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Lenten Desert: Myths Monsters Logosmoi

Some of you will remember the Lent Course John did in 1987: Contemplative Prayer and Inner Crisis ‘In the middle of the night I call your Name’ Skinner 1987 © Recently Sheila Hay was able to send us the original… (READ MORE)



  Contemplative Prayer and Inner Crisis Lent 1987 JOHN T. SKINNER The cry to God as “Father” in the New Testament is not a calm acknowledgement of a universal truth about God’s abstract fatherhood, It is the child’s cry out… (READ MORE)


Break Down the Walls Andy Raine

Much of the material is not original. I have consciously borrowed from the teaching of Juan Carlos Ortiz and Floyd McClung.   Other sections represent hours of conversation with honest friends.   Please select whatever is good, is true, is… (READ MORE)


Brother Roland Walls RIP

Brother Roland Walls RIP Andy rang last Thursday (April 7th 2011) to let me know Br. Roland Walls had gone to be with the Lord. In these days that have followed I have been recalling memories of this dear man,… (READ MORE)


Philokalia (Glossary)

GLOSSARY   AGE(–aeon): the ensemble of cosmic duration.  It includes  the angelic orders, and is an attribute of God as the principle and consummation of all the centuries created by Him.  The term is used more particularly in two ways:… (READ MORE)


Thoughts on Solitude

  Solitude is necessary for both the private life and the spiritual life of celibate person.  Many people today are afraid of being alone.  Solitude help us face this fear; it helps us face ourselves.  Celibacy is a positive choosing… (READ MORE)

Saint Columba

The Rule of Columba

The Rule of Columba     Be alone in a separate place near a chief city, if thy conscience is not prepared to be in common with the crowd.   Be always naked in imitation of Christ and the Evangelists…. (READ MORE)

St. Anthony

St. Anthony of the Desert

Life of St. Anthony of the Desert The life and conversation of our holy Father, Anthony: written and sent to the monks in foreign parts by our Father among the Saints, Athanasius, Bishop ofAlexandria.   Athanasius[1] the bishop to the… (READ MORE)

Celtic Arc House that John Built

Celtic Arc House That John Built

Trailer for the forthcoming Celtic Arc series on The House That John Built. Resources now available for download at


The House That John Built – Teaching Notes

Course notes supporting the forthcoming ‘Celtic Arc’ series are now available here: THTJB FINAL TEACHING NOTES These teaching notes look at the influence of St John the Apostle on the church and the communities that he helped inspire.    


Emigre Geography – Celtic Arc

Emigre Geography extract from ‘The Community Of Jesus’ teaching series – with notes on the Celtic Arc: Émigré Geography NVwebsite  

Northumbria Community Founders


Founders You never know in the routine of your day when a chance meeting, a stray word in a conversation or an unforeseen event will change the course of your life. The moment will probably go unnoticed and only later… (READ MORE)


john & linda skinner

John and Linda would pioneer the place of the Nethersprings and cultivate a spirituality that would find focus in a new monasticism. Although John and Linda are no longer at the heart of the Northumbria Community they continue to have… (READ MORE)


andy raine

(We have chosen a selection of biographical details for Andy, John and Linda which give clues to their self understanding and contribution to the ethos of the community) Andy brought a contagious affection for the holy island of Lindisfarne a… (READ MORE)


chris & sandra haggerstone

Chris and Sandra Haggerstone deserve a special mention in the same breath as the founders of the community. Their association with Andy, and in particular, John and Linda goes back to the very beginnings. They were pioneers of the Nethersprings,… (READ MORE)


ravensdowne home

A Home – Ravensdowne In anticipation of the arrival of their new baby John and Linda were getting ready to move into their new home. Some what reluctantly Berwick County Council had offered them a four bedroom, three reception room,… (READ MORE)

Easter Workshops OK!

easter workshops

The workshops were to be small schools of creativity a place for sharing vision a time of sharing and joining together as one. At Jarrow, the Priest decided at the last minute to cancel the venue. Months of planning were… (READ MORE)


faithful friends

The years of pioneering the Northumbria Community were full of hardships and difficulties. The nature of the journey meant there could be no career or full-time employment, no social definition, no regular income. There could be no permanent home and… (READ MORE)


roy searle

Roy brought a vision for and a commitment to northumbria. He became an ambassador of the upper and nether springs and an apostle of a new monasticism and a partner in leadership of the northumbria community . Roy had been… (READ MORE)


trevor & freda miller

Trevor and Freda have a long association with the Northumbria Community which reaches deep into the formative years. From interested family members (Freda and John are brother and sister) they became prayerful and practical supporters, close and trusted friends, students… (READ MORE)


northumbrian saints

Dr. Rex Gardner. An excellent introduction to the environment and characters of the early Northumbrian Church. Part of the Internal emigres series. Click below to download The Northumbrian Church (unedited lecture 1991)


Northumbria Rule (Picture Version)

This is a ‘kids picture  copy’ of the original Northumbria Rule…Andy Raine spent hours cutting, pasting and copying to put this together. No Copyright for this so please do not reproduce….  


nethersprings home of northumbria ministries

These newsletters outline the ‘marriage’ between The Nethersprings Trust and Northumbria Ministries. Key moment, a prelude to the establishment of The Northumbria Community. Shirley and Linda kept in touch during the years that followed Bible College. Occasional cards, photographs and news… (READ MORE)


old bewick

Brother Harold a local hermit and Brother Roland chatted as they walked along the secluded lane that leads to the Church of the Holy Trinity at Old Bewick. It’s a ten minute walk before you reach the end of the… (READ MORE)



Welcome to the history of the foundation of the Northumbria Community. (1978-98_ This site was first published on the internet in 2002. Its objective was to present honest, accurate and inside information about the people, places and events that led… (READ MORE)