Weekly News Sheets

 St John’s Church, Neville’s Cross

We are encouraging as many people as possible to receive this weekly news sheet via email.  Please click here to contact the Rector’s Secretary to be added to the distribution list. This helps to keep our costs down and also reduce our carbon footprint.

NB: British Summer Time starts this weekend
– remember the clocks ‘spring’ forwards by one hour

This Sunday (14th April) there will be a Communion Service in church at 8.45am and at 10.30 am (with Rev Barnaby Huish presiding and Mike Chater preaching at both services). The 10.30 am service will be broadcast live (available to view on our Facebook page) https://www.facebook.com/StJohnschurchnevillescross

Neville’s Cross Community Choir resumes on Tuesday 16th April at 7pm. We sing a variety of music and there are no auditions or attendance requirements. Do come and join us. £4 session including refreshments.

The next Open Door session will be on Wednesday 17th April, 10 – 12 noon. Come and join us for tea/coffee, conversation and cake

Church Prayer Meeting: We meet to pray for the Church and the World at 9.30am on the second Saturday of the month, usually in the Church Centre. Our next meeting is on Saturday 13th April. Do join us if you can.

The Deanery Confirmation Service for Durham Deanery will be held this year at St Margaret’s Church at 6pm on Saturday 11th May. We have candidates for confirmation from both St John’s and St Margaret’s Churches; do please come to the service and support them. The president and preacher will be Sarah, Bishop of Jarrow.

Ecofestival – SAVE THE DATE: This year’s Ecofestival will be on Sunday 16th June 11am – 4pm. Please put it in your diary and invite your friends and neighbours too! As usual it will take place in front of church and in the field next to the scout hut. It is St John’s big annual outreach event for the community: a day of music, family fun, delicious food and stalls from local organisations and craftspeople, whilst also encouraging people to think more about sustainability and justice. We have held Ecofests since 2008 and this year’s theme is ‘Hope in Action’. We usually have about a thousand local people visit during the course of the day, making it the biggest event in Neville’s Cross each year, and we’d love you to be there to help make it a success – and have a great time too.

Ecofest 2024 Sunday 16th June: Notice to all the green-fingered folk – could you get potting, take cuttings and split up your clumps of perennials or sow a few too many annuals for the plant stall at the Ecofest. The easiest way of donating would be to bring them on the morning when I‘ll be setting up. If this isn’t possible you could see me, Chris M or Sarah C about storage before the day. Contact Mike or Sarah via the Contact Form.

St John’s Parish away day: please save the date now in your diary: Saturday 28th September (St Brandon’s Church, Brancepeth).

Welcome cards: if you are new to St John’s: welcome! You are invited to fill out one of the ‘Welcome to St John’s’ cards, which can be found in the pews; it will enable us to get in touch and say hello, and also, if you wish, for us to stay in touch and keep you informed.

Would you like to read or lead prayers (intercessions) in church from time to time on Sunday mornings? If so please contact the Rector or Rector’s Secretary. Training/guidance/encouragement will be given.

The memorial book has now been updated. After Easter we will take the opportunity to remember those whose names have been added (probably on a Wednesday evening).

Your Opportunity to Contribute to the Appointment of the Next Bishop of Durham: On Monday 15th April 7-8pm, there will be an online public consultation hosted via Zoom, chaired by Bishop Sarah, and with the Archbishops’ Appointments Secretary (Stephen Knott) and the Prime Minister’s Appointments Secretary (Jonathan Hellewell) in attendance. Everyone is invited. This is your opportunity to say what inspires or concerns you about the church in this diocese, and to say what qualities, passions and experience you think are needed in the next Bishop of Durham to those who will be involved in the discernment and appointment process. You can join the meeting by clicking on this link at 7pm on 15th April: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88563946068pwd=G4yr7zulb7sDwkHtSbIK3eRxiCt bCD.1
Meeting ID: 885 6394 6068
Passcode: 370812

Music on Sundays: If you would be interested in receiving a notification on Saturday, regarding the hymns we’re going to sing on Sunday at 10:30am – including sheet music for any that aren’t in the church hymnbook – please let me know. I am already doing this for someone in the congregation, following a direct request, and would happily add others to the mailing list. Get in touch with Amy via the Contact Form.

York Courses: Mike Chater has a large collection of York Courses which have been stored in the vestry for some time. If they are of interest to you, perhaps for use in a homegroup, please let him know, and he can let you have a list. Get in touch with Mike via the Contact Form.

Landscape Gardener needed: if anyone has recent experience of a Landscape Gardener who they would recommend to establish suitable planting on the recently cleared bed beside the access drive to the church, please contact Mike Chater.





Hymns for 8.45 am service:

  • Jesus lives (390)
  • Alleluia, alleluia, give thanks 31)
  • for a thousand tongues to sing (541)


Almighty Father, who in your great mercy gladdened
the disciples with the sight of the risen Lord: give us
such knowledge of his presence with us, that we may
be strengthened and sustained by his risen life and
serve you continually in righteousness and truth;
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

Risen Christ, you filled your disciples with boldness
and fresh hope: strengthen us to proclaim your risen
life and fill us with your peace, to the glory of God
the Father.


  • Acts 3.12-19
  • 1 John 3.1-7
  • Luke 24.36b-48

Post Communion 

Living God, your Son made himself known to his
disciples in the breaking of bread: open the eyes of
our faith,that we may see him in all his redeeming
work; who is alive and reigns, now and for ever.


    • Acts 4.5-12;
    • 1 John 3.16-24;
    • John 10.11-18