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

What's on in the parishes

Breakfast club recommences in October!

Pat Estall from the Medaille Trust will talk about Modern Slavery, 19th of October 9..30am at St Osmunds.​

Our churches St Andrew’s, Winston, and St Mary’s, Gainford, are OPEN daily.

Exceptionally for this week, St Mary’s will be closed from 2nd October Wednesday to Friday as staging, lighting and sound are being set up for the Youth Got Talent event.

DIARY of events and services
9am                              NO Morning Prayer                                St Mary’s, Gainford
6.30pm                        St Mary’s Band Practice                        St Mary’s, Gainford

9am                             Open The Book                                          Gainford School
9am                             NO Morning Prayer                                 St Andrew’s, Winston

St Mary’s Church is closed to the public today

5pm                             Handbells                                                   St Mary’s, Gainford
6pm                             Bell-ringing practice           Bell Tower, St Mary’s Gainford
St Mary’s Church is closed to the public today
5.45pm                        Youth Bible Group                                    St Mary’s, Gainford
6.30pm                        YGT Rehearsals                                         St Mary’s, Gainford
                        & St Mary’s Youth
9am                            Morning Prayer                                          St Mary’s, Gainford
St Mary’s Church is closed to the public until 6pm today
7pm                 Youth Got Talent!                     St Mary’s, Gainford

Saturday 10.00 am – 2.00 pm                                                    Winston Village Hall
St Andrew’s Nave Roof Fundraising Event Quality Nearly New Clothes Sale with cakes, teas and coffee.

NEXT SUNDAY: 16th after Trinity 6th October 2019
9.30 am          Family Service with Communion                     St Andrew’s, Winston
10.45am         Choral Communion                                              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 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