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Saint Paul, Whitley Bay

Sixth and Seventh Sundays after Trinity

19 & 26 July 2020

From our Vicar

Dear friends, I hope this newsletter finds you well and safe. We are slowly returning to a ‘new normality’ and we are learning to readjust the things we do to protect others and to protect ourselves. We are living a time of change and transformation. We know that as time goes on, new challenges will emerge. But we have our hearts set on God and we trust in him. At St Paul’s, we will carry on being a prayerful presence at the heart of Whitley Bay, both physically, spiritually, and electronically. Our doors will be open to all and we want to be a safe space for those who need us. New possibilities are being offered to us; it is time to leave fear and doubt behind. It is time to embrace God’s mission and accept the new opportunities that lie ahead.

Let us pray for this time of change and transformation, that our Church family might be ready to read the ‘signs of the times’ to bring anew God’s Word and Sacrament to the people of Whitley Bay.

Collect and readings for the Sixth Sunday after Trinity, 19 July

Collect:  Merciful God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as pass our understanding: pour into our hearts such love toward you that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all we can desire; 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.

Readings :  Isaiah 44. 6 – 8    

Gospel:    Matthew 13. 24 – 30 & 36 – 43       

Collect and readings for the Seventh Sunday after Trinity, 26 July

Collect:  Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: graft in our hearts the love of your name, increase in us true religion, nourish us with all goodness, and of your great mercy keep us in the same; 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.

Readings:   1 Kings 3. 5 – 12        

Gospel:    Matthew 13. 31 – 33 & 44 – 52       

Intercessions for weeks commencing 19 & 26 July

Please pray for the sick and those in need, especially:  Joan Abraham, Richard Allen, Diana Bargewell, Ian Bell, Michael Bradley, Pat Calboutin, Christine Dieghton, Cynthia Games, Maxine Groves, Andrew Grundy, Harry Hall, Judy Hemsley, Deborah Henderson, Chris Heptonstall, Ben Lazenby, Richard Little, Pat Moore, Stephen Potter, Sue Simpkin, David Simpkin, Tessa Sowerby, Rachel Thompson, George Thornton, Jemma Thorpe, Alice Whitehead, Jeanne Whitehead, Colin, Emily, Paul, Frank, Tony, Kath, Shirley, Lee, Beryl, Carole, Sharon, Marie and Lottie.

Please pray for the recently departed, including: Ernie Phillips.

Please pray for those whose anniversaries of death fall during these two weeks, especially: Margaret Wheeler, John Cuthbert, Joseph Blackburn, William Rutherford, Francis John Banks, Elly Tittley, and John Diseworth Harvey (priest).  And for John Eric Martin, Gail McDougal, Florence Burn, Eva Hall, Bill Fairman, Vera Price and Sydney Laing.

Prayer intentions for week commencing 19 July


Sixth Sunday after Trinity

Diocesan Resource Centre, Church  House


Margaret of Antioch

The Judiciary


Of the day



St. Mary Magdalen



St. Brigit of Sweden



Of the day

The unemployed


St. James



Prayer intentions for week commencing 26 July


Seventh Sunday after Trinity

The Lutheran Church


Of the day

Our Vicar


Of the day



Mary, Martha & Lazarus



William Wilberforce

Those who are exploited


St. Ignatius of Loyola

Spiritual Directors


Of the day

The recently married


Services for the next two weeks

  • Morning Prayer Monday – Thursday at 8.30 am (online) – please tell Ann Laing if you’d like to take part, so that the Zoom password can be sent to you.
  • Evening Prayer (privately) at 5 pm. 
  • Upcoming Eucharists: in church, livestreamed on Zoom and recorded for YouTube.
  • Sunday 19th July (Trinity 6): Eucharist at 10 am.
  • Wednesday 22nd July (St Mary Magdalene): Eucharist at 10 am.
  • Saturday 25th July (St James Apostle): Eucharist at 10am NB. via Zoom only.
  • Sunday 26th July (Trinity 7): Eucharist at 10 am.
  • Wednesday 29th July (Mary, Martha, Lazarus): Eucharist at 10 am.
  • Sunday 2nd August (Trinity 8): Eucharist at 10 am.  

Everyone is invited to join in prayer from home at the same time as Morning and Evening Prayer are being said.  If you are not joining services in church or online, Services of the Word are also provided for 19 and 26 July. 

Forthcoming Weddings in church:

Saturday 25 July at 1.30 pm: Michael Cook and Victoria Robb.

Saturday 1 August at 4.00 pm: Polat Karadeniz and Bethany Watts.


From Pat Calboutin:  following her kidney transplant, Pat thanks us all for the prayers and good wishes offered for her.  She sends her best wishes to everyone, and says she hopes eventually to return to all her Church activities a new, fitter person!

Raffle and cake sale:  the prizewinners in our 4 July raffle were Susan O’Connell, Mollie Anderson, Margaret and Tony Hobdey, Helen Lawlan (2), Jeanne Whitehead, Pat and Ray Calboutin, Lilian Martin, Joan Mills, Sandra Graham, Audrey Cherry and Brenda Grundy.  We raised a wonderful £265.  Our first online cake stall was also a success.  Produce came from volunteers all over the congregation and went out to all points of the compass.  The cake stall at Hartley House on 3 July also made a big contribution to the final total of £406.  Thank you very much to everyone who donated raffle prizes, and to those who bought tickets.  And also to our team of bakers and intrepid drivers who ferried everything around, and to all who bought and consumed everything.  Extra donations bring the combined total to £701.00.

The Gate:  please consider sending a sentence or two about the lockdown for the next edition.  Contributions will be grouped together for the article.  You can give your thoughts to Mary Evans by Wednesday 22 July.  Why not share what you missed doing / didn’t miss doing / are looking forward to doing / unexpected benefits / new things undertaken….. 

The Bay Foodbank needs your help in the school holidays.   Although food vouchers for school children have been paid up front, this will not fully meet the need right across the summer and the Foodbank is expecting high demand.  Our collecting box is available again in church, so you can help by donating goods.  Cash donations are also welcome and if you can’t get them to the Foodbank, you can send them to Lilian Martin to pass on.  Cheques can be made payable to THE BAY FOODBANK. Or you can donate online.  The Bank details are: Sort code 40-46-28; Account no. 3144 5758.

Newsletter entries: for the next edition, please pass them to Ann Laing by 6pm on Tuesday 28 July, by phone on 0191 297 0276, by hard copy to 24 Oakland Road NE25 8LS, or by email to