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

St Mary’s, Gainford is OPEN daily and St Andrew’s, Winston is open every Saturday throughout the winter months..​


9am             NO Morning Prayer             St Mary’s, Gainford
2pm              Growing Faith (Gainford)     Cuthbert Hse, Durham

9am              Morning Prayer                   St Andrew’s, Winston
12.30pm        Way of Life preparations     St Mary’s, Gainford

2.30pm         Young Pilgrims meeting        Bishop Auckland

9am             NO Morning Prayer             St Mary’s, Gainford

SUNDAY 26th January – 3rd Sunday in Epiphany
9.30 am        Holy Communion                St Andrew’s, Winston
10.45am        Holy Communion                St Mary’s, Gainford

2-4pm           Way of Life Open Event       St Mary’s, Gainford
Saturday 8th February 2020 7.30pm Northern Voices Concert at St Mary’s, Gainford.  For tickets and information contact Sue Taylor 01325 730379

will continue to shine over us throughout Christmas and the Epiphany.

There is a dedication list for prayers of named loved ones at the back of the church.

Please do write a name or names of loved ones on the list, who shall be remembered in prayer each week.

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 5.00 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