Weekly News Sheets

St John’s Church, Neville’s Cross


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

Weekly Sunday and Wednesday services have resumed in St John’s Church; all are welcome. Please see below for details of dates/services. If you are planning to come to church, please familiarise yourself once more with the protocols for Covid protection and prevention (copied below).

This Sunday (2nd May) there will be a Eucharist at 10.30 am in church; the preacher will be Mike Chater and the celebrant Rev Dr Nicky Chater 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).

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

Sunday services up until the end of May are scheduled to take place as follows:
Sunday 2nd May: Holy Communion in church and online, 10.30 am.
Sunday 9th May: Service of the Word in church and online, 10.30 am.
Sunday 16th May: Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer) in church at 8.45 am; Cafe Church online (via ‘zoom’) at 10.30 am.
Whit Sunday, 23rd May: Holy Communion in church and online, 10.30 am.
Trinity Sunday, 30th May:
Service of the Word in church and online, 10.30 am,

Our guest at Taste this Sunday, 2nd May, will be our old friend Richard Briggs (the Revd Dr). Since he last visited us he has become the Prior of St Cuthbert based at St Nic’s, and a published poet. Do join us to find out more. As usual we meet on Zoom at 6.30 pm and aim to finish for 8 pm. The Zoom link will be sent out nearer to the time.

On these Sundays the service can be watched live-streamed at 10.30 via the St John’s facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/StJohnschurchnevillescross or a recording can be viewed later by clicking on the YouTube channel link on the Home Page

Annual Parochial Church Meeting on 9th May: Please note that this year’s annual meeting will take place in church after the 10.30 service on Sunday 9th May, starting at 11.45 am. There will be elections for two churchwardens (at present we have two candidates willing to stand: Mike Chater and Jo Cundy) and three lay members of the Parochial Church Council. Please do consider standing for election (our elections are rarely, if ever, contested!); nomination forms are available at the back of church or by request from the Parish Office. We shall be saying thank-you to Joan, who is standing down as churchwarden, and will reflect on the past year and the year ahead. It is anticipated that the meeting will be live streamed online for those unable to be present.

Thy Kingdom Come: this annual prayer event runs from Ascension Day (13th May) to Pentecost (23rd). Copies of the national ‘novena’ prayer booklet will be made available (also accessible via an app) and all will be encouraged to set aside time to pray for the coming of
God’s kingdom. Prayer on the move is one possibility: for details of the new Northern Saints pilgrimage walks, see Northern Saints. More details to follow soon.

Livestreaming of services: Sunday services in church will be live-streamed (with pictures and sound simultaneously broadcast) via the St John’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/StJohnschurchnevillescross. (A recording will also be available afterwards on our YouTube channel: SJNX Online – YouTube). 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). Please equally be aware that conversations in church (including while the organist is playing before/after the service) may be inadvertently picked up by the microphones and broadcast; it would be good practice to keep this as a time of quiet reflection instead.

Congratulations to Remi who has been appointed a Non-Residentiary Canon of Durham Cathedral by the Bishop (in recognition of his ministry as a hospital chaplain and his wider role in the Diocese as Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Enabler). The College of Canons, as well as being part of the Cathedral Foundation, traditionally provide the Bishop with advice, counsel and support. Congratulations to Remi for this well-deserved recognition.

St Margaret’s School: The school were asked how the church might support them at this time. We are asked: please keep the children, families and staff in your prayers: for everyone to have hope, moving forwards, and for healing, especially for those for whom this has been a
painful time. Thank you very much.

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.

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

Singing in church: Congregational singing is still not permitted inside the church building; we are, however, exploring the possibility of allowing a small group of singers (in line with current government advice) to sing at services in church beginning next month. This will only
happen in line with our usual risk assessment procedures; please speak to the Rector or churchwardens for more information.

Music at the 10.30 service: while Amy is off work, Caroline Friswell has kindly agreed to cover some of her duties in relation to co-ordinating musicians and choosing music for each Sunday. She was already working with Amy in this area and will be drawing on the ‘archive’ of musical videos and the directory of regular songs and hymns that we have built up over the past year or more.

Community Organising in the North East: An ecumenical conversation. Wednesday 5th May 2021 6.30 – 8.30 pm. Over the last five years Christians have been working alongside people of other faiths, and none, to challenge the injustices that shape our communities in
the North East. During this online event we want to share some of the stories of how together we have empowered people to tackle low wages, mental health provisions, hate crime, free-school meal access and climate change. Along with the Bishop of Durham, Paul Butler, and the Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle, Robert Byrne, we will be asking how community organising is part of our faith journeys. Storytelling is at the heart of challenging injustice and we hope our stories will engage and inspire you. Please sign up here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/147983904843 and login details will be sent out the week before the event.

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.

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 Twomey.

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/


Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ have overcome death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life:
grant that, as by your grace going before us you put into our minds good desires, so by your continual help we may bring them to good
effect; through Jesus Christ our risen Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Alternative Collect Risen Christ, your wounds declare your love for the world and the wonder of your risen life: give us compassion and courage to risk ourselves for those we serve, to the glory of God the Father.

· Acts 8.26-40
· John 15.1-8

Post Communion
Eternal God, whose Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life: grant us to walk in his way, to rejoice in his truth, and to
share his risen life; who is alive and reigns, now and for ever.

· Acts 10.44-48
· John 15.9-17