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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.

NEW 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) 253 958 1316#
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.
See churchofscotland.org.uk/news-and-events and ww.cte.org.uk /calltoprayer for more information and resources.
St Columba’s,
Pont Street
E-Newsletter Written by Angus on 7th May 2020.
Christ is risen; He is risen indeed! A happy, continuing Eastertide to you.
Lockdown and the live streamed services have led to some interesting reflections. With permission granted from the church member, I offer the following as both thought-provoking and inspiring. “It struck me today (Sunday 3rd May) that we are all, collectively, experiencing that which individual Church members have experienced over the years – the sudden inability to attend their Church, to join the familiar congregation and the loss of that fellowship, whether for a short period of time or permanently. We all now know, how it feels to be detached from those things, and those people, we took for granted.
I was reminded of my father’s ongoing struggle, following a series of catastrophic strokes which left him increasingly disabled, and left him lingering in a number of hospital settings, while he worked on getting back some of his mobility. Once reasonably recovered enough, he would insist on my mother getting him ready for Church including, on Communion Sundays, getting him into his full morning suit, and then Mum driving him to Church where she would get him into his wheelchair and push him to the front steps of the Church, to be met by two strong Elders, who would lift him out from his wheelchair and he would walk with their help into the building, to return to his wheelchair and access the Sanctuary via the lift and then sit in the side aisle beside the Lectern. His determination and need to join his fellow Elders and the congregation, as often as possible, was unstoppable, until his increasing frailty and my mother’s illness, forced him to stop.
It is humbling to understand the efforts that some of our members, particularly the elderly, make, in order to attend worship.
It is a real joy to know that friends who have not been able to attend worship at St Columba’s for a long time – due to geography, illness or circumstance – are once again able to see the church that means a lot to them, and participate in its ongoing prayer.
Long may that continue.
St Columba’s, Pont Street,

One of St Columba’s members, Suzanne, has suggested starting an online book club as a way to socialise during lockdown. I have been asked to extend the invitation to all at St Andrew’s who might like to take part.
It is suggested that the first meeting will take place on Monday 11th May at 7 pm via Zoom and last for roughly one hour. The first book will be Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay. This is available as a book, an audio book or Kindle from Amazon. All are welcome – young, old, male, female. If anyone would like to join in please contact me on this email address or Lucy on office@stcolumbas.org.uk for details of the Zoom joining instructions.
Also if you would like to keep in touch with members of the congregation locally via Zoom or some other similar service please let me know and I will forward your details to Duncan who has said he is keen to set this up.

Irene Wilkinson

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

Christian Aid Week 

10th – 16th May

The focus for Christian Aid Week this year is on the desperate need for water and to help those affected, particularly in Kenya, to be able to save and store water. Due to climate change and drought, many families are having to walk miles just to collect water, crops are failing, creating food shortages and loss of livelihood. Donations will enable better water resources and help towards the building of earth dams to store precious water. Make every last drop count. Under normal circumstances we support Christian Aid Week by church volunteers collecting at stations, but we are unable to do that this year. If you would like to support the vital work that Christian Aid undertakes, both overseas and in the UK please donate this year, direct to the charity. http://www.caid.org.uk

Church of Scotland’s Big Weekend

 Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th May 2020


On Saturday 16th May at 11am, the new Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland will be Installed in the General Assembly Hall in a live online Service.

Rev Dr Martin Fair from Arbroath, Moderator Designate and Rt Revd Colin Sinclair, the outgoing Moderator will be present.

Social distancing will apply and so the ceremony will be as far removed from the usual 800 commissioners as we can imagine.


On Sunday 17th May, 2pm – 4pm there will be an online Heart & Soul with much of what you would expect to see in Princes St Gardens, during the Church of Scotland’s annual outdoor gathering and celebration.

St Columba’s elder, Susan  Pym is organising three In Conversations as part of the programme. Susan reflects: “So much work is going on to try to bring the entire church together and to compensate for there being no General Assembly this year.”

Both events available via the Church of Scotland website http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk

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

St Columba’s, Pont Street

E-Newsletter Written by Angus on 30th April 2020.

Friends, Christ is risen; He is risen indeed! A happy, continuing Eastertide to you.

Last week’s e-newsletter borrowed from the wisdom of monks and nuns who voluntarily live “enclosed” lives – “Good habits 24/7!” Judging by responses, that seemed to strike a chord. So, here’s some advice sent to me this week, offered by another monastic, from Ampleforth Abbey in Yorkshire.

It is his so-called: Commandments of confinement:

1. Don’t fret if things aren’t perfect – take the long view.

2. Don’t keep checking the greener grass – flourish where you are planted.

3. Don’t panic – remember that you are standing on solid ground.

4. Don’t stamp your foot – tread lightly with a humble humour.

5. Don’t be a martyr – freely offer your help.

6. Don’t be too proud – muck in and get your hands dirty.

7. Don’t force the pace – learn how to rest and relax together.

8. Don’t try too hard – find some time just for yourself.

9. Don’t focus on the faults of others – celebrate what they have that you don’t.

10. Don’t try to do this alone – pray for and with each other.


On a different note, one of the unexpected silver clouds to the lockdown, has been the renewed contact with far flung, former St Columbans, thanks to the live streaming of our services. Last Sunday I made reference to the famous song of Sir Harry Lauder – “Keep right on to the end of the road.” Also, that Lauder’s son was killed in France in 1916. That prompted former Associate Minister, Revd Sandy Cairns to be in touch.

“You may know, or maybe not, that Sir harry Lauder’s son was engaged at the time of his death to one, Mildred Thompson, who was a stalwart of St James’s, Dulwich, London (Church of Scotland). Like many another in that situation, Mildred never married and cherished the memory of her lost love. She was a greatly loved member of the St James’s family.”

That historical link prompted an unexpected recollection for Sandy and “transported me back both in time and place to the first church I ever knew. That church was St James’s Church of Scotland in Dulwich; my first recorded appearance there was in early 1946 for my baptism. In those days a flourishing Scottish diaspora in the South East, found in St James’s the style of worship and congenial social activities which reflected their Scottish or Presbyterian origins. Many will know that as time went by it became increasingly difficult to maintain an independent existence for that Scottish outpost and St Columba’s came to the rescue, first by linkage and subsequently by union when the ‘Dulwich Bus’ Sunday by Sunday brought previously St James’s members to their new home in Pont Street. I am more than delighted to be able to claim a place in that ‘goodly heritage’ recognising, as revealed by the date mentioned above, there aren’t that many of us left!”

Sandy’s words are a lovely reminder of the stories that weave together to make us who we are today. So, let us keep spinning the yarns, making new patterns in the tapestry of St Columba’s, Pont Street, St Andrew’s, Newcastle and all the other places of association that we hold dear. Angus St Columba’s, Pont Street, 30th April 2020

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 Illness & Isolation For our absent friends

God our Father, you are present to your people everywhere. We pray for those we love who are far away. Watch over them and protect them. Keep far from them all that would hurt the body and harm the soul. Give to them and to us the assurance of the strength and peace of your presence, and keep us all so near to you that we will be for ever near to one another. In your good time, may we renew our fellowship on earth, and at the last come to the unbroken fellowship of the Father’s house in heaven; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

For hospitals and healing

God of love, your Son brought healing to the sick and hope to the despairing. We pray for all who suffer pain, or who bear the burden of illness, or who have to undergo an operation. Give them the comfort and strength of your presence, and surround them with your healing love and power. May they know the fellowship of Christ who bore pain and suffering for us, and at the last won victory over death. Bless those who share with Christ a healing ministry, researchers, doctors, surgeons, nurses. Use their sympathy and skill for the relief of suffering, the conquest of disease, and the restoration of health; and crown all their efforts with good success; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

For strength

God of might and power, you support us in danger and carry us through temptation. Give us grace to trust in you that, though by nature we are frail and weak, we may stand upright in any time of trial; through the strength of him who makes us more than conquerors, even Jesus Christ our Lord. 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] Note: All details and arrangements are subject to change in the light of new advice. Flexibility and good humour will be key!’

CrossReach Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency Appeal

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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.



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


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.

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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.


Finlay had a great birthday party here

Why not try us?


Just e-mail   hallrentals.newcastlekirk@gmail.com


Christmas Services


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.

“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`!


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.


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  


 Ian Britton records one of our pipers for Premier Radio.

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2016 piping the haggis  2016 Burns 9

 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


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