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Climate Sunday, 19th September 2021


Worship with us this Sunday!

Use the link below to find out about our services, to sign up to join us in person (where required), or to access our live stream video. See below for a reminder of our latest Covid measures >

Join us in person! Go to our Services & Worship page to find out about all of our upcoming services. You can do that by clicking or tapping on this link:


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Autumn Mini Fayre October 2021

We are seeking items for the online auction and online 'Attic Treasures', as well as for the 'Past and Present' stall on the day of the fayre.

Items can be vintage, old or new, and include -

  • boxed items

  • good quality jewellery

  • nest of tables

  • cameras

Please no books, plastic or electrical goods.

Contact Tom Savage ( or the church office ( if you have anything you would like to offer to the fayre - if you have treasured it, someone else will too!


Planned Giving at St Mary's 2021

Rosie Tate, our Planned Giving Secretary, has provided the following update about the Planned Giving Scheme at our church.

'We continue to receive approximately 87% of planned stewardship income by standing order, so there has been little change in the donations received since the last report a year ago.

Average monthly Planned Giving so far this year is approximately £6730, a slight increase on 2020 (£6690); in 2019 the monthly average was approximately £7000, but there are fewer members donating (a continuing trend), so the average giving per person has risen very slightly (from £50 to £52 per month).

We can claim Gift Aid back on around 80% of these donations'.

Thank you, Rosie, on behalf of us all for your hard work at our church.

Liz Hayes, Lay Chair PCC


Bradley Creswick Concert

We are delighted that Bradley Creswick MBE, Leader Emeritus of the Royal Northern Sinfonia, will open our concert season on Saturday 25th September with Elgar's Violin Sonata in E Minor, and Bartók's Rhapsody No. 1.

He will be accompanied by the exceptional pianist David Murray; we are looking forward to a wonderful evening here at St Mary's.

Tickets for this opening Gala concert are now sold out, however there is still good availability for future concerts across the autumn (full details of concerts click here )

Concert Series - October events

Recital by Anna Dias - soprano (45 mins)

3 October 2021 at 15:00pm | St Mary's Church

Tea, coffee and cake


Birkett & Fisk play Venuti & Lang

16 October 2021 at 19:30 | St Mary's Church

£13.50 / £5 - book in advance to be assured of entry.


Mothers' Union

Our first meeting back in the church will be on Tuesday 19th October at 2.30pm, entitled "Reflections on life in the last 18 months - how has it changed you?".

We would love to see you there,

Gillian Macdonald.


Thank you

The Concert Group would like to thank Nicola - Shirley Teasdale’s daughter - for the loan of a TV screen to be used for concert advertising. We are very grateful. David Lax


Covid 19 Update

After due consideration, taking into account the number of cases in North Tyneside and children returning to school, it has been decided that the current arrangements in church will remain in place for September. Please be assured that it will be kept under review.


100 Club

September winners are: £50 Marion Oakes, £30 Carol Nesbitt and £20 Ron Davis.



Sunday 19th September, 16th Sunday after Trinity

Climate Sunday

8am Holy Communion

10am Sung Eucharist

12pm Baptism of Chester Summers

Monday 20th September,

9:30am-11am Toddler Group

Tuesday 21st September,

9am No Morning Prayer today

Wednesday 22nd September,

9am No Morning Prayer today

10:30am Holy Communion

Thursday 23rd September,

9am No Morning Prayer today

Saturday 25th September,

7.30pm Bradley Creswick Concert

Sunday 26th September, 17th Sunday after Trinity

Generosity Sunday

8am Holy Communion

10am Sung Eucharist

12pm Baptism of Josephine Chambers

Monday 27th September,

9:30am-11am Toddler Group


Thank you for your prayers

A massive thank you to all my friends at our church for your care, concern and prayers for me over the past few weeks. I have been inundated with cards, flowers and messages of good wishes. I am recovering well from surgery and hope to be back at church very soon. Thank you once again. Liz Hayes.


For your prayers this week:

Your Prayers are requested for

Martin Cooper

Lucinda & her children


Alison Young

Ron House

Sylvia McDougle


Graham Reynolds

Kathleen Dales

Jenny Watling

Rest in Peace

Peter Schofield RIP 15th September 2021

Mary Wood RIP 15th September 2021

Please also pray for

Chester Theo Summers who will be baptised here at St Mary's on Sunday 19th September at 12noon.

Josephine Chambers who will be baptised here at St Mary's on Sunday 26th September at 12 noon.

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.

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Remember that News and notices from previous weeks are all available to read by clicking "notices" at the top of the page.

Announcement from David, Sue & Liz

As most of our community know, Rachel is being installed as the Archdeacon of Northumberland on Sunday 5th September.

This means we only go into 'vacancy' from Monday 6th September. Of course, we still have Clare, Ben and the other staff members, so other than there being no Rachel, all should appear smooth on the surface. But underneath, we're all paddling like mad. There's a lot that needs to be done and we (Sue, Liz and David) have already met with Tim Mayfield, the Area Dean, and have another meeting booked shortly. Liz, Sue and David can start preparing the Parish profile officially but this will take some time. After we're happy with the profile, we'll start the recruitment process for our next vicar. Please pray for us and bear with us as we undertake these tasks for our parish and we will do our very best to respond to queries or sort things out.

David and Sue (churchwardens)

Liz (Chair of PCC)

NEST responding to Afghanistan conflict

The city of Newcastle is getting ready to welcome 300 asylum seekers as a result of the conflict in Afghanistan. NEST (a charity based at the University that supports refugees and asylum seekers) are putting together 300 care packages for refugees and urgently need our help. They are asking for donations of: Shower gel, shampoo, hair brushes, flannels, spray deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and soap. Please get in touch with Nicola if you have anything to offer.

Children's Society

Many thanks to those of you who are still able to collect money using the Society's collecting boxes. We are now able to resume contact and would be grateful if anyone needing their box emptied would bring it to the office during September or let us know and we'll pick it up. Rick and Sue Channing.


Singing/Performing at St Mary's

Offer your musical talents at St Mary's. Please email Mike and Penny at with your name, mobile number, voice / instrument, so we can start getting to know who is interested and arrange music and rehearsals.


Concert Series 2021 - Tickets available now!

Use the discount code EARLYBIRD10 when ordering for a 10% discount. Tickets are also available from the Office between 10am and 12noon every weekday.

Tickets for the Bradley Creswick Concert are now sold out.


Roadmap out of Lockdown:

A reminder of our latest Covid Measures (valid from Sunday 25th July 2021)

All government restrictions have ended, but we have been following the latest Church of England advice to ensure that we can continue to worship together safely and with confidence.

Some measures are being relaxed, moving our worship slowly towards the way things were pre-Covid, but some measures are being retained for now. Please do get in touch if you have any queries or concerns.

Measures we are keeping:

  • The wearing of masks.

  • The sign-up for the 10am Eucharist (not essential but helps to speed up the arrival process).

  • Doors open for ventilation.

  • Hand sanitiser available.

  • Rows of seats will be well spaced.

  • Washing and sanitising for the President and Deacon at the Preparation of the Altar and Distribution of Communion.

  • We will not be sharing the wine at Communion yet.

  • We will not be having regular refreshments after the 10am Eucharist yet.

  • The 10am Eucharist will continue to be live streamed.

  • At the 8am Holy Communion, no changes will be made from current practice.

Elements we are relaxing/introducing at 10am:

  • Introduction of a traffic-light sticker system: you can choose a red, yellow or green sticker to wear, which will show others immediately how comfortable you are with social interaction.

  • We will be responsible for our own distancing and seating arrangements. Please be bold in sharing your preferences with others around you. This is particularly important at the Peace, which may be shared physically (with immediate neighbours), with their consent.

  • We will be able to sing (if masks are worn; just the Eucharist Setting and Offertory Hymn to start off with).

  • We will come up to the front for Communion.

  • The Noah's Ark children's corner will be available for little ones.

  • Increase maximum capacity (though still retaining spaced seating).

  • Removal of the one-way system (i.e. exit via the Main (West) Door).

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