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P. Solomon Raj, Pentecost, c.1980s. Batik.


Dates for your diary

Sun 5 June - Pentecost celebration and bring and share Lunch

11am service at St James followed by lunch

Sun 12 Jun - Trinity Sunday services

9.45am at St John's – Holy Communion

11am at St James – Hub Service (Holy Communion)

4pm at St Margaret's – Evening Praise and Prayer



Pentecost Celebration & Bring-and-share Lunch - this Sunday!

Service 11am

Lunch from 12pm

Join us for our Pentecost celebration and afterward for a lunch showcasing all our different cultures!

If you are able, please bring a dish from a culture that you are connected to. It can be a dish from your cultural heritage or somewhere you have visited or are passionate about!


New service patterns begin next Sunday!

Sun 12 Jun - Trinity Sunday services

9.45am at St John's – Holy Communion

11am at St James – Hub Service (Holy Communion)

4pm at St Margaret's – Evening Praise and Prayer

We have decided on a new pattern of worship in all our buildings! The aim is to have a sustainable pattern that means we can regularly gather in each church building to spend time with God and one another. We will reassess this after 6 months.

For a list of dates and times see here >

Pattern overview:

  • Hub service at St James - 11am every Sunday.

  • St Margaret's - Alternating Sundays Holy communion at 9.45am and Evening Prayer and Praise at 4pm.

  • St John's - Alternating Sunday at 9.45am and Thursday at 11am.

  • Venerable Bede - beginning with a monthly weekday service to develop into weekly. (details TBC)


Thank you for supporting Platinum Jubilee beacon lighting!

Thank you everyone who came along and helped with the event on Thursday night!

It was wonderful to have Urban Green, the Dialogue Society, and West End Foodbank all working with us at St James!


Worship Texts


The Collect

Holy Spirit, sent by the Father,

ignite in us your holy fire;

strengthen your children with the gift of faith,

revive your Church with the breath of love,

and renew the face of the earth,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.




Acts 2.1-21 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, ‘Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.’ All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, ‘What does this mean?’ But others sneered and said, ‘They are filled with new wine.’

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. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel: “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. Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy. And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist. The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day. Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”



John 14.8–27

Philip said to him, ‘Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, “Show us the Father”? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it. ‘If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you for ever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you. [‘I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.]



To add names to the prayer list please email

Prayers for others:

  • John Taylor

  • Nadia

  • Batoul Malayeri

  • Alistair

  • Tamba and Esther

  • Helen Wright

  • Irene Foskett

  • John Nicholson

  • Alan Robson

  • Peter Wilson

  • Michelle Wilson

  • Liz Holliman

  • Joan Finley

  • The Riches Family

  • George Snowden

  • Claire Mozaffari

  • Herbert Agbeko

Rest in Peace

  • George Taylor

  • Michael Wright

Other intentions

  • Claire Lewis and Matt Dobson discerning vocation.

  • Ukraine, Yemen, Ethiopia and all places at war.


Post Communion commission

Blessed are you, sovereign God, overflowing in love.

With Pentecost dawns the age of the Spirit.

Now the flame of heaven rests on every believer.

Strong and weak, women and men tell out your word;

the young receive visions, the old receive dreams.

With the new wine of the Spirit

they proclaim your reign of love.

Amid the birth pangs of the new creation

the way of light is made known.

Source of freedom, giver of life,

blessed are you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Blessed be God for ever.

Candles are lit while we sing.

For fifty days we have celebrated the victory of our Lord Jesus Christ over the powers of sin and death. We have proclaimed God’s mighty acts and we have prayed that the power that was at work when God raised Jesus from the dead might be at work in us. As part of God’s Church here in Benwell and Scotswood, I call upon you to live out what you proclaim.

Empowered by the Holy Spirit, will you dare to walk into God’s future, trusting him to be your guide? We will!

Will you dare to embrace each other and grow together in love? We will!

Will you dare to share your riches in common and minister to each other in need? We will!

Will you dare to pray for each other until your hearts beat with the longings of God? We will!

Will you dare to carry the light of Christ into the world’s dark places? We will!

The Easter Candle is extinguished in silence.

The Lord is here.

His Spirit is with us.

Today we have remembered the coming of God’s power on the disciples and we invite that same Spirit to drive us out into the wild places of the world.

May the Spirit, who hovered over the waters when the world was created, breathe into you the life he gives. Amen.

May the Spirit, who overshadowed the Virgin when the eternal Son came among us, make you joyful in the service of the Lord. Amen.

May the Spirit, who set the Church on fire upon the Day of Pentecost, bring the world alive with the love of the risen Christ. Amen.

And the blessing of God almighty,

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

be among you and remain with you always. Amen!

Filled with the Spirit’s power,

go in the light and peace of Christ. Alleluia, alleluia.

Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia! Amen.