At St Mary’s and St Andrew’s Churches we embrace a wide variety of groups and activities. No matter what stage of life you are in we have a community for you. Each in their own different way contributes an expression of our common faith and enriches the whole church family.

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strengthens all that we do.



missional Communities

Bible Fellowship Groups

We run a number of Bible Fellowship groups, some of them focused around particular times of the church calendar (such as Lent); whilst others are more a regular social group of faith which explores their relationship with god together.

Music and Social


If you enjoy being musical we have varied musical communities for you to become party of! Whether it be singing in our Church Choir, playing the Church organ or joining some of our wider community who are interested in faith through music, don’t hesitate to ‘make a noise’ and reach out.


The Church bells are iconic parts of the building and are used as the call to prayer,
traditionally rang for Sunday Services, weddings and state and civic occasions. Our
regular Bell ringers group is a small group and always keen to recruit new people.

Churches Together Family

Churches Together is an initiative to broaden what a single church is able to offer and often joint services are offered alongside activities.  Many of these events and services are either communicated via the Website or the Parish News, allowing us to communicate the happenings of our local parishes as well as the wider Church for the benefit of all. 

Families, Children and Young People

Children and Families

Activities for children and families happen throughout the year and you’re warmly invited to look at our Facebook page as well as our Events page for both examples of the kind of activities we have put on for children in the past as well as what is upcoming in the future.  St Mary’s Youth is currently available for 8-12, please get in touch for further details.


Children and Families

 We share the key ‘Big Story’ of the Bible at our partner schools – including Gainford C of E Primary School with which we have a long standing relationship.

Look out for our articles on the Big Story and how we engage with the our school partners.


History Outreach

The history of the area is always entwined with the present, and as we are blessed to have Church buildings close to a thousand years old many of these moments of local Church history are actually moments of history for the broader community too.

We have a group of interested and passionate enthusiasts who enjoy exploring and discussing the past and who want to share the forgotten stories of our Parishes with those totally new to the area as well as visitors and locals.

Parish Magazine

The Parish News magazine is a community magazine, published monthly and distributed free to all houses within the parishes and properties in surrounding areas.

Digital copies of the magazine can also be sent by email if requested.  It is an invaluable source of local news and information including a directory of Places of Worship, local organisations and a reference to local businesses.
Articles for publishing in the magazine are most welcome and can be submitted to the editors 

Parochial Church Council (PCCs)

The Parochial Church Council is the executive committee of the Church of England Parish responsible for the financial affairs and management of assets, and consists of Clergy and Churchwardens of the Parish, together with representatives of the laity. It is a corporate charitable body. The purpose of our PCC is specifically to promote the whole mission of the church, pastoral, evangelistic, social and ecumenical.




At St Mary’s and St Andrew’s we are a collection point for our local foodbanks. Food can be left at any time in the labelled area just inside the main entrance to the church.

Other opportunities

If you feel you have time and/or a skill you would like to offer – please get in touch to see how these could be used to support our churches.

Community Eco Projects

Many of us are just finding out more about the importance of climate change being a reality and this involves many changes to day to day living – and the church is exploring how we can adapt our own projects to become ‘eco’ friendly as well as help our communities with community projects. These projects range from helping young people and children with understanding better how their behaviours, to education about sustainable farming methods and ways we can all reduce our ‘recycling footprint’ through changes which, when taken together, make a significant impact.