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.
Unfortunately, during the current corona virus crisis, the church is no longer available for worship or for groups to meet in the Church buildings however, why not join the on-line Bede Circuit Services which will be streamed live on Zoom, as follows:
Sunday, 31 May, 7 and 14 June at 10.30 am (45-60 minutes)- Bede Worship Service
Wednesday, 27 May, 3 and 10 June at 10.00 am - Bede Morning Prayer Service
The ID and Password for these meetings are as shown below.
Click here for details of how to download the Zoom App. Please note, as these services have become increasingly popular, the number of people able to join the Service has been increased to 500. This is a wonderful opportunity to share together in what we know are difficult and taxing times.
Church News and Events
NEW for June! - Bible Month: Missing your Bible study groups?Throughout June, you are invited to join on-line Bible Study - "30 Days with Ruth". Zoom sessions will be on Mondays, 1, 8, 15 and 22 June at 7 pm. The same sessions will be repeated on Thursdays, 4, 11, 18 and 25 June at 10.30 am.
Meeting ID: 919 6879 5706
Zoom hymn-sing-along: Rev Matt is arranging this with a few prayers etc included and also some time to socialize afterwards, if you wish. Please contact Matt or leave your details here if you wish to take part and want these Zoom details sent to you or watch out here for dates and then log on Zoom using ID - 975 2911 0788 and Password - 059863
Pastoral Needs: Please contact our Minister (phone 0191 4132572) or your appointed Pastoral Visitor.
Social Isolating? If you live in the Washington/Springwell Village area and are unable to go out to do shopping, there is a team of volunteers to help. Please contact Rev Matt with your order on a Wednesday by 6.00 pm for delivery the following Friday. In an emergency - essential supplies only please, eg medicines, bread, milk - Rev Matt can be contacted on a Monday (phone 0191 4132572).
A Weekly Worship Sheet is being prepared by the Circuit Ministry Team and can be emailed to you, (your email details to Rev Matt, please if you wish to receive these). Peter Beal is kindly distributing some printed copies during his exercise time around the Village. Please contact Peter if you live in Springwell and would like to be added to his list alternatively, click here to leave your details.
Contributions to Church: It is hoped members will continue, if they are able, to make their weekly contributions either via the envelope scheme or via your bank by direct debit. If you wish to discuss this latter type of payment, please contact Stuart either by telephone or email or click here to leave your details.
Open Door: Copies of our May newsletter have been sent out where an email address is known. Please leave your details here if you wish to receive the newsletter by email into your personal inbox during the lockdown.
It can still be read online by clicking here
Items for inclusion in future issues of Open Door are always welcome - please use the Contact page here!
Craft and Chatter: Although this group has had to be cancelled, crafting can continue at home, especially the knitting and crocheting of poppies, which will form displays at the Forties Weekend (unfortunately cancelled this year but there is always next year!) If you are running short of wool, Lynn has some - please telephone 4163594.
Washington Community Food Project. Due to the current Government restrictions, only the Food Bank distribution point at St Michaels on Manor Road, NE37 3BB will be open between 9.30 am an 12 noon on Mondays and Wednesdays and also Fridays from 10 am until 11 am (for people to collect leftover perishable and fresh food). Until further notice. Unit 0 in the Galleries is closed although Virgin Money in the the unit opposite, will accept food etc donations on behalf of the Food Bank.
Our Church is unable to be a collection point for the Food Bank due to present circumstances however Sainsburys and Asda have trolleys in their stores in which you can leave a donation.
At 3 May, the Food Bank was running low of the following items:
UHT Milk,Tins of fruit and tins of tuna although anything will be appreciated during these difficult times or monetary donations will be welcome - these can be made through the PayPal link on the WCFP Facebook page - details below.
Donations can be dropped off at any of their many drop offs - see Facebook page.
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 more than ever in these difficult times, 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 Job Centre, 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