Weekly News Sheets

St John’s Church, Neville’s Cross


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This Sunday (5th December) there will be a Communion Service in church at 8.45am (with Rev Joanne Thorns presiding and preaching) and a Eucharist in church at 10.30am (with Rev Joanne Thorns preaching and Canon Remi Omole presiding).  The 10.30 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 at the time of the service, or at a later time/date.

YouTube service recordings: We understand that some people who used to participate in services via the YouTube recordings have not been able to access the Facebook stream.  We will therefore explore whether we can resume providing Sunday service recordings on our YouTube channel.  Please continue to let us know (via Rector, parish office, churchwardens or PCC members) if you have any problems accessing services, either in church or online.

We have started serving tea and coffee again between the services at SJNX.  If you usually attend the 10.30 am service you are welcome to come a bit early, say from 10.00, to meet each other and members of the 08.45 congregation

Groups for Children (every week) and Young People (once a fortnight) during the 10.30am service.  Please speak with our Children and Youth worker, Abby, for more details sjnx.cyw@gmail.com

Every Wednesday there is an evening celebration of Holy Communion in St John’s Church at 6pm: a quiet, reflective service lasting around half an hour.  Communion is also celebrated on Wednesday mornings, at St Margaret’s Church, at 10am (again, the service lasts around half an hour).

Jan Phillips will be our speaker at Taste on 5th December when she will tell us something of her story. As usual we will meet in church at 6.30 pm for chat and a cup of tea, followed by Jan and a time for prayer, and finishing for 8.00 pm.

Friday evenings: After 3rd December, there will be no more Friday Evensong services at St Margaret’s until the start of university term in the New Year.

The next Open Door session will be on Wednesday 1st December from 10.00 -12.00. Please note that, with the onset of colder weather, we will now be meeting in the Church Centre (kitchen and foyer).

RIP Arthur Banister: Arthur died on 25th November having been ill for a time with Alzheimer’s disease.  His funeral will be at Waddington Street United Reformed Church on Tuesday 14th December at 10 am, followed by a burial at South Road. (NB space in the church is limited.)  Please keep Judy, their children (John, Paul, James and Catherine) and all the family in your prayers.

RIP: Louie Macgregor. Louie died on 13th November in Plymouth.  Her funeral will take place on Thursday 16th December at 1pm in St John’s Church, followed by a 2pm burial at South Road (where Alistair is buried).  Please keep Rachel, Matthew, Ed and all the family in your prayers. 

RIP: Wendy Rogerson. Wendy’s Service of Thanksgiving will take place at St Nic’s Church, Durham on Monday 13th December at 1pm; for further details see https://funeral-notices.co.uk/national/death-notices notice/rogerson/4995204?utm_source=fd_welcome_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=welcome_email Wendy was the wife of Colin Rogerson, a former Vicar of St John’s; she reestablished the Mothers’ Union here (and later served as Diocesan president) and is remembered by many not least for her pastoral gifts. Please continue to keep Colin, Catherine, Jane and all the family in your prayers.

Please note: there will be no services at St John’s Church on Sunday 26th December; instead there will be a service of Holy Communion for the three churches of our Benefice at St Margaret’s Crossgate at 11 am.  

On Sunday 28th November at 6.15pm there will be an Advent Choral Service in St Margaret’s Church, sung by St Cuthbert’s Society Choir: all welcome.

Stars and Angels:  As we did last year, we hope to put these up outside around church for people to take away.  Could you put any you have made in the box in foyer of church or let us have them by Sunday 5 December, as we hope to put them up that week. With many thanks, Elizabeth B, Jan P, Kath S and Joan T.


Outdoor Christingle Service, Sunday 12th December 5pm, outside on the church field, indoors if wet weather.  Booking is essential: https://christingleservice.eventbrite.co.uk  Come and join us as we light up the night sky and sing familiar Christmas carols.  

Food Bank: Thank you for donating 88.4kg food to the Foodbank in November.  This is equivalent to 110 meals.  Long life fruit juice and long life milk, sponge puddings, toilet rolls and toiletries are currently urgently required.

Are you a qualified First Aider?  A number of First Aid qualifications of key role holders have lapsed recently and for financial reasons St Johns Ambulance are no longer able to offer community based refresher courses.  We are exploring other options, but meanwhile it would be helpful to have an up-to-date list of people, qualified through their work role, who would also be willing to be called upon in an emergency during church services or related activities. If you can help or would like to be included in any future training, please contact Jane Holmes (parish.smxg.sjnx@gmail.com) or Jan Phillips, Safeguarding Officer via the Contact form.

Filming of 10.30am services. The Church of England has updated its advice regarding filming of services.  We are now advised that no one should appear (identifiably) on screen unless they have given their express consent to do so.  At present we are aiming to ensure that we have consent from all those leading services and preaching at 10.30, those involved in reading and leading intercessions or otherwise speaking from the front, and any musicians who may be seen on screen. Beyond those who have given their consent, the aim is not to have identifiable individuals appearing on the live stream.  Thank you for your patience as we seek to comply with this new interpretation of the General Data Protection Regulations.

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.)

‘Daily Hope’: a free 24-hour phone line (0800 804 8044) continues to offer hymns, prayers and reflections, as well as full worship services from the Church of England.

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 (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).


O Lord, raise up, we pray, your power and come among
and with great might succour us; that whereas, through
our sins and wickedness
we are grievously hindered in running the race that is set
before us,
your bountiful grace and mercy may speedily help and
deliver us;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, to whom with
you and the Holy Spirit,
be honour and glory, now and for ever.

Alternative Collect
Almighty God, purify our hearts and minds,
that when your Son Jesus Christ comes again as judge
and saviour
we may be ready to receive him, who is our Lord and our


  • Malachi 3.1-4
  • Luke 3.1-6

Post Communion
Father in heaven, who sent your Son to redeem the world
and will send him again to be our judge:
give us grace so to imitate him in the humility and purity
of his first coming
that, when he comes again, we may be ready to greet
with joyful love and firm faith; through Jesus Christ our


  • Zephaniah 3.14-20
  • Luke 3.7-18