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Newsletter - Lent 1


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Dates for your diary

Sat 4 March

Quiet day - trip to Alnmouth Friary

Sun 2 April

Holy Week begins


Services this week

Sun 26 Feb

9.30am - St John's holy communion

11am - Ven Bede holy communion (Parish eucharist)

4pm - St Margaret's evening worship



Turkey-Syria Earthquake appeal

We are collecting for Time to Help UK, who are raising funds to provide much-needed aid to those impacted by the devastating earthquake. Several Turkish members of our community volunteer with Time to Help.


Quiet day at Alnmouth Friary

Sat 4 March

On Saturday 4th March we will be going on a trip for a restful day of quiet and reflection at the beautiful Alnmouth Friary on the Northumberland coast. There will be an opportunity to spend time in quiet and there are beautiful grounds and beach to explore, and we will join the brothers for midday prayer and holy communion.

The coach will leave from St James at 8.30-9.00am

We will leave Alnmouth at 4.30-5.00pm

Please let us know if you would like to come. There is a sign up sheet at the back of church or you can send us an email. We will be asking for a donation towards travel and the Friary, but there will be free places for anyone who wants one.


Lent group

Wednesdays 6.30pm beginning 1st March

We will meet every Wednesday at Kathy Germain's house throughout Lent (please get in contact or ask Kathy or the clergy for details) at 6.30pm.

If you are interested in joining the group let us know!

As a small group we will meet and discuss the Archbishop's 2023 Lent book Failure: What Jesus Said About Sin, Mistakes and Messing Stuff Up. It helps us look at what we do when we do get things wrong and what Jesus says about it.

We will have some free copies, but if you would like to buy your own copy you can order it here.


Holy Week 2023

2nd - 9th April

As we journey through Holy Week we recall the story of Jesus’ passion, death, and resurrection. You are invited to participate in the most special time of the church's year.

More details here >

  • Palm Sunday 2nd April at Ven bede

  • Maundy Thursday, 6th April at St James.

  • Good Friday, 7th April at St John's.

  • Easter vigil, Saturday evening, 8th April at St Margaret's.


Worship texts

The Collect

Almighty God,

whose Son Jesus Christ fasted forty days in the wilderness,

and was tempted as we are, yet without sin:

give us grace to discipline ourselves in obedience to your Spirit;

and, as you know our weakness,

so may we know your power to save;

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.




Genesis 2.15–17; 3.1–7 15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it. 16And the Lord God commanded the man, ‘You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; 17but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.’ 3Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, ‘Did God say, “You shall not eat from any tree in the garden”?’ 2The woman said to the serpent, ‘We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden; 3but God said, “You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, nor shall you touch it, or you shall die.” ’ 4But the serpent said to the woman, ‘You will not die; 5for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’ 6So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate. 7Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.



Matthew 4.1–11 4Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. 3The tempter came and said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.’ 4But he answered, ‘It is written, “One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” ’ 5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, 6saying to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written, “He will command his angels concerning you”, and “On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.” ’ 7Jesus said to him, ‘Again it is written, “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.” ’ 8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendour; 9and he said to him, ‘All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.’ 10Jesus said to him, ‘Away with you, Satan! for it is written, “Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.” ’ 11Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on him.



by Revd Dominic



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  • Herbert Agbeko


Post Communion prayer

Lord God,

you have renewed us with the living bread from heaven;

by it you nourish our faith,

increase our hope,

and strengthen our love:

teach us always to hunger for him who is the true and living bread,

and enable us to live by every word

that proceeds from out of your mouth;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.