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Feast of Christ the King, 21st November 2021


Worship with us this Sunday!

This Sunday is the Feast of Christ the King, the last Sunday of the Church's year, and we welcome as our guest President and Preacher (at both 8am and 10am) the Archdeacon of Lindisfarne, The Ven. Dr Catherine Sourbut Groves.

You can also join us via our YouTube Channel >

This week's Bible Readings:

Hymns: 104, 296, 382

Eucharist setting: Mass of St Thomas


Children's worship at 10am

Calling all 4-11 year olds!

Special activities for young people start THIS SUNDAY during the 10am Service. We can’t wait to see you there!

If you can volunteer to help with this very important work, please contact Mary Cooper (019122525707).


Parish Christmas cards

Christmas cards are now available to pick up from the vestibule and deliver!

We would love every home in the parish to receive both a card and invitation to St Mary’s for our Advent and Christmas services. Any help with distribution is greatly appreciated.


Farewell to Bishop Christine

This Sunday, 21st November, Bishop Christine will bid farewell to clergy and lay people in our Diocese at a livestreamed Service of Thanksgiving at Newcastle Cathedral, 4pm. During the service, Bishop Christine will also be awarded Freedom of the City by the Lord Mayor of Newcastle. The service is invitation only, but please click below to watch online.


Miranda Wright Singers, 27th November 7.30pm

Don't forget to attend our final concert for 2021 at St Mary's on Saturday 27th November at 7.30pm. Tickets can still be bought online, by calling the church office (0191 251 4216) or by popping in any weekday morning from 10am to 12noon. Of course you are most welcome to turn up on the night and pay at the door. This is our final concert this year before Christmas and we look forward to arranging concerts at St Mary's for 2022 - we do hope to see you soon!


Advent and Christmas

This year we are having an Advent Carol Service at 6pm on Advent Sunday - next week (28th November)! This will be a traditional service of readings, Advent hymns and choral pieces. Come along and start the new season with us.

You can also click below to find out more about upcoming services at St Mary's.


Parish Breakfasts Return

From this Sunday, refreshments will once again be served after the 10am Eucharist. This will be a much-missed chance to chat and have fellowship after our worship. If you would like to join the parish breakfast rota and serve in this way, please contact the office.

We would also love to hear from you if you can help serve refreshments at the 6pm Advent Carol service, Nov 28th.



Saturday 20th November

5.30pm 'Young Notes' practice

Sunday 21st November

Feast of Christ the King

8am Holy Communion

10am Sung Eucharist

11.15am Concert Group Committee

4pm Bishop Christine farewell service

Monday 22nd November

9am Morning Prayer

9:30-11am Toddler Group

Tuesday 23rd November

Clement, Bishop of Rome

8:40am School Chapel Service at KPS

9:15am Morning Prayer

7:30pm SPG via Zoom

7:45pm Deanery Chapter via Zoom

Wednesday 24th November

8:40am School Chapel Service at KPS

9:15am Morning Prayer

10:30 Holy Communion

6pm Choir Practice

7:30 PCC via Zoom

Thursday 25th November

8:40am School Chapel Service at KPS

9:15am Morning Prayer

Friday 26th November

8:40am School Chapel Service at KPS

Saturday 27th November

4-6pm 'Young Notes' practice

7.30pm Miranda Wright Singers

Sunday 28th November

8am Holy Communion

10am Sung Eucharist

6pm Advent Carol Service


For Your Prayers

Your Prayers are requested for

  • Anne Otter

  • Rhona and Douglas Lawrie

  • Sheilah Young

  • Martin Cooper

  • Alison Young

  • Ron House

  • Kathleen Dales

  • Maggie Hollis

Rest in Peace

  • Sylvia McDougle RIP

  • Ulrich Bahr RIP

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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Remember that News and notices from previous weeks are all available to read by clicking "notices" at the top of the page.

Friday 19th November - Church access

Please note that there will be no access to church this Friday evening as it has been hired by an outside group. ~The Wardens.


Eco Church

Last weekend, COP 26 closed. Urgent and ambitious actions by world leaders and large corporations, are needed to renew nature and cut carbon emissions. Giant leaps are needed. There are however, small lifestyle changes that we can all make to be part of the solution, lower our personal emissions and make a positive difference at home and in our communities. If you haven’t already, please think of a new action you could take, to make a difference and share it on our Pledge and Prayer tree. We really hope to see it grow. ~Marion.


Sound system upgrade

We are aware that there are ongoing issues with our current sound system and PCC has agreed to explore how we will upgrade some of the equipment to ensure that everyone can participate fully in worship. If you are interested in helping with this task in any way, get in touch with Ben or Liz.


100 Club Winners

Congratulations to our November winners:

  • £50 Judith Stoker

  • £30 Tony Garland

  • £20 Jill Politch


Vote for your 2022 charities

Each year we vote on which three charities to support together as a church community; one local, one national, and one international. Follow the link below to see the 2022 shortlist and to vote now.


Christingle Collecting Candles

It's time to find your Christmas jumpers and search down the back of the settee for any last small change you may have to fill a Christingle collecting candle! When you are next at St Mary's, please take one from the vestibule and remember ALL are welcome to our Christingle Service at 4pm on December 5th. ~Sue Channing.


DePaul Christmas "Hamper" Appeal

If you would like to donate some chocolate goodies for local needy youngsters, the familiar box is in the vestibule as usual. These gifts are most appreciated; thank you in advance for your kindness.

Thelma Gilhespy


Young Notes

Do you have a child or young person in your life who loves to sing? St Mary's new junior singing group, Young Notes, welcomes all new singers this Saturday! They will be practising 5.30-6.30pm in the church Saturday 20th November.

All are welcome to come and give it a try, no musical experience required, and no pressure to make every practice. Contact Penny if you have any questions, or just come along!


Covid 19 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.


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