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Sunday 13th October 2019

Announcement from Bishop Christine

The Bishop of Newcastle is pleased to announce the expansion of the Mission Initiative Newcastle East (MINE) to include the Parish of Christ Church Walker.

As part of the expansion of MINE, the Reverend Phil Medley will take responsibility for Christ Church Walker Parish and a new responsibility for Pioneer Ministry and Community Development across MINE. The Reverend Helen Gill will take responsibility for St Michael Byker and continue at St Silas Byker. Mr Dave Johnson will become lay focal minister at St Michael's Byker supporting the inclusion of young people and will continue as Youth and Children's Coordinator for MINE. The Reverend Canon Stephen Herbert will continue as MINE Coordinator with responsibility for St Martin's and St Anthony's, as well as Chair of St Martin's Centre and Money Advice Coordinator.

Bishop Christine will licence new ministries at a Service of Celebration for MINE at St Anthony's Byker on 4th November at 7.30pm. Please keep everyone involved in your prayers.


Sunday 6th October 2019

Harvest Next Sunday!

We will have our Harvest Thanksgiving Service next Sunday. Please bring any non-perishable and tinned goods to donate to the People’s Kitchen in town.

Also, feel free to bring any garden produce to help decorate the church.


Saturday 27th July 2019

Food Bank Collection

We will continue to collect food for our local Food Bank. The next collection will be Sunday 4th August.


Thursday 18th July 2019

Authorised Ministries

The Diocese is now providing the opportunity for authorised ministries in pastoral care, community development and worship. You would complete 12 weeks training and then be authorised to do work in these areas in your parish. If you are interested please let the Vicar know so the classes can be arranged. Perhaps the most immediately useful would be to have a group of people across the MINE area willing to train for work in pastoral care.


Thursday 4th July 2019


The next Confirmation Service for our area will be Sunday 29th September. If you know of anyone you would like to be confirmed in the Church of England, or know of some one and would like more information, please speak with Stephen.


Thursday 4th July 2019

Walker Parish to join MINE

The PCC of Walker Parish has voted to join the MINE Churches as full members. We will have a meeting some time in the near future to formally and legally include them, and a welcome service in September some time. We look forward to the work we will be able to do together in the future.


Thursday 4th July 2019

Food Bank

Today is a collection day for our local food bank. If you have forgotten please feel free to leave donations in the vestry any time this week. The food bank is needing the following items at the moment. They say they have more than enough of pasta and beans!

They need:
Tinned meat and fish, tomatoes and rice pudding. Sponge pudding, UHT Milk, Sugar, Biscuits and snacks, Fruit juice, Coffee. Your donations do not need to be restricted to this. They will gratefully receive whatever you can give.


Saturday 18th May 2019

Bishop's Pilgrimage

Two people (Fr Stephen and David Ramsay***) will be representing us on the first day of the Bishop's pilgrimage, walking from Heavenfield to Kirkwhelpington. Bishop Christine is walking the St Oswald's Way all week as a pilgrimage of prayer for our Diocese. The walk starts at Heavenfield on 20th May and concludes on Holy Island on 25th May. Please join the Bishop in prayer during the week, even if you are not walking. Prayer is for the Diocese and its future mission. For the latest information,

- Details of the itinerary
- Where people can meet and pray with her at a church along the route
- Or how they can pray with her from home

Please visit the diocesan website by following the hyperlink below, where you will also find a pilgrimage prayer diary available to download:

***If there is anyone, who is willing to provide transport from Kirkwhelpington back to our car in Heavenfield, a lift would gratefully be received. The day will concluse with prayers with Bishop Christine in Kirkwhelpington Church at/around 5.30pm.