Whoever you are or wherever you may be -
a big welcome to the
"w.w.w. home" of -
Our Christian Church family is made up of people from all walks of life who are drawn together by a common faith.
Please feel free to find out more about us on this site
and if you live or are visiting the North-East of England (near the Angel of the North or Bowes Museum), we will be delighted to see you at any of our Church Services or events.
8 Dec at 10.30 am - Gift Service led by Peter Beal
15 " at 6.00 pm - Rev Matt Sheard (Holy Communion)
22 " at 6.00 pm - Carol Service
Church News and Events
Advent: This 4 week period started on Sunday, 1 December and will finish on Christmas Eve. Click here if you wish to learn more about this special period in our Christian calendar.
New! Craft and Chatter: Come along on any Thursday, for this new weekly group which runs from 10 am until 12 noon.
Everyone is welcome whether you are an experienced crafter or a novice wanting to learn a new skill. The idea is to enjoy making new friends, having a chat and cuppa while crafting - sharing ideas and skills whether it's knitting, crochet, embroidery, card making etc etc. - anything!
It is hoped to "Yarn Bomb" our Village with knitted/crocheted angels at Christmas so this will be the first suggested joint task with patterns provided and some wool and needles available (or bring your own along if you are able) .....or feel free to bring whatever else you would like to work on. Later there can be sewing, knitting, crochet etc for charity. It will be your group to take in whatever direction the group decides.
Tuesday Fellowship - Tuesday, 3 Dec was the last meeting before Christmas.
Journey to the Centre of the Christmas Pudding: This family friendly, now annual event for all ages is on Thursday, 5 December from 6 pm. The school choir will be singing, there will be a Christmas story, Christingles to make, community carols and light refreshments so what's not to enjoy! Everyone from the Village and beyond are very welcome.
Flyer Distribution: The flyers publicizing the above event on Thursday, 5 Dec plus Christmas Services etc are now ready to post through every household letter box in our Village. Please take a batch (or two), from the back of the Church if you are able to help. This is a very important task which will let people know what is going on in our Church over the Christmas period.
Christmas Choir: On the next three Thursdays, 5th, 12th and 19 December at 2 pm, practices will be in preparation for our Carol by Candlelight Service at 6 pm on Sunday, 22 December. Please speak to Peter (or use the Contact form here) if you would like to join the choir for this Service.
Gift Service - this is on Sunday, 8 December at 10.30 am. Your gifts (unwrapped please) will be very much appreciated for babies through to teenagers and for men as well as women. Once again, all your gifts will go to Washington Women in Need where they will help vulnerable people have a better Christmas.
Prayer & Quiet time: The dates of the next meetings are Mondays, 9 and 16 December. Everyone is welcome to join this small group however, if you need help with prayers for yourself, someone else or a particular event, you may phone Mary - 0191 4161280 or click here to leave details.
A challenge from Matt: As we approach advent and into December, I have committed to reading a chapter of Luke each day - 24 in total which, if started on 1 December, takes us up to Christmas Eve. This gives us the full scope of Jesus' life and lands us nicely on Christmas Eve and reminds us of the point why Jesus came. I would like to encourage you all to take up this challenge. - Matt.
Open Door: Printed copies of our December 2019 newsletter are available from the back of the church or can be read online by clicking here.
Items for inclusion in future issues of Open Door are always welcome!
Washington Community Food Project. Our Church is one of the collection points for the Food Bank. There is a box at the back of the Church in which to put donations.
A copy of the letter from the Food Bank and giving an up-date, is on the Notice Board at the back of the Church. This includes notification of their move to new permanent premises in the Galleries as well as details of the amount of food parcels etc distributed.
At 10 November, they were in need of: tins of carrots, corned beef, and rice pudding.
Examples of items always needed are:-
Dried potato (Smash), UHT Milk, tins of vegetables and rice pudding. They always welcome tinned ham/corned beef/mince, dried spaghetti, cereals and pasta sauces plus the staples - tea and instant coffee. They would also appreciate donations of baby food, wipes and nappies. They also accept pet food.
Supplies of toiletries and sanitary products are always appreciated.
As demand is increasing so it is vital that donations continue. They are very much appreciated by those people who find themselves in desperate circumstances.
People needing help, can ask the Jobcentre, their landlord, such as Gentoo, their health or social worker, some churches etc, who can make about a referral if they are in need.
The Food Bank doesn't deal with any self referrals or people who turn up on spec without going to a referral agency first."
More details including the opening times are on the website: www.wcfp.org.uk also up to date news etc on Facebook:- www.facebook.com/pagesWashington-Community-Food-Project