Branch End and New Ridley
Painshawfield estate in the trees
St Peter’s Church, Bywell
Norman nave and Early English tower
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 May 30, 9:00 AM -
Prayers for the Benefice
Tuesday May 30, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday May 31, 10:00 AM -
Said Communion (Book of Common Prayer)
Wednesday May 31, 7:30 PM -
Thursday June 1, 9:15 AM -
Celtic Prayers
Thursday June 1, 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Sunday June 4, 9:00 AM -
Parish Communion (Common Worship)
Sunday June 4, 10:45 AM -
Parish Communion (BCP)
Monday June 5, 7:30 PM -
House Group
Tuesday June 6, 9:00 AM -
Prayers for the Benefice

What's New?


Assistant Warden

At its Annual Meeting of Parishioners Bywell parish agreed a post of Assistant Warden but was unable to find anyone able to fill this role at the meeting. The particular need is for someone 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. The need for this role is particularly acute during the vacancy. Currently, people needing to contact the wardens are unsure who to email (which is nowadays the standard way of working of course) and so other people have to pick up these messages and distribute them in addition to their existing roles. If you have email and could offer some of your time, please pray about and consider this role. The job description is available by clicking here or by contacting Jane Algar (PCC Secretary) for a copy.


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 is on Monday 22 May at 2pm at 57 New Ridley Road. Please come along if you have a box or if you would like to find out more about this worthy cause.


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.


Christian Aid Week

This year, Christian Aid week runs from 14 - 20 May. If you should not receive an envelope through your door and wish to make a donation, please give it to Michael Allan.



What's Been Happening?


Friends of St Peter's Church Concert

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


Our Parish Profiles

As part of the process for appointing a new priest, both parishes have produced a parish profile. These documents tell prospective applicants about our parishes and inform the job description. Advertisements are likely to appear in the New Year.

Parish profiles for Bywell, St Peter and Mickley, St George parishes can be found by clicking here.


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.


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