Category Archives: Ecumenical

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

This, Sunday 21st January, an ecumenical service will be held in the chapels at Ushaw, in which we come together for prayer, scripture readings and hymns, responding to Jesus’ own prayer that we may all be one.  All are very welcome to attend, and we look forward to celebrating together our common Christian faith.  The service starts at 3pm, and will be followed by refreshments in the parlour. 

No ticket is required for this event.

Holy Island 2016

This year’s pilgrimage to Holy Island with Churches Together in Elvet & Shincliffe takes place on Saturday 11 June. A coach will leave the student union building at Dunelm House at 9:30am (please note this is a little later than in recent years) arriving back at Durham at about 8:00pm having travelled via Seahouses. Fares will be just £10.00 for adults and £8.00 for children so please book early to avoid disappointment.

More details and booking forms are on the noticeboard in the narthex.

Please note there is also a student residential retreat to Holy Island the same weekend. See or the Chaplaincy noticeboard for more details.

EU Referendum Debate

Durham Churches Together is organising a debate on the EU Referendum at 7:30pm on Friday 27 May at 7:30pm in Durham Town Hall.

Speaking for “remain” are Roberta Blackman Woods MP, businessman David Teasdale and academic Marek Szablewski; for “leave”, Jonathan Arnott MEP, businessman Colin Moran and campaigner Ajay Jagota. The debate will be chaired by Rev. John Durell.

All are welcome.

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Ecumenism: what can we learn from other Christian communities?

During the university term the students gather at the Chaplaincy each Wednesday for ‘Cathsoc night’ and on Wednesday 20 April, we will be doing something similar for the Parish. There will be exposition from 6.30pm and the opportunity for confession. Mass is at 7.00pm, and we will gather after Mass (at about 7.30pm) for a shared meal and a discussion led by Dr. Marcus Pound, on the subject of Ecumenism and what we can learn from other Christian communities, concluding with prayer at about 9.00pm. You are welcome to come along for as little or as much of the evening as you like.

The Passion and the Arts

Churches Together in Elvet & Shincliffe invite you to explore “The Passion and the Arts” on three Tuesdays in Lent. The last session is on 15 March, focusing on Music; it will be hosted at St Cuthbert’s, starting at 7:30pm. All are welcome and light refreshments will be provided.

Durham Churches Together AGM

Durham Churches Together holds its Annual General Meeting at 7:00pm on Monday 22 February at Antioch House, Crossgate.The evening will include a talk by Peter MacLellan (of Durham County Council’s Humanitarian Committee) entitled, When you were a stranger: Durham County’s response to asylum seekers. All are welcome for the meeting and talk.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The week of Prayer for Christian Unity Week runs from 18 to 25 January. Events planned include:

  • Durham Churches Together Prayer Breakfast on Wednesday 20 January at 8:00am at North Road Methodist Church hosted by Deacon Annette Sharp. All are welcome and there is no charge to attend. Please do book your place by contacting Kirsty Thomas or Deacon Annette Sharp on or
  • Gareth Davies-Jones, singer-songwriter, leads an “alternative Evening Service of songs and stories to entertain, challenge and inspire” on Sunday 24 January at 6:00pm at Elvet Methodist Church.

Churches Together New Year’s Eve Candlelit Procession

Durham Churches Together – the group of Christian communities in Durham (including St Cuthbert’s) working together – holds its annual Candlelit Procession and service on New Year’s Eve (Thursday 31 December) in thanksgiving for the year past, and praying for God’s blessings in the year to come.We gather in the Market Place at 6:15pm (please bring your own candle/lantern), and then proceed along the Bailey to Palace Green. There is a service of prayer together in Durham Cathedral at 6:30pm.

Your Money or your Afterlife

SunsetA Public Forum at the Prior’s Hall, Durham Cathedral, Thursday 19 November 7:00pm-9:00pm on the subject of gift and offerings in Judaism, Islam and Christian denominations. How religious institutions are supported, how this is connected to conceptions of the afterlife, and what the place of money is (or is not) within religious and spiritual life will be explored.The following day, Friday 20 November10:00am-4:00pm, there will be a workshop in gifts in the Christian Middle Ages.

For more information contact:

Introducing Laudato si’

Durham Churches Together is organising an evening to introduce Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato si’ on the care for our common home on Monday 19th October at 7.30 pm at Elvet Methodist Church. Speakers: Canon Simon Oliver (Van Mildert Professor of Divinity) and Jonathan Elmer (Ecological Consultant).

This will be a café style evening enabling discussion on issues raised by the speakers with further feed-back. Refreshments will be served. The evening will be free and all are welcome.

Elvet and Shincliffe Holy Island Pilgrimage 2015

This year’s pilgrimage to Holy
Island with Churches Together in Elvet & Shincliffe will take
place on Saturday 20th June when we will travel, pray and
socialise together with our friends in the local churches. A coach will leave Dunelm House at
9:00am returning at about 8:00pm. Fares will be just £10.00 for adults and £8.00 for children so please book early to avoid disappointment.

More details and booking forms can be found on the noticeboard in the narthex.