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Newsletter - Trinity 2


Your weekly update from the Benwell & Scotswood Team

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Services this week

Sun 9 June

9.30am - Holy Communion at St John's

11am - Hub service (Parish Eucharist) at St James

4pm - Evening prayer at St Margaret's

Thurs 13 June

10.30am - Holy Communion at Ven Bede


Dates for your Diary

Sun 23 June

11am St John's patronal festival - team service at St John's Benwell Village

Sun 30 June

3pm Abi and Claire's ordination at Newcastle Cathedral

5pm celebration of ordination at St James hall

Sat 3 Aug

Benstock Festival



Thank you to all who supported the MU festival!

It was wonderful to have so many people there and to celebrate with the Bishop and the rest of the Diocese.

Thank you to all who helped with food, activities, art, music, and everything else!


St John's Patronal festival - Team service at St John's

On 23rd June we will have a team service at St John's Benwell village to celebrate the feast of the Birth of John the Baptist.

On that Sunday join us at 11am at, St John’s Benwell Village, Ferguson Lane, NE15 6NW (Next to Green Tree Nursery). The 37 and 38 buses stop right outside and 30 and 31 buses go nearby.


Abi and Claire's ordination

We are delighted that Abigail Harris and Claire Lewis, two of our own congregation will be ordained deacon at Newcastle Cathedral on 30th June.

We will be going to the Cathedral for the ordination at 3pm. We will then have a celebration at 5pm in St James' hall.

The cathedral address is:

St Nicholas Cathedral, NE1 1PF

Claire has been training at Cranmer Hall, Durham, and will become curate at St Mary’s Monkseaton. Abi has been training at Westcott House, Cambridge, and will become Curate at Hexham Abbey.


Revd Chris on annual leave

Chris is on annual leave from 9th to 23rd June. Please contact Revd David if you need assistance.


David announces his retirement

After 8 years with us and 40 years of ministry, the Revd David Kirkwood has announced he will be retiring as Team Rector in August.

Please pray for him and Elspeth as they prepare for this next chapter in their lives. They will be missed, but we are thankful for his faithful leadership that has leaves the parish in such a positive and exciting place. David's final service will be in the afternoon of Sunday 11th August. More details will follow, but please save the date.

We will begin the process of appointing a new rector in the following months, please pray for Revd Chris as he continues as Team Vicar for Mission.


Embrace - Gaza appeal

The people of Gaza are living through an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. Israel’s response has led to indiscriminate civilian suffering, with residents forced to move from place to place in search of safety. Food and medical supplies have all but run out; water, electricity, and fuel have been cut off.

The people of Gaza were already on their knees with 80% of residents reliant on humanitarian aid to survive. Please, can you make a donation into help in their hour of need?

You can donate online, by clicking below, or by calling 01494 897950. Your gift will support Embrace’s Christian partners in the immediate aftermath of this humanitarian crisis and to help to heal the wounds it’s caused across Israel – Palestine.


Sunday Worship

Sunday 9th June 2024

Trinity 2



Prayers for others:

  • Malcolm Smith

  • Paulette Thompson

  • John Peterson

  • Cecil Harlock

  • Maria Hawthorn

  • Herbert Agbeko

  • Ellis Nelson

  • Pauline Nelson

  • Michelle Wilson

  • Peter Wilson

  • Alan Taylor

  • Maureen Taylor

  • Irene Foskett

  • Lorraine Atkinson

  • Pat Law

  • Moe and Mary

  • Hilary Dixon

  • Lynn Mosby

  • Linda Deprato and family

  • Nelly

  • Irene Scaife

Rest in peace

  • David Veitch


  • The ongoing situation in Russia, Ukraine, Gaza, Iran, Sudan and all other places at war.

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.



Revd David


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