Welcome to St Columba’s Church
We are a friendly and welcoming church in the heart of Wideopen, also serving Seaton Burn and North Gosforth, with a congregation drawn from across these communities and beyond. We welcome all in Christ’s name. We are part of the Christ the King Team Parish.
What’s Going On
The Government have permitted church buildings in the Church of England to open for private prayer and from July 4 for worship.
As we move forward in this COVID time, some of our shared worship of God remains online, whilst our care for each other continues. Of course we can pray wherever we are.. While out walking works for some!
The health and safety of our community is our priority. All bookings and events in our hall were cancelled with effect from Wednesday 18th March – to be reviewed as advised in accordance with government guidance.
We celebrated our first Eucharist since lockdown on Sunday 12th July at 10am, followed by socially distanced coffee and tea in the vicarage garden. We will continue to make our service available on facebook and Youtube. If you come to church, please pay attention to guidance to keep everyone safe. Current capacity is around 29, so please let us know if you are coming: from Sunday 19th we are offering a second service at 4pm
We are now also open on Wednesday morning with a Eucharist at 9.30am staying open for private prayer until 12
We also offer an online service of prayer and reflection on ‘The Journey Ahead’ on Wednesday evenings on Facebook and Youtube (7.30pm)
Thank you for your support for St Columba’s through this challenging time and we will continue to pray for you all in the weeks ahead.
‘All shall be well, all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well’ – Julian of Norwich writing at the time of the Black Death.
Some of us at St Columba’s have agreed to pray together (wherever we are… on the bus, at work or at home) at 12:00 midday (or if that is not possible at 6:00 pm) for the current situation that we face together.
Remember that there will be people praying at the same time with the same purpose. Thank you if you can join us.
Jesus, people came to you when they were in trouble or in pain.
Friends carried them, strangers told you about them, some met you walking along the road…
In this time of uncertainty hear us now as we bring to you those who are sick across the world. Sustain and support those involved in care and research.
Guide all who make decisions about health and wellbeing in this community and beyond.
Be with the anxious – remind us not to be afraid, but to trust in you, knowing that nothing can separate us from your love. Amen
You may also wish to pray the Lord’s prayer…
Find Virtual Services!
Look under the Our Church heading,
the section on Services,
to find links to recent online services.
A warm and Inclusive welcome
We are very pleased to report that we are now recognised as part of Inclusive Church – a network of churches, groups and individuals uniting together around a shared vision:
“We believe in inclusive Church – a church which celebrates and affirms every person and does not discriminate. We will continue to challenge the church where it continues to discriminate against people on grounds of disability, economic power, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, learning disability, mental health, neurodiversity, or sexuality. We believe in a Church which welcomes and serves all people in the name of Jesus Christ; which is scripturally faithful; which seeks to proclaim the Gospel afresh for each generation; and which, in the power of the Holy Spirit, allows all people to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Jesus Christ.”
Please support our work
Every little helps – like everyone else we have lost regular income over lockdown, but still have bills to pay… Go to https://www.give.net/StColumbaWideopen/oneoff
Help us to be here for you and this community! Thank you!
Do you buy online?
Did you know that whenever you buy anything online – from your weekly shop to your annual holiday – you could be raising free donations for St Columba’s Wideopen with easyfundraising?
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All you need to do is:
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2. Every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising first to find the site you want and start shopping.
3. After you’ve checked out, the retailer will make a donation to St Columba’s Wideopen at no extra cost to you whatsoever!
There are no catches or hidden charges and we at St Columba’s Wideopen will be really grateful for your donations.
Thank you for your support.
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