Getting Involved in our Other Activities:
ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
Every Monday from 2 – 4pm (excluding Bank Holidays) there is a chance for parents/carers to come with their babies and toddlers to St George’s Church Hall to meet and chat together over tea/coffee. There is no charge for this.
There is fun for all the family with craft activities, games, stories, refreshments and a baby corner for those whose fingers are too small to stick and paste.
A Beavers group, for boys and girls aged 6-8 meets on Wednesday between 5.00pm and 6.45 in the Church Hall
Sunday Knights is a group for children and young people aged 10-16 which meets about twice a month in the Hall between 4-6 pm on Sunday afternoons during term time.
Usual activities include games in the Hall or on the Green, a sponsored walk, treasure trails and helping at the Christmas Fair and summer Fete. Many of the group enjoy taking part in the annual pantomime in early February. The Sunday Knights Calendar is available here.
Students and Young Professionals are an important part of St George’s community, with an informal group which meets occasionally (usually once a month) in fellowship and faith.
Recent events have included taking part in the pub and parish quizzes, going for a meal and meeting for evening prayer during Lent.
There are a number of services that can appeal to people with a busy social life: particularly Compline at 9pm on Tuesdays during term time and 11:30am Sunday Eucharist.
St George’s also takes seriously the contributions and talents of 18-30s, many of whom serve either on the PCC, as volunteers and leaders of events or take part in the service as servers or as part of the choir. St George’s is a great place to pray and worship, meet new people and grow or explore the Christian faith from a liberal and affirming position; we welcome all in God’s name.
WEEKLY ACTIVITIES FOR ALL AGES
The church flowers are organised and arranged by a rota of volunteers.
Please contact the Parish Office if you are interested.
Every Friday (10 am-12 noon)the Friday Cafe offers an opportunity for all age groups to drop in for tea/coffee/ homemade cakes and scones.
We especially welcome those affected in any way by a dementia.
Tuesday Maintenance Group
The Maintenance Group meets on Tuesday mornings from 9.00 am to midday and does odd jobs, small maintenance work and gardening.
Coffee, cake, chat, jokes at half time.
Regular help is most appreciated, but even occasional help is very welcome.
REGULAR ACTIVITIES FOR ALL AGES
Why bother with the Book Group? Why indeed. It is easy enough to pick up a book and read it without having to discuss it with an eclectic group of other readers. So why do the Book Groupies persevere?
Refreshments: cakes and beverages offered in each household are excellent.
News Exchange: mainly of hatchings, matchings and dispatchings. Some might dismiss it as gossip, albeit fascinating.
Variety of Books: fierce arguments result in book choices sometimes beyond one’s comfort zone but occasionally new authors open up an unexpected and pleasurable expansion of said zone. Recent favourites include The Leaping Lad and other short stories by local writer Sid Chaplin and the novel All The Light We Cannot See by Pulitzer Prize winner Anthony Doerr.
Perseverance: busy people often say they do not have time to read for pleasure. Book Groupies view this as an excuse, not a reason. The group provides a deadline for readers to reach each month.
Interested? The Book Group meets once a month in the home of one of the members at 8.00pm.
Information about each meeting (usually on a Wednesday) together with the title of the book is published in the parish notes distributed at Sunday services. New members are always welcome. Just read the book and turn up!
Volunteers clean the church on the 3rd Saturday of the month, starting at 9.30 am.
They swab the floors, polish the pews, clean the altar rail and vacuum the Lady Chapel.
Extra help is always very welcome.
We meet for Church Walks once a month outside the Hall at 9.30 am (summer) and 10. 00 (winter).
Our group can vary from 5 to12 and shares cars to the starting point. In the past we have walked up Windy Gyle, in the Cheviots, around Gibside, a circular walk around the Souter Lighthouse, along the Derwent Valley and around Kirkharle.
We take a packed lunch, but usually try to find somewhere for a cup of tea at the end.
Well-behaved dogs are welcome (on leads near sheep, please). Click here to view Church Walks Calendar.
Friends of St.Georgeʼs
The Friends meet between 10-12 times a year.
More details here
Gentlemen of St.Georgeʼs
The Gentlemen of St George’s meets intermittently: sometimes this has a more profound purpose, like a visit to the mosque or a talk about the Occupied West Bank: sometimes it involves going out for a meal or a drink together.
Our inclusive church ethos means that anyone is welcome, male or female, whether they attend St George’s or not. As there are no members there are no “insiders”, making events more open to newcomers.
Loose Ladies is a friendly social group for ladies (men welcome too) which meets every 4 – 6 weeks. Recent activities have included meals out, The People’s Theatre, trip to Tynemouth Station Market, York Mystery Plays, Japanese Evening and nail painting. Events are advertised in the weekly notice sheet.
The Panto Band plays once a month at the Parish Communion Service and also at the parish fete and parish pantomime.
All instrumentalists of Grade 2 standard and above are welcome to join us.
The Lance is published monthly, with a suggested price of £1, or annual donation of £10.
We welcome contributions, which should be sent to the Parish Office firstname.lastname@example.org
To download The Lance please click here.
As an inclusive church, we enjoy opportunities to be open to the whole community, of all faiths or none, in Jesmond, Newcastle and beyond, and especially in the needy parts of the world.
Recently we have enjoyed a weekend of Community Events in Jesmond, as well as appeals on behalf of children in refugee camps and babies born to HIV positive mothers in Africa.
Click here to visit our Church and Community.
Christmas Fair & Spring Fete
St George’s hosts a Summer Fete in early June and a Christmas Fair in early December, held annually as popular community events and to raise money for church funds.
The Spring Fete is held on the church green (weather permitting!)and is supported by donations from many local businesses and individuals. The 2018 spring fete will be on Saturday 12th May 12 noon to 4.00 pm 2018.
Attractions include our cake stall, plants, preserves, the popular bottle stall, vintage and white elephant stalls, Tombola for adults and children, among others.
There are refreshments, including ice creams, strawberry cream teas and BBQ, with musical entertainment by the Pantomime Band. The Fete closes with the popular Raffle draw and children’s races on the green.
The Christmas Fair is an ideal opener to the Festive season held in the church hall. It offers many stalls including Christmas gifts and crafts, cakes,books and entertainment, Tombolas, children’s activities, Christmas themed refreshments, a Christmas prize quiz – and the raffle draw.
Everyone is welcome to donate,goods, help with running stalls on the day, or come along with friends and family to enjoy a popular local day out.
The annual pantomime takes place at Candlemas (very early February) each year and follows the traditional form: (lots of) audience participation, long-running jokes, a villain, a dame.
Everyone is welcome to join in as performers, set-painters, musicians, costume makers/devisers, make up, back stage help in general.
Rehearsals usually start in the New Year, with a read through before Christmas.