The Covid-19 Pandemic has been really hard for us all. It has been particularly difficult for those who have lost loved ones through this time. Some deaths will have been due to contracting the virus, for others there were a variety of different causes. What was common for us all, was the difficulty in properly saying ‘Goodbye’ and having a time to collectively remember and grieve.
From Wednesday 13th October through to Saturday 16th October, St Andrew’s Church will be open in the afternoons between 1pm and 4pm, for individuals and families to have some space to remember and reflect. There will be the opportunity to light candles, write the names and stories of loved ones, read helpful reflections and experience the peace of our beautiful church space, to aid this time of remembering.
On Sunday 17th October, there will be a ‘Remembering Service’ at 3 pm to which all are welcome.
Please pass this information around – tell you friends and neighbours. The church will be open to anyone and everyone to help in their journey of grief and remembering.
Logo: Alpha

Alpha Re-union evening - Wednesday 17th November

The next Alpha Course is due to start in the new year, 2022, on a Wednesday evening 7:00 for 7:30 in St. Andrew's church hall. e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

There will be a re-union evening on the 17th November, 7pm in St. Andrew's Church Hall. All past and potential participants are invited. Whoever you are just come along, meet old friends and to be reminded of what Alpha stands for.

This is a "bring and share" evening so if you can please bring along a food item to share

Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the basics of the Christian faith. Each evening looks at a different question around faith and life and is designed to create conversation. It meets weekly for about 11 weeks, and includes a "Holy Spirit Away Day" at a local venue. 

After trying it out for a night there's no commitment to any further meetings so why not come and see, though we think you'll enjoy it. If you cannot commit to the whole course at this stage just come along for a few nights and see how you get on! 

Over the past few months we have been fortunate to be successful in securing funding to ensure the future of the Darlington CAP debt centre for an additional year.

We are very grateful for the generosity of the Ballinger Charitable Trust, Darlington Building Society and County Durham Community Foundation who have all recognised the value of the work we are trying to carry out in our local area.

Click for more information about the Darlington CAP centre and Christians Against Poverty

STOP PRESS: 

Arrangements for Church Services in October

Unfortunately, the COVID infection rate continued to rise in late August and the early part of September. It is possible that we may be at the peak both nationally and locally but on the other hand we may not yet have seen the full impact of the return to school. Therefore, the St Andrew’s COVID Planning Group believe that for the month of October, we should retain the same safeguards as we currently have which are primarily using every other pew and wearing face coverings during the service.

Communion will continue to be wafers served to you in your seat by the minister.

Following a great response from our refreshments team, we will be able to serve refreshments after every service in October. There will be table and seats laid out and you will be required to wear a face covering until you have collected your coffee or tea and sat down at a table.

If you are not yet ready to come back to in-church services, the online service will continue through October.

Foodbank will continue to operate with the same restricted procedures.

Church hall/office users will continue to follow the existing procedures.

The St Andrew’s Covid Planning Group will review these arrangements again in October. We thank everyone for their continued cooperation and understanding. St Andrew’s Covid Planning Group

What to expect as you come to church:

  • Sunday services will be open to more people, with alternate pews available for the congregation; a maximum of 6 people or 2 households in one pew.

  • Face coverings will continue to be required, as will hand sanitizer.

  • Congregational singing will be possible to recorded music.

  • Communion will continue to be wafers served to you in your seat by the minister.

St.Andrew's during the Covid-19 pandemic

This page gives up-to-date information about our church's response to the present coronavirus pandemic

CHURCH STATUS UPDATE

September 22nd. 2021.

Unfortunately, the COVID infection rate continued to rise in late August and the early part of September. It is possible that we may be at the peak both nationally and locally but on the other hand we may not yet have seen the full impact of the return to school. Therefore, the St Andrew’s COVID Planning Group believe that for the month of October, we should retain the same safeguards as we currently have which are primarily using every other pew and wearing face coverings during the service. Please see the Current Service page for more info.

Following a great response from our refreshments team, we will be able to serve refreshments after every Sunday service in October. There will be table and seats laid out and you will be required to wear a face covering until you have collected your coffee or tea and sat down at a table.

If you are not yet ready to come back to in-church services, the online services will continue through October.

Foodbank will continue to operate with the same restricted procedures.

Church hall/office users will continue to follow the existing procedures.

The St Andrew’s Covid Planning Group will review these arrangements again in October. We thank everyone for their continued cooperation and understanding.

St Andrew’s Covid Planning Group

St. Andrew's Food Bank exists to provide food for people in need. If you find you cannot provide food for your family, whatever the reason, the Food Bank can help to tide you over until you're on your feet again.

The Food Bank is open every week. Call at St Andrew's Church Hall off Haughton Greeen, on a Thursday afternoon, 1:30 to 2:30pm.

During the Coronavirus epidemic we are keeping the Food Bank open, but with a strict procedure to maximize Social Distancing. When the weather is fine enough the distribution will  take place outdoors. Please follow the guidance of our helpers for everyone's health.

We can accept food donations between 12-30 and 2-30 each Thursday.

We are always looking for more donors to replenish our supplies! Will you help?

In recent weeks we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of families seeking help to over 25. Please add a couple of tins to your shopping this week -soup, beans, tomatoes, fish, meat, fruit and vegatables are all needed. Can you arrange a collection at your place of work?

If you can help us please drop off your contributions at the church office.

For more information see our Food Bank Page.