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Please find the updated "Sunday Worship from Home" which will take us through the next few weeks, available via the Services Page.
Although many people have returned to worship in church on Sundays and/or Wednesdays there are still some who have not or who, for a variety of reasons, find it difficult to get to church regularly. So I hope that this will be helpful as we all - whether at home or at church - draw closer to God and find in him the strength and peace he provides in Jesus Christ.
I suggest that this short order of service might also be used for quiet worship, reflection and prayer at home on a Sunday evening even if you have already been to church that day.
As I write this we are moving towards another date - 19th July - when we are told the final lockdown restrictions will be lifted. Vaccinations are being rolled out at record pace - and we give God great thanks for that - whilst at the same time the "Delta variant" continues to spread. So we are not out of the woods yet, it seems. So please stay safe.
At the same time we are hopeful that we can move on to a renewed sense of normality across the parish. The aim is to resume weekly Sunday services in all churches across the parish from the beginning of September. We are holding a parish service at St. Peter's at 10 am on 19th September at which Bishop Sarah, the Bishop of Jarrow will preach and preside for the first time with us. So a date for your diary there! We will also be baptising Tommy Mcdonald, Rory Todd and Natalia and Allessia Johnstone at St. Andrew's that day, these the first baptisms since lockdown began last year. We have already celebrated two weddings in the parish and look forward to several more over the next few weeks.
We are also planning to produce, for the first time since February last year, a Parish Magazine for September so if you have anything you would like to contribute please let me or Val in the office know.
We gave Phil Smithson a big thank you at the parish service at St. Andrew's on 27th June as he stepped down from his role as Associate Minister to the Parish He'll now take the required six months sabbatical from ministry before being given Permission to Officiate in the parish in the new year. And, of course, we look forward to welcoming Tim and Beth May as Tim is being ordained on 4th July and begins his curacy with us, and also Allison Young as she formally joins the pastoral team as a Lay Pastoral Minister in the Parish.
We have been living through strange and challenging times, that's for certain but with much also to look forward to with hope. But we do it in the knowledge that God has always been with his people, ever faithful, ever sure.
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)
NB: Our churches are temporarily closed to all visitors and only open for services as specified on our Services page due to the COVID 19 situation.
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!
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
09:00 – 12:00
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.