Church of England Diocese of Durham St. John the Baptist Egglescliffe

About Us

St John’s, Egglescliffe stands within the centre ground of the Anglican tradition. We hope to offer a home to those who may have differing understandings of how to be church and to worship, but who are committed to discipleship. We also hope to be a congregation which will accept whatever anyone wishes to give by way of sharing of gifts and talents; and to be a place where the explorer will find help on his or her journey.

The church building is mediaeval with a fine seventeenth century interior, which has undergone a transformation to make better use of the space for welcome, prayer, and hospitality.   A small extension provides an equal access toilet, a baby-change area, and better facilities for utility and storage. There is a sound enhancement and loop system.

During the Covid pandemic our church has been closed for Sunday worship.  The following paragraphs are what our church life is like under normal conditions.  We do live stream our services on Facebook and YouTube on Wednesday at 9.30am and Sunday at 10am.

The two main services on Sunday are at 8am and 10am At 8 the service is quiet and reflective, without music, using the traditional language of the Prayer Book as found in Common Worship Order 2.  At 10 the style is more informal.  On the first Sunday of each month we have an All Age service with more contemporary worship led by guitar & keyboard, we especially welcome families for baptism at this service and our worship is enhanced by our 'Bright Lights' puppet team.  

Baptism ministry: We welcome people through baptism at noon on the first Sunday of most months.  Newly baptised people attend our All Age service for the anointing with oil the month following their baptism.  This is a great opportunity for them to take their place within the family of God at st John's.

SPARKS! Is our Sunday children's ministry where the children leave to have a fun time learning to be young disciples.  Children are very welcome to stay in church if they would like to.  Play bags are provided and our SPARKS! corner is available in church.  

Every Monday at 9.30am we gather for morning prayer.  Wednesday at 9.30am is set aside for an informal Holy Communion service which lasts about half an hour.  Also on Wednesday 10.30 till 11.45 we have our Community Coffee Morning where we welcome all comers to our church.   During term time, on Tuesdays 2pm the church is alive with prams and children at our ‘PIPS’ (Prayer, Inspiration, Play, Song) service for the under 5s. A very short service time – prayers and candles, a story and some songs – is followed by play and juice and of course cake! This service complements our Parent and Toddler group (OOPS – One o’ clock play at St John’s) which meets on Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Parish Hall in Butts Lane. Additional mid-week services are usually held during Lent and other significant dates.

Our Friendship Lunch for retired people in the Parish Hall is increasingly popular,  This is a simple two course meal  costs £3.50.  We would love to see you there.  to book contact Vanessa on 07375 077699