We have a service every Sunday at 9.30 a.m. with Common Worship communion or occassional services at other times (look at our latest Newsletter for details of these).
Our Seasonal Opening Hours are
- 1st of May to 31st October – Open DAILY 9am to 5pm
- 1st November to 30th April – Open SATURDAY and SUNDAY ONLY 10am to 3pm
Outside those hours, access can be arranged at any reasonable time by contacting the church in advance at StAndrews@gainfordwinston.church – for visitors there is a notice by the door explaining contact details of those who can arrange access if you happen to turn up – but please be aware we may not be available at short notice.
Who can attend
People of all ages and stages of life are most welcome to our church services. Although our worship could be called traditional, we relax in each other’s and God’s company with a simple yet flexible worship style – holding Communion, Common Worship or occasional morning prayer services.
At present we are currently holding a Holy Communion service on the 1st Sunday of each month and Service of the Word on the 3rd Sunday of the month.
We have a Family communion service on the first Sunday of the month from October to May, with the children taking part in the service.
Arriving at Our Church
Whether you have been invited by a friend or are just visiting the area – we are very happy to have you in our midst. We love visitors and you are always welcome to St. Andrew’s.
St. Andrew’s is a Grade 1 listed building, dating from the 13th century. It was restored 1848 by John Dobson but still has evidence of features from earlier times. The church is set in a stunning location with its hillside location allowing superb views from the church porch overlooking the River Tees and the countryside beyond.
Arriving at the Church
The church has a small number of parking spaces at the bottom of Church Mews, though there is also plentiful free parking in the village just a short walk from the church.
Unfortunately, the church has restricted disabled access for wheelchairs due to the limitations of the ancient site. Please Contact Us prior to arrival to discuss if we can help facilitate disabled access for you.
St. Andrew’s does have an Induction Loop facility to aid with making our services accessible to all. There is a static microphone on the lectern and the rector wears a radio mic, linked into loudspeakers enabling the service to be heard by all. Guide dogs are allowed within the church and large print service books are available.
We currently do not have toilet or kitchen facilities in the church but we do have an arrangement with the nearby village hall to use their facilities. The Village Hall has a defibrillator on its outside wall.
Whilst you visit
At the rear of the church there is a small leaflet about the history of the church to take away.
There are also three large information boards, one setting out the origins of the church, detailed in a timeline dating back to pre-Roman times; another shows how the church sits in its landscape and the third shows the church and social history of the parish.
These provide a comprehensive summary of the parish as a whole and are well worth reading if you have a few moments. In addition, a book called ‘Sweet Winston‘ by Brian Clarke is available to purchase by contacting us. This book gives an excellent account of the social history of the parish.