Forthcoming Events


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Parish Information

All parishes in the deanery are being asked to consider how we might work with other local parishes to best further the mission of the church with the resources available.  Jarrow, Simonside and Hebburn parishes currently have 4 stipendiary clergy (excluding curates) and this may be reduced by 2020 to 3.5 or 3.  In conjunction with this,  the idea has been floated to work towards combining the two parishes of St Simon’s and Jarrow as a single parish  (ie with one PCC, shared finances etc), and we are holding an Open Meeting on 19th September to discuss the implications and hear your views.   Nothing would or could be done without the consent of both PCC’s, and there would be a legal process to go through were the PCC’s to make this decision.   Please begin to share your thoughts with others and bring your questions and comments to the meeting.  

The Parish Office re-opens on Tuesday 2 January.


Please keep the deanery and parish discussions in your prayers over the coming weeks - for wise discernment of the best way forward.

The Knit and Natter Group are now meeting at the new time of 2pm. on Tuesdays.  The group is open to all, and meets in the Upper Room at St. John the Baptist Church, Nairn Street.   Just turn up if you are interested.


The 9 O’clock Coffee Stop continues on Thursday mornings in the hall at St John’s between 9.00am and 11.00am.  All are welcome to drop in and enjoy some coffee and chat (free) and a bacon roll (very good value).  If you use Facebook, please make a link to the Coffee Stop page, and bring friends along.

We are looking for some more volunteers to take a turn at hosting (eg once per month) - the best way in is to come along and speak to one of the organisers.



This Week (in addition to events listed overleaf)

Open the Book team rehearsal at St John’s 10.45 am Thursday 4 January in preparation for the Epiphany service on 7th.


The Parish Prayer Group will recommence on Monday 8 January 7pm at 6 Clennel Avenue, Hebburn.


Tuesday 9 January – 10am. Festival Eucharist for the Baptism of Christ, St. Peter’s


The Knit and Natter Group will recommence on Tuesday 9th January 2018.


The 9 O’clock Coffee Stop  is not open during the school holidays, and starts again on Thursday 11th January 2018.  


Saturday 20 January – 12 Noon – Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Jarrow Churches Together at St. Peter’s,  Thursday 25th January 12noon at St Paul’s.


St Paul’s is now closed to visitors until 5th February, except for services or special events.   There is no Wednesday Communion service there during this period.


Looking Ahead

Monday 1st January Naming and Circumcision of Jesus; Intention: New babies and their families

New Year’s Day


Tuesday 2 January Basil the Great and Gregory of Nazianzus, bishops, teachers of the faith, 379 and 389; Intention: Peace in the world in this New Year

9.00am.         Morning Prayer                                                    (St. Peter’s)

10.00am.       Holy Eucharist                                                     (St. Peter’s

1.15pm.         Funeral Service for Pauline Smith                     (St. John’s)


Wednesday 3 January Feria in Christmastide;  Intention: Those returning to work after holidays

9.00am.         Morning Prayer                                                    (St. Simon’s)

10.00am.       Holy Eucharist                                                     (St. Simon’s)


Thursday 4 January Feria in Christmastide; Intention: Those beginning a new year without employment

8.00am.         Morning Prayer                                                    (St. John’s)

10.00am.       Holy Eucharist                                                     (Stt.John's)                                                                                                         

Friday 5 January Feria in Christmastide; Intention: Those undertaking Christian duties. No service in Church


Saturday 6 January Feria in  Christmastide; Intention: Those receiving the Light of Christ

 9.00am         Morning Prayer                                                   (St Paul’s)


NEXT SUNDAY 7 January – THE EPIPHANY; Intention: Our Parishes; Church Growth                                

10.00am..      Joint Parish All Age Eucharist                             (St. John’s) - (Followed by Refreshments)

No Service in St. Simon’s, St. Paul’s or St. Peter’s


Walsingham Pilgrimage – May 2018. Anyone wishing to go to Walsingham 4-6 May 2018 is asked to please give your name to Susan Short straight away.


Ronsdorf Exchange Visit  16 - 22 April 2018.  We are looking for more people to join the group to visit our twinning friends in Germany, staying in the homes of local people. New comers are particularly welcome, whether or not you were involved in hosting last October.    Fred Hemmer is needing to know approximate numbers now in order to work out the costs, which are mainly for the travel to and from Germany.


Iona Trip   17-25 October 2018      There are still four places available on this 8 night trip staying in The Bishop’s House, Iona,  which is the retreat house of the Scottish Episcopal Church.   Please contact Revd Lizzie if you are interested in going or finding out more details.


Advance dates in 2018:  The Walsingham Pilgrimage will take place next year 4-6 May 2018.  Early indication of intention to join in will help you get a place, which may be limited. Please contact Susan Short or one of the clergy.



GIFT AID  If you pay Income Tax on your income, donating through Gift Aid means we can claim an extra 25p in every £1 you give.  It won’t cost you any extra.

This can be achieved in several ways:

If you are part of our regular envelope giving scheme, sign a gift aid declaration form (available from your church warden or treasurer) OR – if you make occasional donations, use one of the yellow gift aid envelopes, complete your details on the front, and we can claim gift aid on your contribution.

If you regularly purchase goods as your donation, e.g. tea, coffee, cleaning materials, you could submit a claim form to be reimbursed your costs.  If you then donated this amount in a completed yellow gift aid envelope we could claim this extra 25p for every £1 you have spent.

If you are now paying tax when previously you were not, please now sign up for this scheme.

FINANCE  Half-way through the year already, and I am pleased to report that our income has exceeded our outgoings.  This is achieved by our continual monitoring of our expenses, applying for grants to cover some of our new projects and several generous donations.  Worryingly, though, our regular income has decreased after showing a gradual increase over the past two years.  Is now a good time to review your regular contributions?  If everyone who contributes by bank standing order, or is a member of our regular envelope scheme, were to increase their contributions by £1 each week (£5 per calendar month), this would increase our Jarrow Parish income by £7,800 per year – which would make a substantial difference.  The PCC have pledged to increase our Parish Share for 2018 to £30,000 (an increase of £1,900).  Living generously and giving generously are both significant to our Christian witness, and without which growth will be restricted.  Let us encourage one another in generosity.                                         Diane Jamieson, Hon. Treasurer, Jarrow PCC.


Fairtrade International.

What is Fair Trade?  Fair Trade has been in the news again recently, and sometimes gets a negative press.  ‘I don’t like Fair Trade’ is a comment regularly heard.  From the FairTrade website their definition is trade between companies in developed countries and producers in developing countries in which fair prices are paid to the producers.  Fairtrade is a simple way to make a difference to the lives of the people who grow the things we love.  We do this by changing the way trade works through better prices, decent working conditions and a fair deal for farmers and workers in developing countries.  This applies to many products imported into this country, e.g. coffee, tea, chocolate (the ones we always think of) but also flowers, cotton, sugar, bananas and many, many more.  There are many different blends and brands of FairTrade coffees and teas to choose from, and the taste has nothing to do with whether it is fairly traded or not.  So we are trying out some brands and blends, looking for the ones most enjoyed.  So let’s give it a chance!  Buying products with the FairTrade mark is a way of standing up for justice.  We are now buying FairTrade sugar centrally, so if you havedonated sugar in the past, thank you for all you have given, and please continue by giving a little extra in the plate to fund the central purchase












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