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Newsletter - Advent Sunday


Your weekly update from the Benwell & Scotswood Team

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Services this week

Sun 27 Nov

11am - Ven Bede, Advent Sunday Team Celebration (Parish eucharist)


Dates for your diary

Wed 7 & 11 Dec

7.30pm - 'Real Conversations' event at St James

Wed 14 Dec

6.30pm - Carol service at St John's

Wed 21 Dec

3.30pm - Community carols at St James

Sat 24 Dec

4pm - crib service at St Margaret's

11.30pm - Midnight Mass at Ven Bede

Sun 25 Dec

11am - Christmas Day Service at Ven Bede



Advent & Christmas Programme

Find full details of our Christmas events here >

It's coming up quickly! Publicity for our Advent & Christmas services and events will be appearing shortly. But make a note of the dates and times of the following events:

  • Wed 14 Dec, 6.30pm - Carol service at St John's

  • Wed 21 Dec, at St James, 2pm - Christmas event opens, 4pm Community carol service.

  • Sat 24 Dec, at St Margaret's, 2.30pm - Messy Church, 4pm - crib service.

  • And 11.30pm - Midnight Mass at Ven Bede

  • Sun 25 Dec - 11am - Christmas Day Service at Ven Bede


Real Conversations, Wed 7 Dec & Wed 11 Jan, 7.30pm at St James

Real Conversations is about bringing together communities to share, celebrate and discuss how faith and community groups have been moved to work within their local areas and the impact they have in addressing some important and big issues.

'Small Conversations' - will take place together over food across two sessions on Wednesday 7th December and Wednesday 11th January, 7pm-9.30pm at St James' Church.

Sign up and more info here:

or speak to Matt Dobson.


Service times Review

After consultations, we started after Easter with a new pattern of worship and committed to reviewing this pattern after six months. To help us do so, we would like to hear from you. There is a questionnaire which we hope you will find time to fill in and return by Sunday 18th December.

Find the questionnaire here >

We know we have not been able to find a pattern that is ideal for everyone but with your co-operation hope to do the best we can. Once we have looked at the responses, we will think about what changes may be needed, talk to Churchwardens and DCC’s as appropriate, and take a proposal to the next PCC on the 19th January. Any changes will then take place.

We are also keen to make sure that those who are unable to come to church are not excluded. Online worship continues to be offered and we are happy to arrange home communions as needed. Please let us know.


Bishop's Christmas Appeal

Bishop Mark is appealing to you to give a gift to help WERS and Walking With carry on helping asylum seekers and refugees. Can you help to support their seeking of sanctuary here?

Donations can be made through the diocesan giving page for the Bishop’s Christmas Appeal, or cheques made out to ‘Newcastle Diocesan Board of Finance’ can be posted to: Finance, Church House, St John’s Terrace, North Shields, NE29 6HS. Please write ‘Bishop’s Christmas Appeal’ on the back of the cheque. More information is available here.


Worship Texts



Lighting the Advent Wreath

1st Sunday: the Patriarchs

Lord Jesus, light of the world,

the mothers and fathers of our faith heard your call

help us to hear your call at Christmas

to bring justice and peace to the world

as we journey in the hope of your promise.



The Collect

Almighty God,

give us grace to cast away the works of darkness

and to put on the armour of light,

now in the time of this mortal life,

in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility;

that on the last day,

when he shall come again in his glorious majesty

to judge the living and the dead,

we may rise to the life immortal;

through him who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.




Romans 13.11–14 11 Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; 12the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armour of light; 13let us live honourably as in the day, not in revelling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarrelling and jealousy. 14Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.



Matthew 24.36–44 36 ‘But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 37For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, 39and they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so too will be the coming of the Son of Man. 40Then two will be in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. 41Two women will be grinding meal together; one will be taken and one will be left. 42Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. 43But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. 44Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.


Talk & Activity

Led by Revd David



If you would like to add someone to the prayer list please email

The name will stay on the list for 1 month unless requested to be long-term.

Prayers for others:

  • Esther Kolie

  • Ellis Nelson

  • Faith Omorogbe

  • Christine, David, Philip, Neil and Steven

  • Elizabeth Taylor

  • Honar

  • Moe and Mary

  • Alison Campbell

  • John Taylor

  • Irene Foskett

  • John Nicholson

  • Alan Robson

  • Michelle Wilson

  • Joan Finley

  • George Snowden

  • Claire Mozaffari

  • Herbert Agbeko

Rest in Peace:

  • Janice Blake

  • Nick Emmott-Dart

  • Abdollah


Post Communion prayer

O Lord our God,

make us watchful and keep us faithful

as we await the coming of your Son our Lord;

that, when he shall appear,

he may not find us sleeping in sin

but active in his service

and joyful in his praise;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.