In line with the gradual easing of restrictions on communal life, we are able to begin to recover our activities in the church building. This brings us great joy – and a few headaches. We have worked hard to ensure that everyone who joins us is as safe as can be. We try to keep people updated regularly via our mail list, do join up here.
Please pray for all who are still affected or anxious, with these or other words:
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.
Worship in Church
Our church building is open again for worship, and we have two Sunday services, at 9.30am and at 11.15am to enable everyone to come. All are welcome to either service. You can join in worship at home with some of our resources here. Our weekly worship is accessible online and by phone (call 0191 814 1230).
Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals
Baptisms are currently being rescheduled – please call the vicarage on 455 4682 to find out what times we have availabilty.
Weddings are now being booked and held again too – with reducing restrictions, but of course we work within current restrictions. if you would like to book or revise an existing booking, please do call the vicarage, 455 4682.
Funerals are able to be held in church (max 60 people) as well as at the crematorium (max 15 people). For those who have had to say goodbye to loved ones during covid, we are very happy to discuss a Celebration of Life service for you at a date which suits you – either now the churches are open again, with a modest number of guests, or later after restrictions are fully lifted, for a larger number.
Almost all our groups are now back. We hope to reintroduce coffee mornings from July ’21, with seated table service. If you would like to join us at Friends Together, we meet for company and refreshments the first Wednesday of the month 1.30-3.30 plus at the moment a second afternoon in the middle of the month. Our baby and toddler group has resumed on Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons.
Worship from home
We join together with St Peter’s for worship ‘virtually’ on Sunday evenings at 6pm, which you can follow on the web page or on Facebook or YouTube. You can join in singing the hymns as loud as you like, since no one will hear you 😉
You can also pray at home in the same way that the ministry team do, using the Church of England’s prayer app.
You can find all previous worship and other resources on TV and Radio on the worship page we maintain on St Peter’s website.
Through lockdown and as restrictions eased, we have tried to keep in touch with the church community via phone. As we meet together again, face to face check-ins are possible again, but if you are at home and would like an occasional phone call chat, please let us know. We can also ensure that communion can be brought to you at home if you would like.
If you do know of people who are unwell (especially if they live alone without family nearby), or if any of your pew-mates are missing, please do let one of the wardens or vicar know to follow up concerns.
Please spare a thought for those who are struggling, either from isolation or from loss of earnings due to covid. Do try to help where you can, keeping our foodbank stocked and checking on needs of elderly or vulnerable neighbours.