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To contact a member of the clergy, please call:
0191-252 1817

Organist:
Shaun Turnbull

Service Times:
Sunday
8am Holy Communion
9.30am Parish Communion
6.30pm Choral Evensong

for the full list of weekly services:
Please contact Shaun Turnbull
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Morning Prayer
and
Evening Prayer
said daily

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St George's from the South East

St Georges from the East End

St Georges church is a lively and busy Anglican church in the 'High Church' tradition. Set as a beacon overlooking the sea, the C19 french gothic style Pearson building occupies a commanding position above the beach.
The church boasts a justly famous 2-manual TC Lewis organ, virtually unchanged from its original specification. The church has a strong musical tradition with a mixed choir, which has been praised as "one of the best parish church choirs in the country", tackling a varied and challenging repertoire from all periods from Perotin and Josquin to Matthias and Taverner.

The parish has a central website under construction at St Georges Website - check to see progress.

Welcome to St George's church
St George's extends a warm welcome to all visitors and new residents in the area. All are welcome to daily services in the church and especially to the main Sunday services. Communicant members of all Christian Churches are welcome to receive Holy Communion.

If you are new to the Parish, please ask one of the Sidespersons for an address card or send an email to us, so that we may contact you. If you are visiting Cullercoats, we hope you will enjoy your time with us. Please make yourself known, either to the Clergy or to a Church Warden.

 

St George's activities and organisations

 
Junior Church
Our growing sunday school meets during the main Sunday Eucharist, joining the service in church after the sermon. The members prepare and give presentations at many of the key festivals throughout the year - notably the wey well attended Crib Service held on Christmas Eve.
Mothers Union
Our Mothers' Union branch is very active, always keen to receive new applications for membership.
Visit the Mothers' Unionmain website
Choir
St George's has a long musical tradition and the choir has built a strong reputation as one of the best Parish Church choirs in the country.
The choir sings at some of the main services of the church.

Servers Guild
St George's has an active chapter of the Guild of the Servers of the Sanctuary, who serve at all main services. Young members are encouraged to learn the meaning and performance of church rituals to the Glory of God.
The Parish Priest
Canon Adrian Hughes has been incumbent at St George's since 2007 moving here from a rural Northumberland parish.
The Curate
Fr. Geoff has recently joined the parish with his family.
Home Communions
If possible, Clergy will arrange to make a home visit to bring Communion to those unable to attend a service in St George's.

Baptisms and Marriages
Please contact the Vicar, on 0191-252 1817 to arrange a baptism or wedding.

Bereavement Couselling
St George's has a group of trained bereavement counsellors to help you through the difficult time following the death of a loved one. Please feel free to contact 0191-252 1817 to talk through your needs.

Fundraising St George's has a number of fundraising initiatives to help supoprt the planned giving scheme. These include:
100 Club - costs 12 a year to join, monthly prizes of 25, 15 and 10. There are a few numbers available to join in for this year.
fundraising webshop - www.buy.at/StGeorgesCullercoats is our shopping web portal. Any purchase made through this shop raises money for St George's as a 'cashback' payment from the retailer.
Even applying for a credit card or requesting a holiday brochure will raise money!
To date (Feb 06) around 400 has been raised just through shopping online.

Inkjet Cartridge Collection - we are collecting Inkjet cartridges and 'dead' mobile phones; every original cartridge or mobile earns us money. They can be left at the vicarage, or put in the collection box in the church hall. To date 140 has been raised through this.

Historical notes

Photo courtesy: Ian Britton

"Built by the 6th Duke of Northumberland in 1884. Architect J.L. Pearson.
Perfectly proportioned Gothic building, stone vaulted and finished with great attention to detail.
Tower and spire 180 feet high. Building matched to its splendid, but exposed, coastal site. It architectural perfection is statement of what it stands for - the glory of God - and the worship of the faithful. The furnishings and the hand-made kneelers are all part of the offering of praise to God by His people."

[The Newcastle Diocesan Gazetteer (1982), page 82]

Cullercoats was still a small fishing village in 1878 when John Loughborough Pearson was commissioned by the sixth Duke of Northumberland to build a church in memory of his father; and the coastal resort of Tynemouth was expanding to cater for the increase in public demand for gracious living. St George's church was to be the focal point of that development.

Built in local sandstone, and consecrated in 1884, Pearson's design is a unique interpretation of 13th century French Gothic architecture. The massing is confident, emphasised by the striking tower with its soaring broach spire, and the stone vaulted interior has a grandeur, which only Pearson could achieve. There is an obvious family resemblance to Pearson's contemporary Cathedral at Truro.

Stained glass by Kempe and Tower in the apse and side aisles is complemented by Leonard Evetts' baptistry windows, and the furnishings throughout are of oak.

The 1885 T C Lewis organ (see organ info)is recognised throughout the world as one of the finest musical instruments of the period.

The church until very recently had a strong music tradition, though as with many such parish churches, this has lapsed.