10.45am    We welcome our minister, Rev Jenny Porterpryde, who is to lead our worship this morning. This
service is to be a “Whole Church Celebration”, for all-ages.

It is assumed that Children will remain in church this morning but, if crèche facilities would be more appropriate for any very little ones, these are available in room 1, across the atrium, providing there is parental supervision.

If you wish to use the loop system, please turn your hearing aid to the appropriate setting. (But – Please see the later note!)

Do stay if you can for coffee, tea or juice, which will be served in the foyer immediately following this service.  Any voluntary contributions for these refreshments are currently for “CAP” (Christians Against Poverty).  This is a charitable Christian company in the United Kingdom founded in Bradford by John Kirkby in 1996. It is a national organisation specialising in debt counselling for people in financial difficulty, including those in need of bankruptcy or insolvency.   On the internet, go to if you would like to learn more. We do know that many users of the Food Banks we support have benefited from the work of this charity.

Half Term this week, so no Soft Play (today or Thursday).   Back as usual next week.

7.30pm   Our representatives who are Trustees of the Wylam and District Churches, are reminded of the Trustees Meeting, to be held in the foyer here this evening, followed at 8.00pm by the AGM.

8.00pm   The Annual General Meeting of the Wylam and District Churches will be held in the foyer here, when it is hoped that many will take the opportunity to come along.  If you need to be reminded, this is a meeting open to anyone from any of our covenanted churches and an important chance to hear about the on-going work, to ask any questions you might have and, if you wish, to join in any discussion.

10.00am   Members of our Resources Group are reminded of their meeting this morning, which is to be held in the upstairs room.

The Wednesday Evening Home Group is taking a break for Half Term this week – back next week with the start of a new Lent Study – see the later note with more details.

12 noon to 1.00pm   Our weekly drop-in for prayer time continues today, when two members of our prayer team will be available for listening and prayer.

No Soft Play session today, as it’s Half Term – back next week, Monday and Thursday as usual.

6.30 for 7.00pm   A reminder, for those who have booked, of the “Perspectives Dinner”, to be held at Langley Castle this evening, with guest speaker Tim Farron MP.

10.30am to 12noon   Coffee/Tea will once again be served in the foyer here for all who wish to call in for refreshments and a chat.

10.45am   We look forward to welcoming Robin Charlton, who is appointed to lead our worship this morning. Robin is one of the Local Preachers “on-trial” within the Circuit, and we believe this will be the first time he has led a service here at Wylam.


LENT STUDY    The study that has been chosen for the Wylam and District Churches this year is a series of six studies based on Philip Yancey’s book, “The Jesus I Never Knew”.   These will commence on Ash Wednesday, 26 February, within the Wednesday Home Group at the home of Beverley and Tim Kenny, but with an invitation to folk from any of the churches to come along.   Each session, starting at 8.00pm and lasting about an hour, will include clips from various film depictions of Jesus, His life and ministry, with discussion to follow. Soon, if it’s not already there, there will be a poster on the notice board giving greater detail.   Look out for this and book the dates in your diary.   The Wednesday Lunchtime “BLT” group will also be open to all and following these studies but, meeting less frequently, this group is expected to consolidate the studies.   Dates will be 25 February, 11 and 25 March, at 12 noon (with a packed lunch) and/or at 12.30pm, when the studies will begin.
Also during Lent, several films are going to be shown at St Oswin’s as part of the joint churches study provision. Details of these will appear here as soon as we know them.

CHRISTIAN AID COLLECTION   We understand from Fiona Oomes that someone has come forward to act as the Organiser for this year’s house-to-house collection in May, for which we are very grateful.  However, there is still a need for volunteers to help with the actual collection, during the week of 10 to 16 May, so please get in touch with Fiona, either by email ( or phone (07798 724631), if you are able to help or would simply, at this stage, like to know more about what it would involve.

As we have reminded everyone previously, we of the Methodist Church are responsible once more for the Toys and Jigsaws stall at “Jump for Joy” on the afternoon of Sunday 24 May. As we get ready we thought it a good idea to operate a “Jigsaw Exchange” at our coffee morning on the last Saturday of each month preceding the event.  The idea is that you can bring old jigsaws and we’ll offer them on loan for a month for £1, along with the others we have already received.  That way we could more than double their value for the Jump for Joy appeal.   Dates of the exchange will be Saturdays 29 February, 28 March and 25 April. So, check the cupboards and see what you can find.   Thank you.  David Featonby

PRAYER SPACE    Do make use of the Prayer Space in the atrium, now beautifully and thoughtfully updated with the new theme of “Go Deeper”, reflecting our desire to grow in our relationship with God and experience more of the spiritual riches He promises those who seek Him.

PRAYER INITIATIVE   The Wylam and District Churches Prayer Initiative asks us this month to pray for those living in Woodvale Gardens, Main Road and Tyne View.   The general theme for our prayers this month is “Our Local community”, this week focusing on “Local Clubs and Societies”.  Do please remember these in your prayers.

CELEBRATION SONGS OF PRAISE   The Newcastle Methodist District Music Society is holding this event at Brunswick Methodist Church on Saturday 7 March as part of the celebration of the bicentenary of that church.   There will be a choir rehearsal at 3.00pm with evening worship at 6.00pm at which Rev Professor David Wilkinson is to be the preacher.  If you wish to be part of the choir, please refer to the letter on the notice board, which includes detail of how to register your interest.  Another poster provides additional general details about this event.

“CHOSEN PEOPLE, ROYAL PRIESTHOOD” is the title of an event to be held at Brunswick Methodist Church, Newcastle, organised by Methodist Evangelicals Together.  This will be on Saturday 14 March, from 10.30am to 12.30pm, described as a time of Worship, Study and Prayer.  Please see the poster on the notice board or contact Rev Paul Dunstan (01434 603761) if you would like more information.

“LOOP” SYSTEM”   We are sorry that the problem with the loop system has yet to be satisfactorily resolved.  Because the effectiveness of the system requires a hearing aid user to identify the problem, and reports appear to vary, it makes it difficult to know what adjustments we can make ourselves or what to ask an audio engineer to do.  You may find, for the time being, that you can hear better if you are able to “tune in” to the general sound system rather than the loop.

PRAYER FOOTNOTE   Lord, may we never give up your cause, abandon your work or let it lie in ruins.  Let us take up the cause of the gospel, persevere and fight on until we see your kingdom come and enter into your glory.  Amen     Marion Moverley

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