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

Knitting for Africa

The project began in the autumn of 2012 with first collection of hats and jumpers for the “Fish and Chip Babies” on November 25th when everything was sent to the charity “Loving Hands.”

We then discovered the charity “Greenfields Africa”* and the project has expanded into knitting cot blankets, baby hats, cardigans and teddies and collecting new/good quality used baby clothes for children up to the age of 2.

The project is funded entirely through financial donations from church members and the wider community and the knitting/crocheting and baby clothes come from near and far.

After almost four years of supporting the charity Greenfields Africa, our “Knitting for Africa” project has ended. The question people are asking now is, “What’s next?” Our thought is that, just as with the knitting, a need will become apparent. We have to be open to ideas – and these can come from many sources. Listen; talk; pray……….. Watch this space!

*www.gfafrica.com
“What you do for the least of my brothers …..”

Samaraʼs Aid

St George’s supports Samara’s Aid, a not for profit organisation providing humanitarian aid for internal refugees within Iraq and Syria. We hold collections of good quality donated clothing, shoes and bedding around three times a year.

All offers to donate goods or to help sort and pack donations are received gratefully. Details of forthcoming collections and goods requested will be advertised a couple of weeks in advance.

Further information can be found here.

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.

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.

The remaining collections for 2018 will 2nd December (Christmas collection).  See here for requested items.

More on this charity, now established in 1998, at www.wers.org.uk

Ongoing/Occasional

Christian Aid

WE are embarking on our 3rd Christian Aid Partnership, with South America: Empowering Women and Girls:

Reproductive and Sexual Health in El Salvador and Honduras.

A year into the project, Christian Aid’s partners, The Christian Agency for Integrated Development of Honduras (OCDIH) and Organisation of Salvadoran Women for Peace (ORMUSA) are seeing the fruits of their labour.

In El Salvador alone, ORMUSA has so far reached more than 5000 people—helping women and girls to get the healthcare they deserve and empowering them to claim their rights. The next few years looks very promising and none of this could happen without our support.

Our previous partnerships have been with:
• Lebanon & the West Bank—supporting disabled people to overcome barriers
• Kenya—maternal and child care health project.

We continue to receive updates on their progress.

Each of these partnerships is x 3 fund matched

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, yoga, an art class, children’s football,Tai Chi, Spanish and French, Little Kickers, CISV, Raw Food

Monthly/Occasional

Sands, WI

 

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.