NEWCASTLE —Throughout the month, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Newcastle will be hosting a series of special services and events exploring Celtic Christianity. 

The Sunday liturgies will be drawing from its sister church, the Scottish Episcopal Church, and from the Northumbria Community, with readings taken from the Gaelic oral tradition. 

Church clergy will lead a parishioners on a walking pilgrimage, lead talks and screen movies to help people discover Celtic faith and history. And there will also be Celtic music.

Sunday, July 22 

10 a.m.: A service celebrating Creation. The service will present the Celtic world of radiant creation through readings, poetry and music performed by Castlebay.

11:30 a.m.: Movie, Secret of Kells. This sometimes scary, animated family movie follows the adventures of Brendan, a young monk of Iona, trying to save his island’s greatest treasure, their gospel book, from marauding Vikings. A lunch will be served at this event.

Sunday, July 29

10 a.m.: A Lammastide service. Lammas is the celebration of the first harvest in Scotland and northern England. It is also one of the quarter services, a high festival for the agricultural Celtics. Music for the service will be performed by Castlebay. Part of the service is the blessing of the first bread of the year, which will be blessed and eaten after the service.

11:30 a.m.: Ceilidh. This traditional community party includes music, dance and storytelling to celebrate the end of our Celtic month. Blessed bread, lunch and dessert will be provided.