soon have some leaflets for Awareness Trails and
Pilgrimage Walks around the island. We also have an indoor Pilgrimage Trail
while, on the website, our Blog also has some entries to inspire and help.
We hope that we can welcome you to St Cuthbert’s soon.