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St Andrew’s Update


Morning Worship

Our Communion service in St Andrew’s scheduled for 14th February will not take place as we remain closed for worship.

The current closure will be reviewed by Kirk Session after the government statement due week commencing 22nd February and I will let you know as soon as possible thereafter what the plan is for St Andrew’s.

Anyone wishing to come into the sanctuary for private prayer should contact me via email or by phone on 07723703029 to arrange a suitable time.



St Andrew’s Church of Scotland
13 Grantham Road
Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 1QX

Maintaining Community and Supporting Each Other

Everyone can play a part in maintaining contact with others via telephone, email or letter, especially with those who are particularly vulnerable. Our Elders are encouraged to make contact with those in their districts, and church members are welcome to contact the Session Clerk on 07723703029 or standrewssessionclerk@gmail.com to request a contact from their Elder or the Minister.

Smartie Challenge. The Smartie Challenge continues but for the next few Sundays you will have to purchase your own tube of Smarties (or just use a jam jar). This is one of the very few fundraising events we can run and funds are low. The money you collect can be handed in at church or can be paid into the church bank account – details below.

Congregational offerings

Offerings for the upkeep and work of St Andrew’s can be made via the Church bank account HSBC UK Bank PLC Grey Street Newcastle upon Tyne Account name : Church of Scotland Sort code: 40-34-18 Account Number: 11310747 Please provide your gift aid number or other reference when making a donation. If your donation is for the foodbank please show this in the reference box. Thank you to all who have donated to any of our appeals over the last several months. We are still struggling to meet all of our commitments but are managing by using some of our very slender reserves.


Bible reading 1: Exodus 35:30-36:1
Then Moses said to the Israelites, “See, the Lord has chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the
son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 31 and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with
wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills— 32 to make
artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, 33 to cut and set stones, to work
in wood and to engage in all kinds of artistic crafts. 34 And he has given both him
and Oholiab son of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan, the ability to teach others. 35 He
has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers,
embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers—all of
them skilled workers and designers. 36 1 So Bezalel, Oholiab and every skilled
person to whom the Lord has given skill and ability to know how to carry out all the
work of constructing the sanctuary are to do the work just as the Lord has

Bible Reading 2: Romans 12 verses 6 to 8
We all have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is
prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith, if it is serving then serve,
if it is teaching then teach, if it is to encourage, then give encouragement, if it is
giving then give generously, if it is to lead, then do so diligently, if it is to show mercy,
do it cheerfully.

Verses from hymns
Brother sister let me serve you,
let me be as Christ to you
pray that I may have the grace
to let you be my servant too.
From heaven you helpless babe.
Entered our world your glory veiled
Not to be served but to serve
and give your life, that we might.
So, let us learn how to serve
and in our hearts enthrone him.
Each other’s need to prefer.
For it is Christ we are serving.

Prayer Reflection & Ideas for Prayer

2020 was a difficult year for us and St Columba’s and St Andrew’s. Yet God has seen us through.
Carl Beech, a Baptist preacher and Evangelist points out that he could not carry
out his mission and ministry without the help of others. This includes people who
carry out tasks such as booking venues, stewarding and setting up the venues;
ensuring technical things like sound are working correctly and general
administration. Some of these tasks appear to be more secular than spiritual,
but Carl maintains that to see gifts as secular or spiritual is not Biblical, as all
gifts come from God.
As with Carl Beech, so with St Columba’s and St Andrew’s. There are so many people working in the background to keep us going that if I were to start a list, I am sure that I would miss someone out. Nevertheless, give thanks for the many people who have seen
St Columba’s and St Andrew’s through 2020.
• Give thanks that we have been able to maintain our ministry and in particular
the online services. Pray that as we move into a new year this ministry will
• Pray for the continuing search for an associate minister.
• Pray for our organisations that some who could not operate last year will
restart, such as the Tea Together parties.
• Pray for the groups that use our building.

Turning to the hymn words: While it is sometimes easy to serve other people, it is
really challenging to let other people use their God given talents to serve us.
• Give thanks for your talents and the talents of others.
• Give us grace to let other people serve us.
• Pray for our Government and those who serve us in local councils; that they
govern wisely and the best interests of everyone.
• Pray that the roll out of the vaccine will go well and people will be protected
against Covid.
• 2020 was a significant year for the USA: Pray that after a bitterly fought
election there will be healing and reconciliation and the new president will be
able to govern wisely.

The Craft Group is suspended

After the successes of recent years the Craft group will be back on a Tuesday morning. Everyone is welcome to come. The crafters will be sewing, knitting and helping each other. Feel free to drop in any Tuesday morning between 10.30 and 12.30 when restrictions allow. Tea and coffee available.

The live streaming of the Pont St service will continue.

Here are the details to access morning worship led by the Rev. Angus MacLeod live from our linked charge St Columba’s in London
Go to www.stcolumbas.org, click on menu, click live stream.
There will be music from 10.50 am then the service from 11 am.

 Dial into Sunday Service.

If you are aware of church members or friends who do not have access to internet
please inform them that they can now phone into join the Sunday service. No visuals
clearly, but at least they can hear the service. Those interested should follow:
Step 1: At 10.40am call phone number 0203 051 2874.
Step 2: You will be prompted to enter a meeting ID. Please type (using your
telephone keypad) 266 883 5072#
Step 3: You will then be asked for a participant number – simply press the #.
Step 4: Enjoy the service! You will hear Ben’s organ music from 10.50am.I
See churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events and ww.cte.org.uk /calltoprayer for more information and resources.

Sunday Service:

Arrival & Entry to the Building

Please observe physical distancing inside and outside our building. There may be a small delay getting people inside. Allow plenty of time to arrive before service. The doors will be open from 10.15am.

Safety & Hygiene

Anyone is welcome to attend but please do not if you have any COVID19 symptoms.
If you are feeling unwell, please follow the steps on the NHS website

Government advice is that you must wear a face mask while you are in the building unless you have a health or disability reason not to. Please come with and wear your own face masks while in the building. (A small supply of masks will be available if you do not have/ forget your own.) To observe good hygiene, hand sanitiser stations are on
site. We ask that you use these to keep yourself and others safe.

Ladies, Gents and Disabled toilets will be open, with a one way system in the Hall. The lift will be in operation for those who require it.

Inside the Sanctuary

As you enter the entrance vestibule a member of the welcome
team will add your name to the attendance list. Inside the
sanctuary you will see that alternate pews are roped off.
Members of the same household can sit together. Please be
understanding if you are shown to a seat that is not in your
usual place. To adhere to government regulations the
sanctuary has been cleared. The pew cushions, bibles, hymn
books, Gift Aid envelopes and the Children’s Corner have been
removed to reduce contamination and assist post-service

Sunday Service: Test & Trace

To assist NHS Test and Trace we will keep a record (name and telephone number) of everybody who enters the building. The information will be held securely on the premises for 21 days. Should someone in the congregation fall ill and test positive for Covid-19 the details of who was in the church with that person will be passed to the
NHS who will then make contact with those who may be at a greater risk of contracting the virus.

Sunday Service: Welcome Team Volunteers

Opening the building safely and efficiently, for the Service during September and October requires a minimum team of four volunteers. In current circumstances we would be very grateful to receive offers of help from any member of the congregation.

To volunteer, please contact the Session Clerk via email or phone – 07723703029.

Please note we are asking people not to step forward if they have underlying health issues or if anyone in their household is showing even mild symptoms.

Maintaining Community and Supporting Each Other

Everybody can play a part in maintaining contact with others via telephone, e-mail or letter, especially those who are particularly vulnerable. Our Elders are encouraged to make contact with those in their districts, and members are welcome to contact the session clerk to request a contact from their elder or the Minister.


For the moment offerings will not be collected at the service as handling of cash is discouraged. We are asked to encourage people to give electronically. If you would like to give a weekly, monthly or quarterly gift, the most efficient way of doing this is setting
up a standing order to the church.
Offerings to St Andrew’s, Newcastle can be made via:
Account – Church of Scotland Sort code – 40-34-18
Account number – 11310747


Fill a jam jar or tube for sweeties with your coins.
Bring the jar / tube to the church or to the bank and send the contents to St
Andrew Kirk.
Account Church of Scotland Sort code -40 -34-18
Account number 11310747

Stamp appeal

During our time of social isolation many of us are sending letters, cards and parcels to loved ones near and far. Remember to save the stamps and bring them to the church when we reopen or post them to your elder, the church or to the stamp project appeal directly. This year the Stamp Project proceeds will benefit The Women’s Development Centre (WDC) in Kandy, Sri Lanka which runs a project to support women and girls who have been victims of rape and sexual violence.

Stamp Appeal Logo

The WDC gives these women somewhere to stay, and supports them in caring for their children, helps them return to education if they wish, and trains them in skills they can use to make a living when they leave. The WDC has a social enterprise and café where the women can work and sell their hand-made products.

The team at WDC care for and heal girls who are vulnerable and often discarded by their families. It is impossible not to be moved by what they do. Help support them by collecting used stamps which are then sold on.

Post your stamps to World Mission Stamp Project, PO Box 9191, Wishaw, Lanarkshire, ML2 OYB

St Andrew’s Kirk

In line with guidance from the Church of Scotland all church services are cancelled until further notice. Permission to postpone the Stated Annual Meeting has been given by Edinburgh so this will now not take place until services are resumed.

The Church of Scotland is suggesting that, as we still have to maintain the building and meet our financial commitments whilst not generating any hall rental income  or offerings, you may like to consider standing order contributions.

Bank details are as follows:-

HSBC UK Bank plc

Newcastle upon Tyne, City

Account – Church of Scotland

Sort code – 40-34-18

Account number – 11310747

Further information can be found at the Church of Scotland website http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk

CrossReach Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency Appeal

Lady planting daffodils

The rapidly changing situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting all of us, and together, we are all facing challenging times.

We urgently need your help today to continue providing our vital care services to some of the most vulnerable individuals in Scotland during this unprecedented healthcare emergency as follows:

  • We are providing residential care and other services for the elderly, who are particularly vulnerable just now. To protect them we need to be especially careful that any staff with the slightest hint of COVID-19 symptoms immediately self-isolate. This places huge pressure on the rest of the staff and can involve employing agency workers to provide essential care. This all comes at an additional cost and places more strain on already stretched budgets.
  • Most of our services for Children and Families have closed as a result of COVID-19. This is a huge disappointment to the many children and families who rely on their time with us each week. To help the children who would normally use our services, our staff teams have been developing materials to still help the children while at home. With the extra materials come extra costs.
  • Many of our services for adults in vulnerable situations operate as drop-ins and have also closed. Staff are seeking new ways to help support the people they care for, including those with mobility issues but this too involves additional cost.

Please consider helping CrossReach to provide all of these vital services by making a donation today. We will use your donation where there is the greatest immediate need. Please consider making a single gift or a regular monthly donation to help us in this time of extraordinary need. Ideally please donate online here Donate

Please also pray for the health and well-being of those we work with, the CrossReach staff team and all our wonderful supporters.

Thank You for supporting us.

Some of the poppies on display for the Remembrance Sunday service 2018.

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Whether you are a visitor from around the world, have moved to live in the area, work locally, are on holiday or just want to experience a different form of worship – we are pleased to welcome you.

We hope you will enjoy your time in our Sanctuary and be able to stay awhile as we share fellowship together after morning worship with tea, coffee and occasional lunches.

The Sacrament of Holy Communion is held three times a year usually in February, June and October. Our next Communion is Sunday 11th February.  Additional services of Holy Communion are held on Maundy Thursday evening at 7p.m and on Easter Day. 

Family Services are held four times a year when children are the focal point of our interactive services. All young people, not only those baptised here, are very welcome.

Our Kirk in Newcastle upon Tyne is linked with St Columba’s, Pont Street, London and the Minister of the linked charge is Rev Angus McLeod and our local Minister is Rev Dorothy Lunn.


Finlay had a great birthday party here

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