St. George’s and the Community

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.

Regular activities organised by St.Georgeʼs

St.George’s offers opportunities to contribute to charitable collections and fundraising events throughout the year and a donation is made to support local charities each year.

Children North East

Since 2015 we have collected food for to be used by Children North East to feed poor children and their families in the West End during the holidays when there are no school meals. For more info please visit www.children-ne.org.uk

The Peopleʼs Kitchen

We have had a long-standing association with The People’s Kitchen,a local charity which supports those who have no family or friends to support them and helps them towards independent living. Currently this takes the form of a collection of appropriate warm clothing and treats as Christmas presents. On Sunday 24 November, the Feast of Christ the King, we shall be collecting packs of new men’s socks and new men’s boxer shorts for the People’s Kitchen’s Clothing Store.

Further information can be found here.

WERS Collection

WERS, or the West End Refugee Service, is based at St Philip’s Vicarage in Arthur’s Hill in the West End of Newcastle and supports Asylum seekers and refugees in the city.

St. George’s organises collections of toiletries, tea, coffee and sweet treats in May and September, with a Christmas collection of warm clothing (scarves, gloves, socks) and treats (chocolate, sweets, biscuits) at Christmas.

Remaining collections in 2019 will take place at all services on Sunday 17th November.

More on this charity, now established for 18 years, at www.wers.org.uk/clients/statistics

Ongoing/Occasional

Christian Aid

This year we have supported Christian Aid’s campaign All Mums should live which delivered aid to women, babies and young children in Sierra Leone, the most dangerous place in the world to become a mother.

Sierra Leone is the world’s most dangerous place to become a mum. Every day 10 women die from giving birth.

  • In Sawula district, the community struggles with a clinic which has no electricity and only two delivery beds in a single room the size of a small bedroom.
  • Below are the stories of two women in Sawula which illustrate the many we want to help:

Jebbeh’s sister died in labour walking three hours to the nearest hospital. Jebbeh, now heavily pregnant, is fearful for herself and her unborn child.

Tenneh’s first baby died aged 3 months, after an agonising and problematic labour beyond the training of the traditional birth attendant in her village. In contrast, she had Nurse Judith by her side to deliver a healthy second child at the clinic.

We want to support Christian Aid and its local working partner, RADA (Rehabilitation and Development Agency) to help vulnerable women accesss healthcare, improve hygiene with simple interventions like hand washing, and help to build a bigger, better healthcare centre to treat childhood diseases as well as enable safer childbirth.

£300 will provide a new delivery bed.

Further information about Christian Aid can be found here.

Expo

Once every two years we present an exhibition of local arts and crafts for sale in support of St.Oswald’s Hospice, for which a former member of our congregation was a founder member and to which we maintain a strong link.

Friends of St George’s

St George’s Church is a striking architectural landmark in Jesmond – an outstanding Grade 1 listed building.

The Friends of St George’s was established to maintain and renovate the fabric of the Church and to expand and strengthen its role in the community.

Please see here for more details Friends of St.George’s

 

Regular events and groups from the community meeting in the Hall

Weekly

Pilates, baby hub, belly dancing, an art class, Art Adventurers, Little Kickers (children’s football), Tai Chi, Funfit Tots.

Monthly/Occasional

Sands, WI, CISV, Jesmond U3A.

 

Community space in the Church and Hall

Both Church and Hall are available to hire and are in regular use by community groups.
There is parking available for approximately 24 cars.

For details, please contact the parish office: 0191 2811659 (9.30 am-12.30 pm, weekdays) email: office@stgeorgesjesmond.org.uk

Church

The church has first rate acoustics and is used by visiting choirs and orchestras, by two of our neighbouring schools and other local charities for their carol services .Occasionally, speakers will use the church rather than the hall.

Raked staging available for choirs and orchestras.

There is a seating capacity of up to 600.

Hall

There are plans to upgrade the facilities in the Hall, but at present, the main hall (capacity: ^^), smaller Winskell and Middleton Rooms (capacity: each ^^ ) and the kitchen are available to hire both as a whole or independently.

For a view of the proposed redevelopment plans, please see: Big Appeal & follow the link.

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