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15th Sunday after Trinity, 20th September 2020

This Week's News & Notices

Parish Eucharist

Continues to be held each Sunday at 10am. If you feel you would like to get back into coming to church you can do this by clicking on "Join us in Church" below, or by ringing the office and leaving a message. It’s helpful for us to know who’s coming in advance, but if you do just turn up on the day, we will always accommodate you if there is space. We must now wear face coverings so please don’t forget to bring yours with you. You can bring your Planned Giving envelopes to the service too.

In light of the new local restrictions affecting the North East, we are responding to guidelines as soon as they are published to ensure that the church is as safe as it can be. Acts of worship are permitted. The rules remain unchanged, and we have a full risk assessment and safety measures in place. Certainly it is apparent that any form of socialising before or after the service with those outside your household or bubble is not permitted. It's not an ideal situation, but please move to your seats as soon as you arrive, and do not congregate after the worship has ended. As soon as anything changes, we will let you know, and act accordingly.

If you haven't done so already, RSVP to join us in church this Sunday 20th September 2020 by clicking below, or by leaving a message on the office answerphone.


If you aren't able to join us in church, you can still join in from home. The service is LIVE from 09:45am on Sunday, then available as a video all week.


Live Stream Update

I think we have cracked it with the sound! At long last! Slowly other minor issues will be addressed and improved. Please continue to send in your feedback; it's always helpful. And if you'd like to help be one of the 'operators' of the tech on a Sunday (it's not difficult, honestly!), please let me know. Ben


Our Annual Parish Church Meeting will be held this Sunday (20th September) at 11:30am. We have a dedicated page for the APCM where you can access the reports and nomination forms as well as 'RSVP' like we do for coming to church. This is so we can prepare for the numbers, and have details for contact tracing. If you’d like a copy of the church accounts sent to you before the APCM then do let us know, or if you would like to ask a question about the accounts or any other aspects of St Mary's ministry then please do so in writing to Grace Morgan care of St Mary's.

We need 5 new PCC members and 2 wardens. Instead of having to print out forms, everything can be easily filled in online via the APCM page. If you would prefer to have a form sent to you, or if you want to discuss standing for one of the posts, or nominating someone else, then please contact Grace Morgan on 0191 252 5866 or email

Visits to Church

Please do not enter church unless it’s for Morning Prayer or Private Prayer on Wednesdays or for the service on Sundays or unless it has been previously arranged for you to do so. If you do enter the church building for any reason you must wear a face mask, even if you are on your own. You must also sanitise your hands on entry and sign the sheet to say what time you arrived and left. The church building must be kept Covid safe to protect our community and all touch points need to be wiped down with antibacterial wipes etc as you leave, along with the sanitising of your hands again. Try not to just ‘pop’ in and do ask yourself if your visit is truly necessary at this time.

Church Open Times

Morning Prayer is on Wednesdays at 9am, and the church remains open until midday for private prayer.

The Parish Office

The Parish Office remains closed as Dot and Carol are doing most of the work from home. Phone messages or emails will be checked regularly and any correspondence can be popped through the letterbox in the north door and will be responded to as soon as possible.

100 Club

September’s winners: £50 Audrey Searle, £30 Jenny Guild, £20 Andrew Walker.

Thanks from Sue Morgan

Thank you so much for everything you did both in preparation for, and during, our wedding ceremony last Friday. Adrian and I are now beginning to settle down to married life in Chesterfield.I've got so many precious memories for my time with you. And will remember you all with great fondness and affection.Thanks to everyone in the congregation for listening to me both play and sing over the past few years.  I do hope that music will soon be a big part of worship again, just as it should be in the building.I'll be back home in just over a week, so I may see you then.

Love to all from Adrian and me. Our day was just so special.

Mothers' Union

To all our members: the Committee hope you are all keeping well. Your September Newsletter will be arriving soon either by email or post. Although we shall not be meeting in the foreseeable future or planning any events for next spring we are still hoping to supply a few Christmas boxes to the People's Kitchen or supply cosmetics to people at the Women's Refuge. If you join the Church Coffee Mornings you may see fellow members. Keep safe

Harvest Festival

St Mary’s Harvest service will be at 10am on Sunday 27th September. Non-perishable foods can be brought to church on that day. There will be a table in the vestibule where you can leave your donation as you come in. All items will be given to Walking With and The Bay Foodbank. Have a look at the list below to see the items they particularly need.

A request from 'Walking With in North Tyneside'.

We hope you are all safe and well. We are aware Harvest Festival is approaching and that we are working in a very different way at the moment.  We are now accepting food donations as well as cash donations. We only have a couple of staff at the Walking With centre in Hugh Street, Wallsend on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9.30am-3pm. We will accept donations of food only (no clothing). Our centre is still not open to our clients and we are still asking anyone who delivers any donations to wear a mask and follow the government guidelines. Listed below is the food we require to enable us to continue to support our clients.  The foods we require are:

  • basmati rice

  • sugar

  • tea bags

  • coffee

  • toilet rolls

  • washing powder

  • washing up liquid

  • oil

  • pasta/spaghetti

  • shampoo

  • shower gel

  • toothpaste

  • biscuits

These would help us immensely. Thank you so much for your continuous support.

Virtual Coffee Morning

Our Online Coffee Morning via Zoom has started up again and will now be once a month. So do sign up for the next one which will be on Tuesday 13th October. If you are able to join us online between 10:30am and 11:15am we’d love to see you.

Click the link above, or go to ‘Events’ on our website to RSVP and get a link to join via Zoom. You would need to click on RSVP and enter your name and email address and click on ‘submit’. An email is then sent to you with a link to the Coffee Morning. If you haven’t already got Zoom, you can get it for free on your computer, tablet or phone. You could download it now from

Sharing Good News

Do let us know if you or others are celebrating any special event or anniversary or if you have any news you wish to share and we can put this news into our future email letters.  You can do this by leaving a message on the church office answerphone 0191 251 4216 or email at:

New Book: Scripture Messages

Copies of Derek Burton’s book ‘Scripture Messages’ are available FREE OF CHARGE. (although any donations - to St Mary's - would be appreciated). Let the office or Derek know if you’d like a copy: 0191 251 2064 or

"I recommend Derek Burton's book for many reasons. It is a well organised collection of talks and messages on extracts based on the Bible. It is informed and illustrated with stories and examples, as well as references to other parts of the Bible. This book makes you want to read more of the chapter from which the texts are taken. Above all it is a candid testimony to the power and grace of the Lord Jesus Christ to change and enrich lives. It has integrity. A good book, I think to use for Bible study, as it aims to point to a personal relationship with Christ. More than ever it is relevant today in our beautiful but disturbed and chaotic modern world."

Rosemay Dunlop


For your prayers this week:

Your Prayers are requested for

Martin Cooper

Olya Bouchard

Emma Campbell

Jonathan Jackman

Michael Hampson

Susie Brett

Jennifer Stephenson

Rona Lawrie

Cathy Deal

Christopher and Clifford Browne

Rest in Peace

Annie Warden

Don’t forget, you can add someone to the prayer list by emailing or phoning as usual, but you need to get their permission before adding them to the sick list. You can also use the form on the website here to submit a prayer request online.


This Sunday's Hymns & Readings


God, who in generous mercy sent the Holy Spirit

upon your Church in the burning fire of your love:

grant that your people may be fervent

in the fellowship of the gospel

that, always abiding in you,

they may be found steadfast in faith and active in service;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

A reading from the book of Jonah

When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.

But this was very displeasing to Jonah, and he became angry. He prayed to the Lord and said, ‘O Lord! Is not this what I said while I was still in my own country? That is why I fled to Tarshish at the beginning; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and ready to relent from punishing. And now, O Lord, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.’ And the Lord said, ‘Is it right for you to be angry?’ Then Jonah went out of the city and sat down east of the city, and made a booth for himself there. He sat under it in the shade, waiting to see what would become of the city.

The Lord God appointed a bush, and made it come up over Jonah, to give shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort; so Jonah was very happy about the bush. But when dawn came up the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the bush, so that it withered. When the sun rose, God prepared a sultry east wind, and the sun beat down on the head of Jonah so that he was faint and asked that he might die. He said, ‘It is better for me to die than to live.’

But God said to Jonah, ‘Is it right for you to be angry about the bush?’ And he said, ‘Yes, angry enough to die.’ Then the Lord said, ‘You are concerned about the bush, for which you did not labour and which you did not grow; it came into being in a night and perished in a night. And should I not be concerned about Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who do not know their right hand from their left, and also many animals?’

Jonah 3:10-end of 4

A reading from Paul’s letter to the Philippians

For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labour for me; and I do not know which I prefer. I am hard pressed between the two: my desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better; but to remain in the flesh is more necessary for you. Since I am convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for your progress and joy in faith, so that I may share abundantly in your boasting in Christ Jesus when I come to you again.

Only, live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that, whether I come and see you or am absent and hear about you, I will know that you are standing firm in one spirit, striving side by side with one mind for the faith of the gospel, and are in no way intimidated by your opponents. For them this is evidence of their destruction, but of your salvation. And this is God’s doing. For he has graciously granted you the privilege not only of believing in Christ, but of suffering for him as well— since you are having the same struggle that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.

Philippians 1: 21-end

The Gospel according to Matthew

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage,he sent them into his vineyard.When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace;and he said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went.When he went out again about noon and about three o’clock, he did the same.And about five o’clock he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, ‘Why are you standing here idle all day?’They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard.’When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, ‘Call the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.’When those hired about five o’clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage.Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage.And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner,saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage?Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you.Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?’So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

Matthew 20:1-16

Offertory Hymn

My God, and is thy table spread, and doth thy cup with love o'erflow? Thither be all thy children led, and let them all thy sweetness know.

Hail, sacred feast which Jesus makes, rich banquet of his flesh and blood! Thrice happy he who here partakes that sacred stream, that heavenly food.

Why are its bounties all in vain before unwilling hearts displayed? Was not for them the Victim slain? Are they forbid the children's bread?

O let thy table honoured be, and furnished well with joyful guests; and may each soul salvation see, that here its sacred pledges tastes.

Philip Dorridge

Communion Anthem

Thou that hast given so much to me,

Give one thing more, a grateful heart.

Not thankful, when it pleaseth me;

As if thy blessings had spare days:

But such a heart, whose pulse may be

Thy praise.

George Herbert

Communion Hymn

Amazing grace! - How sweet the sound -

That saved a wretch like me!

I once was lost, but now am found,

Was blind, but now I see.

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,

And grace my fears relieved;

How precious did that grace appear

The hour I first believed!

Through many dangers, toils, and snares

I have already come;

'Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,

And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me,

His word my hope secures;

He will my shield and portion be

As long as life endures.

And, when this flesh and heart shall fail

And mortal life shall cease,

I shall possess within the veil,

A life of joy and peace.

When we've been there ten thousand years

Bright shining as the sun,

We've no less days to sing God's praise

Than when we first begun.

John Newton

Post Communion Prayer

Keep, O Lord, your Church, with your perpetual mercy;

and, because without you our human frailty cannot but fall,

keep us ever by your help from all things hurtful,

and lead us to all things profitable to our salvation;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.


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