Worship with us this Sunday!
This Sunday is our Dedication Festival.
The Foundation Stone of St Mary's Church was laid on 9th May 1931 by the Bishop of Newcastle. At this special service, the current Bishop of Newcastle will preside over the Eucharist in celebration of exactly 90 years since our church was founded.
Whether you have been coming all your life, or whether this is the first time for you, you are very welcome and we look forward to seeing you.
This service will also be streamed to our YouTube Channel >
If you're joining from home, be sure to join the live stream earlier than usual to watch a short video slideshow of the history of St Mary's.
Join us in person! Go to our Services & Worship page to see upcoming services and sign up. You can do that by clicking or tapping on this link:
Join us Online! Head to our YouTube Channel to join us Live for our 10am Easter Eucharist, and access other videos. You can do that by clicking or tapping on this link:
This Week's News
This year our collection for Christian Aid is taking a different form. We have a page on our website where you can donate through our St Mary's digital envelope.
We'd like as many people as possible in the parish to know about the great work which Christian Aid is doing and to have the opportunity to donate.
We'll be doing this by delivering envelopes through letterboxes as usual, but instead of calling back to collect, each envelope will have a label directing recipients to the Christian Aid section of our website to donate. Envelopes will be available for collection in the vestibule at Church on Sunday - please take some if you can and sign the list to let us know which street(s) you will be covering.
Whether or not you can deliver envelopes, please remember Christian Aid in your prayers this week. You can find inspiration and resources to help you pray at christianaid.org.uk/pray.
Celebrating 90 years
We have put together a gallery of photos from the foundation of our church 1931, to the present day. Have a look here:
St Paul's Whitley Bay has uploaded last week's Eucharist and Confirmation Service onto their YouTube channel. You can watch the service at which Suzanne was confirmed below:
A really big thank you to all who prayed for me on my confirmation. I am still floating on air here! It was a beautiful service. Suzanne
Winners for May are Alison Stroud £50, Jean Magowan £30, & Hazel McLeod £20.
An update about Olya Bouchard
On Friday a week ago, Olya had a 5-hr operation to remove her tumour and 3 of her ribs under which it was growing. The operation was successful and hopefully the tumour is now safely gone. That same evening she wrote: "Thank you for your support. It helps me go through this time without worrying. I am doing fine. Please send my love to all who thought about me all this time and today especially." And to this we would like to add our thanks too for your collective and private prayers. Please continue to pray for her complete recovery. It means so much to us and our family. Peter and Rosemay
There will be an evening Eucharist for Ascension Day on Thursday 13th May at 7:30pm. You are very welcome to join in person or online. Sign up here in the usual way.
Thy Kingdom Come
On Sunday 16th May there will be a short service at 4.00pm for "Thy Kingdom Come", the period between Ascension and Pentecost when Christians from many denominations around the world offer prayer for more people to come to know Jesus. Sign up on the website next week to join us in praying for the coming of the Holy Spirit, that we may be empowered to spread the good news of God's love for us.
Diary & Reminders
Sunday 9th May: 10am Dedication Festival Eucharist with the Bishop of Newcastle.
10th-16th May: Christian Aid Week
Wednesday 12th May: 9am Morning Prayer, then...
Wednesday 12th May: Church open until midday for private prayer.
Wednesday 12th May: 7.30pm Service Planning Group via Zoom.
Thursday 13th May: 7:30pm Ascension Day Eucharist
Sunday 16th May: 10am Eucharist for the 7th Sunday of Easter
Sunday 16th May: 4pm 'Thy Kingdom Come' Service
Many thanks for your prayers for my brother and his wife, Alan and Margaret Stears, in recent months. Alan was diagnosed with bowel cancer in October and after some anxious times when treatment was postponed, he has had chemotherapy and surgery. He now requires no further treatment, only monitoring and is doing well. David and I are looking forward to seeing them in person on May 17, which is also Alan’s birthday. Your prayerful concern for them both has been really appreciated. Thank You, Carole Lax
For your prayers this week:
Please pray for Suzanne Rider who was confirmed at St Paul’s on Sunday 2nd May
Your Prayers are requested for
Rest in Peace
Richard Jarvis (Anniversary)
William Dorey (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 Week's Hymns & Readings
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