The Parish Church of St Mary Magdalene, serving the people of Longbenton
This church formally adopts the House of Bishop's 'Promoting a safer Church ; safeguarding policy statement.' - 'The Church of England is called to share the good news of God's salvation through Jesus Christ. The life of our communities and institutions is integral to how we address this task. The good news speaks of welcome for all, with a particular regard for those who are most vulnerable, into a community where the value and dignity of every human being is affirmed and those in positions of responsibility and authority are truly trustworthy. being faithful to our call and to share the gospel therefore compels us to take with the utmost seriousness the challenge of preventing abuse from happening and responding well where it has.'
We are also members of Inclusive Church, a group of Christians uniting together around our statement of belief:
"We believe in inclusive Church - church which does not discriminate, on any level, on grounds of economic power, gender, mental health, physical ability, race or sexuality. We believe in Church which welcomes and serves all people in the name of Jesus Christ; which is scripturally faithful; which seeks to proclaim the Gospel afresh for each generation; and which, in the power of the Holy Spirit, allows all people to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Jesus Christ."
Our parish church offers a warm welcome and services in the central tradition of the Church of England. Surrounded by well-kept lawns, our modern church is bright, warm and spacious. Sunlight filters through contemporary stained glass panels, whilst the lighting is gentle and uplifting. Trees, and the sky are visible through tall, clear windows, which aids our worship as we witness the changing seasons. A kitchen at the back of church enables us to offer refreshments and hospitality to the wider community.
If you would like to arrange an informal visit to look around, please contact the Vicar
Baptisms, Weddings, Reading of Banns and Funerals can be arranged by contacting the Vicar. (0191 2662326)