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Festival of St Mary, 5th September 2021


Worship with us this Sunday!

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Announcement from David, Sue & Liz

As most of our community know, Rachel is being installed as the Archdeacon of Northumberland on Sunday 5th September.

This means we only go into 'vacancy' on Monday 6th September. Of course, we still have Clare, Ben and the other staff members, so other than there being no Rachel, all should appear smooth on the surface. But underneath, we're all paddling like mad. There's a lot that needs to be done and we (Sue, Liz and David) have already met with Tim Mayfield, the Area Dean, and have another meeting booked shortly. As of Monday Liz, Sue and David can start preparing the Parish profile officially but this will take some time. After we're happy with the profile, we'll start the recruitment process for our next vicar. Please pray for us and bear with us as we undertake these tasks for our parish and we will do our very best to respond to queries or sort things out.

David and Sue (churchwardens)

Liz (Chair of PCC)


Big Brekkie for Christian Aid

at St Mary's on 4th September, 9am-11am. There’ll be breakfast rolls and baked goods to set you up for the day, along with a competition and quiz to test your wits (or just come along for a coffee and a chat).

Pop along, and invite your family, friends and neighbours too!


St Mary's Patronal Festival


THIS SUNDAY we will celebrate St Mary, the patron saint of our church. As part of the 10am service we will all go out into our parish, walking together down to the promenade and beach. There we will have our blessing and dismissal before enjoying a picnic (byo) or refreshments from one of the cafés there.

Please get in touch if you have concerns about mobility; some people will go down in the car.


Welcoming Sarah!

We were thrilled to welcome Sarah Harrison as our new Parish Administrator. Sarah lives in the parish with her husband and two young children, and we are really excited to be welcoming her to our church and community. Please do come and say hello! The office is open each weekday morning from 10am to 12noon.


Covid 19 Update

After due consideration, taking into account the number of cases in North Tyneside and children returning to school, it has been decided that the current arrangements in church will remain in place for September. Please be assured that it will be kept under review.


Nicola's Commissioning

Our Lay Reader Nicola will be commissioned in her role as Lay Ministry Development Officer for the Diocese of Newcastle. Bishop Mark will lead the service which will be held at St Nicolas Church in Gosforth on Monday 13th Sept at 7.30pm.

All are welcome to come along, there’s no need to book, but masks are requested.


NEST responding to Afghanistan conflict

The city of Newcastle is getting ready to welcome 300 asylum seekers as a result of the conflict in Afghanistan. NEST (a charity based at the University that supports refugees and asylum seekers) are putting together 300 care packages for refugees and urgently need our help. They are asking for donations of: Shower gel, shampoo, hair brushes, flannels, spray deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and soap. Please get in touch with Nicola if you have anything to offer.


100 Club

September winners are: £50 Marion Oakes, £30 Carol Nesbitt and £20 Ron Davis.



Sunday 5th September, Patronal Festival of the Blessed Virgin Mary

8am Holy Communion

10am Sung Eucharist followed by a walk to the promenade and beach and picnic. See above for info

Monday 6th September, Allen Gardiner, missionary

9:30am-11am Toddler Group

Tuesday 7th September

9am Morning Prayer

Wednesday 8th September

9am Morning Prayer

10:30am Holy Communion

7:30pm PCC via Zoom

Thursday 9th September, Charles Fuge Lowder, priest 1880

9am No Morning Prayer today

Sunday 12th September, 15th Sunday after Trinity

8am Holy Communion

10am Sung Eucharist

Monday 13th September

9:30am-11am Toddler Group


For your prayers this week:

Your Prayers are requested for

Martin Cooper

Lucinda & her children


Maggie Hollis

Alison Young

Ron House

Maureen Roberts

Peter Schofield

Sylvia McDougal


Graham Reynolds

Kathleen Dales

Judy Ross

Rest in Peace

Derek Emmerson

Mike Stoker (Anniversary)

Dennis Rivers (Anniversary)

Elsie Kidd (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.

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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.

Children's Society

Many thanks to those of you who are still able to collect money using the Society's collecting boxes. We are now able to resume contact and would be grateful if anyone needing their box emptied would bring it to the office during September or let us know and we'll pick it up.

As with many things, the Children's Society is looking at how things will work in the future.

On Friday 1st October from 2-4pm, there is a Children's Society supporters meeting at St Alban's church hall Earsdon, to learn about local projects and discuss the good childhood report. I am able to take someone with me if anyone is interested. Please let us know by 12th September. Rick and Sue Channing


Singing/Performing at St Mary's

Offer your musical talents at St Mary's. Please email Mike and Penny at with your name, mobile number, voice / instrument, so we can start getting to know who is interested and arrange music and rehearsals.


Concert Series 2021 - Tickets available now!

Use the discount code EARLYBIRD10 when ordering for a 10% discount. Tickets are also available from the Office between 10am and 12noon every weekday. Tickets for the Bradley Creswick Concert are selling fast so do secure yours as soon as possible!

St Mary's Concert Series needs a TV screen for advertising in our church vestibule. If you have a redundant widescreen TV we could borrow until the end of the year to advertise concerts then please contact David Lax by email on: Many thanks.



Roadmap out of Lockdown:

A reminder of our latest Covid Measures (valid from Sunday 25th July 2021)

All government restrictions have ended, but we have been following the latest Church of England advice to ensure that we can continue to worship together safely and with confidence.

Some measures are being relaxed, moving our worship slowly towards the way things were pre-Covid, but some measures are being retained for now. Please do get in touch if you have any queries or concerns.

Measures we are keeping:

  • The wearing of masks.

  • The sign-up for the 10am Eucharist (not essential but helps to speed up the arrival process).

  • Doors open for ventilation.

  • Hand sanitiser available.

  • Rows of seats will be well spaced.

  • Washing and sanitising for the President and Deacon at the Preparation of the Altar and Distribution of Communion.

  • We will not be sharing the wine at Communion yet.

  • We will not be having regular refreshments after the 10am Eucharist yet.

  • The 10am Eucharist will continue to be live streamed.

  • At the 8am Holy Communion, no changes will be made from current practice.

Elements we are relaxing/introducing at 10am:

  • Introduction of a traffic-light sticker system: you can choose a red, yellow or green sticker to wear, which will show others immediately how comfortable you are with social interaction.

  • We will be responsible for our own distancing and seating arrangements. Please be bold in sharing your preferences with others around you. This is particularly important at the Peace, which may be shared physically (with immediate neighbours), with their consent.

  • We will be able to sing (if masks are worn; just the Eucharist Setting and Offertory Hymn to start off with).

  • We will come up to the front for Communion.

  • The Noah's Ark children's corner will be available for little ones.

  • Increase maximum capacity (though still retaining spaced seating).

  • Removal of the one-way system (i.e. exit via the Main (West) Door).

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