Out of Darkness: Services for our mining community

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.

Flower Festival – Our Thanks!

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!

Feedback from the Bake-Off

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.

Happy Easter!

The Parish of St Mary and St Wilfrid wish all of you a very happy Easter!

Week of Prayer: United Service

We are already a few days into the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which started on Wednesday 18th January.

As part of this special week, there will be a United Service at St Mary’s Church on Sunday 22nd January at 3pm with a guest speaker, Revd David Herbert, Moderator of the Northern Synod of the United Reformed Church. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The final service for the Week of Prayer is on Wednesday 25th January and will, as usual, be in St Paul’s Church at Witton Park at 7pm. This day is the feast of the Conversion of St Paul.

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