Sundays

Public worship on a Sunday takes place at 9am and 10:30am and everyone is welcome. Booking is no longer required, but we are continuing to request that worshippers wear face coverings (unless exempt) and practise social distancing. Details can be found on the notice sheet. The 10:30am service is also live-streamed to our Facebook page for those who can’t join us in person.

Regular Sunday services are:

9:00am Holy Communion (using the Book of Common Prayer)

This is a quiet, reflective service in traditional language. There are no hymns. There is usually the same sermon as at the 10.30am service. Around 25 people, normally aged 25+, attend this service each week.

St Mary Magdelene10:30am Parish Communion (using Common Worship)

This is our main service of the week, and uses the Church of England’s contemporary range of services. There is plenty of music, ranging in style from modern worship songs to well loved hymns, and from organ to (our newly developing) worship band. At major festivals the choir will often sing too.

Christians of any denomination who are used to receiving communion in their own churches are very welcome to do so here.

There is a sermon, which may be given by the vicar, the reader, an associate priest or a visiting speaker (it will usually last no more than 10-15 minutes). Around 85 people, of all ages, attend this service, and there are usually children’s groups for part of the time.

About once a month we enjoy joint services with friends at our sister church, St. Laurence, Pittington, alternately here and there. If we are at Pittington then the service will be at 9.30am instead, so do check the link at the side of this page!

We are members of East Durham Churches Together and have occasional services jointly with all the other churches, and sometimes share united services with Carrville Methodist Church.

We believe that our children and young people should be able to actively contribute to our worship. We welcome baptised children to the Communion Table before Confirmation with preparation. We have a wonderful team of people who lead the children’s work on a Sunday morning and every so often we have a service all together that is geared to the whole family.