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Newsletter - Harvest 2022


Your weekly update from the Benwell & Scotswood Team

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Dates for your diary

Sun 2nd Oct

Hub service moves to Ven bede

Sat 15th Oct

Creative mission planning day


Services this week

Sun 25th Sept

11am, St James

Harvest thanksgiving

Wed 29th Sept

10.30am, Ven bede

Holy Communion

(Please note, there when there is a celebration service there are no other services in the team. This excludes Wednesdays at Ven Bede as this only occurs monthly).



Harvest thanksgiving & roast dinner - this Sunday!

11am at St James, NE15 6RS

Join us for our Harvest thanksgiving service followed by a traditional Sunday roast dinner!

Donations - please bring donations of non-perishable food (tins, packets, and dry goods) which will be donated to a local charity.

We will place these in front of the altar during the service.

Roast Dinner - this will be coordinated by Chris and Charley Foskett - please speak to them if you would like to help in any way.

Flowers - would you like to help with the flower displays for Harvest? Please speak with Elspeth. We would also welcome cash donations to help pay for the flowers.


Hub service moves to Venerable Bede next Sunday

During Winter (October 2022 to April 2023) we will be moving our main Sunday service to the Venerable Bede at 11am.

So for the next few months join us there every Sunday.

Venerable Bede, West Road, NE4 8AP


Creative mission day - Sat 15 Oct at St James

You are invited to join us for a morning of creative thinking and mission planning!

We want this to be an imaginative and fun session when everyone in the church community gets to have their say.

This time we will focus especially on how we improve our welcome/hospitality and grow in faith in two particular areas: 1. children and youth, and 2. ethnic and cultural diversity.

Draft plan for the day:

9.30am - Bacon sandwiches/tea/coffee

10am - Prayer and worship

10.20am - creative discussion and planning sessions

12pm - break

12.45pm - Closing worship


Revd Chris in Botswana

Chris will be away for the next couple of weeks in Botswana, in southern Africa!

Botswana is Newcastle's link diocese and Chris will be visiting with Bishop Mark and the link committee to celebrate the Diocese of Botswana's 50th anniversary. Please pray for the country and people of Botswana, we are sure you will hear all about it when Chris is back!

To find out more about the Diocesan link see here>


Worship Texts


The Collect

Eternal God,

you crown the year with your goodness and you give us the fruits of the earth in their season: grant that we may use them to your glory, for the relief of those in need and for our own well-being; 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.




Psalm 100

1 O be joyful in the Lord, all the earth;

serve the Lord with gladness

and come before his presence with a song.

2 Know that the Lord is God;

it is he that has made us and we are his;

we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.

3 Enter his gates with thanksgiving

and his courts with praise;

give thanks to him and bless his name.

4 For the Lord is gracious; his steadfast love is everlasting,

and his faithfulness endures from generation to generation.



John 6.25-35 25When they found Jesus on the other side of the lake, they said to him, ‘Rabbi, when did you come here?’ 26Jesus answered them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. 27Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.’ 28Then they said to him, ‘What must we do to perform the works of God?’ 29Jesus answered them, ‘This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.’ 30So they said to him, ‘What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing? 31Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, “He gave them bread from heaven to eat.” ’ 32Then Jesus said to them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. 33For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.’ 34They said to him, ‘Sir, give us this bread always.’

35 Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.


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Lord, allow our ears to listen to the cry of the earth,

the voices of our sisters and brothers,

those who face the harsh reality of climate change.

Enough is enough!

Lord, we come to do your will.

Lord, allow our eyes to see the beauty of creation,

in flowers, creatures, forests and cities alike.

Enough is enough!

Lord, we come to do your will.

Lord, allow our voice to speak out for justice

and ensure people living in poverty are heard.

Enough is enough!

Lord, we come to do your will.

Lord, allow our hands to care for the earth,

to toil, to reap, to celebrate.

Enough is enough!

Lord, we come to do your will.

Lord, allow our feet to take the path less trod,

to walk the extra mile,

to take your message out to the world.

Enough is enough!

Lord, we come to do your will.

As the whole of creation looks with eager longing

for the redemption of humankind,

let us pledge ourselves anew to serve our Creator God,

the Father who is the maker of all things,

the Son through whom all things are made,

and the Holy Spirit, the giver of life,

who renews the face of the earth.

Let us stand to affirm our commitment to care actively for God’s creation.

Lord of life and giver of hope,

we pledge ourselves to care for creation,

to reduce our waste,

to live sustainably,

and to value the rich diversity of life.

May your wisdom guide us,

that life in all its forms may flourish,

and may be faithful in voicing creation’s praise.

May the commitment we have made this day be matched by our faithful living.

Amen. Amen. Amen!



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:

  • Christine, David, Philip, Neil and Steven

  • Elizabeth Taylor

  • Honar

  • Edith Hutchinson

  • 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:

  • John

  • Mahsa Amini


  • An end to the oppression of the people of Iran.


Post Communion prayer

Lord of the harvest,

with joy we have offered thanksgiving

for your love in creation

and have shared in the bread and the wine of the kingdom:

by your grace plant within us a reverence

for all that you give us

and make us generous and wise stewards

of the good things we enjoy;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


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