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THE ANGLICAN CHURCH OF ST PATRICK
The Parish of High Spen & Rowlands Gill lies in the heart of the Derwent Valley, to the western edge of Gateshead District and bordering County Durham. There are two parish churches: St Barnabas Rowlands Gill and St Patrick High Spen, and these fall within the Gateshead West Deanery. The Parish was formed in 1962, having previously been part of Winlaton Parish, and the two churches have shared one clergy post since its inception within the last three years.
CHURCH OF ST PATRICK
St Patrick's Church was consecrated on 17 March 1890 and, until recently, has undergone very little alteration. It is located midway between the villages of High Spen and Highfield but is not physically within either of those communities. However, it enjoys splendid views of the Derwent Valley and surrounding area and its grounds adjoin the much-visited public cemetery.
St Barnabas and St Patrick have active and enthusiastic teams behind all major events which occur at both churches. The Parish has a Church hall at St Barnabas' which opens its doors to the community and has numerous events taking place throughout the year.
One of our main events is our popular annual Summer Ball. This provides much enjoyment both for the congregation and the community surrounding the Parish. The success of the ball created a one-time only Tudor banquet which also turned out to be a great success.
When it comes to special days and events there are so many to choose from. Here is a selection of what we have achieved so far: an annual Ceilidh, Tramps Supper, Quiz Nights, Parish Breakfasts, Church Fares, Family Barbeques, a Christmas Carol Service, Coffee Mornings, a Cakefest, Harvest-In and the famous St Patrick's Cream Teas. Both churches celebrate their annual patronal festivals with St Barnabas Church carrying their celebration across a weekend.
We have an active Mothers Union and Ladies Fellowship group which meet monthly, taking prayer, discussing current issues and holding deanery events.
The ladies group WWW. is a support based group for busy (mainly) working ladies who network together, having monthly meetings, prayer and organised social events.
The Parish was privileged to host a Deanery service which turned out to be a very enjoyable event and an important milestone in the life of the Deanery.
We provide a Family Service once a month in order to reach out to the community; this is a more relaxed informal and interactive version of our usual Sunday service and has proved to be very popular with young families.
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