A Church of England Community,

a 13th Century House of Prayer

Phone Church - Sundays at 6pm
No internet access? Interested in joining in evening prayer from the warmth and comfort of your own home? Join us for Phone Church - click here for more information.
As we find ourselves in lockdown once again, this time it has been left to individual parishes to decide whether or not to continue with public worship in church. I'm sure you can appreciate what a difficult decision this is - we know how important meeting together for worship and fellowship is for our spiritual, emotional and mental wellbeing and under any other circumstances there would be no question of us stopping. However, taking into account a number of factors including the high and rapidly climbing incidence of cases of Covid in our local area and the newer more transmissible variant of the virus, the PCC have made the majority decision that we must suspend public worship while Gateshead LA is in lockdown. We feel that people's safety is too important to take risks with.
Worship will continue with a service being livestreamed to Facebook at 10.30 on Sunday mornings and there will be a new phone-in evening service beginning this coming Sunday at 6pm. Everyone is welcome to participate in this but it is particularly aimed at people who can't access our online content. Do spread the word about this and ask anyone who is interested to get in contact with me so that I can get the necessary information to them.
While we are staying home as much as we can to keep one another safe, the thing that we can all do is pray - for one another, for our church, for all those making difficult decisions about how to proceed in these times, for all who are suffering from the virus and those who are working so hard to look after them. In the last lockdown, the national church encouraged us to pause each day at 6pm to pray; perhaps we can reinstate this in these critical weeks to come as the vaccination programme races to outstrip the spread of the virus.
Stay home and stay safe, and if you need anything - from a loaf of bread to a listening ear - don't hesitate to get in touch.
Rev. Alison
A Service of Holy Communion for Ordinary Time
This is the order of service we will be using for all services for the time being.
Holy Communion Order 1.pdf
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Priest-in-Charge: The Rev'd Alison Stewart Smith


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