Welcome to St Aidan’s Church
Services Every Sunday at 9.45am
Sunday Services will be available on the website every Sunday morning
Although churches can open from this weekend we have decided not to open St Cuthbert and St Aidan churches yet for corporate worship
I met with the wardens to go through the guidance for reopening for worship and to begin preparing risk assessments. As the guidance only came to us late Tuesday evening we need more time to assimilate it and prepare a rigorous risk assessment.
The Bishops are saying that it is up to individual churches when they feel confident about reopening .
As a result we feel it is to soon and many people are still nervous about going out.
We will announce the date as soon as we can but in the meantime we will continue with the recorded services and I will be writing to everyone on the electoral roll.
In the next week the PCC we will be informed of progress and be kept fully informed of developments.
The government have given the go ahead for churches to open from the 4th July for public worship and weddings.
I am awaiting guidance from the Bishop's office and we will need to conduct a robust risk assessment in each church. An announcement will be made as to how we propose to open the churches and PCCs will be kept in the loop.
St Cuthbert's church is open for private prayer Monday to Friday between the hours of 2.00pm and 4.00pm.
But please note that Friday is for the over 70s and vunerarable so we can give them a safer sacred space
A late example of a Gothic Revival church building. This very large church and its attached church hall were built at the same time with the church started in 1899 and completed by 1902. The north and south aisle arcades although pointed in form are very close to being semi-circular. The slender columns and wide spans give a very light feeling to the space they define. The fine timber roof is fully exposed internally. Pairs of decorative collar tie trusses span the nave with radiused infill beneath the tie members. Placing of the trusses in order to concentrate load close to the arcade columns has resulted in bays of unequal width which is also a visual device used to some effect. Internal furnishings and fittings are all of the period of the original build and no significant alterations have been carried out. There are some finely worked features internally, notably the carved oak pulpit with carved stone base and the carved oak font cover at the west end. The church and hall are built entirely of red sandstone with tooled quoins, window surrounds, copings etc. and with rock faced ashlar walling in narrow courses. Unusually for a church of such size there is no tower or spire. The relatively modest double bell-cote comes as something of an anti-climax.
Parish Office Telephone/Church Hall Bookings 01228 810650
(Please note the website is currently under construction and will be expanded shortly)