All posts by Margaret Doyle

A guided tour of the Parish Website

People sometimes ask where they can find out more about the parish, and you may not realise just how much information there is on our website.

On Sunday 8th March there will be a guided tour of the website, to help you find your way round, and explain how you can find the Facebook page and sign up for the e-newsletter. Please join us over coffee after the 10.00am Mass.

Lent 2020: Collections for Prisoners being released from Durham and Low Newton Prisons

Nepacs is a north east charity which has been supporting people affected by imprisonment for over 135 years. This Lent we would like to collect items for nepacs to make up Toiletry Packs for prisoners being released who are in particular need.  Our previous support to Low Newton has been greatly appreciated.

Useful items to contribute to the Toiletry Packs are toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, shower gel, soap, deodorant (roll-on or spray), flannels, combs and wet wipes. Packs for anyone who is homeless on their release also include socks, plasters, waterbottle/flask, bacterial gel, and a dry food pack (coffee, tea bags, hot chocolate powder, cup-a-soup, cereal bars, sugar, stirrer, Mars Bars).  In addition, the packs for HMP Low Newton need lip balm and Sanitary Pack (STs, tampons, panty liners), and those for HMP Durham need disposable razors and shaving foam.

Please put donations in the boxes in the narthex throughout Lent.

Parish Pastoral Plan- Building our Community

The Parish Dinner was to take place on the 5th of March but will now be held on Wednesday 1 April at 7.30 pm at “Finbarrs Restaurant” Aykley Heads. The meal will be three courses with three choices for each course and will cost £27.50 per person. Menus will be available next week. If you wish to register your interest please contact Gil Bolton directly or email or by phone 07816819515.

Faith and Science: The Bible and the natural world

On Tuesday 18th February 2020, during the February Half Term, the Finchale Partnership will be hosting a ‘Rock Day’. It’s a great opportunity for anyone over the age of 16 who has an interest in science, debating and faith – in particular our Year 11 and Sixth Form pupils who are studying A Level RE or Science – ALTHOUGH ALL ARE WELCOME.

We’ll be exploring ideas of faith and science, talking about geology, evolution and creation, and the day will include a walk round the geology of the Durham riverbanks, and a debate with experts from the fields of Geology and Theology.

The cost for the day is £5 to cover food and resources. For more information contact Katie on or telephone 0191 3341656.

Finchale Partnership Property & Community Review

In October 2019, we started a Property & Community Review, part of a Diocesan programme. Many people volunteered their time, efforts and ideas to carry out the Property Audit, a Community Audit and a 10-year financial forecast. The Diocese has now decided to pause the review and we are not preparing a report for the Diocese. However the Partnership Development Group agreed that we don’t want to lose the excellent work done so far, particularly on the Community Audit. It’s not too late to contribute ideas about the needs of the community and how we may be able to help. Parish Pastoral Councils will discuss the work done so far and the Partnership will consider anything we can work together on. Thank you to all those who volunteered – your work is very much appreciated.