Drive north west from Newcastle upon Tyne, past the airport, into Northumberland, and you come into Ponteland. Across the bridge, looking beautiful across Coates’ Green, is the church of St Mary the Virgin. If you continue north and then turn left along lanes that get smaller and smaller, Holy Saviour, Milbourne, is surrounded by beautiful countryside. But our churches are more than just beautiful buildings – they are living communities. Regular worship, on Sunday and during the week, brings together a diverse community – we aim for worship done well, with good music and thoughtful preaching.
There are opportunities to study, opportunities for friendship - coffee mornings and social events. We welcome baptisms, weddings and funerals – click on the Worship tab for more details, seeking to serve our community, and beyond.
We take our Safeguarding responsibilities very seriously - click here for more details.
We try and do all this in the name of Jesus, to welcome all in God’s name. To find out more about Jesus and the Christian faith please click here. Please explore this website, and find out more of the opportunities for you.
For our Latest Sunday Noticesheets click the links below.
The funeral of Ron Shuttleworth, a worshipper at St Mary's for many years, will take place at 11.30 am on Friday 27 May.
Bishop Christine's excellent maiden speech in the House of Lords yesterday can be read here.
At the Annual Vestry Meeting on Sunday 24 April 2016 we were only able to elect one churchwarden - Elaine Nylander. We now have a second nomination, David Butler, and so there will be an Extraordinary Vestry Meeting on Sunday 29 May at about 11 am, after the 10 am service. Any other nominations must be made on the official notice on the noticeboard at St Mary's before the meeting starts.
- The summer fair at St Wilfred's, Newbiggin Hall will actually be held on Saturday 25th June at 1pm, rather than the published date in Grapevine of the 21st June.
- Peter our Vicar has a new job. This is the announcement he made at the services on Sunday 17 April: After eight years in Ponteland Julie and I have decided it is time to move on, and we will be moving, in the next couple of months, to the parishes of St Matthew’s Darley Abbey and St Edmund King and Martyr in Allestree. These are two parishes on the north side of the city of Derby, in the Diocese of Derby. They are two busy parishes, both with good congregations, both with choirs, both with schools and children’s work. Derby city centre is just a few minutes down the road, and there will be opportunities to be involved in the life of the City. The Vicarage is large, so plenty of space for her books and I can have a model railway round the garden (a man can dream!). It will be hard to leave Northumberland – a county we have come to love over the last eight years – but it will be good to be much closer to Harry and Sarah in Sheffield and Hannah and Bertie in London. We are hoping to move before the summer – though as we’ve got to get Safeguarding checks and all the paperwork done, this might slip. Some photos of the churches are now on my blog - Northernvicar moves South