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Wednesday 8th July 2020

Church Reopening

St Martin's will be open for worship again on Sunday 12th July. The service will be adapted and will not contain any hymns or communion. We will still be socially distanced, but we will finally be able to worship together again.

 

Saturday 20th June 2020

Opening Churches for Private Prayer

From this week it is now permissible for churches to open for private prayer, but not worship, in accordance with Government guidelines. This is great news as we can begin to move towards that time when churches will be open for worship as well.

The MINE staff in their weekly zoom prayers discussed this last week. We did a quick mental risk assessment of our churches and how we could take advantage of this development. We determined that St Silas and St Martin’s would be the easiest to open more quickly given the health and safety guidelines we must follow, with others to follow as soon as they can be thoroughly cleaned and risk assessed.

 

Saturday 4th April 2020

Giving

During this time of uncertainty and with people unable to attend church it is inevitable that giving to our parishes will be reduced. If you are able to continue to financially support our churches in meeting the needs of the community then please continue with any standing orders or the envelope scheme. If you do not usually use one of these schemes but would like to support your church then please contact the vicar.

 

Friday 3rd April 2020

Contact Details

As at any other time If you or anybody you know needs pastoral support do get in touch. We will do all we can within the restrictions set out by the National Church. You can send prayer requests or contact the Church by:

St Martin’s and St Anthony’s:
The Revd Canon Stephen Herbert
152 Roman Avenue, NE6 2RJ
phone: 0191 265 5931
e-mail: stephenherbert152@btinternet.com
website: www.stmartinsbyker.co.uk

Christ Church
The Revd Phil Medley
105 Middle Street, Walker, NE6 4DB
phone: 0191 2341414 or 07735990077
e-mail: walkerparishchurch@gmail.com

St Silas and St Michael’s:
The Revd Helen Gill
40 Heaton Grove, NE6 5NP
phone: 0191 2765005
e-mail: helenbarbara1999@hotmail.co.uk

 

Wednesday 25th March 2020

COVID-19 -- Church Closed until further notice

In accordance with government guidelines and in order to protect our communities, our churches will be closed until further notice. This is a sad step to take but be assured we will continue to care for our church communities throughout this time. Please check in with your vicar to ensure they have up to date phone and email contacts for you.

 

Thursday 19th March 2020

COVID-19 -- No Sunday worship until further notice

In the current uncertain times of the COVID-19 outbreak, we have followed Church of England guidance and have sadly had to close our church for services for a period of time. We will be regularly reviewing the situation and will re-open again as soon as we are able to do so safely.

For those on Facebook, we have a new Facebook page
<a href="http://www.facebook.com/MINEChurches/">www.facebook.com/MINEChurches/</a>

We will use this to post regular updates and to stream videos of reflections and prayers when we can.

 

Friday 13th March 2020

Vicar's Retirement

The Vicar retires in July this year and his last Sunday will be 28th June. He will talk about this a bit in his sermon, but he gives thanks for the wonderful ministry of which he has been a part in Byker and Walker, and particularly at St Martin's.

 

Sunday 8th March 2020

Further Guidance on Coronavirus

There is now further guidance regarding coronavirus which our Bishop has published, in consultation with National Church. I pass it on to you and we will follow it for the foreseeable future until the threat of this virus is past.

Sharing the Peace. This is not to be done through direct physical contact. Find other creative ways to exchange the peace which is an important sign of unity for any worshipping congregation.

Communion in one kind. Only the consecrated bread will be offered at Communion. This is not ideal nor something we will want to promote theologically or practically beyond the length of this virus. The priest will make sure their hands will be washed thoroughly before the preparation of the elements for communion. Sanitized hand gel is available at the back of church for those who wish to use it.