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St. George’s Church Newsletter

16th May 2021


Today is the Sunday after Ascension (Easter 7).

Collect

O God the King of glory,
you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ
with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven:
we beseech you, leave us not comfortless,
but send your Holy Spirit to strengthen us and exalt us to the place where our Saviour Christ is gone before, who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

1st Reading Acts 1.15-17, 21-endpage1image44618240

In those days Peter stood up among the believers (together the crowd numbered about one hundred and twenty people). He said, ‘Friends, the scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit through David foretold concerning Judas, who became a guide for those who arrested Jesus – for he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry. So one of the men who have accompanied us throughout the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us – one of these must become a witness with us to his resurrection.’ So they proposed two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, and Matthias. Then they prayed and said, ‘Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which one of these two you have chosen to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.’ And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias; and he was added to the eleven apostles.

Psalm 1

Response: Happy the man who has placed his trust in the Lord.

Happy indeed is the man

who follows not the counsel of the wicked; nor lingers in the way of sinners
nor sits in the company of scorners,
but whose delight is the law of the Lord and who ponders his law day and night.

Response

He is like a tree that is planted beside the flowing waters,
that yields its fruit in due season and whose leaves shall never fade; and all that he does shall prosper.

Response

Not so are the wicked, not so!
For they like winnowed chaff
shall be driven away by the wind.
For the Lord guards the way of the just but the way of the wicked leads to doom.

Response

2nd Reading 1 John 5. 9-13

If we receive human testimony, the testimony of God is greater; for this is the testimony of God that he has testified to his Son. Those who believe in the Son of God have the testimony in their hearts. Those who do not believe in God have made him a liar by not believing in the testimony that God has given concerning his Son. And this is the testimony: God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.

Gospel John 17. 6-19

Jesus looked up to heaven and prayed:
‘Father, I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one. While I was with them, I protected them in your name that you have given me. I guarded them, and not one of them was lost except the one destined to be lost, so that the scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to you, and I speak these things in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves. I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one. They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth.’

Post Communion Prayer

Eternal God, giver of love and power,
your Son Jesus Christ has sent us into all the world to preach the gospel of his kingdom:
confirm us in this mission,
and help us to live the good news we proclaim; 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, 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, Florence Hogg

    Each month we pray for Joyce Paterson and Kathleen Wilson.

    The departed: Bishop Andrew Alexander Kenny Graham (Bishop Alec), Noreen Phillips

    In Our Year’s Mind: Donald Hood

    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
    Greetings and best wishes to Judy Collins who celebrates her birthday tomorrow (Monday).

    Our first ‘lockdown Baptism’ is scheduled for Sunday 23rd May at 11.15am – the day of Pentecost – what a day for a Baptism!

    On Sunday 23rd May at 1.15pm Songs of Praise will be broadcast from the Community of the Resurrection at Mirfield (https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000wg1z)

    Monday 24th May, 7.30pm – P.C.C. meeting (by Zoom)
    Thursday 27th May, 11.00am – Pastoral Committee meeting (by Zoom)

 

31st May-1st June – Mothers’ Union Diocesan Retreat. Up till now all diocesan services and events have been on Zoom but the retreat can go ahead as planned at Shepherds Dene.

From Vivienne Barke: Churchwarden. Hello everyone and thank you for the warm wishes many of you have given me as I take on this new role. I'm a novice so please be patient, especially when I can't remember everyone's name – not my strength at the best of times! As we don't have a magazine in circulation, I thought I would let you have my contact details: E mail: viviennebarke@hotmail.co.uk
Mobile: 07855 257056
Home: 0191 2521049
Using e mail or my mobile number are probably the best way to get in touch.

THE FRIENDS OF ST. GEORGE'S: is our own Registered Charity with the sole purpose of raising money to safeguard the heritage of our beautiful Grade 1 listed church. We are now in our 17th year and have given the church over £80,000 towards restoration projects as well as assisting in seeking huge amounts of grant aid over the years. Our current members are in the process of or have renewed their membership for 2021 to April 2022. If you would like to become a member the application form is an attachment to this newsletter. We shall hold our Annual General Meeting in the Autumn by which time, with COVID restrictions lifted, we shall be in a position to inform you of our events (both social and fundraising). Further details if required from Blyth Johnson, Helen Brunton, Brian McNally and Gordon Wightman. Thank you.

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)