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Newsletter - Epiphany 3


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Dates for your diary

Tues 24 Jan

7.30pm - Chris's licensing service at Ven Bede

Wed 25 Jan

9.15am - Coffee, cake and craft at Ven Bede

Sun 29 Jan

11am - Candlemas celebration service at Ven Bede

Wed 8 Feb

10.30am - 'Big conversation' at Newcastle Cathedral


Services this week

Sun 22 Jan

9.45am - St Margaret's, Holy communion

11am - Ven Bede, Holy communion (parish eucharist)

Tues 25 Jan

7.30pm - Chris's licensing service at Ven Bede



Chris's licensing as Team Vicar for Mission

24 Jan, 7.30pm at Ven Bede

Chris will be licensed to his new role to encourage and lead mission in the parish. Bishop Mark and Archdeacon Rachel will join us to lead the service and we will celebrate afterward with refreshments.

At the Ven Bede at 7.30pm.


Coffee, cake and craft - a new group for women!

Begins this Wed 25 Jan, 9.15am at Ven Bede.

When: Wednesday 25th January, 9.15am – 10.30am

Where: Venerable Bede Church

What: Spend time with other women, share a coffee and cake and try a bible related craft

Who: All women!

For more information speak with Leahan Garratt or one of the clergy

قهوه، کیک و صنایع دستی

گروهی جدید برای زنان

زمان: چهارشنبه 25 ژانویه از ساعت 9:15 الی 10:30 صبح

جایی که:Venerable Bede Church

چه چیزی: با زنان دیگر وقت بگذرانید، یک قهوه و کیک به اشتراک بگذارید و صنایع دستی مرتبط با کتاب مقدس را امتحان کنید

برای اطلاعات بیشتر با Leahan Garratt یا یکی از معاونان صحبت کنید


Candlemas celebration service

Sun 29 Jan, 11am at Ven Bede

You are invited to a special service of celebration for all who have been baptised/christened in our churches!

40 days after Christmas (or the nearest Sunday) is when we remember the story of how Jesus' parents presented him in the temple to give thanks for his birth. Traditionally this was when candles were blessed to be used throughout the year- hence 'candlemas'!

If you still have your baptism candle bring it with you and we will light them during the service!


The Big Conversation

Now 7pm at Heaton Football club

The Big Conversation has been rearranged to Wednesday 8th February at Heaton Stannington ,Football Club, Newton Road, High Heaton, NE7 7HP at 7pm. This brings together conversations that have been happening across communities over the last few months. This event will include key local decision-makers to find real solutions and ways forward for our communities.

Sign up and more info here:

or speak to Matt Dobson.


The Collect

Almighty God,

whose Son revealed in signs and miracles

the wonder of your saving presence:

renew your people with your heavenly grace,

and in all our weakness

sustain us by your mighty power;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.




Isaiah 9.1–4 9But there will be no gloom for those who were in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he will make glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations. 2 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness— on them light has shined. 3 You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing plunder. 4 For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian.


1 Corinthians 1.10–18 10 Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you should be in agreement and that there should be no divisions among you, but that you should be united in the same mind and the same purpose. 11For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there are quarrels among you, my brothers and sisters.12What I mean is that each of you says, ‘I belong to Paul’, or ‘I belong to Apollos’, or ‘I belong to Cephas’, or ‘I belong to Christ.’ 13Has Christ been divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? 14I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15so that no one can say that you were baptized in my name. 16(I did baptize also the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.) 17For Christ did not send me to baptize but to proclaim the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its power. 18 For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.



Matthew 4.12–23 12 Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. 13He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the lake, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, 14so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: 15 ‘Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali, on the road by the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles— 16 the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.’ 17From that time Jesus began to proclaim, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.’ 18 As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the lake—for they were fishermen. 19And he said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.’ 20Immediately they left their nets and followed him. 21As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. 22Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him. 23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people.



Rachel Frost, Ordinand.



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Post Communion prayer

Almighty Father,

whose Son our Saviour Jesus Christ is the light of the world:

may your people,

illumined by your word and sacraments,

shine with the radiance of his glory,

that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed

to the ends of the earth;

for he is alive and reigns, now and for ever.


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