Snods Edge Church

Snods Edge church - Shotley St John, if we're being formal - doesn't fit categories easily: a rural church with a congregation of several dozen drawn from the parish and well beyond; a mixture of styles of worship and of all kinds of people. What holds us together is the aspiration to be a place that welcomes everyone in the name of Jesus Christ and that works to grow together as a community worshipping him. Please join us for worship at 10:30 every Sunday. This continues as usual while our Vicar, Canon Geoff Purcell Smith, is on long-term sick leave.

That commitment means, amongst other things, that we as a parish are 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, Mr Richard McAlister, who can be reached on [email protected] 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. 

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Sunday worship

Every Sunday at for 1 hour
Please note that this event will not be taking place between and
Snods Edge Church
Snods Edge, Shotley Bridge, DH8 9TJ, GB

We meet for worship at 10:30am every Sunday, come rain, snow or pandemic - even if during lockdown this had to be done virtually. Now that some normality has returned, we are back in person, and all are welcome to attend without any need to pre-notify us. We do ask that you wear a face-covering when entering and moving around the building, and as yet, sadly, we have not yet felt able to resume congregational singing.

On most Sundays we celebrate the Eucharist (using Common Worship Order One). During our Vicar's sick leave, on the third Sunday of the month we offer a Service of the Word instead, in which we will be working meditatively through St Mark's Gospel.

We cannot at the moment offer any dedicated children's sessions or Sunday School, but we are very used to, and delighted by, having children of any age in church, and if their attention wanders there are some resources at the back which you are very welcome to explore with them.

Please join us outside the Church Hall for tea, coffee and something tasty after each week's service.