Services and Music

Services and Music

Prayer and the worship of God are at the centre of the Church’s mission. This section tells you more about the regular services that take place here, on Sundays and throughout the week.

organWe are an eclectic and welcoming community, with many worshippers coming to us from beyond the parish. All our services are conducted in traditional language.

Much of our worship involves singing and music. St John’s maintains the choral tradition to a very high standard, and can boast one of the best parish church choirs in Newcastle.

St John’s hosts a variety of concerts and other events throughout the year, including a regular lunchtime recital series on the first Saturday of the month.

For those who wish to involve themselves in the life of the church, there are plenty of opportunities. These include participation in the liturgy – whether by serving, reading or leading intercessions – as well as practical commitments such as church sitting, gardening or helping with our popular Saturday coffee mornings.

And of course we are always ready to welcome new members to join our thriving  choir – no qualifications or previous experience are necessary.

The Choir

Music has been central to the worship at St John’s for well over a hundred years and, and we are fortunate to have an excellent choir, whose repertoire ranges from Plainsong to contemporary music. The centre of our worship each week is the Sung Eucharist on Sunday, in which the choir sings the Mass setting.

As well as singing at the 10am Sung Eucharist (9am rehearsal) on Sundays, and other special services (such as Christmas and Easter), the choir also sing Choral Evensong about once a month, and undertake regular tours.


Choral Bursaries

St John’s is fortunate to be able to offer Choral Bursaries to members of the choir between the ages of 14 and 21 in full time education (or undertaking a ‘gap year’ prior to University). The grants are currently worth £250 per year and it is expected that beneficiaries will use this to offset the cost of singing lessons with a tutor of their choice.

For more information about the Choral Bursaries, email:

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