Joining us in Church
Our Sunday Services in church are going well and continue this weekend at 10am. Due to social distancing regulations we are limited to 30 people so if you would like to go, and you haven’t already done so, you can let us know you're coming by clicking the link below, or via our homepage. If you are unable to do this you can ring the office beforehand and leave a message on 0191 251 4216. If there are still places available we will add you to the list and let you know.
There are various protective measures in place to make the building as safe as it can be.
It is now recommended by the Church of England that we wear face masks when in the church on Sunday.
You will be able to bring your Planned Giving envelopes to the service.
If you haven't signed up yet, why not give it a go! We'd love to see you!
Come and join us in church this Sunday 2nd August 2020. To help us prepare we are asking that you let us know you're coming. You can do that here:
Our Live Stream
Last week we were able to Live Stream our service! Hopefully, it wasn't a one-off and we will be broadcasting our services live in future. We'll start broadcasting a few minutes before the service starts, so you can get prepared and start the video from around 9:45am. The video is then available all week. If you have any feedback on how we can improve the online version of our service, get in touch!
If you aren't able to join us in church, you can still join in from home. LIVE from 09:45am on Sunday, then available as a video all week.
Morning Prayer will now be said at 9am on Wednesdays and you would be most welcome to attend.
Church Open Times
The church will continue to be open on Wednesday morning after Morning Prayer, until 12noon for Private Prayer - all in the main body of the church. There is no private prayer on Saturdays now to allow for cleaning between church uses.
As we approach the summer holidays the parish office will remain closed as it does normally in August. Any phone messages, emails and post will be checked regularly and responded to as soon as possible.
The flowers in church that were put in last week were from Margaret Pettitt and her family, with loving birthday memories of Stephen, and the flowers in the vestibule were from Ruth Blake who, with Tony, would have been celebrating their wedding anniversary this week. If you weren't able to see them in person, here's some photographs:
Thanks from Robert and Suzanne
Many thanks to everyone who sent cards for our engagement. They were very much appreciated and warmly received. Robert & Suzanne
This month Mary Rose celebrates 60 years as part of St Mary’s Parish family. Well done Mary, lets pray for many more years yet!
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: email@example.com.
The 100 Club July winners are: £50 Helen Tasker, £30 Alex Allport, £20 Mary Rose
Our weekly Zoom coffee morning is on a break now and we'll be back on 1st September!
Whitley Lodge Community Spirit
The Whitley Lodge Community Spirit Committee met this week to see how we can support our local businesses and police force following reports of antisocial behaviour around the shops, golf club and Brierdene. We will be contacting Alan Campbell to offer our support and have considered various ways we can help make the area a safe and welcoming environment for all. Please contact any member of the committee for any further information or discussion. Thanks, Nicola
As you may have noticed the hedges have been beautifully trimmed around the gardens. Thank you to the Charltons for a job well done. Also thank you to Roger Windass for filling a brown bin with weeds from the north flower bed and to Marion Oakes for weeding the entrance path. Tom and I have weed killed the pathways and crazy paving so they should start to die off in the next week. I have also instructed a professional gardener to come and work through the gardens. The dead weeds will be cleared, the borders weeded where necessary and all plants dead headed. The shrubs will also be cut back from the walls of the church and drains. I realise that you may feel that the borders look untidy but they are actually full of diverse butterfly and bee friendly plants! The collage shows what we have. Cheryl
...and continuing with the gardening theme...
Plants Sale for Church Funds
Last year, Dave Haddock, who was running the Tai Chi class in our hall, brought a selection of plants and shrubs to our Autumn Fayre. He is now offering to sell some of his plants which he grows in his Wallsend nursery garden, and he will deliver if local. 30% of sales will be donated to St Mary’s, so be sure to mention St Mary’s when you order!
Order from Dave Haddock: tel. 0191 2524985, mob. 07976 687973, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. View the Catalogue below.
There is now a new selection of plants in addition to the ones above!
Joining our Mailing List
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For your prayers this week:
Your Prayers are requested for
Rest in Peace
Derek Hayes (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.
Hymns & Readings from this week's Sunday Service
O Christ the Word incarnate, O wisdom from on high, O truth unchanged, unchanging, O light of our dark sky, we praise thee for the radiance that from the hallowed page, a lantern to our footsteps shines on from age to age.
The Church from her dear Master received the gift divine, and still that light she lifteth o'er all the earth to shine; it is the precious treasury where gems of truth are stored; it is the heaven-drawn picture of Christ, the living Word.
O make thy Church, dear Saviour, a lamp of burnished gold, to bear before the nations thy true light, as of old; O teach thy wandering pilgrims by this their path to trace, till, clouds and darkness ended, they see thee face to face.
William Walsham How
Tune: Wolvercote (O Jesus I have Promised)
Ho, everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters;
and you that have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price.
Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
and your labour for that which does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good,
and delight yourselves in rich food.
Incline your ear, and come to me;
listen, so that you may live.
I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
my steadfast, sure love for David.
See, I made him a witness to the peoples,
a leader and commander for the peoples.
See, you shall call nations that you do not know,
and nations that do not know you shall run to you,
because of the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel,
for he has glorified you.
Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns.When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick.When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.”Jesus said to them, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.”They replied, “We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.”And he said, “Bring them here to me.”Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full.And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.
Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us o'er the world's tempestuous sea; guard us, guide us, keep us, feed us, for we have no help but thee; yet possessing every blessing, if our God our Father be.
Saviour, breathe forgiveness o'er us: all our weakness thou dost know; thou didst tread this earth before us, thou didst feel its keenest woe; lone and dreary, faint and weary, through the desert thou didst go.
Spirit of our God, descending, fill our hearts with heavenly joy, love with every passion blending, pleasure that can never cloy: thus provided, pardoned, guided, nothing can our peace destroy.
Service Full Transcript
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