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.
We are sorry but due to Government and Methodist Church policy, during this present crisis, the church will no longer be open for worship.
Why not join the Circuit Service which is to be available live on Zoom every Sunday at 10.30 am? This coming Sunday, 29th March, the Online Service will be lead by Rev Neil Maynard.
Click here for details of how to download the Zoom App. The Meeting ID has been changed to: 991 776 247 and the Password is: 922316 and not as shown on the poster image below. Please note the number of people able to join the Service is restricted to 100 however the Service may be available on YouTube. Good luck!
All groups who use the Church buildings will cease to meet.
There will be no baptisms or weddings and any contact for funerals will be dealt with by our Minister Rev Matt Sheard.
If anyone has any Pastoral needs these will also be dealt with by the Minister (Tel: 0191 413 2572)
We have had a very generous offer of help for those who are vulnerable and cannot get access to food for themselves. Food can be purchased and delivered to your home observing the social distancing necessary under the circumstances. If you are in need of this kind of help please contact the Minister. Orders will be taken on a Wednesday (deadline 6.00 pm) for delivery on a Friday. In an emergency for eg bread, milk, medicines the Minister can be contacted on a Monday.
A weekly worship sheet will be prepared by the Circuit Ministry Team but can only be emailed to you, (email details to Rev Matt). They will no longer be available through the postal system.
It is hoped that members will continue, if they are able, to make their weekly contributions via the envelope scheme or via your bank by direct debit. If you wish to discuss this type of payment, please contact Stuart either by telephone or email click here
Keep yourselves safe during this very trying time.
Church News and Events
Lent - this year began on Ash Wednesday - 26 February.This is the period leading up to Easter. Please click here if you wish to learn more about the meaning of Lent.
Tuesday Fellowship - Cancelled
Donwell House: Services suspended until further notice
Prayer & Quiet time: Although we cannot meet together please remember prayers at home. There are many people needing prayer at this present time.
Coffee Morning - Saturday 14th March for Open the Book. Thank you to all who came and enjoyed the spectacle of David conquering Goliath, and the home-made cakes and coffee. Your generosity is much appreciated. Again activities within schools have been cancelled for the present.
Church Council: As mentioned at the recent Meeting, Rev Matt needs to know the date (or approx. year) that everyone joined the Church Council. Will you please give details to any of the church stewards by telephone.
Craft and Chatter: Everyone - church member or not, is welcome to this group which would normally meet in the Social Area every Thursday from 10 am until 12 noon. Again, this has had to be cancelled because of the situation but crafting can continue at home, especially the knitting and crocheting of poppies, which will form displays at the Forties Weekend (if cancelled this year, there is always next year!) If you are running short of wool, Lynn has some - please telephone 4163594.
South Tyneside Asylum Seeker & Refuge Church (STARCH). Many thanks to Jackie and Stuart for taking your donations of clothing and household items which were extremely gratefully received. Again, sadly, this service has had to be suspended for the foreseeable future.
Choir Practices - cancelled until further notice.
Open Door: Printed copies of our March newsletter are currently unavailable however it can still be read online by clicking here.
Items for inclusion in future issues of Open Door are always welcome!
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 until further notice. Unit 0 in the Galleries is closed.
Our Church is normally one of the collection points for the Food Bank but again due to present circumstances this has had to be suspended. However, the Food Bank is in need of your donations, now more than ever. Sainsburys and Asda have trolleys in their stores in which you can leave a donation.
At 22 March, they were running low on the following items:
UHT Milk, Nappies and Toilet Rolls although they realise stocks are low in shops so 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 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 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