Weekly News Sheets

St John’s Church, Neville’s Cross

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


Worship in church is now suspended until February at both St John’s and St Margaret’s. In light of the Government’s guidance on preventing the spread of Coronavirus, it has been decided that neither church can be used safely for public worship for the time being.

This Sunday’s online service will be Cafe Church (via ‘zoom’) at 10.30 am, led by Abby Clark, Pippa Bell and Barney Huish. The service takes place ‘live’ (and so will not be available to watch later); please click on the link, to be sent via email on Saturday, at or around 10.30 am on Sunday.

Our new Shared Ministry Development Team  (SMDT) will be announced at the end of the service this Sunday; you will be asked to strengthen the team with your prayers, and to remember that St John’s is a ‘Shared Ministry Parish’ (which means that we all commit together to share in God’s mission and service).

Thank you to all those who, while not able to give money to the collection in church, have sent separate donations in the course of the past year toward the ongoing mission and work of the church. Details of ways to give to the church financially can always be obtained from the PCC Treasurer (contact via the Parish Office or via the Contact form.)

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins on Monday 18th January. Our preacher next Sunday will be The Revd Joanne Thorns who, as well as being a member of our congregation, works full-time as Regional Officer for NECAT (North East Churches Acting Together) – for more information see necat.co.uk

For Lent this year the Bishop of Durham has asked Rev Remi Omole (Diocesan BAME adviser) and others to help parishes reflect on issues of prejudice and inequality in the wake of this summer’s Black Lives Matter protests. Please click here to see a recent video of Remi reflecting on some of these themes. Lent will begin on 17th February 2021. There is also a poster attached to this email.

Durham Diocese Youth Council are hosting their 2nd Live Conversation this time with guests Rev Remi Omole (Diocese BAME Advisor) and Grace Aciro (Youth Worker in Pelton). The topic is ‘The Church in a world of racial injustice’. Click on this link: https://www.facebook.com/ DDYouthCouncil/?__tn__=%3C at 4pm to join the conversation.

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

Thursday Home Group news: We will now be meeting every Thursday at 10.30am.New members are welcome and there is no obligation to join us every week. On alternate weeks we will look at a passage from the Bible, using the Lectio Divina study format for an hour on Zoom, sharing together. The  alternate Thursday will be spent listening to the faith journey of one of the group members, or we might all bring a favourite verse from the Bible, a poem, a passage from a novel etc…. We will explore different prayer styles to help us keep prayer for one another and for our current situations central in our lives of discipleship. Contact Joy Cook or Kath Shanks via parish.smxg.sjnx@gmail.com for further details.

Please visit St John’s Website at www.sjnx.org If you have any comments at all please contact the website team at webteam.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).

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/


BAPTISM OF CHRIST – 17th January 2021


Almighty God, in Christ you make all things new:
transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your
and in the renewal of our lives make known your heavenly
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 ever.

Alternative Collect

Eternal Lord, our beginning and our end:
bring us with the whole creation to your glory, hidden
through past ages
and made known in Jesus Christ our Lord.


  • Revelation 5.1-10

  • John 1.43-51

Post Communion

God of glory, you nourish us with your Word who is the
bread of life:
fill us with your Holy Spirit that through us the light of
your glory
may shine in all the world.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.


  • Revelation 19.6-10

  • John 2.1-11