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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.

 

Friday 28th February 2020

MINE Lent gathering at St Silas

As we usually do in Lent the churches of MINE gather for discussion and prayer. This year’s theme is "Walking the Way of the Cross". There is more of an explanation on the back table but we meet Sunday evenings beginning Sunday 1st March at 6pm.

 

Friday 28th February 2020

In Light of Coronavirus and other Winter illness

Bishops including our own have issued guidance for parishes as follows:

While it is our faith that the sacraments are means of grace and not of sickness, they are physically ministered, and we should take physical care. As well as the specific concern about Coronavirus, this advice is generally applicable for all infectious disease.

Intinction (dipping the bread in the wine). Because hands can be as much a source of pathogens as lips, intinction is no safer than drinking and can introduce germs into the cup. Intinction can also threaten those with certain immune or allergic conditions. For instance, those with gluten intolerance for whom traces of gluten can be hazardous are at greater risk when other communicants have dipped their communion wafer into the wine.

Holy Communion in one Kind. It is Anglican teaching that to receive the sacrament in one kind only (ie. just the bread) is to receive the sacrament in its entirety. Should a communicant feel ill or not wish to drink from the chalice then he or she ought to receive the consecrated bread alone.

The Peace. There is no need to refrain from sharing the Peace, though always be sensitive and respectful to others who may not want to physically share it.