We are a relaxed, welcoming church family that seeks to be faithful to the Scriptures and the gospel. About 400 of us gather in various settings each week for worship, fellowship, learning of God and prayer. We seek to serve God in this pleasant small town in the 21st century.
Our aim is to be a community of Christians who worship God and make a difference to people's lives.
There has been a Christian worshipping community here since 883AD, when monks from Lindisfarne, bearing the body of Saint Cuthbert built a shrine which became, for more than a century, the Cathedral of the Kingdom of Northumbria. It was here that the Gospels were first translated into Saxon English and a facsimile of the Lindisfarne Gospels can be seen at the Parish Church.
More recently, we are a very active church worshipping in a range of styles. On a Sunday morning we have more traditional services at 8am and 6pm. At 6pm the worship is led by our church choir. At 10am, we have three family services that meet in three different locations around Chester le Street. Each has a more modern style of worship. Parish Central meets in the parish church in the centre of Chester-le-Street, Parish South worships in the Hermitage school and Parish North gather together at the Church of England Primary school in South Pelaw. There are also services on Thursday mornings at 10.45am in the parish church and on Friday mornings at the Brockwell centre, Pelton Fell at 10am.
Alongside services the church, we have a parish centre coffee lounge that is open everyday from 10.00 am - 2.00 pm. The church also runs many activities that engage with the people of Chester-le-Street as we proclaim God's good news. If, you are looking to use the church for a baptism (christening), a wedding or a funeral, then we would love to welcome you to our church. For more information see our page on Life events.