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** INDOOR TABLE SALES ARE BACK AT ST JOHN'S **

** INDOOR TABLE SALE 8 DECEMBER **
St John's Parish Hall from 9:00am - 12.00pm
Tables £5 - booking enquiries can be made to 02843722101 (No Traders please).
Refreshments available.
All proceeds going to church funds.


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Christingle Service- Tuesday, 11 December 2018 at 7.30pm

The celebration is named after the Christingles that are lit during the service. The word 'Christingle' means ' Christ-Light'. Christingles are made from an orange decorated with red tape, sweets and a candle. Each element of the Christingle has a special meaning and helps to tell the Christian story:
- The orange represents the world
- The red ribbon symbolises the love and blood of Christ
- The sweets and dried fruit represent all of God's creations
- The lit candle represents Jesus's light in the world, bringing hope to people living in darkness.

Join us for this special event everyone will be very welcome.


Newcastle Inter-Church Bible Studies Advent 2018

All meetings at 7.30pm

Wednesday 28th November - St John's Hall

Romans Ch. 13

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Wednesday 5th December - Newcastle Methodist Church Hall

John 1: 1-18

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Wednesday 12th December -Parish Centre, Main Street

Matthew 11: 28-30

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Wednesday 19th December - Newcastle Presbyterian Church New Buildings

Luke 1:57-80


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UPDATE : St John’s Spire & Tower Appeal

The spire and tower at St John’s has stood proudly over Newcastle since 1832. However, constant exposure to driving rain, wind and storms has caused significant deterioration to the external and internal structure of the spire and tower. If essential maintenance work is not undertaken now, the church may have to be closed due to health and safety considerations.

The estimated cost of repairs is £169,600. This amount is well beyond what can be raised by parishioners and we have applied for grant funding to enable the essential work to be undertaken. In March, we launched an appeal to raise £50,000 towards the cost of repairs. Select Vestry are delighted to be able to confirm that we have now received cash donations and pledges from parishioners and friends of St John’s for just over £50,500. This has been a tremendous success, in such a short period, and the Select Vestry is grateful for the generous response of so many people.

We are now progressing our application for grant funding, through the HLF to enable additional funds to be secured, to enable the essential maintenance work to be completed. It is hoped that confirmation of the HLF grant will be received by late October.


Prayer

Almighty God, in the birth of your Son you have poured on us the new light of your incarnate Word, and shown us the fullness of your love. Help us to walk in his light and dwell in his love that we may know the fullness of his joy; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.