This Week's News & Notices
Our Parish Eucharist continues to be held each Sunday at 10am. If you you would like to attend you can sign up by going to our Services & Worship page (link below), clicking on the service you'd like to attend, and filling in your details.
You can also sign up 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.
This Sunday is All Saints Day, where we celebrate women and men in whose lives the Church as a whole has seen the grace of God powerfully at work. In the afternoon, our All Souls Service provides a time of remembrance and thanksgiving for those who have lost loved ones.
View and sign up for our upcoming services, and view our online service, all via our Services & Worship page:
All Souls’ Service
Our service of remembrance and thanksgiving for those who have lost loved ones will be held at 4pm on Sunday 1st November at St Mary’s. If you would like to attend please sign up using the link above or contact the church office, and if you are attending and would like to have the name of a loved one added to the list of those being remembered then, it is important to let the office know by Friday 30th October.
Morning Prayer and Private Prayer
Morning Prayer is at 9am on Wednesdays (the informal service lasts around 20 minutes) and the church is open thereafter until midday for those who wish to visit for Private Prayer and all are welcome to come. Face coverings must be worn as above.
The Parish Office
The Parish Office remains closed as Dot and Carol continue to work from home. Phone messages or emails will be checked regularly and correspondence can be popped through the letterbox in the north door and will be responded to as soon as possible.
Plants Sale for Church Funds: New Website
Dave Haddock who has been selling his plants to us over the summer has now put all of his new stock on his new website, including an easy order form.
Or you can contact Dave on 0191 2524985 or 07976 687973. 30% of sales will be donated to St Mary’s, so be sure to mention St Mary’s when you order! So far £260 has been raised through this scheme. So spread the word!
Subscribe to our YouTube page
Whether or not you are a regular on our YouTube page for our service live stream, it's helpful to grow our page if you could go to our channel and click the red SUBSCRIBE button under the video. (The picture shows what it looks like). Also, don't forget that you can write comments, or use the live chat function to say "hello" or even to share the Peace during the service!
Are you in a bubble?
We are aware that there are some people living alone who are not part of a support bubble. If this is you, have you considered forming a support bubble with another household? It could be you and another ‘single adult household’ or it could be you and a couple or family. It doesn’t have to be a member of your family—you can be in a bubble with any household. Once you’re in a bubble you can have all the benefits of all being in one household—you can see each other, go round for tea etc. If you’re on your own and you’re not in a bubble, why not think about forming one. Or you can get in touch with us and we’ll see if there are others in your situation that you could ‘bubble’ with. Perhaps you are a family or couple that has no bubble, and you’d be happy to support others on their own? Get in touch. Always check with your next of kin—once you are in a bubble you are advised not to form any other bubble—including with your own family.
For more information visit the government website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/making-a-support-bubble-with-another-household
Our next Online Coffee Morning is on Tuesday 10th November. 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.
Derek’s book ‘Scripture Messages’ now has been renamed ‘A Light To My Path’ and is available to order from Waterstone’s in Newcastle and from Amazon.co.uk. The new version has a foreword by Tony Garland along with a dedication and has some reviews at the back.
The Bay Foodbank & Walking With
Please continue to donate non-perishable items at Sainsbury’s & Morrison’s. Donations can also be placed in the box in the church vestibule for both the Foodbank and Walking With who are also accepting food donations (no clothing) and cash donations at their centre in Hugh Street, Wallsend on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9.30am-3pm.
For your prayers this week:
Your Prayers are requested for
Rest in Peace
Harry Reeks (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 Hymns & Readings
you have knit together your elect
in one communion and fellowship
in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord:
grant us grace so to follow your blessed saints
in all virtuous and godly living
that we may come to those inexpressible joys
that you have prepared for those who truly love you;
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 Revelation to John
After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. They cried out in a loud voice, saying, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!’ And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshipped God, singing, ‘Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honour and power and might be to our God for ever and ever! Amen.’ Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, ‘Who are these, robed in white, and where have they come from?’ I said to him, ‘Sir, you are the one that knows.’ Then he said to me, ‘These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. For this reason they are before the throne of God, and worship him day and night within his temple, and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them. They will hunger no more, and thirst no more; the sun will not strike them, nor any scorching heat; for the Lamb at the centre of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of the water of life, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’
A reading from the first letter of John
See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when heis revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is.And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.
1 John 3:1-3
The Gospel according to Matthew
When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:
‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
‘Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
‘Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
‘Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
‘Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
For all the saints who from their labors rest,
who thee by faith before the world confessed,
thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest.
Thou wast their rock, their fortress, and their might; thou, Lord, their captain in the well-fought fight; thou, in the darkness drear, their one true light. Alleluia! Alleluia!
O may thy soldiers, faithful, true, and bold, fight as the saints who nobly fought of old, and win with them the victor's crown of gold. Alleluia! Alleluia!
O blest communion, fellowship divine, we feebly struggle, they in glory shine; yet all are one in thee, for all are thine. Alleluia! Alleluia!
William Walsham How
Give us the wings of faith to rise within the veil, and see the saints above, how great their joys, how bright their glories be.
Once they were mourning here below, their couch was wet with tears; they wrestled hard, as we do now, with sins and doubts and fears.
We ask them whence their victory came: they, with united breath, ascribe their conquest to the Lamb, their triumph to his death.
They marked the footsteps that he trod, his zeal inspired their breast, and, following their incarnate God, possess the promised rest.
Music: James Whitbourn © 2011 Naxos
God, the source of all holiness and giver of all good things:
may we who have shared at this table
as strangers and pilgrims here on earth
be welcomed with all your saints
to the heavenly feast on the day of your kingdom;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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