Weekly News Sheets

 St John’s Church, Neville’s Cross

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This Sunday (3rd July) there will be a Communion Service in church at 8.45am and 10.30 am (with Rev Barnaby Huish presiding and preaching at both services). The 10.30 am service will be broadcast live on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ StJohnschurchnevillescross); this should be available to view (whether or not you are on Facebook) either ‘live’, or later.

Please pray for all to be ordained this Petertide, among them Kat Marjoribanks: to be ordained deacon at St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray, on Sunday 3rd July (10.30am). Kat and Tim worshipped regularly at St John’s during their time as students in Durham and later played a leading role in our church’s youth ministry over several years, before moving to Loughborough where they now live. Please pray for Kat and Tim and all the family as she begins this new ministry in Jesus’ name.
Please also pray for Jason Wratten and Rachael Phillips both of whom were on placement at St John’s in recent years. They are being ordained in Durham Cathedral on 3rd July; Jason is to serve as a curate in the parish of Jarrow and Simonside, and Rachael in St John’s, Greenside.

Please see the display in the foyer about a rich variety of ways in which you can help serve God in and around St John’s. Over the next few weeks we will be inviting and encouraging people to use the forms provided to explore and offer ways in which they – ie each and every individual – can participate in the life of the church.

PCC Minute taker needed! As the new PCC gets going we are in need of a Minute taker to replace Judith B who has done a wonderful job in the last few years. The PCC meets on the second Thursday of the month at 7.15pm, and during Covid it has been meeting monthly on Zoom. We are now hoping to resume meeting in person at church, and possibly reverting to the previous pattern of meeting on a two monthly basis. If you feel you could help, please contact Barney, Jo, or Kath.

Every Wednesday the Eucharist is celebrated at the following times/places:

  • Wednesdays,10 am at St Margaret’s, Durham
  • Wednesdays6 pm at St John’s, Neville’s Cross

All are welcome at either of these services, which last around half an hour.

The next Open Door session will be on Wednesday 6th July from 10.00 – 12.00. Cards with the 2022 dates for Open Door are available in the pews and at the back of church. Please feel free to pass these on to anyone who youthink might appreciate joining us on a Wednesday morning.

Church Flowers: Thank you to all who continue to donate towards the flower fund and those who give their time arranging them. We hope the flowers are an addition to the worship. If you wish to help with donations there is a plate on the entrance table. If you could help with arranging flowers please speak to Annette or Kath.

Raised Beds: Herbs and vegetables are planted and we look forward to the results although we may need to ask for help with watering. We were grateful to receive a disused bin from the Council and construction of the wormery is in progress and almost complete.

 Neville’s Cross Community Choir Concert
All are welcome to come along to a concert given by NX Community Choir on Sunday 3rd July at 6.30 in St. John’s Church. Donations welcome! Rehearsals will start again in September.

Pastoral Links Group: Please feel free to share any requests for prayer or particular needs. Please feel free to phone the Rector at any time or to contact the pastoral team via the Contact Us form in the About Us section. (emails are received initially by Barney Huish and Nicky Chater, and shared as appropriate with other members of the team).




Hymns for 8.45 am service:

  • Awake my soul (57)
  •  Jesu, lover of my soul (369)
  •  Great is thy faithfulness (273)


Almighty God, you have broken the tyranny of sin and have sent the
Spirit of your Son into our hearts whereby we call you Father: give
us grace to dedicate our freedom to your service, that we and all
creation may be brought to the glorious liberty of the children of
God; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and
reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for

Alternative Collect

God our saviour, look on this wounded world in pity and in power;
hold us fast to your promises of peace won for us by your Son, our
Saviour Jesus Christ.


  • Galatians 6.7-16
  • Luke 10.1-11,16-20

Post Communion
O God, whose beauty is beyond our imagining and whose power
we cannot comprehend: show us your glory as far as we can grasp
it, and shield us from knowing more than we can bear until we may
look upon you without fear; through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

Readings for Next Sunday:

  • Colossians 1.1-14;
  • Luke 10.25-37