Join us on Sunday at:



Venerable Bede

West Road, NE4 8AP

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Covid safety measures are in place and the service will be live-streamed here >


We are gradually returning to worship in all four churches. Services will happen at least once a month - watch this space for announcements!

St James' is open for private prayer every Wednesday 10am - 1pm.

What are services like?

You are welcome whether you know what you believe or not, or are just curious. If you need assistance or have any questions feel free to ask us on the day or contact us anytime.

Do not worry if you are unfamiliar with the church; you can watch, listen, and join in as you feel comfortable. Usually we meet for Holy Communion, or mass/eucharist/Lord’s Supper- whatever you know it as, the belief that God meets us in ordinary reality is the heart of our community life.


When I arrive

Don't worry about coming in, if the door is closed it's just because it's cold outside! You will be asked to sanitise your hands. Service sheets are placed on every seat. You can also ask the welcomer if you have any questions about the service.

Taking Communion

Communion will be brought to you by the priest who will wear a face mask. You don't have to take communion, if you would prefer a blessing just keep your hands together and head bowed.

Just let someone know before the service if you need gluten-free bread. 

Children and households

Children are very welcome to join us, and are valued as much as any adult member of our congregation. The children's corner is now open again, and children are welcome to use the books, toys, and craft supplies! 

We often have activities specifically for children and we will let you know at the time.


We are always grateful for donations, but you are welcome in our churches without any pressure or expectation to give.

At the moment there will be no collection during the service, we are asking people to set up a standing order or give digitally if you can, or there will be a bowl at the back of church to give something physically.

Live stream video

We are live streaming our services online each week for those who cannot join us in person. Occasionally the congregation is visible in the background, if you would prefer not to appear on camera then just let us know and we can direct you to a seat where you won't be visible.

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Covid guidance in church - updated July 2021

No doubt you will have heard that covid restrictions are being relaxed. As case rates are still high in our area you won't see too much change just yet! But we do have plans to reintroduce activities.


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Most importantly - please get your vaccine if you haven't yet! And stay at home if you develop covid symptoms.