Weekly Update #75 – 19 September 2021

St Columba’s United Reformed Church

30 Northumberland Square | North Shields | NE30 1PW

Weekly Update #75
19th September 2021

From the Minister           Showing others the Red Card – in the nicest way!

It feels like the church building is opening up. Next week, for example, Café 2.21 and Square Table Lunches recommence (see below for details). This Sunday, in morning worship, we relax some of the precautions we have been following (again, see below for details). Volunteers have been at work to move more chairs into the church worship area, and it looks rather nice, even if I do say so myself! With chairs now linked together, couples, families, and those in a ‘social bubble’ may sit together. At the same time, with COVID still a reality, not everyone is comfortable sitting next to others, and that’s where red cards come in. If you need or wish to have a space between you (an individual, couple, or group) and others, pick up one or two of the red cards available in the church vestibule. Place them on the seat(s) next to you, so that others know not to sit too close. And when you see the red card that someone has placed next to them, respect it, don’t resent it; they may be protecting you as much as you will be protecting them.


Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash


Lord of the harvest, we offer you our worship. We adore you and thank you for the beauty and the bounty of the world which you have made. Lord of the harvest, accept our offering of praise. Amen.                         

(Peter Sheasby)

                                Led by the Reverend Trevor Jamison

Come, ye thankful people, come
We plough the fields and scatter
Bigger barns are what I need
For the fruits of all creation, thanks be to God

Image: Apples in the Manse Garden (photo by SGU)


This service will include a collection of food items for Nite Bite, the church-run project in North Shields, providing food for those who are finding life hard. Items sought include tinned potatoes, meat or fish. Coffee, sugar, and soups where you just add water to make them would also be particularly welcome. Other items will not be refused! Please drop off your contributions as you enter the church building.


  • Sanitising of hands upon entry to and exit from the building will be maintained
  • Chairs in the worship area are linked back together – couples, families, and those in a ‘social bubble’ may sit together. Space for individuals who wish or need to maintain distancing will also be respected using the red cards
  • Face masks are required when singing – but it’s also absolutely fine to wear one throughout the service if you wish to do so
  • Services may now last up to 45 minutes
  • More worshippers will now participate through Bible-reading and leading prayers
  • Worshippers should still leave the building before stopping to socialise
From Sunday 3rd October
  • We will begin offering refreshments in the church hall after the service and further details about how this will be organised will follow soon

Options for worshipping at home on Sundays

Radio 4                   Sunday Worship                                                                  8.10 a.m.
Online                    URC audio service   https://devotions.urc.org.uk/              10.00 a.m. 
Television              BBC 1  Songs of Praise                                                      1.15 p.m.

DISCLAIMER: tv and radio schedules can change, so check the timings are correct!

Bible readings for this week

Deuteronomy 26:1-11         Remembering who the harvest comes from
Psalm 67                            ‘The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, has blessed us’
Galatians 6: 6-10                 Reaping what you sow
Luke 12:13-21                       The peril of hanging on to the harvest for yourself

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

Reflection on the Readings

“In my context I see a thoughtless theism (believing in God) being replaced by a thoughtless atheism and I am not sure which is worse.” (Noel Irwin) In the past, it’s certainly true that lots of people believed in God because that was what ‘everyone’ believed. Nowadays lots of people don’t believe in God because that’s what ‘everyone’ believes. Today, though, I think the other big category is ‘thoughtless agnosticism’ i.e. people don’t think about God at all, one way or the other. Our reading from Deuteronomy reminds us not to be unthinking about the harvest, not to take things for granted. Instead, we’re told to think about the good things we receive from creation, and also to think about from where (and who) they come.

Photo by Slashio Photography on Unsplash

Songs that respond to the readings – Psalm 67

Sung by Sons of Korah

Sung by Poor Bishop Hooper

News             Café 2.21  and Square Table Lunches resume
Café 2.21 – from Tuesday 21st September, 10.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m., for tea, coffee, scones, cakes, light lunches
Square Table Lunches – from Thursday 23rd September, 11.30 a.m. – 1.00 p.m., for soup, sandwiches, tray bakes, tea and coffee

Both look forward to welcoming you and others!

Photo by K8 on Unsplash

Covid precautions to keep everyone safe on Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • extra ventilation and cleaning will be in place
  • everyone asked to take care over social distancing
  • wearing a face mask is a matter of personal choice, but please wear one, if you can, until you sit down at your table
  • hand sanitizers available on all of the tables
  • your server will come to your table to take your order, and bring food and cutlery to you.
  • after your meal, please take your payment slip to the cashier.
Collection for Macmillan Cancer Support –Sunday 26th September
HANDS continue to support the world’s biggest coffee morning, run to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Care. This year, taking the pandemic into account, there will not be a coffee morning. Instead you can donate at the church door on Sunday September 26th. Alternatively, if you wish, you can drop off a donation with Audrey, or donate online at https://www.macmillan.org.uk/donate

Keeping in Touch

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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