Easter 2 - Notices


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P. Solomon Raj, You and I, pre 1993

Batik on fabric, Source: Indian Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge


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Dates for your diary

Sun 1 May - Hub service moves to St James

11am at St James'

Sun 7 May - Howay day (new date)

10am - 1pm

Sun 22 May - APCM

12pm (after the morning service)



Sunday hub service moves to St James from 1st May

From next week join us every Sunday at 11am at St James' Benwell.

From then on, every week, we will have singing, refreshments after the service, and communion with both bread and wine (though the wine will be entirely optional).

We will keep some distance between chairs and encourage mask-wearing and hand sanitising.


Exhibition of artwork by Artep Avordno and the art club

Our Easter liturgy will also be the first time to see an exhibition of recent works by Artep Avordno and members who have attended our art club sessions at St James.

Explore their works and her studio after the service and celebrate their hard work with a glass of fizz!

This incredible range of work is the result of just a few short weeks of taster sessions. We have just received news that we have secured some funding to help these sessions continue - so watch this space for more!


Howay day! (rescheduled) Sat 7th May

On 7th May, 10am to 1pm we will be getting together at St John's to discuss mission opportunities, and for you to have your say in planning for future service patterns in the parish. Brunch will be provided!

Rather than an 'away' day, we thought we'd have a 'Howay' day to gear us up for the future.


APCM - Sunday 22 May, 12pm

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This year's 'Annual Parochial Church Meeting' will happen directly after the Sunday service.

The happens once a year and receives reports on changes to the electoral roll, general parish activities, and finances. It is also when we elect members of the PCC and churchwardens. ADCMs (Annual District Church Meetings) will happen at the same time (these will run consecutively prior to the APCM).


Worship Texts

The Collect

Almighty Father,

you have given your only Son to die for our sins

and to rise again for our justification:

grant us so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness

that we may always serve you

in pureness of living and truth;

through the merits of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.




Acts 5.27–32 When they had brought them, they had them stand before the council. The high priest questioned them, saying, ‘We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and you are determined to bring this man’s blood on us.’ But Peter and the apostles answered, ‘We must obey God rather than any human authority.The God of our ancestors raised up Jesus, whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Saviour, so that he might give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.’



John 20.19–31 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’ But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.’ A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.’ Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.’ Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.



To add names to the prayer list please email church@benwellscotswood.com

Prayers for others:

  • Mina

  • Irene Foskett

  • Nadia

  • Batoul Malayeri

  • George Irving

  • Alistair

  • John Nicholson

  • Alan Robson

  • Peter Wilson

  • Michelle Wilson

  • Liz Holliman

  • Joan Finley

  • James, Christina, Anastasia, and Xavier

  • The Riches Family

  • George Snowden

  • Claire Mozaffari

  • Herbert Agbeko


  • Leighton Morrison

Rest in peace

  • Violet Lowdon

  • Tony Knipe

  • Esmaeel

Other intentions

  • Ukraine, Yemen, Ethiopia and all places at war.


Post Communion prayer

Lord God our Father,

through our Saviour Jesus Christ

you have assured your children of eternal life

and in baptism have made us one with him:

deliver us from the death of sin

and raise us to new life in your love,

in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,

by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.