Weekly News Sheets

 St John’s Church, Neville’s Cross

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This Sunday (21st July) there will be a Communion Service in church at 8.45 am (with Rev Barnaby Huish preaching and presiding) and at 10.30 am (with Rev Barnaby Huish preaching and presiding).  The 10.30 am service will be broadcast live (available to view on our Facebook page) https://www.facebook.com/StJohnschurchnevillescross.

During June and July we are returning to the theme of Encountering Jesus, in a series of sermons, and in the prayers and music of our services.  Members of the congregation will have an opportunity to speak briefly about their own encounters with Jesus, whether through Scripture, prayer, other people or the Holy Spirit.

Summer service times: On Sunday 28th July and on each Sunday in August, we combine our Sunday morning services into a single Communion service at 9.30 am. This follows the usual summer pattern and enables us to cover services across the Benefice during school holidays when several clergy are unavailable.  We will revert to our normal pattern of two services (at 8.45 am and 10.30 am) on Sunday 1st September.

The Vacancy-in-See committee (representing the diocese in the process of appointing a new Bishop of Durham) has published a Statement of Needs (following a process of consultation across the diocese); it can be read online here: durham-statement-of-needs-final.pdf (d3hgrlq6yacptf.cloudfront.net)

The next Open Door session will be on Wed 7th August, 10 – 12 noon.  Join us for tea/coffee, conversation and cake.

Church Prayer Meeting: We meet to pray for the Church and World at 9.30am on the 2nd Saturday of the month, usually in the Church Centre.  Our next meeting is on Saturday 10th August at 9.30 and 14th September at 9.30.  Please join us if you can.

Summer in Bearpark (Mondays, 22nd July – 28th August) This summer we shall be running holiday activities again on Mondays in Bearpark.  These are largely (but not exclusively) attended by families with kids of primary school age.  There are themed crafts from 10.00am-12.00pm, followed by a hot lunch.  If you’d like to help, whether in the kitchen, with the activities, or in other ways, please speak to Amy, or sign on the sheet in church. Some helpers last year came most weeks, others managed just one or two, but all were welcome and hugely appreciated.  It’s also a lovely opportunity to work alongside volunteers from St Edmund’s and the chapel in Bearpark, as well as other members of the community. 

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.

Coffee Rota: We are looking for new volunteers to join the rota for helping with coffee after the 10.30am service.  If you think you could help please speak to Sarah R or get in touch with Sarah via the Contact Form.

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.

Music on Sundays: If you would be interested in receiving a notification on Saturday, about the hymns/sheet music for the 10.30 am service on Sunday please let Amy know or get in touch with Amy via the Contact Form.

Stories of Sanctuary returns this summer!  Stories of Sanctuary will be performing across the North East this July.  Venues include Durham Fringe Festival (July 24 / 26) and an exclusive sanctuary showcase event at Newcastle Cathedral with Sean Cooney from The Young ‘Uns (July 18).  Tickets can be accessed via the Citizen Songwriters‘ website.




Hymns for 8.45 am service:

  • Come ye faithful, raise the anthem  (142)
  • Faithful shepherd, feed me  (166)
  • for a thousand tongues to sing  (541)


Almighty Lord and everlasting God, we beseech you to direct, sanctify and govern
both our hearts and bodies in the ways of your laws and the works of your
commandments; that through your most mighty protection, both here and ever,
we may be preserved in body and soul; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and
for ever.

Alternative Collect

Lord God, your Son left the riches of heaven and became poor for our sake: when
we prosper save us from pride, when we are needy save us from despair, that we
may trust in you alone; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


  • James 2. 5-8
  • Mark 7. 24-30

Post Communion

Strengthen for service, Lord, the hands that have taken holy things; may the
ears which have heard your word be deaf to clamour and dispute; may the
tongues which have sung your praise be free from deceit; may the eyes which
have seen the tokens of your love shine with the light of hope;  and may the
bodies which have been fed with your body be refreshed with the fullness of your
life; glory to you for ever.

Readings for Next Sunday:

2 Samuel 11.1-15;
Ephesians 3.14-21;
John 6.1-21