St. James ChurchSt. James Church, Burnopfield is your Parish Church if you live in Burnopfield, The Leazes, The Lintz, The Hobson and Crookgate Bank and Dipton.
Corona Virus News
Important Up Date.
In view of the National Lockdown and rising infection rates locally as well as nationally, reluctantly we have decided to suspend in person worship on Sundays. We shall also remain closed for individual private prayer.
As you will appreciate this was a difficult decision, as we say, reluctantly taken. We are convinced, however, that at this time of national emergency, it is the right decision for us to gather online to worship. We will continually monitor the situation and review this decision.
A message from the Rev. Andy :
Hello to you all,
I am once again hoping that this message finds you well – and again offering the chance of a chat on the phone for those I have not had the opportunity to speak to during the lockdown (unbelievably nearly 12 months now) due to not having a number for you.
The main reason for this message is to inform you of the provision for Lent within the Benefice – which is very much shaped by the provision that the Diocese of Durham is offering, this year on the theme of racial justice. Not surprisingly perhaps, given that we are in a National lockdown and being asked to Stay at Home this provision is given online. And it comes in three forms, two of which are centrally run/produced one a more relaxed local offer from myself and Ali. These provisions are the following.
1.The Diocese of Durham Lent Course “Becoming One in Christ: A Journey Through the Lens of Racial Justice”
This is a 5 session course being run centrally by the Diocese on Tuesday evenings from 7-8pm starting on the 23rd February 2021 via Zoom. In order to attend there is a need to register using the following link https://forms.gle/X85cz5y9276SQN24A provided by the Diocese and this needs to be done by Friday 19th Feb.
2. The Diocese of Durham Religious Resource centre are hosting a series of webinars including reflections and discussions on Race, Racism and Anti-Semitism and based around the lived experiences of those who will be speaking each evening. They are held every Thursday evening during Lent beginning on Thursday 18th of February. For more information, bookings, or recordings of these webinars, please complete this form: click here.
3. Finally as I suggested Ali and I also thought it might be nice to try and have a catch up with those who can by Zoom during Lent. So we will be having a simple “coffee morning” by Zoom every Saturday in Lent at 10am beginning on the 20th February. Just grab yourself a brew and we will get together for a chat. If you want to attend then email me and I will send you the link on the day before.
As we have also suggested you might like to try a book for Lent – and Ali recommends The Word in the Wilderness: A poem a day for Lent and Easter by Malcolm Guite and published by Canterbury Press.
Anyway I do hope that you will join in with any or all of these things for Lent.
And again I do hope that you and family are coping okay at the moment as we make our way through yet another lockdown with Covid-19.
Needing assistance at this difficult time ?
It can be a difficult time for some people during this period of national lockdown during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Church of England 24-hour telephone line, Daily Hope offering music, prayers and reflections on 0800 804 8044 may help .
Please also make a note of the Samaritans helpline 116 123.
Live Streaming in the Benefice of Tanfield with Burnopfield and Dipton .
As well as the usual Live Streamed Online Eucharist Service which is online at 10.00am each Sunday, please do join us on our Facebook pages for any or all of these services or times of prayer:
Regular Weekly Online Services and Prayer
- 7pm on a Sunday – a Service of Compline alternating between the Benefice Facebook pages.
- 5pm on a Tuesday – A Service of Evening Prayer on the St Margaret’s Tanfield Facebook page
- 5pm on Thursday – A Service of Evening Prayer on the St James Burnopfield Facebook page
Other Times of Prayer or Worship.
Look out for details of when these will take place on Facebook
- Meditation Class – usually weekly and at varying times on the St James Burnopfield Facebook page
- Godly Play/Messy Church – usually monthly at 3pm on a Sunday on the St James Burnopfield .
Thank you to everyone who is still giving to the Foodbank. Having spoken to the Foodbank at Stanley, whilst they can and do use any fresh food that is donated, they really need canned goods at this time, such is the demand. If you do find yourself able to give anything, then please do so – you can if you wish leave it at the Vicarage by arrangement, or we could perhaps come and collect it – again in a socially distanced manner.
The Week Ahead
Wed06Mar20197:00 pmSt James Church.
Sun17Mar20193:00 pmSt James Church Hall & Community Centre.
This begins on Ash Wednesday, 6th March when there will be a service with ashing at 7.30pm here at St James' Church. The Lent Course is produced by the Diocese of Durham conjunction with the Waymark Conference later in 2019.
All the dates and venues are as follows
Monday 18th March 7pm
St. James' Church Hall, Burnopfield
Monday 25th March 7pm
St. Margaret's Church Hall, Tanfield
Short break of one week
Monday 8th April 7pm
St. James Church Hall, Burnopfield
Monday 15th April 7pm,
St Margaret's Church Hall, Tanfield.
Tue19Mar20193:00 pmSt James Church Hall & Community Centre.
Sun14Apr201912:00 pmSt James Church.
Sun28Apr20193:00 pmSt James Church Hall & Community Centre.
Sat18May201910:30 amSt James Church Hall & Community Centre.
Sat25May201910:00 amSt James Church.
Please come along to help keep our village tidy and at the same time have some time for thoughtful prayer and reflection. The event last month was a great success please come along all are welcome.
Tue11Jun2019Tue09Jul20197:00 pmSt.Margarets,Tanfield and St. James ,Burnopfield
Benefice Bible study and discussion group - the book of Ruth.
This will begin on Tuesday 11th June at 7pm. The sessions, will alternate between St.Margarets,Tanfield and St. James ,Burnopfield .
Tuesday 11th June 7pm - St. James Vestry
Tuesday 18th June 7pm- St. Margaret’s Church
Tuesday 25th June 7pm- St. James Vestry
Tuesday 2nd July 7pm - St. Margaret’s Church
Tuesday 9th July 7pm - St. James Vestry
Everyone is welcome to attend
Sun16Jun20193:00 pmSt James Church Hall & Community Centre.
Wed19Jun20197:00 pmSt. James Church Hall & Community Centre.
Fri21Jun20197:00 pmSt James Church.
Tickets which includes a glass of wine or juice and nibbles, will be available soon at £6.
Sat13Jul2019TBASt. James Church Hall & Community Centre.
Sun21Jul20193:00 pmSt James Church Hall & Community Centre.
Sun15Sep20193:00 pmSt James Church Hall & Community Centre.
Clergy and Lay members of congregations across the Diocese will be gathering for this. Check the flyers at the back of church for details and please pray for those who will be attending from our parish as we reflect on what God is saying to the people of Burnopfield and Dipton and look forward to him being with us and those we live alongside in the future,
Sat19Oct201910:30 amSt James Church.A Church Outing to Durham is planned for 19th October . Hoping to leave Burnopfield at around 10am and returning from Durham at 3.30pm, a coach will take people to and from the Cathedral making it very accessible for people to be involved. Pease sign at back of church if you are interested in attending.
Sun20Oct2019St James Church.The Deanery Confirmation service is to be held at St James Burnopfield on Sunday 20 th October. Preparation will begin in September, so if you are interested in being confirmed, or want to know more about what is involved, please have a word with Rev. Andy.
3:00 pmSt James Church Hall & Community Centre.
Wed23Oct20191:00 pmWhite le Head Methodist Church
An invitation from White le Head Methodist Church. Tantobie; DH99RX Lunch followed by a sing a long with old secular songs popular in the early twentieth century when families sang together.
Sun17Nov20193:00 pmSt James Church Hall & Community Centre.
Sun01Dec20194:00 pmSt James Church.
Mon02Dec2019Hobson Golf Club
Call Roy Beckwith 270773 or mob:07555067313 to book your place.
Wed04Dec2019Woodmans Arms Whickham.
St. James Mothers Union invite members and friends to join them at the Woodmans Arms Whickham, on December 4th at 7pm. Transport will be provided. The menu and a list to sign are at the back of church
Sun15Dec20193:00 pmSt James Church Hall & Community Centre.