Walking in Weardale

It was the end of the second week of October, and the leaves were turning a glorious colour.  A small group of us met at the wonderful Saxon Church at Escomb, just beyond Bishop Auckland, for a splendid morning walk that took us into quite unfamiliar parts of Weardale. Unfamiliar to most us, that is: […]

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Greenbelt Festival

Where to start – well August Bank Holiday and four days of wall to wall sunshine in the company of 11,000 fellow Christians in the grounds of Boughton House the home of the Duke of Buccleugh in Northants. A Christian festival of music, comedy, ideas and exploration around the theme “The Common Good” with time […]

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Student Evenings

The second of our evenings welcoming overseas students to Durham took place on August 8th, which must have been the wettest day of the summer. Despite the rain, more than 20 students found their way to Waddington Street, mainly on foot and walking down from the hill colleges. For most of them this was still […]

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Working on the Web

Half a dozen church members, keen to share the life of our church more widely, had a one-day session on getting our website up to speed. iChurch supermo Rebecca Gudgeon (right in the pic) gave us the low-down on how to bring the site upto speed, and challenged us to think more creatively on what […]

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A wonderful weekend

Barbara Tinsley writes about the recent church weekend  (June 23-25) A group of us spent a truly wonderful weekend at Rydal Hall Ambleside (www.rydalhall.org ). The hotel was clean and comfortable, the company friendly and stimulating, the food excellent and the grounds beautiful. There is a formal garden designed by Thomas H. Mawson between 1909 and […]

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Moderator’s Visit

The Moderator of General Assembly, the Revd Kevin Watson, presided and preached at our quarterly Communion Service on Sunday June 11th. The United Reformed Church elects two Assembly Moderators, one a minister and one a lay person, at its Assembly held every other year. As well as chairing the Assembly meetings, they visit churches across […]

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Happy Birthday to Alan

Retired minister Alan Smith, a member of our congregation, ended a week of celebrations of his 90th birthday with a fund-raising lunch in our church hall on Sunday June 11th, following the service led by the Assembly Moderator. Members of Alan’s family had travelled from as far away as Fiji to share in the celebrations, […]

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Supporting MSF

Excerpt from an email received by Judy and Arthur Banister from Chris Peskett of MSF. “The amount raised for MSF at the Christmas lunch was really impressive, especially considering all the money previously given to the organisation. It certainly shows that the congregation has a really strong desire to help those in need. The Myanmar […]

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New Fundraising Project

Every year our church aims to support a particular charity – usually alternating between a local good cause and an overseas concern. Our January church meeting made the choice for 2017 of The Christian Blind Mission (CBM). This Charity is an international Christian disability and development organisation, improving the quality of life of people living […]

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