WELCOME TO ST ANDREW’S KIRK
We’re at the corner of Sandyford Rd and Grantham Rd
(next to Benton House)
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Worship at St Andrew’s in September & October
Our first post-lockdown service was on 6th September and there will be a regular service every Sunday.
10.45 – 11.45
Please arrive after 10.15 to allow time for everyone to give track and trace details .
The Kirk will be open for private prayer on wednesdays.
10.30 – 1200
Please let me know if you will be attending church on Sunday so that I can prepare the Test and Trace record accordingly. This record is securely kept for 3 weeks and then destroyed.
We would, under normal circumstances, have been holding a family Harvest Festival on 27th September. Whilst current restrictions are in place we are only able to have a congregation of 20 plus office bearers however we are still collecting for the foodbank. Donations to this can be brought on Sunday mornings or on Wednesday between 10.30 and 12 noon and placed in the collection boxes.
Now that we are meeting for worship every Sunday I would like to remind you that the Welcome Team rota has resumed as if we had never been away. The team on duty this Sunday is Team 2. If you are unable to be with us please let me know as soon as possible so that I can find replacements.
Unfortunately our church garden was vandalised last week between Thursday and the start of worship on Sunday. Please, if you are in the area and notice anything unusual or anyone you do not recognise let me know. This is the second notable incident although there have been occasional strange “gifts”.
Hope to see you Sunday,
St Andrew’s Church of Scotland
13 Grantham Road
Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 1QX
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
The live streaming of the Pont St service will continue.
Dial into Sunday Service.
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
This week’s newsletter contains all of the information about the reopening of St Andrew’s on 6th September. To reserve a seat and to speed up Test and Trace recording it would be helpful if you could let me know if you will be attending.
This first service after 24 weeks of closure will be conducted by Dorothy and the reader will be Jennifer. More details can be found in the attached newsletter.
Looking forward to seeing you!
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.
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
Visit of Moderator of the General Assembly
The RT Rev Susan Brown the last Moderator of the General Assembly visited St Andrew Kirk in April
During the day she met some of the congregation as she walked through some of the history of the Scots churches in Newcastle
Gave certificates on behalf of the Church of Scotland for dedicated service
and opened the Community Garden
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
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.
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
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.
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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.
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!.
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.
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.
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.
All set for the `wee ones`!
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/
Loading the car to take our offering to the People’s Kitchen.
ALIVE and KIRKing Conversation
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.”
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.
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.
Cyril tackles the greenfly with diluted washing up liquid but if anyone has any spare ladybirds!
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.
Our Burns Night goes National
Sixty 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
Ian Britton records one of our pipers for Premier Radio.
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
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.
- Members attend St Columba’s Dedication Service in presence of Her Majesty
- Légion d’honneur for Church Member
- What a Weekend We Had!
- St Andrew’s Welcomes Rt Hon Nick Brown MP
- Read All About Us
- Help us Finish Our Fence
- It’s June and we are Proud to Support “The People’s Kitchen”
- St Andrew’s Kirk Helps Put The Heart and Soul Into This Year’s General Assembly
- New Elders Ordained