Mother’s Union

Welcome to Mothers’ Union

In Chester le Street….
‘We have 80 members – new members are always welcome!  Of these about 50-60 attend regularly and are very committed to the Aims of the M.U. Our weekly meetings, held on Monday’s at 2.00pm in the Parish Centre, are in the format of a Church Service, with hymns, prayers and a Speaker.

We have a Team of members who assist the Clergy in welcoming and preparing those families who wish to bring forward their children for Baptism, and who also attend the Baptism Service, so presenting a familiar face, and helping to put people at ease.

We meet monthly with the ladies from the other Churches in the Town, and also have Meetings with our fellow members from the other Branches in the Chester-le-Street Deanery – Fatfield (St. George’s), Lumley (Christ Church) and Washington (Holy Trinity).

We enjoy fun and fellowship on Social Occasions – participating in concerts, murder mystery evenings – days out (which always include a meal). Here in Chester-le-Street we also organise Coffee Mornings, the proceeds going to our less fortunate members overseas’.
If you would be interested in joining, then please contact the Parish Office.

Sue Begg Branch Leader

Aileen Armstrong Branch Secretary

Job Club

The CAP Job Club- all meetings on hold until further notice.

 Meets at the Parish Centre on Friday mornings from 9am.

We offer a course which covers all the essentials to prepare people for securing employment, from identifying their skills to setting personal goals, to writing CV’s and filling in application forms, to practicing interview techniques and fitting in once at work. The course is designed  by CAP (Christians Against Poverty) and supported by our church, both financially and by a committed group of people who take on various roles within the course. If you would like to know more please contact Ian via the Parish Centre Office on 0191 3883295

Choir

Our choir consists of about 25 adult singers: sopranos, altos, tenors and basses.

We practise every Thursday in the Parish Church , 7.00pm – 9.00p.m. and have a wide repertoire of Christian music, ranging from mediaeval to modern. 

We sing at every Sunday evening service at 6.00p.m.

We also sing at occasional civic services and at weddings (about 20 a year).

The choir is affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music  and many members attend R.S.C.M. workshops and other events, such as the Diocesan Choirs Festival held each June at Durham Cathedral.  

The choir’s music and robes are funded by popular events such as coffee mornings (held regularly throughout the year) and the Parochial Church Council subsidizes the choir if necessary. 

Our choir works well musically and socially. Each year our choir enjoys at least two informal social evenings together. 

New members are welcome

Contact:-  Parish Office for further details 

Time of choir practice:- Thursdays (7.00pm-9.00pm)

Place:-  The Parish Church

Men’s Events

We organise and take part in a range of Men’s Events throughout the year. Some of these are interchurch and others for members of our church to come along to. For up to date details please check out the Notice Pages or Outreach Magazines. 

Stewards

We have a small but dedicated group of Stewards who ‘man’ the Church Building during its opening hours when there are no other services taking place.

We are always looking for people to join this group.  If you can spare even 1 or 2 hours per week or even less often do consider being a Steward so that we can keep the Church building open for people to spend quiet time there or for visitors to look around.  You will not be by yourself.  We particularly require someone for a Wednesday afternoon and Saturday afternoon.

For further information contact the Parish Centre Office

Traidcraft

Time of meeting: Thursdays 10.00a.m.-12.30p.m
Place: The Parish Centre Foyer

“Traidcraft” (a Christian Fair Trade organization, helping people to work their own way out of poverty) has its main distribution centre very near our church on the Team Valley Trading Estate at nearby Gateshead.
Many shops and churches have Traidcraft products for sale and our church is one of them.

These are sold in The Parish Centre on Thursdays and Fridays 10.00a.m.-12.30p.m. and we have a rota of volunteers running the stall.

We have a selection of tea, coffee, dried fruits and small gifts from all over the world. We also sell bric-a-brac, good quality books and the money for these goes to church funds. Donations are always welcome.  We have made many new friends with our stall and have plenty of regular customers.

Flower Arrangers

Flowers are usually arranged every Friday morning.  There are a number of ladies involved who are on a rota, but who all work together for our main festivals of Easter, Harvest, and Christmas when more extensive decoration of the church is required.

Donations are made by members and non-members of the congregation for flowers in memory of their loved ones, or for special anniversaries.  Special arrangements can also be made for weddings.

Any monies should be given via the Parish Centre Office.

Contact:  Parish Office

Time of meeting:  Friday mornings

Place:  Parish Church

 

 

Lifeline

Lifeline is the church intercessory prayer team.

New members are always welcome. If you are interested in joining or just want more information then please contact Linda Jackson

Viewfinders

Who are we – We are a friendly group of people who are interested in photography – ability wise some of us are more accomplished and experienced than others some of whom are beginners. Equipment varies greatly – one or two have Digital SLR cameras but most of us have much more modest and basic equipment. Most of us are also church goers but this is not essential to be a member of the group.

Viewfinder meetings – we meet approximately once a month in the Parish Centre usually on the last Monday evening of the month at 7.30 pm. 

What do we do – We usually set ourselves a photographic task each month and at our meetings we look at and comment on the photographs we have taken.  If anyone has a problem over taking, printing or presenting photographs we also try to address this.  Tasks over the last few months have included – Journeys, reflections, close ups and Chester le Street.  We usually arrange a couple of outings each year – one in the Spring/Summer and one in the Autumn.

We have a couple of display boards in one of  the Parish Centre corridors and regularly hold exhibitions of our work.  

If you are interested in joining us please contact either:

Norma Hedley – 0191 388 2967 or

Ann Wilson – 0191 410 6097 or

Leave a message at the Parish Office

 

Churches Together

Churches Together in Chester-le-Street is part of Churches Together North-East and Churches Together in England, which came into being in 1991.

There are 6 churches in Chester le Street: Saint Cuthbert’s Roman Catholic Church, The Salvation Army, The United Reformed Church, The Methodist Church, Evangel Pentecostal Church and our Anglican Parish Church of Saint Mary and Saint Cuthbert.

“Churches Together” exists to further the cause of Christian Unity by sharing fellowship wherever possible and to show a shared concern for evangelism to those of our town who do not know Jesus Christ.

The organizing committee has representatives from each church and together with the clergy they organise events such as:

  • United Worship:- during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Lent and Holy Week and at Pentecost.
  • Pulpit Exchange for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Events of witness to the community:-

The Good Friday march of witness through the town, following the cross to the market place, where an open air service is held.

We take a role with the council in organising the lighting of the Christmas lights in the town centre.

Together we run ‘Healing on the Streets’ once a week in the Market Place.

The clergy also meet together every month.

 

Bell Ringers

The team of bell ringers are a group of people who meet to practice once a week on a Friday evening from 7.30 pm – 9.00 pm.  They ring the bells for most of the services on a Sunday and other occasions during the week such as at weddings when requested.

There are also plenty of opportunities to meet with other like minded ringers from other parishes either on visits to their weekly practice nights or at district meetings (3 per month).

Bell ringing is one of the few unique and rare Old-English arts left in this day and age, and new members are always very welcome.  If you are between 9 and 90 and would like to consider a different and unusual hobby then this might be for you.

Contact: Mike Prentice

Time of meeting: Friday 7.30 pm – 9.00 pm

Place: Parish Church Belfry

Enquiries via Parish Centre Office