The planned Litter Pick went ahead today, 14th October, with some thirty folks from St. Andrew's helping, and including a contingent from St. Andrew's guides.

Meeting at 10:00am the helpers paired off and set off, mainly into Red Hall and McMullen Road on this occasion. Meanwhile a small group remained behind to prepare a bread and soup lunch for when the pickers returned at 12:00noon.

As folks returned and the pile of collected litter bags grew it became clear it had been a sucessful day. It''s always amazing just how much litter there is to be collected, even from a small area. Thank you to everyone who took part. Thank you also to the Council for providing the equipment to do the job.

We expect the next Litter Pick to take place in the Spring. Why not plan to join it.


Friday 27th October, 7pm in Durham Cathedral.

You're invited to join a group from the parish when we go to Durham Cathdral for a great evening of worship and teaching in October.

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This is our "harvest social" this year. A bit after Harvest Sunday, but promising a great evening out.

Saturday 21st October, 7-10pm in the church hall. You can just turn up on the night, but it helps us to cater if you can let us know you intend to come.

Including a dance workshop, and of course food, but "bring your own beer", or whatever other tipple is your favourite. Hot drinks of course will be provided.

Nearly Here! Have you booked yet?

Prices: Adult £4; Child £2; Family £10.

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Logo: Alpha

The present Alpha Course at St. Andrew's is well under way on Wednesday evenings in the church hall.

While it's still not too late to join you will have missed quite a few evenings so it might be better to wait until the next course in Spring 2018.

If you're interested and want more information or to be kept in touch do let us know and we'll ensure you don't miss the next one.

Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the basics of the Christian faith. Each evening looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation.

Alpha is run all around the globe in cafés, churches, universities, homes - you name it; and everyone's welcome. Millions have attended and been helped by it - will you be one of them?

The next Shared Lunch takes place on Sunday 29th October after the 10:30am morning service. (Note the earlier start on that day). It will start at about 12:15pm. We're planning a hot meal now the days are getting colder!

This morning follows the pattern of having only one service whenever there's five Sundays in the month, which is then followed by church coffee and the lunch.

There'll be a sign up list  in church to indicate if you hope to be there and to help us in the planning. But if you're visiting on the day and haven't booked in, or if you haven't brought a contribution please just join us - there's always enough. 

We see this as a great opportunity for those who normally attend either the early morning or the main morning service to spend some quality time with other members of the church or our visitors.

New to St. Andrew's? Not to worry! All our services are "user friendly"; you'll find a warm welcome, a variety of styles and plenty of folks to help you.

The Sunday morning services in September and October are largely based on the theme "God is Closer than you think" using material from the book of the same name by Frank Ortberg. (For an overview of all our Sunday services see the Sunday Service page.)

8th October. TRINITY 17 

God is closer than you think – 4. Listening to the Voice of God
   Galatians 5:16-26, John 10:1-10.
8:45am. Service of the Word
   Lead/Preach: Mark East
10:45am. Holy Communion
   Lead/Preach: Mark East
3:00pm. Tea & Praise. Oban Court Residential Home.

Graphic:Front cover of Andrew's Net

The Autumn issue of Andrew's Net with lots of information about what's going on in the church and others things has been published. It's well worth reading to keep up with what is happening this Autumn.

It is distributed free of charge to all homes in the parish. If you live outside St. Andrew's parish, or don't receive a copy, either collect one from the church or hall, or email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name and address to request a copy by mail.

In addition to the normal range of services St. Andrew's will be open for heritage visits, prayer and reflection at the following times:

March, April, October, November - Wednesday 10.15am – 3.15pm

May to September - Wednesday 10.15am – 4.15pm

The National Heritage Open Days

The next Heritage Opening Days will be in September 2018. We take part and St. Andrew's with many other places will be open locally, regionally and nationally. Please support these events.