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The Rt Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham and The Rt Revd Sarah Clark, Bishop of Jarrow set off with a group of pilgrims and the Northern Saints Trail Coordinator, David Pott in March walking four of the six Northern Saints Trails. The pilgrimages were originally scheduled to happen in 2020, but plans were postponed due to COVID.
Beginning with The Way of Life (Gainford) in March, followed by The Way of Love, (Hartlepool) May 7th and The Way of Learning (Jarrow to Durham) May 16th and ending with The Way of Light (Heavenfield/Hexham to Durham) all trails lead to the shrine of St Cuthbert at Durham Cathedral. The fact that the individual routes are all called ‘ways’ has a particular resonance for Christians because in earlier times the Christian Faith was referred to as ‘The Way’.
The Way of Learning (Jarrow to Durham) route traces the special places associated with Britain’s best-known scholar-monk the Venerable Bede, and leaves from Jarrow on May 16th. The Bishops will be joined on this pilgrimage way by the writer and broadcaster Sheridan Voysey.
Along the route, the pilgrims will pray at various locations and stop off to stamp their pilgrimage passports and to explore significant places of cultural and Christian heritage. On their way to St. Peter’s Church, where the group will stay overnight, they will be passing through Cleadon, Whitburn and Roker - stopping briefly at St. Andrew’s around 4pm and arriving at St. Peter’s around 4.45pm. We would like invite you to come along and greet the bishops and pilgrims and give them lots of encouragement after the long walk they have made to reach us and if you’d like to join in the walk from St. Andrew’s to St. Peter’s Church you are very welcome to do so.
If you wish to register to walk with the pilgrimage group to Durham on 17th & 18th May please email David Pott on firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible stating when you want to walk as places are limited.
Whilst many people have now returned to church for shared worship, not everyone yet has. For others who find it difficult to come to church for a variety of reasons or are not able to make it on "one off" occasions (perhaps holiday or a bout of ill health) I thought that it would be good to continue to provide Sunday Worship from Home even though we are now - we hope- moving out of lockdown. It might also serve as a short form of worship for use at home on a Sunday evening or at another time during the week.
So, obviously, feel free to use this - or not - as you find helpful.
Just a brief reminder also that on Sunday, 23rd May, which is also Pentecost, a Parish Service will be held at St. Peter's at 10 am and there will not be a service at St. Andrew's that day. We will also hold our Annual Parochial Church Meeting which will be incorporated into the service.
With best wishes and blessings.
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 - 15/05/21
For those people who still do not wish to attend the church services I have prepared a service to be used over Ascension, Pentecost and Ordinary Time and this can be found by visiting our Services Page or by clicking on the Service Details button below. The readings are exactly the same as the ones used in church.
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!
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.