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St.Andrew's during the Covid-19 pandemic

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


Arrangements from Thursday 27th January.

We are grateful that the COVID infection rates from the Omicron variant appear to have peaked and are reducing across the country. As with the start of this variant, our region is reacting later than the south and so infection rates in our area remain very high. The government have indicated that the Plan B restrictions will be removed from 27th January, including the compulsory wearing of face coverings in church. However, as infection rates remain so high in our area, the St Andrew’s COVID Planning Group believe that for the month of February, we should retain the same safeguards as we currently have which are primarily using every other pew and wearing face coverings during the service. If the situation changes, we will be back in touch.

Communion will continue to be wafers served to you in your seat by the minister.
Refreshments will continue to be served after services. There will be tables and six seats per table laid out. You will be required to wear a face covering until you have collected your coffee or tea and sat down at a table.

Logo: Alpha

The Next Alpha Course has begun!

The next Alpha Course started in January, meeting on a Wednesday evening at 7:00 in St. Andrew's church hall. It's not too late to join, so why not come along. Or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

If you are interested in coming along do let us know via the church office. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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! 

During recent years scores of people have attended one of St.Andrew's courses, and many have found faith in or renewed a faith in Jesus.

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.

Rachel, with CAP helpers, Sue and Jane met up with local MP Peter Gibson for a helpful chat about the work of CAP.


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. We offer thanks to allb in the local community who help us by supporting the work of CAP.

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