During the pandemic we are worshiping together at 10.30am, St James' Benwell.
We have social distancing measures in place. We will also livestream the service every Sunday morning here >
St James' is also 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.
We have put in lots of measures to keep you safe, there will be hand sanitiser provided and seats are 2m apart. You can find all the information here >
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.
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. Sadly, for the moment, the children's area is closed off to stop the risk of infection. We often have activities specifically for them and we will let them know at the time.
Households can sit together - you will need to move chairs closer together and put them back again!
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.
The welcome team at services will be more than happy to assist you during your visit. If you would like to inform us in advance that you are interested in coming please click here. Please don't hesitate to get in touch with us!
We are always trying to make our services as accessible as possible, if there are any other ways we can improve things then don't be afraid to let us know.
All our buildings are wheelchair accessible
Accessible toilets are available at St James', St Margaret's, and the Venerable Bede.
We do have sound systems in our churches to help those with hearing impairments, but we apologise that these can be unreliable and we hope to improve this soon.
We will make an effort to ensure those who lip-read can follow along.
Sadly we currently don't have the capability to provide captions on our Live stream (though we hope to change this!) but you are most welcome to come in person to the 10:30am service at St James and we will be happy to accommodate you the best we can.
All other services are currently suspended due to Covid-19, the information below is for reference only:
Evening Prayer at St Margaret’s
Every Sunday at 6.30pm
On Sunday evenings we have a short (less than 30 mins), quiet and contemplative service of Evening Prayer. It is time to spend in God’s presence and to take a moment to rest and contemplate life.
BCP Holy Communion at St James
9.30am every Thursday
and 8am, on the first Sunday of the Month
For those of those of you who love the beautiful traditional language and a contemplative service. We use the Book of Common Prayer - the prayer book that formed the Church of England we know today. The service lasts about 30 minutes.
Farsi Translation Holy Communion at the Venerable Bede
10am every Tuesday
Anyone can join us and Farsi speakers are especially welcome. We use the readings from the previous Sunday to give Farsi speakers the chance to go deeper into what we learnt.
Morning Prayer at the Venerable Bede
8.45am on Tuesdays & Wednesdays
And anyone is welcome to join us for this 20 minute service to start your day in prayer.
BCP Morning Prayer
9am every Thursday
From the Book of Common Prayer – the historic Anglican prayer book with beautiful traditional language.
Festivals and special occasions
We always have a full range of services for festivals, holy days and other occasions – Christmas, Easter, Remembrance etc. and throughout the year all our four churches worship together for other occasions. We will advertise these nearer the time, so watch this space.
2-4pm, Saturdays in half terms and school holidays
A fun service for all primary school-age children and their parents, carers or other family members. Come along whenever you finish school and join us in making a mess with crafts, singing, and Bible stories and more!
If you are new then join us for Sunday Lunch! On the first Sunday of the month 1-3pm, we have a lunch at Cornerstone Community Centre, NE4 7TU, this is an especially good time to meet new people and ask questions about the church. Everyone is invited and it is FREE. Food is served buffet-style at about 1.30pm but come and go as you please. There is also optional crafts and hymn singing.