Branch End and New Ridley
Painshawfield estate in the trees
St Peter’s Church, Bywell
Norman nave and Early English tower
Guessburn
Looking east over the station
St George's church Mickley
South entrance
Mickley Square
Jiggery Pokery and Eastgate Manor
Mickley Square, High Mickley and West Mickley
View from Ovington bank

Welcome to Bywell, Mickley and Stocksfield Anglican churches

Hello. We are pleased to see you.

This is the website of the Anglican churches serving the residents of Apperley, Broomley, Bywell, Cherryburn, Hedley on the Hill, High Mickley, Mickley Square, Stocksfield and West Mickley (for map showing the area of the relevant two parishes click here). There are three church buildings - St George's Mickley, St John's Stocksfield and St Peter's Bywell - which are the responsibility of one priest.

Please use the menu above for details of services. You can select to view services either by their location or by their type.

Enjoy your visit - we hope to see you in person!

 

Following the retirement of Revd Bill Rigby, repsonsibility for church affairs lies with the Area Dean and the Churchwardens. The Area Dean, Revd Lesley Chapman, can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 01434 682 120. For more about church affairs during a vacancy please click here.

During the vacancy, the 8am Sunday service will not take place every week. Please use this link to check. Thank you.

 

For all the LATEST NEWS, please see below.

Forthcoming Events

Tuesday November 21, 9:00 AM -
Prayers for the Benefice
Tuesday November 21, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
HALL Zumba
Tuesday November 21, 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
HALL Zumba
Wednesday November 22, 10:00 AM -
Said Communion (Book of Common Prayer)
Wednesday November 22, 7:30 PM -
HALL Stompers
Thursday November 23, 9:15 AM -
Celtic Prayers
Thursday November 23, 7:30 PM -
HALL
Friday November 24, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Hall Strong by Zumba
Sunday November 26, 8:00 AM -
Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)
Sunday November 26, 9:00 AM -
Parish Communion (Common Worship)

What's New?

 

Appointment of a New Priest

The Revd Pat Moran has been appointed as Priest in Charge of the United Benefice of Bywell St Peters, Stocksfield and Mickley St George. Pat is currently Assistant Curate in the parish of St Mary, Monkseaton and works part time for the Open University. A date for her licensing has yet to be confirmed but we expect Pat and her family to move into the vicarage in December.

Pat Moran2

 

Land of Ice and Fire

The talk in October about Robert and Anne Peers visit to Iceland raised £153 for the Children's Society.

 

Learning to be thankful

At the All Age Worship on 17 September we looked briefly at the practice known as examen (Latin, meaning critical reflection; exploration) as a way of discerning what God has been doing in our lives. The idea is that before going to sleep, we can use the following to help us grow in thankfulness and in our journey to become more like Jesus. This is the first of 4 parts to examen and each sentence should be read several times.
 
Lord I possess nothing.
I owe you everything.
My very self is your gift.
The deeper my life in you becomes,
the more I am struck by your goodness to me.
I thank you for your infinite goodness and love.
 
For the description of all 4 parts, please click here.
 
 
How to Practice Lectio Divina
 

At the All Age Worship on 20 August we looked at various practices to help us more effectively read the bible. One of these is 'divine reading' - known as lectio divina - a practice that has been around since Benedict established it in C6. You can download the method by clicking here.

 

New pages on the History of Bywell

The previous pages on this website, telling the story of St Peter's and St Andrew's churches, the castle and the medieval village, have all now been updated and illustrated. See the new pages by clicking here.

 

 

 

 

What's Been Happening?

 

Questions posed by the Congregation on 16 July

On 16 July, the gospsower titleel for the day was the well-known Parable of the Sower. Using the idea of a seed taking its time to bring new growth, we engaged in an activity which approached this parable in a new way. The service had been planned so that the focus was on asking questions rather than providing so-called 'answers' by so-called 'experts'. We helped the message of the parable to germinate in our minds by asking questions about it. The gathered questions from the congregation can be read here.

The congregation suggested what we might do with these questions. What you are reading here was one suggestion. Others included writing an article for the September magazine and following up some of the questions at the All Age Worship service on 20 August. If, after reading them, you have some ideas as to next steps, or indeed would welcome a chance to talk through some possible answers, please get in touch via the Contacts page.

 

 Assistant Warden

Following Mickley parish's election of Barry Onions to the post of Deputy Warden, Bywell parish has now elected Joy Marshall to the post of Assistant Warden. Both these appointments are designed to support our existing churchwardens in their roles. A Deputy Warden has the same responsibilities as a church warden, whereas an Assistant Warden has responsibilities connected to a particular situation. The particular role here is to be the first point of contact for emails coming from the diocese, the deanery and other official bodies and to communicate this information to our wardens, neither of whom have email facility.

 

Children's Society Boxes

Several people in the parish keep a box in their house for donations to the Children's Society. The annual box-opening in May raised £518 for this worthy cause. Thank you to all who contribute.

 

Friends of St Peter's Church Concert

The evening of Bach music for cello and organ held in April made over £500.

 

All-age Service

There is now a new service on the third Sunday in each month at St Peter's Bywell replacing the standard Holy Communion at 9 am. It will start at 10 am and will be short and informal, yet at the same time worshipful and inclusive. A different way to allow us to worship God and to learn about Jesus. Come and see!

 

Change in the Church of England

The 'Programme for Renewal and Reform' is a comprehensive initiative involving organisational change for the whole Anglican church.

www.churchofengland.org/renewal-reform.aspx

 

2016 Archive (Click here to view these events)

Aotearoa - The Land of the Long White Cloud

EU Referendum - Bishop Christine's letter

Bill and Helen's Farewell

 

2015 Archive (click here to view these events)

Lent groups 2015

Visit to Northumbria community

 

2014 Archive (click here to view these events)

Revd Bill Rigby's 25 years

The History and Archaeology of the Bywell churches

 

2013 Archive (click here to view these events)

Lent Groups 2013

Garden Party 2013

Visit to Northumbria Community

 

2012 Archive (click here to view these events)

Bishop Martin's Pastoral Letter on Women Bishops

Harvest Supper

Mickley Women's Group Jubilee party

Bywell Arts Festival 2012

Morning Praise Celebration May 2012

Garden Party 2012

Pie and Peas Adventure