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St Johns is the Anglican Parish Church of Birtley in the Deanery of Chester-le-Street and Diocese of Durham.
The Church was built in 1848 and is mock Norman in design. It was extended in the later 1800's when two trancepts and two vesteries were added.
In the mid 1960's a nave Sanctuary, altar and altar rail were added.
In the 1990's quite extensive refurbishment of the building was carried out and some further reordering, particularly of the entrance and west end vestry areas.
The tower houses 6 bells and a clock with quarter and hour chiming.
A two manual 'Tracker action' organ is situated in the Chancel.
The regular Church congregation numbers around 35, worshipping on Sundays or Thursdays. The main Sunday 10.00am family Service attacks 20-25. (Sadly, our congregation has never fully returned to pre-covid numbers which were near 40-50).
There are normally refreshments in the nearby Church Hall after this Service. Toilets are also available in the Hall.
The town has a number of residential care homes and sheltered accommodations. We have quite an extended congregation through our regular (normally monthly) visits and worship at these places.
For more detailed information on St Johns and its ministries, please visit our website.
Chester Le Street
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