Weekly Update #22: Sunday 16 August

St Columba’s United Reformed Church

30 Northumberland Square | North Shields | NE30 1PW
Weekly Update #22: Sunday 16th August 2020

From the Minister – St Columba’s Masked Movers and Makers in Action

As part of the preparations for recommencing worship in our church building, on Monday evening a team of volunteers moved all the chairs from the church, upstairs to the Lishman Hall. Then, on Tuesday, a team of markers and measurers set out the worship area. Thanks to all who took part in this and other work.




‘If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, “Move” … and it will move.’ (Matthew 17:20)

God, plant a seed of faith within us, so that we can do great things for you,
In this world and in your Church.


Worship in the church buildings for Sunday 23rd August – BOOK YOUR PLACE!

There are two Sunday services on our building, one at 10.00 a.m. and one at one at 11.15 a.m. The content of each service is the same, lasting for approximately thirty minutes. Up to thirty people are allowed at each service.

To be able attend you must contact Alison Drew between Monday morning and midday on the Friday in the week before the service.  (Contact details below.)

Please note, the government requires that you must wear a face covering when taking part in worship in England.

We also intend to record the service and make it available to those unable to attend at this time: further details to follow.

Other options for worshipping at home on Sunday

Online           URC audio service (https://devotions.urc.org.uk/ )           10.00 a.m.

Radio            Radio 4          Sunday Worship                                          8.10 a.m.

Television      BBC1             Songs of Praise                                          1.15 p.m.

DISCLAIMER: TV and Radio schedules can change, so check the timings are correct!

Bible readings for Sunday

From the Revised Common Lectionary

Genesis 45:1-15

Joseph reveals himself to his brothers

Psalm 133
It’s good when kindred live together in unity

Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32
God does not forget the Jewish people

Matthew 15:(10-20), 21-28
A mother makes an urgent request to Jesus

Image: detail from Bazzi Rahib, Canaanite Woman Asks for Healing

You can read the Bible passages online at https://www.biblegateway.com/

Reflection on the Readings using our new leaflet

Jesus gets approached by a woman from the region of Tyre and Sidon. She’s from the area where Syria came to the sea at that time. She’s comes to Jesus because she fears for her daughter’s life. Today, many Syrians (and their children) are in fear for their lives, fleeing by land and sea. After a challenging discussion Jesus gives her what she and her child need. I wonder what sort of answer Syrian parents and children expect from followers of Jesus today when they seek their help?

For further reflections and prayers relating to the readings, including about listening to what outsiders are saying, click here.

“Ambition for North Shields”

North Tyneside Council have produced proposals for regenerating the town centre under the banner ‘Ambition for North Shields’. This includes further developing Northumberland Square and creating a distinct route to Fish Quay via pedestrianisation of the northern end of Howard Street. All this might lead to increased footfall past our church building.

You can find more detail online at Ambition for North Shields and the draft plan itself at this link.


St Columba’s Coffee and Conversation – Saturdays at
10.00 a.m.

Join the conversation on the day by clicking here.
Meeting ID: 849 3449 4464, Password: 643231

To join by telephone, dial this local rate number: 0131 460 1196

For information or help, contact Mathew Hall: 07792782647 or


Online Holiday Forum 21-23 August

Your invitation to join with members of Saint Columba’s, folk from around the URC and others, in the annual Holiday Forum of fun, faith and fellowship. This year the theme is Global Pandemic, Global Church. To see the range of activities on offer and to register, go to this link.

Online Prayer Gathering on Sundays at 6.30 p.m.

A thirty-minute opportunity for prayer together and hand it all to God, including learning a shared signed-response to some prayers.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be no online prayer gathering today or on Sunday 23rd August. Meetings will resume on 30th August.

Thereafter, meetings will take place on the last Sunday of each month. (We are also planning to introduce an evening worship event on Zoom on the first Sunday of each month.)

Bible Exploration Meetings

Bible exploration meetings are taking a break for August, returning in September.

Keeping in Touch

We will keep in touch with each other. Elders will have a list of members and friends to contact each week, both to provide information and to ensure that people are safe and well. You can contact your designated Elder, the Minister, or Church Secretary.

Minister: Reverend Trevor Jamison                 Church Secretary: Alison Drew
minister.northshieldsurc@gmail.com               [email protected].com
0191 290 1193         07896 899538                 0191 251 9774

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St Columba’s United Reformed Church

30 Northumberland Square

North Shields, Tyne and Wear NE30 1PW

United Kingdom

St Columba’s United Reformed Church Charity is a registered charity in England & Wales, number 1164784.

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