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St Mary's Church, Gainford and
St Andrew's Church, Winston
In the Diocese of Durham

What's on in the parishes

St Marys Wedding Dress Festival
We have now had 30 wedding dresses promised so far for the Wedding Dress Festival in Church on Friday 5th, Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th of July.
Plus some interesting photographs.
If you’d like to help or offer a dress or photos please contact sue on 01325 730379 or speak to any church member.
If you have a dummy on which dresses can be displayed or know of anyone who has one PLEASE let me know on 01325 730379 or geoffandsue379@gmail.com
Sunday 12th May
9.30 am           Holy Communion                     St Andrew’s, Winston
10.45am           Holy Communion                     St Mary’s, Gainford

9am                 Morning Prayer                                     St Mary’s, Gainford
6.30pm            Worship Band practice                      St Mary’s, Gainford

7pm                 St Andrew’s PCC Meeting         St Andrew’s, Winston

9am                 NO Morning Prayer                   St Andrew’s, Winston

6pm                 Wedding Rehearsal                  St Andrew’s, Winston

9am                 Morning Prayer                                 St Mary’s, Gainford

2pm                 Wedding                                  St Andrew’s, Winston
                        of Mark Kidd and Rebecca Taylor

Next Sunday: 19th May 2019
9.30 am           Holy Communion                     St Andrew’s, Winston
10.45am          Family Service                            St Mary’s, Gainford

Sunday 2nd July 2017
We're pleased to receive into our church family at Gainford and Winston our new Curate
Rev'd Frances Cooper.
The service was Durham Cathedral at its best, a wonderful blessing to the newly ordained and all who came to support them.

Photograph of Frances with her training incumbent (!) and Brian taken immediately after the service outside on cathedral‎ green.


Children's Ministry at Gainford
In addition to Christine Graham's dedicated leading of children's time at Sunday services, we are also glad to have a close relationship with the school. We want to develop this. Would you like to help and be part of nurturing our children in Christ? Please have a chat with Sue Taylor or Eileen.


Hand bell ringing :

There is  a wonderful set of handbells at St Mary's now being used!
If you would like to try them out, you are welcome to come along at 7.00 pm Wednesday evenings.
Come up to the church west end.
For  more information, please ring Peter on 730450 or message us via the church website here:



Our War memorial, which was erected to honour the men of Gainford who died in the First World War, has been listed English Heritage as a monument of national importance. This means it is protected from changes or being moved. It is has been listed due to its historical significance and design, being based on the Anglo-Saxon crosses that were carved here over a thousand years ago. The carving was carried by Charge Brothers, who are still working in the village. The memorial was cleaned up and the gravel renewed last year and it is looking splendid.
We have, in the Churchyard, two war graves.

One is in excellent condition, however the second, which marks the final resting place of 2nd Lt. Charles Farrow, is in a sad state and dishonours his sacrifice. Lt. Farrow came from Hartlepool and died after the war ended. We have no idea how he ended up in our churchyard, but he deserves our respect. Enquiries regarding restoration costs have been made and it will cost £372.00. The church council has many calls on its income and hopes that village people will donate the cost of this restoration, so we can go ahead. Please contact Geoff Taylor on 01325 730379 or the Vicar with any offers of help.
Thank you.


 The stone has now been restored and looks well. We have found out a little more about Lt. Farrow and his family and what a tragic tale it is. He was an orphan, his father dying before he was born and his mother in childbirth. His brother was killed during the First World War and he and his wife, Mary, were victims of the flu epidemic which swept the globe in 1918, killing millions. Mary was the daughter of a wealthy Hartlepool coal merchant and a graduate of Oxford University, very rare for a woman at that time. They left a daughter who was murdered, along with her children, by her husband, in the nineteen fifties. May they all rest in peace.
Whilst his grave has now been restored, we would still invite donations to cover the cost of £372.00, please contact the Vicar or Geoff Taylor on 730379