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THE PARISH OF JARROW
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 PCC will be meeting on Wednesday 27th September, and the agenda will include proposals for the Deanery Mission Plan for Jarrow and Hebburn.
There will subsequently be an additional open joint meeting of the PCCs of Jarrow and St Simon’s on 11 October, to bring the views of the two parishes together, and at which the Archdeacon will be present.
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.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
This Week (in addition to events listed overleaf)
Monday 2 October – 7pm. Harvest Super in St. John’s Hall. All welcome to join us for our Harvest Broth Supper, for which there is no charge. Please bring your own drink (and glasses). Volunteers are sought to help with the clearing up.
Tuesday 3 October Bishop Paul’s Study Day for Clergy, Stockton Parish Church
Saturday 7 October Jarrow Choral Society Concert: ‘Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo’ 7.30pm St John’s, with Pie and Peas Supper. £8.00 from Freda Carney 07790 306849
Sunday 8 October – 2.30pm. Pet Service in St. Paul’s. All are welcome, whether or not you are bringing an animal, but please extend an invitation to those you know with pets. This is a special opportunity to give thanks for this particular part of God’s rich creation.
Monday 9 October – 2pm. – 4pm. in St. Peter’s Hall HYMNATHON and Afternoon Tea. Tickets £5 available from Rita Blakey. All welcome.
Wednesday 11 October Joint PCC meeting with Simonside, with Area Dean and Archdeacon, including review of All-Age services.
Wednesday 18 October – 10am. – St. Simon’s Healing Eucharist for St. Luke’s Day
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.
Knitted Angels. Many members of the Parish are knitting angels which will be distributed around the parish before Christmas as gifts with details of Christmas services attached. If you would like to help knit them please contact Susan Short (St. Paul’s), Judith Jackson (St. Peter’s) or Barbara Bradley (St. John’s).
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.
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