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Generosity Sunday, 26th September 2021

 

Worship with us this Sunday!

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THIS WEEK'S NEWS


Generosity Sunday and Generosity Week

This Sunday 26th October, an exciting, new, diocesan wide event begins; the first ever Newcastle Diocese Generosity Week.


The focus of this week is to explore God’s amazing generosity towards us; in the gift of life itself, as well as in the offer of new life and hope in Jesus Christ. It is also an opportunity to celebrate and encourage the generosity that exists within our churches and communities; a reflection of the generous God we believe in.


In the video featured here, Bishop Christine talks about this first Newcastle Diocese Generosity Week, chosen to coincide with National Generosity Week, which also takes place between Sunday 26 September to Sunday 3 October; click here to read some of the incredible stories of generosity that she refers to.


Please do also explore the Generosity Week Podcasts across this week, as an exploration of God’s amazing generosity to us.

 

Autumn Mini Fair 30th October 2021

We are very much looking forward to our Autumn Fair next month! Our Fair website will be live from 1st October, but for now, here's a taster of what's going on.

Home Produce

On the day of the Fair, we are going to have a fabulous home produce stall. St Mary's folks are great cake makers - please do contact Ruth Blake if you would like to make one (or any jam, chutney, etc) as a contribution. Items would need to be delivered to the church on the morning of the Fair for setting up / pricing.


'Attic Treasures' and 'Past and Present'

We are seeking vintage, old or new good quality items for an online auction as well as for a stall on the day of the fair. These could include boxed items, good quality jewellery, nests of tables or cameras - please no books, plastic or electrical goods. Contact Tom Savage if you have anything to offer to the fayre - if you have treasured it, someone else will too!


Refreshments

Our refreshments team are offering 'Afternoon Tea' boxes filled with delicious things for £3. Order one (or as many as you would like) before the fair and have it ready to collect on the day. You can take this home to enjoy, eat it in church with a cup of tea or coffee or give one as a gift to a friend. Details of how to order will follow, or contact Carol Nesbitt

 

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

 

Concert Series - Tickets Available

Tickets are now available either from our website (10% off with discount code EARLYBIRD10) or from the church office, open 10am-12pm every weekday.


Bradley Creswick Concert SOLD OUT


Recital by Anna Dias - soprano (45 mins)

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

FREE


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.



 

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.


 

DIARY


Sunday 26th September, 17th Sunday after Trinity

Generosity Sunday

8am Holy Communion

10am Sung Eucharist

12pm Baptism of Josephine Chambers


Monday 27th September, Vincent de Paul

9:30am-11am Toddler Group


Tuesday 28th September,

9am Morning Prayer


Wednesday 29th September, Michael & All Angels

9am Morning Prayer

10:30am Holy Communion


Thursday 30th September,

9am Morning Prayer


Sunday 3rd October, 18th Sunday after Trinity

Harvest Sunday

8am Holy Communion

10am Sung Eucharist

12pm Baptism of Miley and Logan Andrews

3pm Anna Dias Concert


Monday 4th October

9:30am-11am Toddler Group



 

For your prayers this week:


Your Prayers are requested for

Martin Cooper

Lucinda & her children

Albert

Alison Young

Ron House

Sylvia McDougle

Dorothy

Graham Reynolds

Kathleen Dales

Jenny Watling


Rest in Peace

Bede McConville (anniversary)


Please also pray for

Chester Theo Summers who was baptised here at St Mary's on Sunday 19th September.


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


Miley and Logan Andrews who will be baptised here at St Mary's on Sunday 3rd October.


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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Reminders

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 was installed as the Archdeacon of Northumberland on Sunday 5th September.

This means we went 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

Donations of shower gel, shampoo, hair brushes, flannels, spray deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and soap are much needed for 300 refugees from Afghanistan who have arrived into Newcastle. 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. If anyone needs their box emptied, please 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 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!


 

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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