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St. George’s Church Newsletter

2nd May 2021

Today is the 5th Sunday of Easter.

Collect

Almighty God,
whose Son Jesus Christ is the
resurrection and the life:
raise us, who trust in him,
from the death of sin to the life of righteousness, that we may seek those things which are above, where he reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

1st Reading Acts 8. 26-end page1image33620544

An angel of the Lord said to Philip, ‘Get up and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.’ (This is a wilderness road.) So he got up and went. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury. He had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning home; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah. Then the Spirit said to Philip, ‘Go over to this chariot and join it.’ So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’ He replied, ‘How can I, unless someone guides me?’ And he invited Philip to get in and sit beside him. Now the passage of the scripture that he was reading was this: ‘Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter, and like a lamb silent before its shearer, so he does not open his mouth. In his humiliation justice was denied him. Who can describe his generation? For his life is taken away from the earth.’ The eunuch asked Philip, ‘About whom, may I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?’ Then Philip began to speak, and starting with this scripture, he proclaimed to him the good news about Jesus. As they were going along the road, they came to some water; and the eunuch said, ‘Look, here is water! What is to prevent me from being baptized?’ He commanded the chariot to stop, and both of them, Philip and the eunuch, went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he was passing through the region, he proclaimed the good news to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.

Psalm 22. 25-end
Response: You, Lord, are my praise in the great assembly

My vows I will pay before those who fear him. The poor shall eat and shall have their fill.
They shall praise the Lord, those who seek him. May their hearts live for ever and ever!

Response

All the earth shall remember and return to the Lord, all families of the nations worship before nhim. They shall worship him, all the mighty of the earth; before him shall bow all who go down to the dust.

Response

And my soul shall live for him, my children serve him. They shall tell of the Lord to generations yet to come, declare his faithfulness to peoples yet unborn: ‘These things the Lord has done.’

Response


2nd Reading 1 John 4. 7-end

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Saviour of the world. God abides in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God, and they abide in God. So we have known and believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness on the day of judgement, because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love. We love because he first loved us. Those who say, ‘I love God,’ and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. The commandment we have from him is this:those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.

Gospel John 15. 1-8

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine-grower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches.Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.’

Post Communion Prayer

Merciful Father,
you gave your Son Jesus Christ to be the good shepherd, and in his love for us to lay down his life and rise again: keep us always under his protection,
and give us grace to follow in his steps;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Welcome to St. George’s Church

Services are as follows:
Sunday 8am Holy Eucharist (said); 9.30am Holy Eucharist – with small choir During the week the Holy Eucharist is celebrated on the following days: Monday 9am; Thursday 10am; Saturday 10am

Sunday Liturgy Broadcast

If you do not have either Facebook or WhatsApp, you can view a recording of our Sunday morning service on YouTube. Simply type in 'The Eucharist St. George’s Church Cullercoats’ into your search ‘engine’ and you should find us. Hopefully this means lots more people can follow the liturgy even if they cannot be present. We are hoping to post other devotional material on this channel during the course of time.

Emerging from Lockdown

I am so pleased our church has been able to remain open for public worship and private prayer during the whole of this year. Now that restrictions are beginning to be lifted and more people have received the vaccine, a number of folk may be considering when to return to church. Here is our advice. Firstly, the current regulations now permit us to meet for ‘communal worship’ provided that any person attending is: alone or part of a group all from the same household or from two linked households and must not join any other group or mingle with any person from another group.

Coming back to the 9.30am Sunday Eucharist might be a bit much especially for those venturing out for the first time. Do please consider coming to one of our mid-week liturgies (Monday, Thursday or Saturday) – that is what they are there for. The congregation sit in the main nave for each of these liturgies, so there is considerable distance between those attending. We look forward to welcoming you ‘home’ just as soon as you feel able to return.

Please remember, we are required to wear a mask inside the church. Someone will be on hand as you enter the building to tick you off on our ‘Track and Trace’ register. Hand sanitisers are provided and should be used on entering and leaving the building. You will be stewarded to a pew, and social distancing of 2 metres is required at all times. The Archdeacon has instructed that ‘Worshippers must take their seat on entering church and leave the building immediately after worship ends...’ so members of the congregation are urged not to stand and chat in the baptistry before or after the service, but on entering the church go directly to a seat. This is as important as ever, not least for those coming back to church and who will be very sensitive to the issue of distance when they re- enter the building for the first time.

There will be no more than three servers at any liturgy so that we are better able to maintain the required 2 metres in our vestries.

Blyth is understandably reticent to approach people to read on Sundays in case they feel any pressure or obligation to be in church. He is therefore going to ask those who are present on the day if they would be prepared to read. Do please let him know if you are happy to do so. A printed copy of the readings is on the lectern, and if you are asked to read please feel free to take it back to your pew to read through before the liturgy begins.

The following restrictions continue to apply...

  • Social distancing will continue.

  • Please use the hand sanitisers as you enter the church.

  • Please wear a face mask, unless you have good reason not to do so.

  • You will be stewarded to a pew, and to receive the Holy Sacrament, and also on leaving the church.

  • The sacrament is administered in one kind only and always into the hand. Cleaning the Church

    The daily ‘Covid’ clean continues. If you can spare just fifteen minutes every once in a while to lend a hand with this it would be very gratefully received – it means we can keep the church open for private prayer!

    Keeping in Touch

    For those who have asked to receive a printed newsletter, these will continue to be available, as usual, from the table at the rear of the church – just look for the copy with your name on it. If you do not currently receive a printed copy but would like one, please let Fr. Adrian know.

    Newsletter items to Maggi by (10am Friday please) at maggi.creese@protonmail.com or ring her on 284 5745.

    If you know someone who might appreciate a telephone call for whatever reason, do let Fr. Adrian (0191 252 1817) or Margaret Patterson (0191 257 0211) know.

    We have a Facebook page!! Look for us on ‘Parish of St George, Cullercoats’, ask to be befriended and click ‘like’.

    The WhatsApp group is up and running. If you would like to join the stream of daily chatter, please download the app (if you haven’t done so already) and let me (Fr. Adrian) know your mobile number, so we can invite you to the St. George’s Group and you can join in the fun.

    PRAYER

    Bullet Points for Prayer

  • Those still in isolation

  • North Tyneside Hospital

  • All our NHS workers

  • Our local G.P. surgeries

  • Cullercoats Primary School and Marden High School

  • Coble House and our other local residential care homes

  • Our local shopkeepers

  • Post-persons and delivery drivers

    Those in trouble, sorrow, need or sickness: Paul Bain, Colin Campbell, Theresa Curran, Jennifer Emmett, Brian Hall, Helen Hall, Walter Hibbert, Florence Hogg, Irene Keenaghan, Ron Paine, Canon Jim Robertson, Dora Simpson, John Simpson, Ron Stewart, Cathy Strasshine, Audi Troilett, Alison Turner

    Thanksgiving for the measure of recovery: Brother Harold
    Each month we pray for Margaret Stafford, Jean Walker, Syd Walker & the residents of Victoria

    Court.
    The departed: Gilly Baker-Cresswell, Lorna English

    In Our Year’s Mind: Harry Barron, Ernie Campbell, Wayne Phillips, Graham Francis Revett (Priest), Dorothy Faithfull, Sheila McAllister

Mothers’ Union Prayer Chain. If there is anyone you know who would like to be prayed for please contact Diane Nicholson on 296 5147.

News & Other Notices

A very special welcome to Bradley Francis Gregg, a baby brother to Daniella, and our very best wishes to Simon and Sarah, their parents. This should bring the average age of the 8 o’clock congregation down a bit!

Happy birthday (today) to Brenda Mennear, Ann Lilley and Margaret Goldsmith!

Food Bank: Donations to the food bank have dropped off quite noticeably in the last fortnight and as more places emerge from lockdown. As a result we are going to stop our collection point facility for the time being. We can always resume it again at a later date. The last collection will be this Sunday (2nd May). Thank you to everyone who has donated in the past 15 months.

Tuesday 4th May at 11.00am – The Revd. Dr. Peter Knibbs will conduct a short service at the Wilkinson graves in Preston Cemetery, in memory of the 107 people who died in the air raid 80 years ago. Those wishing to attend must wear face masks and observe social distancing.

Friday 7th May – the Wedding of Gerald MacEwan and Margaret Jack, originally planned for January 8th and postponed, will take place at 2pm.

Thy Kingdom Come: The ten day period between Ascension and Pentecost is a special time of prayer for the church. Next Sunday we shall be distributing a booklet of prayer with our newsletters entitled ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ and inviting everyone to use them. They provide prayers and readings for each evening. Every day at 7pm these prayers will be said in St. George’s Church and broadcast live on our Facebook page. We are exploring whether it might be possible to do so on Zoom as well. If you receive a paper copy of the newsletter and would like to join in, please let Fr. Adrian know since it might be possible to print a one of these booklets for you. There is also a simple Novena of prayers which we will disseminate on our Whats App network. More details next Sunday.

Thursday 27th May at 11.00am – The Pastoral Committee meets. We hope that it will be in the Church Hall, but, if not it will be by Zoom.

At our Annual Parish Meeting, we said some special thank yous to some very special people. In case you missed it here they are again...

Blyth Johnson, for being our churchwarden (for a second time) and continuing in office rather longer than he, or any of has, had envisaged, and his wife Jerry who has supported him.

Maggi Creese for producing our newsletter every week, through thick and thin, and our team of distributors.

To Helen and Paul who have helped set up and maintain our Facebook page, and film the 8 o’clock service which is posted on-line.

To all those who clean our church, both those who wipe down the surfaces every day and those who come in to clean from time to time.

To those who keep our pastoral contacts with our congregation, especially those still shielding and those who have yet to return to worship in church, especially to Margaret Patterson.

To Andrew and Louise who have kept our liturgy so vibrant with their music, our cantors and our choir when we have been permitted to have one.

Gordon Wightman and the team of servers, Ros Pinkertt and the team of flowers arrangers.

To our church ‘officers’, especially Andrew Pinkett (Treasurer), Brian McNally (Secretary), Sheila Wightman (Electoral Roll officer), Alison French (Safeguarding), and of course our churchwardens.

To everyone of the church family for your patience, co-operation and support during these months of the pandemic.

Welcome to Vivienne Barke who was newly elected as Churchwarden, and who will serve alongside Michael Nicholson.

Giving
Planned Giving: if you wish to give via our planned giving scheme to St George’s, please contact our co-ordinator, Martin Hood (07904 928665)