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This Week's News
Autumn Fair Saturday 30th October
Our Annual Autumn Fair is here!
This Saturday, from 1pm till 3pm, we will be hosting stalls and refreshments at St Mary's - we would love to see you there.
Our Online Auction also runs until end of Friday 29th. Check out our dedicated page below for a last minute buy!
All Souls Memorial Service
The All Souls Memorial Service, which remembers lost loved ones, is this Sunday 31st October at 4pm, with refreshments served from 3:30pm.
At the service the names of our loved ones will be read out, and you may light a candle in their memory.
Next in our Concert Series
On Sunday 7th November at 3pm, Rosie McMorrow will be performing at St Mary's. Rosie is a singer and cellist, a recent music graduate of Newcastle University, and currently a music scholar at St Andrews church in Newcastle.
This is a free event, and whilst tickets help us to plan for numbers, they are optional. Feel free to simply turn up on the day - tea and coffee will be served from 2.30pm.
St John's Christmas charity market
On Saturday 6th November, 10am - 12pm, St John's are hosting their annual Christmas charity market.
Rick and Sue Channing will be there with Traidcraft, and all are welcome to pop along and support.
DePaul Christmas "Hamper" Appeal
We have been asked along with other local churches to collect goodies for local needy youngsters who are helped by the DePaul Trust charity. This will be the last time. These unexpected gifts are always greatly appreciated; often they will be the only Christmas present received. This year we are asked for packs of chocolate bars (kitkat or similar). The familiar box will be in the vestibule as usual, and thank you in advance for your kindness. Thelma Gilhespy
100 Club Winners
Congratulations to our October winners:
£50 Ann Garland
£30 Pat Bottrill
£20 Audrey Searle
Covid 19 October Update
As we can see from the news, Covid remains a huge problem throughout the country. We have been discussing how we deal with the various issues, and this is where we stand at the moment:
There is no longer any need to register for services
We will only issue red badges as requested to indicate that you're still being very careful about social distancing
Please continue to wear masks
Parish breakfast will not be restarting yet
We have no plans yet to start administering the wine at communion
We will continue to review our Covid risk assessment and make changes when we think it's safe to do so.
Please don't hesitate to speak to us or any of the staff team if you have any concerns or questions. David and Sue, Wardens.
Sunday 31st October, All Saints Sunday
8am Holy Communion
10am Sung Eucharist
12pm Baptism of Gabriel Hooks
4pm All Souls service
Monday 1st November
9.30-11am Toddler Group
7.30pm Finance Group meeting on zoom
Tuesday 2nd November
No Morning Prayer
Wednesday 3rd November
9am Morning Prayer
10:30am Holy Communion
1.30pm School visit
6pm Choir Practice
Thursday 4th November
No Morning Prayer
Sunday 7th November, 3rd Sunday before Advent
8am Holy Communion
10am Sung Eucharist
12pm Baptism of Lucy Margaret Douglas
3pm Rosie McMorrow recital (2.30pm refreshments)
Monday 8th November
9:30am-11am Toddler Group
For Your Prayers
Your Prayers are requested for
Rhona and Douglas Lawrie
Rest in Peace
John Young RIP
Margaret Owen RIP
Albert Abernethy RIP
Anne Mendham RIP
Kenneth Humble RIP (anniversary)
The flowers in church this Sunday are in memory of Kenneth Humble, RIP.
The flowers in the vestibule this Sunday are in memory of Albert Abernethy, RIP.
Please also pray for
Gabriel Hooks who will be baptised at St Mary's on Sunday 31st October.
Lucy Douglas who will be baptised at St Mary's on Sunday 7th November.
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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Safeguarding and Cameras
As part of our legal safeguarding requirements we must ensure that no-one is photographed or filmed without their permission. We have certain areas in church (including the Noah’s Ark corner) that are always off-camera, but when people come up to receive Holy Communion it is impossible not to walk in view of the cameras. Because of this we are experimenting with ways of obscuring the distribution of communion from the cameras. This will inevitably affect the experience of those joining in at home, and we always hope that we can be as inclusive and welcoming as possible, however, this should be balanced with continuing to provide a safe and secure environment for all. Apologies to those joining from home who will not enjoy the changes. If you have any queries or concerns about this, please get in touch.
Sue Johnson, Church Warden and Parish Safeguarding Officer
Streaming camera new location - awareness and safety
Please be aware that there is now a camera alongside the pillar next to the prayer candle stand, and a protected cable run from there to the wall socket nearby. The cable is secured, but be aware of this change for your own safety when walking in the north aisle. The camera has been moved as the church is being used more and more by various groups and this means we don't have to move the equipment several times a week.
Ben, Liz and The Wardens
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