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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 Broomley, Bywell, Eltringham. 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 vicar.  

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, Revd David Hewlett, and the Churchwardens. For more about the vacancy please click here .

Revd David Hewlett's contact details are This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 01434 632 128.

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

Tue May 24, 2016 @09:00 -
Prayers for the Benefice
Wed May 25, 2016 @10:00 -
Said Communion (Book of Common Prayer)
Thu May 26, 2016 @09:15 -
Celtic Prayers
Sun May 29, 2016 @09:00 -
Parish Communion (Common Worship)
Sun May 29, 2016 @10:45 -
Parish Communion (BCP)
Mon May 30, 2016 @08:00 - 05:00PM
County Show
Tue May 31, 2016 @09:00 -
Prayers for the Benefice
Wed Jun 01, 2016 @10:00 -
Said Communion (Book of Common Prayer)
Thu Jun 02, 2016 @09:15 -
Celtic Prayers
Sun Jun 05, 2016 @09:00 -
Parish Communion (Common Worship)

What's New? 

Bill and Helen's Farewell

Revd Bill Rigby retired in April. As Bill and Helen prepared for their new life, a farewell event was held for them. Please click here to see a selection of photos of people crammed into the Church Hall enjoying a great evening!


Bywell Arts Festival

This important event in the life of the community will take place this year from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 June. Click here for further details.


Change in the Church of England

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

(Click here for sermon notes on this issue)


Messy Churchmessy church logo

Messy Church is a fun time for families involving art and craft activities, stories, songs and a meal together. It takes place on the first Sunday of the month, 3.30-5.30 pm, in the church hall on Meadowfield Road. Click here for more details.


New! Paintings of old Bywell

Visit the St Peter's Church Bywell page to view these paintngs showing important historical detail of the village of Bywell. They supplement the information supplied by Dennis Harding, local historian and author of A Pleasant Retreat: Bywell, Stocksfield and District and by Peter Ryder, well-known local archaeologist.

What's Been Happening?

Women's Worldwide Day of prayer

Friday 4 March 11 am at the Methodist Church, Guessburn. This year's theme was 'Receive Children; Receive Me' and was devised by women in Cuba. The event was organised by the Anglican Church but attended by all the churches in Stocksfield. Afterwards there was a successful bring and share lunch.


Prayer triplets

We need to pray. We need to pray more than we do. Following the second visit to the Northumbria Community in October 2013, prayer triplets began meeting.

Most of the 45 minutes per fortnight is spent in silence or listening. There is no need for people to say anything unless they feel moved. At the Community we learned about the simple practice of Centring Prayer and this is how we spend the first 15 minutes. Next comes 15 minutes of intercession using a list of people who are sick or in need. The final part is praying for each other, which can be in slience or using words depending on the wishes of the people in that triplet. All conversations and the list are strictly confidential.

If you think you might be interested in spreading the network of prayer in our communities, please contact Robert Peers.


Food Bank

Changes to the benefits system, high rents and low wages for many who are in work mean that an increasing number of people are finding themselves unable to afford enough food or to provide for their families. Yes, even in the Tyne valley.

Food banks have been springing up all over the country and many of these involve local churches. In Matthew 25, Jesus teaches about the Kingdom and says to those people who cared about others whilst on earth:

"You have my Father's blessing, come take possession of the Kindgom. For when I was hungry you gave me food, when I was thristy you gave me drink."

The West Northumberland Food Bank is collecting non-perishable food (rice/pasta, tinned meat and fish, cereals, tinned potatoes, UHT/powdered milk, biscuits, sauces, soup, tinned fruit and veg, tea bags, instant coffee, cartons of fruit juice) and items can be left in a box at the back of church.

Recipients of food parcels are all recommended by various professional agencies who issue a token in order to prevent misuse of the system. Please see Elaine Woods for further information.


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