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Firstly, I apologise that Sunday Worship from home was not available last week. I have prepared a form of worship which will take us through the two Sundays before Lent and then into Lent, beginning with readings for Ash Wednesday and then first and second Sundays of Lent. I find it extraordinary that with the approach of Lent we are also approaching the anniversary of the first national lockdown. What we can hope for, with some confidence, is that our churches will be open for Easter this year, as we continue, Sunday by Sunday, to be open for worship. On Ash Wednesday All Saints' and St. Peter's will be open to mark the beginning of Lent as part of the regular midweek services available in the Parish. Unlike many churches across the diocese and nation we decided that it was right to remain open if we could, to enable people to come - if they felt it was safe and right for them to do so- and worship God together. I would like to say again that the required risk assessment measures remain in place to ensure that our gathering for worship remains as safe as it possibly can be for everyone. And again, I would like to emphasise that there is no expectation that you should come if you feel, on balance, you would rather not at this time. This might be for your own health concerns or for those of a loved one or simply because of a sense of anxiety. And clearly if you feel at all unwell you should certainly stay at home. Please be assured that whatever you continue to decide - stay at home or come to worship- will have my complete support.
We are continuing to have a short form of worship, prayer and bible reading each Monday and Tuesday at 9.15 am in the form of Anglican Morning Prayer on 'Zoom". This is open to everyone. All you need is access to the internet and a form of screen - computer, tablet or even a smartphone. This is one more way that we can maintain fellowship in prayer as well as conversation for a few minutes afterwards. Please let me know if you would like to join this.
Please see our Services page for more information on forthcoming Services and by checking our Facebook pages for updates. (St. Andrew's Church, Roker, Sunderland and Parish of Monkwearmouth: St Andrew's, St Peter's & All Saints)
We are advised that wedding and funeral services may still go ahead but with minimal numbers of family and friends present and with appropriate "social distancing". At this time we are awaiting guidance on baptism services.
We are aware that this may be superceded by more restrictive government measures. In addition, it may be that members of clergy may have to self-isolate, either for themselves, or if a member of their family becomes unwell. If you are visiting this website to find out more about booking a wedding or baptism we strongly advise that you consider delay doing this until later in the year or until the present concern about Covid 19 is passed.
LATEST UPDATE RE SERVICES - 05/02/21
For those people who still do not wish to attend the church services I have prepared a service to be used over the next 4 weeks and this can be found by visiting our Services Page or by clicking on the Service Details button below. The Gospel reading is exactly the same as the one used in church week by week. We are now approaching the season of Lent in the Church's calendar with Ash Wednesday on 17th February and our service sheet reflects this.
The days continue to hold uncertainty. But please rest secure in the knowledge of God's love and in the words of Jesus to his disciples: "I am with you always, even to the end of time." (Matthew 29: 20)
Dick Bradshaw, Team Rector
With 3 churches in our Parish there's sure to be a service that meets your needs - whether you're an early riser or prefer a lie in so check out our Sunday service times. Services are temporarily suspended but visit our Services page for information on how you can worship at home.
Find out what events and activities are happening this week in our Parish. You can also check out our Facebook pages which are updated regularly by visiting facebook: Parish of Monkwearmouth: St Andrew's, St Peter's & All Saints.
Check out what's happening!
Getting Married? Perhaps you want to arrange a Christening for your child or you may want to explore being baptised, have a thanksgiving service (naming ceremony) or be confirmed yourself? It may be that you have suffered a bereavement and would like to find out more about what happens at a funeral service. For any of these we are here to help!
In accordance with the Church of England Safeguarding Policy our church is committed to promoting a safe environment for our children and vulnerable adults.
St. Andrew's was built in 1907. A masterpiece of design by Edward Schroeder Prior, it has earned the title of "Cathedral of the Art and Crafts Movement."
Check out the latest update on conservation work carried out on the building.
St. Peter's was built in 674AD by Benedict Biscop and is one of the oldest churches in Britain where Christians have gathered to worship for more than 1300 years. It was also Venerable Bede's home from the age of 7.
All Saints' was built in 1849 five years after the Parish of All Saints' was formed to provide additional accommodation when St. Peter's had no free seats. It is renowned as the birthplace of the British Pentecostal movement.
We love visitors, so feel free to visit during our normal opening hours Monday - Friday 9 am - 12 pm.
St. Andrew's Church, Talbot Road, Sunderland, SR6 9PT, England, United Kingdom
The Parish Surgery for all 3 churches is held at St. Andrew's Church, Roker and is open on Wednesdays from 6.15 pm - 7.15 pm to discuss weddings and christenings. Why not give us a ring first to book your place - 0191 5160135.