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Newsletter - Pentecost


Your weekly update from the Benwell & Scotswood Team

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Dates for your diary

Sun 28 May

11am Pentecost Team service followed by the Annual Meeting (APCM).


Services this week

Sun 28 May

11am at St James, Team service (no other services in the team).

Thurs 25 May

10.30am Holy Communion, Ven Bede



Pentecost team service and world lunch - this Sunday!

On Pentecost Sunday 28th May we will have a team service at St James at 11am.

Directly afterward we will hold our annual meeting (see below) but as a reward we will have lunch together!

At Pentecost we celebrate the diversity of our church, so we are asking everyone to bring a dish to share from your own culture, or a different culture you feel connected to!


APCM - Sun 28 May, 12pm this Sunday

Download the APCM reports for the meeting here:

APCM report 2022-23
Download PDF • 6.41MB

The 'Annual Parochial Church Meeting' meets 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.

This year it will happen on 28th May at St James at 12pm, directly after the team service.


Coffee morning next Saturday at St John's

10am - 12pm

Join us on the first Saturday of the month for a coffee morning at St John's Benwell Village, NE15 6NW.

All welcome!


Items for the notices.

If you would like to announce something in the newsletter or the church service, please send the item in advance to Kath McIntyre at the church email address

Please include details and no more than 2-3 short sentences about the item. If you have a preferred image please also include it in the email.


Worship texts

The Collect

God, who as at this time

taught the hearts of your faithful people

by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit:

grant us by the same Spirit

to have a right judgement in all things

and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort;

through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.




Acts 2.1–21 2When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. 5 Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. 6And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. 7Amazed and astonished, they asked, ‘Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? 9Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.’ 12All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, ‘What does this mean?’ 13But others sneered and said, ‘They are filled with new wine.’ 14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them: ‘Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. 15Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. 16No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel: 17 “In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. 18 Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy. 19 And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist. 20 The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day. 21 Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”



John 7.37–39 37 On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, ‘Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, 38and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, “Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.” ’ 39Now he said this about the Spirit, which believers in him were to receive; for as yet there was no Spirit, because Jesus was not yet glorified.



Talk and activity by Grace and 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:

  • Maria Hawthorn

  • Madeleine and her daughters

  • Michelle Madison

  • Lorraine Atkinson

  • Lyndsey Richardson

  • Elizabeth Taylor

  • Alison Campbell

  • John Taylor

  • Irene Foskett

  • John Nicholson

  • Alan Robson

  • Michelle Wilson

  • George Snowden

  • Claire Mozaffari

  • Herbert Agbeko

Rest in Peace

  • Joan Finley

  • Gladys Carr

  • Ann Taylor

  • Malcolm Gibson


Post Communion prayer

Faithful God,

who fulfilled the promises of Easter

by sending us your Holy Spirit

and opening to every race and nation

the way of life eternal:

open our lips by your Spirit,

that every tongue may tell of your glory;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.



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