St James

Welcome to St James's Church in Riding Mill.

A warm welcome to the Parish Church of St James, Riding Mill; on the banks of the beautiful River Tyne in Northumberland where the Roman Dere Street crosses as it links Hadrian's Wall to the lands further South.

Although close to Newcastle and boasting a stop on the railway we are very much a village church which has always looked outwards to welcome visitors to and provided an inspirational place for village activities. The spire on the church building is a landmark from the main road and attracts many to stop, stay a while and maybe reflect a little.

Yet beautiful and distinctive though our building is, a church is about far more than mellow stone and vibrant stained glass. It's about weaving nets of relationship - how Christians in this place worship and serve God; how we serve our community; and how we try to put our money where our mouths are in terms of living out our faith as Jesus taught.

Like most churches we are very much a work in progress and we are always learning. Like most churches we make mistakes and have our faults and foibles (for we are too human by half). Through it all, we want to be a church worthy of its founder and so we keep trying, for Jesus’ sake.

There may be many reasons why you are looking at our website. Perhaps you are looking for somewhere to arrange a baptism (christening) or a wedding? Or find out how to deal with a death. Perhaps you or someone you know needs prayer? Perhaps you want to find a place to worship and feel at home or perhaps you want to find out more about what it means to be a Christian today?

The parish of St. James, Riding Mill is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO). The Diocese of Newcastle’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSO. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.

Whether you are looking for help, worship, history or salvation these pages should give you a good start. But there is no substitute for the real thing – so just drop in to a service or event. We look forward to seeing you!

Rev'd Diana

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Rev'd Diana Johnson

The Vicarage
Riding Mill
NE44 6AT

NE44 6AT

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Mid-week Parish Worship

Every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. for 29m
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Church Lane
Riding Mill

Often a reflective service of Holy Communion in contemporary language, gathered around the Lord's Table in the nave of our beautiful church. We sometimes hold alternative services for special occasions, or simply to vary our worship. We meet together afterwards in the Church Cottage next door for coffee.

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