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 WELCOME TO ST ANDREW’S KIRK

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We’re at the corner of Sandyford Rd and Grantham Rd

 (next to Benton House)

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What’s happening ?

April

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.
See churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events and ww.cte.org.uk /calltoprayer for more information and resources.

Dear all,

Following the latest instructions from the Church of Scotland and the government St Andrew’s is now completely closed until further notice. We can no longer open for private prayer as we had originally hoped to do. As the situation alters and eventually when the rules are eased I will keep you informed.
As you all know Morning Worship is being live streamed from St Columba’s – stcolumbas.org.uk – and it is hoped to continue with this throughout these difficult times.
St Columba’s had a good “turnout” on 22nd March as part of 150 who tuned in, some from as far away as Australia. Many of our people were no doubt watching and perhaps singing along together with partners and friends so the actual “attendance” was excellent.
My personal strategy is to deal with all the outstanding cleaning, tidying and garden jobs I have been avoiding for months if not longer. Hopefully keeping busy while still keeping in touch with family, friends and neighbours by all the means at our disposal will help the time to pass until we can resume our normal way of life.
As we all know it is the people rather than the building who make our church therefore let us hold each other in prayer as we face this enormous challenge together.
Stay safe and well,
Blessings
Irene

 

Irene Wilkinson

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

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.

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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

COVID 19 Update 
Written by Angus on 25 March 2020

Friends,

Each of us will be acutely aware of the change to normal life currently being experienced throughout the country and around the world. The situation, and its accompanying restrictions, continue to evolve. Since last week we have had to close the church building. But, as the message on the website front page declares: “The building is closed, but Church is not shut!” Thanks to a lot of hard work and timely organisation, the Church office is open and staffed from home, so that people can be in touch, especially if they want to ask for help or update about the situation of someone they know. All members are of course encouraged to pray for, and stay in touch with each other, to offer the friendship and support that will prove so vital in these unusual times.

A lovely illustration of what church means to people came via the many messages received after last Sunday’s inaugural live streamed service. Again, this new venture was thanks to the determination and professionalism of several people who established the technology so swiftly. We know the service was watched in America, Australia and Japan and quite a few places closer to Pont Street! Lots of people remarked how they felt brought closer together at this difficult time. As one watcher remarked: It was good to think of everyone in their virtual pews “attending.”

Another reflected: “I wanted to let you know how much it meant to me to able to watch the live stream this morning. I have been self-isolating because I have under lying health conditions and was missing going to Church. Although it is so very sad that the Churches have to close it is wonderful that we can watch the service from home. I felt I was actually in the Church with you all. It will bring us all such great comfort and feel connected in these worrying times.”

And another: “I felt so many people around me. The light from the rose window on the wall was just so beautiful and the music was lovely and so fitting. There will be light at the end of the tunnel!”

With a final less intended consequence: “One word of caution, if it becomes too regular it could become habit forming and therefore prevent the 70 miles round trip on a Sunday!!!”

We fully intend to live stream this week’s service. We are unlikely to have a soloist this week but Ben will play the hymns and the words are at the end of this e-newsletter. Feel free to join in from the comfort of your front room!

Live Streaming of Worship, Sunday 11am

It is our intention to live stream an act of worship from St Columba’s, Pont Street, at 11am on Sunday 29th March (Passion Sunday) led by the Minister. This can be watched via the church website, www.stcolumbas.org.uk at 11am.

To access the live stream click the Menu button in the top right hand side of the page and scroll down and click on “Live Stream”. This will bring up the live stream to the church.

The act of worship of approximately 30 minutes, will include prayers, a sermon and music. (Note: This will not be public worship that everyone can attend, but an offering of prayer and praise, on behalf of us all.) Unfortunately, this week we will not be able to offer a soloist for the music. The words for the hymns will be on the website.

Musical Interlude

The St Columba’s professional choir have recorded some Eastertide music for all to enjoy. You can find these on our website www.stcolumbas.org.uk, just click menu in the top right hand corner, click on Worship and then Hymns.

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The Gift of Prayer: “Pray with them sometimes; pray for them always.” This was the advice given to military chaplains about soldiers, in WWI – recognition that the church goes where the people are, and recognition that we can hold others in prayer, and in turn be held, even when apart. So, we can pray for all who are ill, all who offer medical and emotional support, all who carry heavy duties and responsibilities and all who grieve

 

Prayers in Time of the Corona Virus

We pray for this pandemic spreading across our world,
remembering all who have lost loved ones.
and praying for those seriously ill at this time.

We uphold the National Health Service.
We pray for doctors and nurses and all in the caring professions,
and all who support them.

Those trying to understand this virus better.
working to create an effective remedy.

We pray for our Governments in Westminster and Holyrood,
as they work with the best medical advice,
to guide us on how we should respond,
and what action we should take.

We pray that these guidelines might be taken seriously.
and that all would put them into action.

We remember those
who cannot visit loved ones in locked-down care homes;

Help us to find ways of keeping in touch and offering reassurance.
to those with underlying health issues;
for any who feel particularly vulnerable
or in danger at present.

We pray for those who have been laid off as their work disappears;
for financial hardship for individuals and businesses;
for those making contingency planning
for home-based work or child care or exams.
May our inconvenience not blind us to others’ loss.

May this crisis bring out the best in us, not the worst.
Help us to live by faith and not by fear.

God who in Jesus stills the storm
and soothes the frantic heart;
bring hope and courage to all
who wait or work in uncertainty.

Bring hope that you will make us the equal
of whatever lies ahead.

Bring us courage to endure what cannot be avoided,
knowing your will is health and wholeness;
for you are God, and we need you.

[Adapted from New Zealand Prayer Book, p. 765]

The Lord bless you and keep you,

Angus

St Columba’s,
Pont Street,
25th March 2020

Note: All details and arrangements are subject to change in the light of new advice. Flexibility and good humour will be key!


Hymns for Sunday 29th March, 2020
St Columba’s, Pont Street

Hymn 87 (Tune: Martyrdom)

1 Lord, from the depths to thee I cried.
My voice, Lord, do thou hear:
unto my supplications’ voice
give an attentive ear.

2 Lord, who shall stand, if thou, O Lord,
should’st mark iniquity?
But yet with thee forgiveness is,
that feared though mayest be.

3 I wait for God, my soul doth wait,
my hope is in his word.
More than they that for morning watch,
my soul waits for the Lord;

4 I say, more than they that do watch
the morning light to see.
Let Israel hope in God the Lord,
for with him mercies be;

5 And plenteous redemption
is ever found with him.
And from all their iniquities
he Israel shall redeem.

Hymn 495 (Tune: Song 22)

1 Spirit of God, who dwells within my heart,
wean it from sin, through all its pulses move.
Stoop to my weakness, mighty as you are,
and make me love you as I ought to love.

2 I ask no dream, no prophet ecstasies,
no sudden rending of the veil of clay,
no angel visitant, no opening skies;
but take the dimness of my soul away.

3 Did you not bid us love you, God and King,
love you with all our heart and strength and mind?
I see the cross there teach my heart to cling.
O let me seek you and O let me find!

4 Teach me to feel that you are always nigh;
teach me the struggles of the soul to bear,
to check the rising doubt, the rebel sigh;
teach me the patience of unceasing prayer.

5 Teach me to love you as your angels love,
one holy passion filling all my frame:
the fullness of the heaven-descended Dove;
my heart an altar, and your love the flame.

Hymn 535 (Tune: Monk’s Gate)

1 Who would valiant be ‘against all disaster,
let him in constancy follow the Master.
There’s no discouragement shall make him once relent
his first avowed intent to be a pilgrim.

2 Who so beset him round with dismal stories,
do but themselves confound–his strength the more is.
No foes shall stay his might, though he with giants fight;
he will make good his right to be a pilgrim.

3 Since, Lord, Thou dost defend us with Thy Spirit
we know we at the end shall life inherit.
Then, fancies, flee away! I’ll fear not what men say,
I’ll labour night and day to be a pilgrim.

 

Visit of Moderator of the General Assembly

The RT Rev Susan Brown  the last Moderator of the General Assembly visited St Andrew Kirk in Aprilimage007

During the day she met some of the congregation as she walked through some of the history of the Scots churches in Newcastle

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Gave certificates on behalf of the Church of Scotland for dedicated service

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and opened the Community Garden

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The Moderator was also interviewed by Marion Foster on Garden Mania and you can hear it on BBCiPlayer radio as broadcast on 21st April 2019.


 


The Craft Group is Back

After the successes of  last year the Craft group is back on a Wednesday morning. Everyone is welcome to come. The crafters will be sewing, knitting and helping each other. Feel free to drop in any Wednesday morning between 10.30 and 12.30. Tea and coffee provided.


Communion dates for 2019

Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated on 10th February, Easter Sunday 21st April, 9th June and 13th October

 

 

 

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Many thanks to everyone who gave donations to the food bank and Joseph Cowan Medical centre

Many toys and presents were donated by the Craft group and other members of St Andrew Kirk

 

 


 

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

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  STAMPS

Bring any stamps to us and we will send them to the Church of Scotland stamp appeal.

Any  whole stamps that have been used are suitable. Please  when cutting or tearing them from the envelope or postcard leave a small edge around the stamp. Stamps can be put in the envelope on the hall noticeboard, handed to any member of the welcome team or posted to Stamps, St Andrew Kirk, Grantham Road, Newcastle upon Tyne. NE2 1QX

For further information go to http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/serve/world_mission/get_involved/stamp_appeal


 

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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.


 LOOKING FOR A HALL, MEETING ROOM OR KITCHEN TO HIRE

Finlay had a great birthday party here

Why not try us?

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Just e-mail   hallrentals.newcastlekirk@gmail.com


 NEWCASTLE UPDATE


Christmas Services

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On Sunday 17th December the Church was full of presents and food parcels which went to the East End Food Bank on Brinkburn Street.

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Some of the presents which were made by the Wednesday craft group to go to the children helped by the  food bank.

The  Sunday Service was a Family friendly service and is one of 4 special services for all ages which are held throughout the year. The children all joined in acting out the Nativity Story and the service was lead by our Minister Rev.C Angus Macleod who was visiting us from our linked charge in London.

Sleep in the Park

The Moderator asked for Church of Scotland members to back the Sleep in the Park event. Janet Thomas from Newcastle and her sister Susan from St Fillans in Aberdour answered the call and spent a cold night sleeping in Princess St. Gardens at the beginning of Dec. They raised over £1200 for Social Bite. The Moderator came on the night and they had a photo taken with him at 1am!.

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St Andrew’s Kirk supports Church of Scotland’s `Word Of Life` project

‘Word of Life’ is the broad theme of the 2017 General Assembly which started on May 20, and the Heart and Soul Festival, being held on May 21.

The ‘Word of Life’ campaign celebrates this chosen theme by asking members to gather a group of people to each hold up the phrase in a location within their community, take a photo and share on social media using the hashtag #WordOfLife.

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The young, and young at heart, members of the congregation celebrate the #WordOfLife in our Church Community Garden which serves the Sandyford area of the city. St Andrew’s is the only Church of Scotland in the North East of England.  


17th Century Scottish soldiers commemorated in Durham

Jane Farr, an Elder from St Andrew’s Kirk Newcastle, represented the Church of Scotland at a recent ceremony in Durham to commemorate those Scottish soldiers who were captured at the Battle of Dunbar in 1650, marched south, imprisoned and died in the City.  Their remains were discovered in 2013 and will eventually be re-interred in a local graveyard.

“Jane Farr, an Elder from St Andrew’s Kirk Newcastle, represented the Church of Scotland at a recent ceremony in Durham to commemorate those Scottish soldiers who were captured at the Battle of Dunbar in 1650, marched south, imprisoned and died in the City. Their remains were discovered in 2013 and will eventually be re-interred in a local graveyard.”


Autumn 2016


Harvest Supper and Family Service

Members of all ages helped us celebrate Harvest at the end of September. A Harvest Supper on Saturday evening was followed by our Harvest Family Service on Sunday 25 September.

Food for thought was a key element on Saturday with delicious offerings to eat and a fun family quiz and activities to feed the mind. Highlights were the Macaroni cheese and fruit crumble as well as the ‘guess the flavour of the crisp’ round.

Our service the next morning was action packed with our young ones helping to complete the splendid Harvest decorations by hanging spice scented dough ornaments on our Harvest tree.  They were kept busy with home made musical instruments  and Harvest worksheets before taking all the food offerings to the front of the church for distribution to King’s Church food bank in Byker. Many thanks to all contributed.


Summer 2016


All set for the `wee ones`!

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Our crèche area at the rear of our Church is starting to take shape and we look forward to welcoming worshippers of all ages throughout the summer.


Helping to keep the `Kitchen` supplied

Through our involvement with Newcastle City Centre Churches, during July our Church members have collected supplies for the Newcastle People’s Kitchen which provides `a vital lifeline of food, friendship and a future to the most disadvantaged, homeless and vulnerable in and around Newcastle.` Many thanks to all who contributed.  Find out more about the work of the People’s Kitchen at http://www.peopleskitchen.co.uk/20160721_14234620160721_153152


Loading the car to take our offering to the People’s Kitchen.


ALIVE and KIRKing Conversation

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Coming Soon

The second part of our ALIVE and KIRKing programme will start in July. Following our inspiring outreach event last October, which has now been shortlisted for an award (see below), our ALIVE and KIRKing Conversation focuses on our members and supporters.  We plan to visit throughout July and August to get to know our members better and invite them to some special events. Our Visitors were commissioned at a special event in the Kirk on Wednesday 22 June and members will receive letters in the next few weeks to explain how they can help shape the future of St Andrew’s Kirk.

Our Local Minister Revd Lunn said:   “We hope that this gives everybody the opportunity to re-engage with St Andrew’s and re-shape our future. As a Church born out of the Reformation and challenged to continue reforming, we need to go on in the 21st century adapting to the age in which we live. Above all it is a time of re-affirming our family of faith here in Newcastle.”

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Our Visitors prepare for the ALIVE and KIRKing conversation


PRide in our KIRK

ALIVE and KIRKing has been shortlisted for a Chartered Institute of Public Relations Award. We are one of three to go forward to the NE England awards ceremony in December in the Not for Profit Category. Find out what we did by looking at our ALIVE and KIRKing section.

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Garden update

Our Community Garden is coming into its Summer colour and with the new railings almost complete, the biggest challenge now is the greenfly. Don’t forget – our garden is there for residents and workers to enjoy a breather.

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Cyril tackles the greenfly with diluted washing up liquid but if anyone has any spare ladybirds!

March 2016

Safety our priority

As part of our commitment to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults,  St Andrew’s Kirk has just held a very successful training session with Sheena Clark, our Presbytery Safeguarding Trainer, and 18 of our members who are involved in children’s activities and home visiting. 

January 2016

Robert Burns

Our Burns Night goes National

2016 Burns 6Sixty people sat down to enjoy the food, music and some poetry at our annual Burns Supper on Friday 22 January.  One of our guests was Ian Britton from Premier Radio who was there to record some background for a piece about Burns, featuring our Church, which was broadcast on Monday 25 January.  Find out more about Premier Christian Radio here  

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 Ian Britton records one of our pipers for Premier Radio.

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 Also find out about our early visit to BBC studios on Sunday 17th January – hear about our Church and our Burns Supper on BBC Radio Newcastle iplayer with Ingrid Hagemann – find us at about 2hours 40 minutes. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03f4rn2#play

January 2016

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St Andrew’s Goes Global

Following last October’s music festival at St Andrew’s Kirk in Newcastle, the organisers expected some renewed interest from members and locals; what they hadn’t expected was interest from around the world.

Analysis of the church website www.standrewskirknewcastle.org shows the number of visitors to the site in 2015, as expected, peaked in October with 737.

Local Minister Revd Dorothy Lunn said:

“We achieved a lot of media coverage in October in the run up to our ALIVE and KIRKing music festival so fully expected more people than usual to visit our website.  What we didn’t expect was where the interest came from.

“Since the event our website has had around 100 views from USA and Brazil alone, as well every other continent.

“While we are delighted, if not bemused, by this we continue to focus our efforts on our existing members, supporters and the local community in Sandyford Newcastle.”

Since October, the countries from where people viewed the St Andrew’s website were: Australia, Colombia, Croatia, Germany, India, Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, Philippines, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela.


 Go to our News from Newcastle section to find out more about what we get up to.

December 2015

  • Members attend St Columba’s Dedication Service in presence of Her Majesty 

November 2015

  • Légion d’honneur for Church Member

October 2015

  • What a Weekend We Had!

July 2015

  • St Andrew’s Welcomes Rt Hon Nick Brown MP
  • Read All About Us

June 2015

  • Help us Finish Our Fence
  • It’s June and we are Proud to Support “The People’s Kitchen”

May 2015

  • St Andrew’s Kirk Helps Put The Heart and Soul Into This Year’s General Assembly

March 2015

  • New Elders Ordained