This week's pew sheet

Saint Paul, Whitley Bay

Mothering Sunday

22 March 2020


Please use this sheet through the week

in your prayers.

The prayers for today and Bible reading references are on this sheet.


Coronavirus precautions:  as you will know, public Church of England services are currently suspended.  However, the church will be open at the times shown below, to offer Pastoral Care and Prayer ministry for the whole community of Whitley Bay. 

Nobody who has any symptoms of COVID-19 should enter the building.


Monday to Thursday

8.30 a.m. to

10.00 a.m.

12 noon

to  2.00 p.m.

5.00 p.m. to

6.00 p.m.




12 noon

to 2.00 p.m.




9.30 a.m. to

2.00 p.m.





10.00 a.m.

to 12 noon


5.00 p.m. to

6.00 p.m.


Collect:  God of compassion, whose Son Jesus Christ, the child of Mary, shared the life of a home in Nazareth, and on the cross drew the whole human family to himself: strengthen us in our daily living that in joy and in sorrow we may know the power of your presence to bind together and to heal; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

First Reading:   1 Samuel 1. 20 – end

Second reading:  Colossians 3. 12 – 17

Gospel:    John 19. 25b – 27


Please pray for the sick and those in need, especially:  Richard Allen, Diana Bargewell, Ian Bell, Christine Dieghton, Cynthia Games, Lu Games, Maxine Groves, Andrew Grundy, Harry Hall, Florence Harrison, Judy Hemsley, Deborah Henderson, Chris Heptonstall, Ben Lazenby, Richard Little, Peta McIntyre, Dilys Palmer, Ernie Phillips, Stephen Potter, Sue Simpkin, David Simpkin, Tessa Sowerby, Rachel Thompson, George Thornton, Jemma Thorpe, Jeanne Whitehead, Colin, Emily, Frank, Paul, Shirley, Tony, Lee and Kath.

Please pray for the recently departed, especially: Moira Atkinson, and Shelagh.

Please pray for those whose anniversaries of death fall this week, especially: Eric Marshall, Cyril Kling, Thomas McMahon, Alice Mary Palmer, Arthur Hall, Amanda Stephenson, Peggy Pearson, William Gay, Mary Morrison, Kenneth Rockett, and George Barlow West.

Post communion prayer:  Loving God, as a mother feeds her children at the breast you feed us in this sacrament with the food and drink of eternal life: help us who have tasted your goodness to grow in grace within the household of faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Prayer intentions for the week


Mothering Sunday

The Parish


In Lent

Street Pastors


In Lent

Local businesses


The Annunciation Of Our Lord To The Blessed Virgin Mary

The Parish


In Lent

Care Workers


In Lent

Bellingham Deanery


In Lent

The Bay Food Bank


Readings for 29 March 2020:

5th Sunday of Lent

Ezekiel 37. 1 – 14

Romans 8. 6 – 11

John 11. 1 – 45


On Sunday 22nd March (Mothering Sunday) BBC Radio 4 and all BBC local radio stations will be broadcasting a service led by the Archbishop of Canterbury from 8.00 am to 8.30 am. Bishop Christine will then be going on BBC Radio Newcastle at 8.45 to share a message of hope with our communities here in the Diocese. 

The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Archbishop York have called, along with our fellow church leaders, for a day of prayer and action this coming Sunday - Mothering Sunday (22nd March). Mothering Sunday has always been both a day of celebration for many and a sensitive and emotional day for some. Wherever you are this Sunday please do join in this day of prayer and action and remember especially those who are sick or anxious, and all involved in our Health Service. As one action, we are calling on everyone to place a lighted candle in their window at 7.00 p.m. as a sign of solidarity and hope in the light of Christ that can never be extinguished.

Following further guidance from our Archbishops, the Eucharist will now be celebrated at St. Paul’s on Sundays at 9 am, on Wednesdays at 10 am and on Saturdays at 2 pm.  One or two people beside the celebrant will be allowed to attend.  There will be stringent observation of social distancing measures at the services.  Following the Government's advice, anyone who is not in an 'at risk' group or self-isolating and would like to attend, please contact the Vicar as soon as possible on 0191 252 4916.

As you know, prayers are being said daily in church for the whole congregation and community, at 8.30 am and 5.00 pm.  Everyone is invited to join in prayer from their homes as the prayers are said in church.

Please check our Parish website  

You can find useful material there, and soon we will be uploading videos and other resources, including Canon Robert Gage’s recent sermon on the Eucharist.

Do you have young members of your family who might like a “Real Easter Egg”?  We bought some to give out at Easter, but of course that won’t be possible now.  So we are offering the eggs to members of the congregation for £4 each, which is the price we paid for them.  There are just 3 left, so please get in touch with Lilian Martin if you’d like one.  The money will help towards utility bills etc. whilst we have no income from plate collection, gift aid envelopes, planned giving envelopes etc.

2020 Annual Parochial Meeting:  Any information from the Church of England about holding APCMs will be shared once it becomes available. Meanwhile, if you would like to be considered for election to the PCC or Deanery Synod, please speak to the Vicar or one of the Churchwardens about what is involved.  Nomination forms are at the back of church. 

Newsletter entries: please pass to Ann Laing by 6pm on Friday evening, by phone on 0191 297 0276, by hard copy to 24 Oakland Road NE25 8LS, or by email to