St Mary and St Cuthbert, Chester-le-Street

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We are a relaxed, welcoming church family that seeks to be faithful to the Scriptures and the gospel. About 400 of us gather in various settings each week for worship, fellowship, learning of God and prayer. We seek to serve God in this pleasant small town in the 21st century.

Our aim is to be a community of Christians who worship God and make a difference to people's lives.


Church Values

*  Reaching out with God's love

*  Serving the People of Chester-le-Street

*  Doing everything for Jesus


We are a very active church worshipping in a range of styles.  On a Sunday morning we have more traditional services at 8am and 6pm.  At 6pm the worship is led by our church choir. 

At 10am, we have three family services that meet in three different locations around Chester le Street.  Each has a more modern style of worship.  Parish Central meets in the parish church in the centre of Chester-le-Street, Parish South worships in the Hermitage school and Parish North gather together at the Church of England Primary School in South Pelaw.

There are also services on Thursday mornings at 10.45am in the parish church and on Friday mornings at the Brockwell centre, Pelton Fell at 10am.

Alongside services the church, we have a Parish Centre coffee lounge that is open everyday from 10am-2pm. 

The church also runs many activities that engage with the people of Chester-le-Street as we proclaim God's Good News. 

If you are looking to use the church for a baptism (christening), a wedding or a funeral, then we would love to welcome you to our church.  For more information see our page on Life events.

There has been a Christian worshipping community here since 883AD, when monks from Lindisfarne, bearing the body of Saint Cuthbert built a shrine which became, for more than a century, the Cathedral of the Kingdom of Northumbria. It was here that the Gospels were first translated into Saxon English and a facsimile of the Lindisfarne Gospels can be seen at the Parish Church.


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The Revd D J Tully
The Parish Centre,
Church Chare,
(0191) 388 3295 (Rector)

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8am BCP Holy Communion
This is a quiet service, usually attended by adults. We do have an organist and hymns are sung.
Every Sunday at 8:00 AM for 50 minutes
Book of Common Prayer
10am Parish Service
Every first Sunday at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly creche Coffee Common Worship
10 am service - In all 3 areas
Services in all 3 of our areas: 10am Parish Church, 10am The Hermitage School, 10am CE Primary School, South Pelaw,
Every second third fourth and fifth Sunday at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly creche Sunday School Coffee Common Worship
6pm Evening Prayer
With our choir
Every first fourth and last Sunday at 6:00 PM for 1 hour
Common Worship
6pm Holy Communion
With the Choir
Every second third and fifth Sunday at 6:00 PM for 1 hour
Common Worship


10.45am BCP Holy Communion
Every Thursday at 10:45 AM for 50 minutes
Coffee Book of Common Prayer


10am Service at The Brockwell Centre, Pelton Fell
Every Friday at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Coffee Common Worship



Wheelchair accessible toilets

Designated wider space(s) for people with a disabled parking badge

Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome

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Church Open Church is open in the summer months - see website for details

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Incumbent: The Revd David John TULLY
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 13650
Archdeaconry: SUNDERLAND (133)
Deanery: CHESTER-LE-STREET (13301)
Benefice: Chester le Street (13/031 X)
Parish Legal Name: CHESTER-LE-SREET (130004 13/4)
CofE Church Info: (613004 13/4)
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The current editor is: Danie Lindley

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This page was last updated on Friday 1st April 2016
St Mary and St Cuthbert : Church Chare, Behind the High Street, Chester-le-Street, County Durham, DH3 3QB

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