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Although further covid restrictions now look unlikely, it would still be sensible, nearer the time, to check if events indicated here are still happening as planned.

It remains a legal requirement to wear a face covering within places of worship (including non-worship events) unless you are exempt from doing so and we have also been advised that, for the time-being, refreshments should not be served.

Having noted the above, be assured that steps remain in place to make the church environment as safe as possible for those attending worship or for anyone thinking of returning.

We welcome our minister, Rev Jenny Porterpryde, who is to lead our worship this morning. This service will include Holy Communion and our Annual Covenant service.

The Wednesday Evening Home Group has decided to meet only by “Zoom” for the next few weeks and for a shorter, informal and mainly “social” exchange. Plans to resume more conventional meetings, with “Zoom” remaining an option, will remain under regular review. If you have not been attending this group and would like to join or to know more, please contact Tim.

9.15 to 11.30am
Weekly Soft Play sessions for pre-school children continue in the hall today.

10.45am Our worship this morning is to be led by Rev Gareth Sherwood, from Hexham. We extend a very warm welcome to Gareth on what will be his first visit to Wylam since joining the Tynedale ministerial team last September.

12 noon
The funeral will take place here of Eileen Williams, who died on 28 December at the age of 98. Although unable to be with us in church for some time, I’m sure we will all remember Eileen, whether in church or in the women’s meetings she attended regularly, for her cheerful and stoical attitude, particularly in the face of her severe mobility problems. We extend our sympathy to her family at this time of sadness.

8.00pm Wednesday Evening Home Group
. Please see 19 January, above, for current details.

9.15 to 11.30am
Weekly Soft Play sessions for pre-school children continue in the hall today.

8.15 (for 8.30am) to 10.00am
The monthly Perspectives Men’s Breakfast, will be held at the Errington Arms when, following the breakfast, Simon Tustin will speak about “Working in Conflict”. Simon served with the army in Northern Ireland during “the troubles”, the Congo and Iraq. He later taught history for a time before joining Anglican International Development, where he has been involved in transforming lives in several conflict-affected African countries. Booking is essential. Full English Breakfast £10, Continental £8. Speak to Brian Japes if you are interested. A poster on the notice board gives more details.

Our worship today is to be led by Graham Wilson.

NEXT NOTICES The next issue of these church notices is planned to be published shortly before Sunday 30 January. As always, please provide Brian with information to be published as soon as possible.

KITCHEN We are very grateful to the group of ladies who have spent hours over the past couple of weeks carrying out a deep clean of the church kitchen, including some re-organisation of the storage spaces. Please help by keeping the kitchen clean and tidy. This includes refraining from leaving items in the sink for washing – or washed items for someone else to put away, both of which have become a common occurrence!

Fancy some mugs? As a by-product of the above kitchen cleaning, a large number of surplus mugs has been identified. These have been placed in a box in the atrium and we are invited to help ourselves, whether to a few or the odd one.

WYLAM AND DISTRICT CHURCHES The Annual General Meeting of the Wylam and District Churches will be held here on Tuesday 1 February at 8.00pm, immediately following a short meeting of the Trustees at 7.30pm. This meeting is open to members of the congregations of all four covenanting churches. The covid pandemic has curtailed many of our familiar activities over the last 18 months or so but this is an opportunity to hear about what has been possible and, more importantly, to contribute to discussion about the future. Do please consider coming along.

JOB VACANCY The post of Church Administrator at Hexham Trinity Methodist Church has been brought to our attention. The position, commencing in March 2022, is for 17 hours per week over 5 mornings, salary from £8,398 per annum. The closing date for applications is 1 February, interviews Saturday 12 February. For details, please refer to the poster on the notice board or ask Brian to forward these to you, in confidence.

FOOD BANK A reminder that although the system has probably not been as active in recent months, we are still open to collecting items for the two Food Banks that we have supported for some time. The main collection point is currently in the atrium but a second box for donations remains in the foyer.

Prayer Footnote: Jesus, as we gather together at your table:
If we are sick, heal us; if we are confused, grant us wisdom; if we are fearful, help us to be brave; if we have sinned, forgive us; where we despair, grant us peace; where we disagree, help us to find acceptance of one another – and all this that we might become one in you.
Amen Barbara Winner

Information to be circulated? You can contact Brian Japes
Tel:- 852151 or email:-