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Revd Canon Eileen Harrop

A Message from The Vicar

A warm welcome is extended in Jesus’ name to all who come to our blessed ancient parish churches of St Mary’s, Gainford and St Andrew’s, Winston – both sacred pilgrim places of continuous worship since Saxon times in rural Teesdale on the River Tees. 

Treasured and well cared for by their members and communities, we testify to God’s love and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit both inside and out with active ministry in homes, with schools, social groups,  in making music,  by celebrating together, and being present at poignant moments in the lives of parishioners. Our mission is enduring: deep and wide

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St Mary’s

Situated upon the banks of the River Tees, St Mary’s has a large village green in front of it which hosts many village events.  Gainford village also hosts a spa (an ancient well) to which Pilgrims used to journey before then visiting the church itself. 

St Mary’s is quite a large church for a village of Gainford’s size and has a square clock tower from which bells can be heard for special events and for call to prayer.

St Andrew’s

St Andrew’s occupies a distinct, prominent position on the top of a hill overlooking the beautiful Teesdale Valley, giving any visitor spectacular views. 

There is a path leading from the church to the riverbank, passing through our community garden, and you may wish enjoy our  beautiful river side walk before or after a service.

 

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Michael Baldwin the creator of the Spitfire Bridge kindly allows us to share his footage

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The Queen launches her 70 Acts of Service programme for her Platinum Jubilee

News from the May Messy Church!

News from our latest Messy Church event

Newsletter: 15th – 21st May 2022

Our Newsletter for the 5th week of Easter

Spring Coffee Morning at St Mary’s – 30th April

We invite everyone to join us for a Spring Coffee Morning at St Mary’s

Messy Church: Sunday 15th May 3:30-5:30pm

We continue our new style of church at St Mary’s in May

History: The Spitfire Bridge

Michael Baldwin the creator of the Spitfire Bridge kindly allows us to share his footage

History: Winston Bridge – A History Feature

A long form article about Winston Bridge and it’s fantastic past.

History: Engraving

A short history article about art made of our beautiful area

History: High Flight

Aviators talk of their spiritual connection when flying

Platinum Jubilee: 70 Acts of Service

The Queen launches her 70 Acts of Service programme for her Platinum Jubilee

News from the May Messy Church!

News from our latest Messy Church event

Newsletter: 15th – 21st May 2022

Our Newsletter for the 5th week of Easter

Spring Coffee Morning at St Mary’s – 30th April

We invite everyone to join us for a Spring Coffee Morning at St Mary’s

Messy Church: Sunday 15th May 3:30-5:30pm

We continue our new style of church at St Mary’s in May

History: The Spitfire Bridge

Michael Baldwin the creator of the Spitfire Bridge kindly allows us to share his footage

History: Winston Bridge – A History Feature

A long form article about Winston Bridge and it’s fantastic past.

History: Engraving

A short history article about art made of our beautiful area

History: High Flight

Aviators talk of their spiritual connection when flying

History: Spitfire Tribute

A tribute to the Spitfire – behind Winston feat aircraft