This week's pew sheet

Saint Paul, Whitley Bay

St Stephen and 2nd Sunday of Christmas  

26th December 2021 and 2nd January 2022

Welcome to your newsletter, which covers a period of two weeks.

Please use it to help in your prayers each day.

John Vilaseca     01912524916

Wishing a blessed Christmas and a happy New Year to everyone.

Collect and readings for St Stephen, 26th December        

Collect: Almighty God, who wonderfully created us in your own image and yet more wonderfully restored us through your Son Jesus Christ: grant that, as he came to share in our humanity, so we may share the life of his divinity; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

Reading:  Acts 7: 51 – 60       

Reading:  Galatians 2: 16b – 20

Gospel:    Matthew 23: 34 – 39

Collect and readings for 2nd Sunday of Christmas, 2nd January     

Collect: 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 is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen

Reading:  Jeremiah 31: 7 – 14

Reading:  Ephesians 1: 3 – 14

Gospel:    John 1: 10 – 18

Intercessions and intentions for the next two weeks

Please pray for all those on our prayer lists, especially:  

Sunday Prayer list: Raymond Anderson and his family, Susie Brett, Richard Little, Alice Whitehead, Jeanne Whitehead, Alaine, David, Simon.

Thursday Prayer list: Roger Abraham, Richard Allen, Diana Bargewell, Michael Bradley, Christine Deighton, Cynthia Games, Lorna Gilchrist, Andrew Grundy, Agel Hall, Deborah Henderson, Chris Heptonstall, Terry Mason, Pam McKenzie, Pat Moore, Gwen O’Connell, Ken Rogan, Ray Rutherford, David Simms, Sue Simpkin, Rachel Thompson, George Thornton, Jemma Thorpe, Mark Watson, Emily, Kath, Marie, Lottie, Sharon, Paul, Tony, Catherine, Frank, Carole, Shirley, Susan, Paul, Joan, Anthony, Ann.

The recently departed: Colin Sands (priest), Dilys Palmer

Those whose anniversaries of death fall at this time: Ethel Croft, Cicely James, Rita Gell, Leslie Keen, Betty Ingleby, Alberta Walker, Mona Aldron, Edward Clayton, Fred Knott, Trevor Boycott, Robert Webster, Frances Price, Cordelia Calder, Herbert Calder, Jennie Banks (first week). And John Maughan, Denise Rutherford, Joyce Wood, Kathleen Nicholson, George Merrilees, Michael Riley, Roland Sisterson, Judy Best, Marion Thompson, Peggy Fisher, Ian Bell (second week).

Prayer intentions for week commencing 26th December        

Sun 26

Feast of St Stephen  

The Parish

Mon 27

St John

All churches dedicated to St John

Tues 28

Holy Innocents


Wed 29

St Thomas Becket

Archbishop of Canterbury

Thur 30

Of the day


Fri 31

Of the day

Those working in hospitality

Sat 1 Jan

Naming of Christ

Ecumenical initiatives for 2022


Prayer intentions for week commencing 2nd January     

Sun 2

2nd Sunday of Christmas

The Parish

Mon 3

Of the day

Local schools

Tues 4

Of the day


Wed 5

Of the day


Thur 6


The Parish

Fri 7

Of the day

Recycling projects

Sat 8

John Dobson



Services for the next two weeks

All Eucharist services held in church are now being live-streamed via our YouTube channel: 

Please note:

Morning Prayer in church:

There will be no Morning Prayer until Saturday 8th January at 9.30am and then resumes as regular weekday Morning Prayer Monday to Thursday at 8.30am and Saturday Morning Prayer at 9.30am.


St Paul’s open for private prayer:

The church will not be open for private prayer on Saturday December 25th (10am Eucharist) nor on Saturday January 1st 2022 but will resume on Saturday January 8th from 10am to 11am.


St Paul’s Prayer Group:

St Paul’s Prayer Group will resume on Thursday January 6th at 10am.



24th Dec

Christmas Eve

Midnight Mass 11pm

In church/YouTube


25th Dec

Christmas Day

Eucharist 10am


In church/YouTube


26th Dec   

St Stephen’s Day

Eucharist 10am


In church/YouTube



29th Dec  


Eucharist 10am


In church/YouTube


2nd Jan 2022   

2nd Sunday of Christmas

Eucharist 10am


In church/YouTube


Wednesday 5th Jan


Liturgy of the Word

In church/YouTube


6th Jan


Eucharist 10am (with incense)

In church/YouTube



9th Jan

Baptism of Christ

Eucharist 10am


In church/YouTube



Dilys Palmer

We know everyone will be saddened to hear that our friend Dilys died peacefully at home, on Sunday, December 19th. Dilys will be missed by everyone at St Paul’s and we have all been blessed by having her in our lives. Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her.

Details of her funeral will be shared as soon as they have been arranged.


Walk-In Nativity: there is still time to join us for a Nativity trail through the church and the Parish Centre on Christmas Eve (Thursday 24th Dec). Drop in any time between 11am to 2pm. The trail will tell the Christmas story through different activities for children of all ages. Everyone welcome.

Changes to Morning Prayer, the church opening for private prayer and the Prayer Group: please see the details on the Services page of this newsletter for details of when these will sessions will resume after Christmas.

Safeguarding Training at St Paul’s: a training session will be held at St Paul’s on Saturday January 15th 2022. Further details to follow.

Newsletter entries: for the next edition, please pass them to Mary Evans by 6pm on Tuesday 4th January 2022, or to