Parish Eucharist (coffee afterwards in the Church Cottage or Millennium Hall)
Wednesday 9.30 am
Mid-week study group Alternate Tuesdays at 7.30 pm at Holly House, Sandy Bank. Contact for further details: Pam Pritchard 01434 682684. Anyone who attends St James Church is welcome to come to the group at any time – no need to arrange to come or to reserve a place.
Sunday School Creche facilities and Sunday School (Year 1 upwards) are provided each week during term time. Whether you live in Riding Mill and might want to join us every week, or you are visiting the area and would like to be with children of a similar age, you will be made most welcome. For more information, see contact details.
Choir The choir leads singing every week in the Parish Eucharist. New members would be very welcome. If you are interested, contact the choirmaster.
St James Fair Trade On each first Sunday of the month, Fair Trade coffee and biscuits and Traidcraft catalogues are available in the Millennium Hall at 1115 am (after the 10 am service). This is open to all (irrespective of whether you have attended the service), and orders can be placed on a monthly basis, saving postage costs on any items from the Traidcraft catalogue. Contact Elaine Ryder 01434 682644
Community and Environment Prayer Walk Laminated sheets describing variations on a walk around Riding Mill, starting and ending at the church and providing focal points for prayer and reflection about the community and the environment, are now available by the font at the back of St James church, to be borrowed at any time that the church is open.
When St James Chapel of Ease was built on land gifted by Joseph Wilson to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners in 1858, it consisted of the nave with apsidal chancel, spire porch and vestry. It was designed by Matthew Thompson of Newcastle upon Tyne, built by J D Thompson at a cost of approximately £900 and was consecrated by the Rt. Revd. The Bishop of Durham, Dr Langley on April 22nd, 1858.
Within two decades, the nave was lengthened, the chancel made longer and enlarged with a new transept added at a cost exceeding £1,000. This extended building was re-opened for worship in August 1878.
A new vestry appeal was launched by Revd. W. J.Hinkley in 1962 and this addition was dedicated by the Lord Bishop of Newcastle, the Rt. Revd. Hugh Ashdown on Sunday, 8th December 1963.
Until 1975 St James was a Chapel of Ease for St Andrew, Bywell and it was only when that church was made redundant, that St James became the Parish Church of Riding Mill.
Behind the altar is a beautiful reredos made in 1900 by J Powell & Sons of London which was designed by Ada Carry. The five stained glass windows in the Sanctuary are by Shrigley & Hunt, the artist being Karl Almquist, whilst the small window in the South side of the chancel is by Waites of Newcastle, donated as were the altar rails and the East windows. “The light of the World” window in the South transept is by Atkinson of Newcastle, whilst the most recent window dedicated to St Luke was designed and made by Andrew Taylor in 2006.
Powell & Sons made all the early 20th Century windows in the nave and E. Evett those in the Baptistry.
These colourful memorials dedicated to those who have worshipped here in the past, lend a sense of calm and serenity to this well loved church, which is usually open between 9am and 5pm each day.
St Elizabeth Roman Catholic Parish Church, Minsteracres
St James Parish Church, Riding Mill
Riding Mill Methodist Church
Riding Mill Churches Together is led by a committee representing the three churches which serve the parish. The aim is to create opportunities for Christians in the area to share life and worship, beyond their own traditions. To this end, the RMCT committee puts together a varied programme each year, including elements of worship, study, witnessing to our faith and serving the community on an ecumenical basis.
St Elizabeth Roman Catholic Parish Church, Minsteracres St James Parish Church, Riding Mill Riding Mill Methodist Church Stocksfield Quaker meeting
The present members of the committee are:
David Kilner (Chair, Methodist Church) Elaine Ryder (Secretary, St James Parish Church) George Proud (St James Parish Church) Rev Stephen Caddy (Methodist Church) Fr Jeroen Hoogland (Minsteracres RC Church) Eileen Carew (Minsteracres RC Church) Sylvia Chainey (Stocksfield Quaker meeting)
Riding Mill Churches Together Café Church
What is café church?
It is an occasional opportunity to worship and to explore the Christian faith in an informal setting, whilst sharing food. It includes both items to watch / listen to and opportunities for discussion with those sharing your table.
How is it happening in Riding Mill?
Riding Mill Churches Together are hosting occasional café church ‘services’. The first was held on 13 May 2007 in the afternoon in the Millennium Hall. At this one, around 30 people (including a number of children) focussed on the theme ‘rescued’.
Afternoon tea was provided free of charge, including sandwiches, savoury items and lots of cakes! Tea and coffee were ‘on tap’ throughout the session. Elements of the afternoon included a background slide loop of pictures, an illustrated song about people being moved from St Kilda, Bible stories (including audience participation), and opportunities for discussion and reflection. Alongside, the children came and went from their own table, where they built structures with spaghetti and marshmallows, and made bookmarks (and everyone received a reminder bookmark at the end of the session).
If you would like to be involved in preparing the material, setting up the hall or providing food, please contact Elaine Ryder 01434 682644.
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