Weekly News Sheets

St John’s Church, Neville’s Cross


Parish Office email: parish.smxg.sjnx@gmail.com

This Sunday (13th June) there will be a Service of the Word in church at 10.30am. The service will be broadcast live on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ StJohnschurchnevillescross) and a recording will be uploaded as soon as possible afterwards to our YouTube channel (SJNX Online – YouTube). The service will be led by Rev Caroline Friswell and the preacher will be Rev Barnaby Huish.

Every Wednesday evening there is a celebration of Holy Communion in church at 6pm: a quiet, reflective service lasting just over half an hour.

New Ecofest videos are now available to view online.  The first is all about REfUSE by Mim Skinner; the second is by Kieran O’Leary on our new WEEE Recycling collection point.  More will be added all through this month.  To watch the videos please click on the following youtube link: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLaBhMBqHG33RyMQWCbtQ72kx4OFOttOOI
(They can also be accessed via our facebook page: https:// www.facebook.com/StJohnschurchnevillescross/ ).

 Next Sunday: Open-air EcoFest Picnic Church at 11.30am: Next Sunday, in addition to an 8.45am Communion service in church, we have a special service in the church grounds starting at 11.30am, to mark what would normally have been our EcoFestival Sunday. 

Advance booking is requested via Eventbrite: please book in via the following link: https:// ecofestpicnicservice.eventbrite.co.uk (or, for those not online, please contact the parish office).  It would be very helpful to our planning if people could do this sooner rather than later.  The Neville’s Cross Community Choir has been invited to come and sing, there will be activities and interactive prayer, and we will be thinking about the miracle of the Feeding of the Five Thousand – how small things can make a big difference, thanks be to God.  Please bring your own chairs/rug, and a picnic (NB the start time is later than for regular services, so as to be closer to lunchtime).  All ages welcome.

Diane Barthel RIP: Diane’s funeral is scheduled to take place in church on Monday 21st June at 11.15 am; numbers able to attend funerals are currently limited and the family are still making arrangements in this regard (further information will follow). Please keep Paul and the family very much in your prayers.

We are forming a small Eco group to promote awareness of care for the environment, particularly taking action on our carbon footprint.  We hope to be a catalyst in the wider community and link with others working for the same goals in Durham.  If you would like to contribute, please contact Sarah C via the Parish Office. St John’s has also been taking part in mini-projects by Durham PhD students supporting decarbonisation in the Church of England and will be involved in a longer project due to start soon.  See https://www.dur.ac.uk/news/ newsitem/?itemno=44444. for more information.

Food Bank: a reminder that we are now collecting again for the Durham Food Bank.  Please leave items in the green box at the back of church.  If it is more convenient to make cash donations these can be made online by visiting durham.foodbank.org.uk and following the links or writing a cheque to County Durham Foodbank and sending it to County Durham Foodbank, Durham Christian Partnership, Mile House, Bridge End, Chester-le-Street, Durham DH3 3RA. Thank you.

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment recycling: St John’s foyer now contains a recycling point for batteries and small electrical and electronic items.  This facility is being provided in partnership with Durham County Council; for more information on what can be recycled please see the following link (or enclosed leaflet):Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) recycling – Durham County Council  (PS: we have also been given a supply of reusable shopping bags to help advertise details of the scheme – feel free to take one if it would be useful to you.)

Ventilation: the latest covid-prevention advice stresses the importance of good ventilation of interior spaces.  Please be aware that, following government guidance, we will keep the doors to the church open during services (unless the weather is especially cold); please be prepared for this.  NB prior to the start of the service the building will have been well heated.

Please note (clarification): legislation changed on 17th May from only permitting members of the same household or bubble to sit together in church, to permitting groups of up to six people from different households to sit together in church. However, although the legislation has changed, official advice across the UK remains that you should stay 2m (6ft) away from anyone you don’t live or bubble with. I would stress that if anyone wants to sit with anyone else following the change of legislation, it needs to be by clear mutual consent (and I would strongly suggest making the arrangement in advance rather than just approaching people in church, to avoid any misunderstandings).  Summary guidance on this point can be found under item 21 on the following document: COVID 19 advice on conducting public worship v3.4_1.pdf (churchofengland.org)

Broadcasting our Sunday services:  Sunday services in church are being live-streamed via the St John’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/StJohnschurchnevillescross.  (A recording is also made available afterwards on our YouTube channel: SJNX Online – YouTube). If attending the service, please note: children and others who may wish to sit out of view of the cameras can do so by sitting in the wooden pews, avoiding the front two rows (and/or ask the stewards for guidance).  NB. no one will be filmed coming forward for Communion. Under data protection legislation, those attending the service will be presumed, having read this notice, to have given consent to appearing in the broadcast.  (Even so, we will aim to avoid any close-up filming of members of the general congregation).

Covid protection and prevention: We are continuing to follow government regulations and guidance designed to ensure that the Church remains a COVID-secure environment. For your and others’ safety, please abide by the following:

  • Symptoms: If you display any of these symptoms please do not enter our building and return home immediately:
    o persistent coughing
    o high temperature
    o loss of taste or smell
  • Face coverings: You are required to wear a face covering when in the building (unless you cannot do so for medical reasons).
  • Contact details: We will ask for your name and contact details to support The NHS’s Test and Protect System.
  • Moving around: We may ask you to sit in a particular seat and move in a particular direction around our building.
  • Hand hygiene: Please wash hands regularly and use hand sanitiser when entering or exiting our building.
  • Physical contact: Please avoid physical contact with people outside of your own household.
  • Distancing: Please maintain appropriate physical distancing based on current guidelines.

For more information please see: churchofengland.org/ coronavirus

The Church Commissioners have prepared a Draft Pastoral Scheme to formally bring the three churches of St Margaret’s Durham, St John’s Neville’s Cross and St Edmund’s Bearpark together into a United Benefice.  Notices will be posted on the church doors and announcements made at services.  There is an objection period until the 14th June.  The announcement will be as follows:

“A Notice giving the objects of proposed pastoral reorganisation affecting this parish has or will be displayed near the main door and on the Church of England website. The Notice includes the last date by which representations regarding the proposed reorganisation may be made to the Church Commissioners.”

Please note: only one of the five bullet points on the full notice (namely the fourth) directly affects this parish.  Please feel free to contact the Rector for further information.

The Cross Quarterly community newsletter, which goes out to over 2000 households in the wider NX area, was set up seven years ago and has had continuing support from St John’s as part of our outreach activities.  It is delivered by a team of over 30 volunteers, drawn from St John’s and the wider community, with each person typically delivering 40-60 copies every three months.  Inevitably, some have to drop out from time to time, and we then need to recruit new ones.  We currently need 3 or 4 volunteers to undertake deliveries in different parts of NX.  If you are willing to help, please contact the team at: cross.quarterly.nx@gmail.com or if you would like to discuss it, feel free to contact David B, Kath S, Paul C, or Judith B.

Please visit St John’s Website at www.sjnx.org  Feedback or suggestions can be made by selecting ‘website team’ on the contact form.

We now have a Facebook group for our parent/carer and toddler group Play People.  Please join us and spread the word: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1310563349289055/

Morning Prayer (via Zoom) is said on Mondays at 9.30 am, following the Order of Service in Common Worship.  More details from the Rector, Rev Barnaby Huish rector.smxg.sjnx@gmail.com

‘Daily Hope’: a free phone line offering hymns, prayers and reflections 24 hours a day while church buildings are closed because of the coronavirus.  ‘Daily Hope’ is a simple new way to bring worship and prayer into people’s homes during the lockdown period.  The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services in mind.

Members of the Pastoral Links Group are aiming to keep in touch by phone with everyone on the church Electoral Roll.  Please feel free to share any requests for prayer or particular needs.  Please feel free to phone the Rector at any time (see contact details below) or to contact the pastoral team via pastorallinks.sjnx@gmail.com (emails are received initially by Barney Huish and Nicky Chater, and shared as appropriate with other members of the team).

The Pastoral Links Group also meets once a month (via zoom) to keep one another in touch with people’s needs and wellbeing, and to share together in prayer. Membership of the group includes Sarah C, Mike & Nicky Chater, Jo Cundy, Caroline Friswell, Andy & Jill H, Barney Huish, Margaret J, Margaret O, Loraine R, Debbie R-C, Joan T.

 For national and diocesan church resources including those relating to worship, mission and prayer through the covid-19 situation, please see https://www.churchofengland.org/ and https:// durhamdiocese.org/


Lord, you have taught us
that all our doings without love are nothing worth:
send your Holy Spirit
and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love,
the true bond of peace and of all virtues,
without which whoever lives is counted dead before you.
Grant this for your only Son Jesus Christ’s sake,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever

Alternative Collect
Faithful Creator,
whose mercy never fails:
deepen our faithfulness to you
and to your living Word,
Jesus Christ our Lord.

· 2 Cor 5.6-10,14-17
· Mark 4.26-34

Post Communion
Loving Father,
we thank you for feeding us at the supper of your Son:
sustain us with your Spirit,
that we may serve you here on earth
until our joy is complete in heaven,
and we share in the eternal banquet
with Jesus Christ our Lord.

·2 Cor 6.1-13
· Mark 4.35-41