WHAT'S IN THIS WEEK
Worship with us:
Our Sunday Service of Holy Communion is online for the majority of people; only those people with specific ministries essential for worship are able to attend in person.
We are open for Morning Prayer on a Wednesday at 9am, staying open for private prayer until midday.
Whilst nowhere can guarantee 100% safety, we have a thorough risk assessment for this and all activity in church.
Join us online! Head to our YouTube Channel to join us Live at 10am on Sunday, and access other videos. You can do that by clicking or tapping on this link:
NEW THIS WEEK
Lent Course starting soon!
Last year's Lent Course based on the book "How to Explain your Faith" was cut short because of Covid. This year we're relaunching it on Zoom, at 4pm on Sundays, starting on 21st February - the first Sunday of Lent. There will be more information about joining the course next week!
A Conversation about Zoom
If you want to take part in our Lent course, or you want to join the coffee morning, and you're not sure about whether you can use Zoom, Ben and Angela met up on Zoom to talk about it. Or find out more with the link below:
The funeral of Edna Harrison will be on Tuesday 9th February at 12:45pm at St Mary's, with a committal at the Crematorium afterwards. The service will be live streamed on our YouTube Channel (or follow the link below). There are a few spaces available for friends on a first-come-first-served basis. Please get in touch with the Office if you would like a space.
100 Club Winners for February
£50 Margaret Scanlon, £30 Carole Lax, £20 Michael Clarke.
Twin my Vaccine
"It's fantastic that our communities in the UK are beginning to be protected against Covid-19. But there are countries who can't afford to vaccinate their people and whose infrastructure may not even include basic refrigeration in places. Unicef are working with WHO to distribute vaccines to the very poorest in the world.
"Your two doses of vaccine (depending on which kind you had) might be worth between £4 and £30, plus the time and expertise needed to administer it. If you could have afforded to buy it for yourself, please help Unicef support the delivery of vaccines to people who won't get it on the NHS. Thank you for helping us to love our (global) neighbours."
Thought for the Week - Trust in God
A week past Friday, 29th January, was exactly one year since the first Covid 19 patient was diagnosed here in this country. On the whole we took it a day at a time, we prayed, lit candles, clapped the NHS, got to know our neighbours better and to care for one another in a deeper way than ever before.
The 29th January is also my birthday but this year I didn’t feel like celebrating. Why? Well, my younger sister, Denise, had died just ten days earlier. Her funeral isn’t until 10 February and life feels strange. We couldn’t visit her in hospital. We can’t go to her funeral. There are no gatherings of family and friends, to recall memories. My sister’s life wasn’t always easy but there are still things to celebrate in her life with those who knew her.
I am no stranger to personal bereavement but I’ve never experienced anything like this before. It has given me some understanding of what other bereaved families have gone through in the last twelve months. Do ring me if you need to chat about your loved one.
I’m gradually coming to the realization that I need to stop thinking about what I cannot do and focus on what I can do. I can trust that with God the future will be different but it will still be okay, even good.
So God bless you and keep you all safe and well until we are able to meet again, to hug one another and to walk side by side into the future.
Revd Canon Eileen Noble
MORE NEWS & REMINDERS
Join us for a coffee after church!
In the live-stream video description on YouTube (or here) there's a link to join us on Zoom for coffee after the service, at 11am on Sunday (for half an hour). You don't need to have a Zoom account to join, just follow the link. We hope to see you there!
It's a pleasure to let you know that our PCC unanimously agreed to St Mary's joining Voda's Community Health Champions scheme, to support and share vital, safe and accurate information about the pandemic with our community. Please click on the links below to find out more about the scheme and the amazing work Voda does in North Tyneside.
The Link is the monthly diocesan newspaper containing news and human interest stories from the Diocese, as well as regular feature articles from our Bishops and Cathedral. The Link isn’t in print at the moment but you can view it via the Diocesan webpage here:
The Link >
For your prayers this week:
Your Prayers are requested for
Alan and Margaret Stears
Rest in Peace
Revd Clem White (Anniversary)
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 Readings and Music
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