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We are about to experience an unusual Christmas of restrictions and probably anxiety for many and painful isolation for some. And this after the most difficult of years. And yet people have demonstrated a capacity to care for one another as much as at any other time. Across the parish this year people have responded with extraordinary generosity with collections and contributions to the Children's Society , Wearside Women in Need (also known as Sunderland Women's Refuge) and the Salvation Army. These are alongside other collections over recent months for, amongst others, Mercy Ships, Samaritan's Purse, the National Autistic Society, Tear Fund, Street Pastors and the Church Army to name just a few. We might not think we can offer much but it can make all the difference in the world when we do.Insignificance is an understatement when describing the birth of a tiny baby in a stable in an obscure village in Palestine nearly 2000 years ago. And yet it made every difference in the world. In fact, it made every difference to the world. The love shown by God in giving his own Son to us to live among us to show us how we should live, to die for us and to rise again to enable us to have eternal life is the greatest act of generosity that has ever been. The gift of Jesus that first Christmas is ours today and always. Let's enjoy and share that gift with others whenever we can.
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We are aware that this may be superceded by more restrictive government measures.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 - 21/12/20
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 entering the Seasons of Christmas and Epiphany in the Church's calendar as we prepare to welcome the birth of our Saviour.
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.
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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.