Tomorrow, Saturday 7th October, we’ll be welcoming visitors from our neighbouring Catholic Churches to both St Mary’s Church and St Wilfrid’s Church. It will be an opportunity to share the history of our churches and updates on what we have available to us. Thank you to those who have made this event possible and also to those who will be taking part to help us build our partnership community.
Our churches will be open for informal visits between 9:30am-3pm but will also offer the following services and talks during the day:
09:30 – Mass at St Wilfrid’s Church
09:30 – Celebration of the Word & Holy Communion at St Mary’s Church
11:15 – Talk on artist Tom McGuinness’ windows at St Mary’s Church
11:45 – Talk on the History of the church at St Wilfrid’s Church
14:00 – Talk on artist Tom McGuinness’ windows at St Mary’s Church
14:30 – Talk on the History of the church at St Wilfrid’s Church
Wednesday 11th October will see a special Day of Prayer to honour the mining community and its legacy in Bishop Auckland and to give thanks for the opening of the Mining Art Gallery. St Mary’s Church will be part of this and will be holding a Service of Peace at 2pm on this day, where the stained glass windows by Tom McGuinness will be a focus point. Light refreshments will be provided after the service. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please contact us if you’d like to know more.
Following the service here on the afternoon, there will also be an Evening of Thanksgiving at 7.30pm at St Anne’s Church in the market place featuring singer-songwriter Gareth Davies-Jones who has composed music in response to mining art and the stories of miners and their families. There will be an interval when drinks and nibbles will be available during which people can chat with mining artist Norman Cornish’s son John and mining writer Sid Chaplin’s son Michael.
We are beyond thrilled to let you know our grand total raised over three days was £1,656.06!
There were many people involved who helped in so many ways, who we cannot begin to thank enough: the fabulously talented flower arrangers, the greeters, the refreshment crew, the number one raffle ticket seller (you know who you are!), the cake bakers and so on…
The comments shared with us have been truly amazing, including people saying how welcome they were made to feel and how lovely our church is and how peaceful they felt whilst in it.
Along with some of our fellow partnership churches, we also welcomed Bishop Auckland Methodist Church and St John’s Church in Shildon, and they felt it had been a rewarding experience to be here in our church and meet such lovely people.
A truly big thank you to all – you are absolute stars!
This week St Mary’s will be showing the displays and arrangements that churches in the local area have created. Come along on Thursday 10th August (11am-5pm), Friday 11th August (1pm-7pm) or Saturday 12th August (11am-4pm) to see them! Admission to the event is £3 (refreshments included) and all proceeds from the Flower Festival will go to the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS).
All are welcome.
Many thanks to all those who baked and entered our partnership competition on Saturday 6th May and to all parishes involved. The judges said all entries were of a high standard and it was hard to make a decision! There were some truly amazing cakes, including the two fabulous chocolate cakes from Crook complete with chocolate orange slices and the amazing Victoria Sponge from Coundon that was something to behold! We will be doing more joint efforts as we move forward together. The amount raised for Christian Aid was £90.10.