Church of England Diocese of Newcastle Seaton Hirst

Coronavirus Update

A message from Fr David:

Dear all,

We are currently in another time of National Lockdown. This time round it is permitted for Churches to continue to offer Public Worship. This is, I think, a sign of the hard work so many churches have undertaken to ensure that Services are COVID Secure.

We will continue to offer Sunday Mass at both St John's and St Andrew's. These services will be short and simple. Please continue to book in as usual, either with myself or Fr John as appropriate. Nevertheless, we must recognize that the new strain of COVID marks a serious threat to the safety and well-being of so many.

<div>In light of that, please abide by the following:

As you enter Church, take your place immediately without gathering in groups for conversation. You will need to wear a mas, maintain social distancing and follow the directions of the wardens to ensure the safety of all. Similarly, at the Conclusion of the Mass, remain in your seat until the Wardens invite you to leave. After you have left the Church, keep wearing your mask until you are away from the Church building. Please avoid remaining outside for conversations.

These may seem stringent, but they are a now a legal requirement:


If we are to continue worshiping together, it is important that we follow the Law in this regard.

Please think carefully if it is appropriate for you come to Church. Those of us who are clinically vulnerable or have received notification to Shield should follow the advice they have been given.

If you are in need of any support, be it priestly or practical, please feel free to ring Fr John and myself in the course of the next few weeks. We are more than happy to hear from you.

There will be many who are anxious or afraid at this time. There may be feelings of weariness or loneliness we are going through. In the days to come, let us read and be sustained by Romans 8, especially the final few verses:

"I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."

For those who are shielding, we continue to worship online:

Each day, there will be live streamed Morning and Evening Prayer (at approx 8.30/17:30)

on Sundays, we will share the National Online Service at 9.00.

These can be found on our Parish Facebook page: