Parish Office: 0191-5160135
Following the advice of the Church of England Recovery Group (which can be found on the Church of England Coronavirus (Covid-19) Guidance website) the PCC Standing Committee met this week to agree how we should approach the next few weeks in the light of the lifting of lockdown restrictions but where cases of infection remain high.
Broadly everyone was in agreement that measures we have for worship remain in place in order to provide reassurance at a time of continuing uncertainty. To summarise, the expectation is that face-coverings will continue to be worn and social distancing be maintained during worship. Names will still to be taken for track and trace purposes and hand sanitizer made available. Service booklets will be touched by one person only and where possible separate doors used for entry/exit. Communion will continue in one kind (the wafer) for congregation members.
The question of singing was discussed. Singing is now permitted but it was considered that the wearing of masks would make this difficult and uncomfortable for people. Recorded hymns will continue to which people are free to "sing along" if they would like to but without any expectation that they should do so. Listening and praising God in the heart is equally "worship".
The Standing Committee agreed to meet again on the 21st September to review the situation and potentially make changes dependent on any changes in the national and local situation.
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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.
With many thanks,
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.