Easter 4 - Notices


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Peter Kinley, Four sheep, 1970

Oil on Canvas, Tate, London


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Dates for your diary

18th May - PCC meeting

7.30pm, Venerable Bede

Sun 22 May - APCM

12pm (after the morning service)



11am at St James every Sunday

Join us every Sunday at 11am at St James' Benwell.

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!


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).

Don't forget to check if your name is on the electoral roll, and if not, then remember to join!


Sequence/ballroom dancing at St John's, Wed 7-8.30

Sequence/ballroom dance classes have begun again at St John's. Whether you're a total beginner or have had a go before, come along to St John's Ferguson Lane, NE15 6NW, Wednesdays 7-8.30pm. £4.

Speak to Linda, Ellen, or Joyce for more info.


Carnival workshops for the Platinum Jubilee

Urban Green Newcastle are running free community workshops in carnival dance, music and craft activities every Saturday in May. These free workshops take place at the West End Library, Condercum Rd, Benwell, Newcastle, NE4 9JH. Offered for ages 12+ and with families welcome to take part and turn up on the day, this project is kindly supported by Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, Newcastle City Council and delivered by Urban Green Newcastle.


Worship Texts

The Collect

Almighty God,

whose Son Jesus Christ is the resurrection and the life:

raise us, who trust in him,

from the death of sin to the life of righteousness,

that we may seek those things which are above,

where he reigns with you

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.




Acts 9.36–43 Now in Joppa there was a disciple whose name was Tabitha, which in Greek is Dorcas. She was devoted to good works and acts of charity. At that time she became ill and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in a room upstairs. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, who heard that Peter was there, sent two men to him with the request, ‘Please come to us without delay.’ So Peter got up and went with them; and when he arrived, they took him to the room upstairs. All the widows stood beside him, weeping and showing tunics and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was with them. Peter put all of them outside, and then he knelt down and prayed. He turned to the body and said, ‘Tabitha, get up.’ Then she opened her eyes, and seeing Peter, she sat up. He gave her his hand and helped her up. Then calling the saints and widows, he showed her to be alive. This became known throughout Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. Meanwhile he stayed in Joppa for some time with a certain Simon, a tanner.



John 10.22–30 At that time the festival of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon. So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, ‘How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.’ Jesus answered, ‘I have told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name testify to me; but you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep. My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand. What my Father has given me is greater than all else, and no one can snatch it out of the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.’



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

Prayers for others:

  • 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


  • Newton Omorogbe Asoro

  • Cody Hulme

  • Paisley Curry

Rest in peace

  • Violet Lowdon

  • Tony Knipe

  • Esmaeel

Other intentions

  • Claire Lewis being confirmed

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


Post Communion prayer

Merciful Father,

you gave your Son Jesus Christ to be the good shepherd,

and in his love for us to lay down his life and rise again:

keep us always under his protection,

and give us grace to follow in his steps;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.