St. James Church

St. 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.

LENT 2021.

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 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 .

Foodbank Donations.

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.









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