Across the Parish

ST ANDREW              ST CLARE        ST ELIZABETH           ST FRANCIS  

A WARM WELCOME to you as you read this greeting.  My name is Ann Anderson, I am the Team Rector of the Parish of Great Aycliffe.  As a person new to the parish I know how confusing it can be when there are so many activities going on…do not be put off!  This is a good place to be, and right now there is a gap that only you can fill 😊 and as far as we are concerned, you already belong.

Please feel free to give something a try. Find your “home”, you will be made welcome.    Until we meet, go well, Reverend Ann xx                                                                                  

                                               SUNDAY SERVICES                                                                              

9.30   Holy Communion at St Elizabeth’s, Woodham

10.00 Holy Communion at St Clare’s    (2nd Sunday   Family Service )

11.00 Holy Communion at St Andrew’s , Aycliffe Village                                          

                                                                      WEEKDAY SERVICES

Monday 8.30 Morning Prayer at St Clare’s ,

and at St Elizabeth’s 4.30 Evening Prayer at St Elizabeth’s 

Tuesday 8.30 Morning Prayer at St Clare’s, and at St Andrew’s

Wednesday  8.30 Morning Prayer at St Clare’s, and at 9.30 Holy Communion at St Francis                                                         6.30 Quiet Prayer at St Elizabeth’s                                                                                                                      7.00 Compline      (1st Wednesday   Healing Eucharist )

Thursday   8.30 Morning Prayer at St Clare’s                                                                                                                      9.30 Café church at St Clare’s, Holy Communion                                                                                                                 1st Friday              10.00 Holy Communion at St Andrew’s, monthly                                                                          Saturday              4.00 Messy church –  monthly (check the date)

BOOKINGS for Baptisms & Weddings can be made in the Vestry at St Clare’s Church on Wednesday evenings, 5.30 – 6.30pm    


Team Rector – Revd Ann Anderson, 01325 315194  

Team Vicar - Revd Elizabeth Bland, 01325324622      

Parish Office  01325 321711 (Mondays  9-12noon)     



Whatever your age there will be something to enjoy within the church community

Christian Meditation at St Elizabeth’s, 2nd Sunday, 6.00 pm

Toddlers  - St Clare’s, Wednesday 1 – 2.30pm Paula 07776307038                             

                      St Elizabeth’s – Tuesday 12.45 – 2.30pm Norma    01325 312930                                                  

*SHINE  Church & Community Children’s  Choir St Clare’s  Monday 5 – 6.00pm

*Parish Youth – Usually last Sunday of the month 3 – 5pm

*Kidzflicks – 1st Saturday  monthly at St Clare’s 2.00pm Doors open 1.30pm

*MESSY Church for young families at St Clare’s, Saturday 4.00 monthly

 All * ring Helen  01325 319002 /  07716801262

Feel Good Films, at St Clare’s, Tuesday 1.00pm, refreshments  Ring Ric 316755

Newton Aycliffe Deaf Fellowship –last Tuesday, monthly  5.30pm, at St Elizabeth’s Church and Social for the deaf & hearing community.  Ring Milly 01325 313819

PLACE OF WELCOME Wednesday at St Clare’s anytime from 11.30 until 1.00pm  A warm welcome, food, conversation and friendship. Ring Kath 07925090858

Mothers’ Union  - Monthly 2nd Thursday, at St Clare’s 11.00 Pam 01325 316841

Knit & Natter – Monday at St Elizabeth’s from 2.00pm Milly 01325 313198

Women’s Fellowship   4th Thursday at St Clare’s, 11.00am Margaret 01325 317139

Rubicon – bereavement support group, Thursdays at St Elizabeth’s, 2.00 pm   Ring Jan for details 01325 321225

Seasonal Lunches at St Elizabeth’s.  Ring Nora for details 01388 309237

OPEN THE BOOK – telling Bible Stories in schools.  Ring  Ann  01325 315194

COFFEE MORNINGS are held at St Clare’s on Saturday mornings from 10 – 12.00   and at St Elizabeth’s  on the 1st Saturday monthly, 10 – 12.00.                                

At St Clare's

Messy Church

We meet on Saturday afternoon from 4pm (registration from 3.30pm) at St Clare's Church.

                               21st April - based on the parable of The Lost Sheep. Please come and join the fun. Don't forget to look around your area of Aycliffe to see if you can find our LOST SHEEP bring them with you to hear the story of the Lost Sheep.

Messy Church on May 19th 4pm will be a Messy Royal Wedding with a fancy tea party! Lots of cake xx


Messy Church on June 16th 4pm will be a sporting theme - not sure of exact title yet.


We hope to have a MESSTIVAL in July (as this is the same day as the confirmations, we will possibly start at 2pm). Keep an eye on Link/notices/social media/messy church directory/newton news for more details.

Lots of really good advertising has reaped benefits for Messy Church.


Messy Church in August will be Messy on the seashore.

19th May - Royal Wedding

16th June - T.B.A.

21st July - Messtival (Messy Church for Aycliffe Festival)

fun stalls outside, stocks, hook a duck etc. Food -hotdogs, drink, ice-cream to be served through out session (token system to be used)

18th August - T.B.A.

15th September  - T.B.A.

20th October - T.B.A.

17th November - T.B.A.

22nd December Messy Christmas

this is the only messy to be later due to other commitments.

                                                   Please note dates may change with little warning.


Feelgood Films

   Tue 24th Apr  THE MIRROR HAS TWO FACES  Barbra Streisand, Jeff Bridges

TUE 1st MAY  2017 true-life drama  THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE   Jessica Chastain, Daniel Bruhl

TUE 8th MAY  2017 British comedy  THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES  Joan Collins, Pauline Collins

TUE 15th MAY 2016 mystery drama   THE GIRL ON A TRAIN  Emily Blunt

TUE 22nd MAY 2017 British live-action animated comedy  PADDINGTON 2   HUGH Bonneville, Julie Walters, Hugh Grant, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Imelda Staunton, Sally Hawkins.

TUE 29th MAY  THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN  Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, Eli Wallach

TUE 5th JUN  1937 musical-comedy classic  SHALL WE DANCE  Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers

TUE 12th JUN  2010 true-life drama  AMISH GRACE    Kimberly Williams-Paisley

TUE 19th JUN  1955 romantic drama  LOVE IS A MANY-SPLENDORED THING  William Holden, Jennifer Jones

All films start at 1-15pm, after tea/ coffee at 1pm (included in the £2)  Children £1


Entry is £2.00 for Adult and £1.00 for Children.

Tea/Coffee served at 1pm film begins at 1.15 pm. Bring some lunch if you wish.

Children must accompanied by an adult.

Contact Ric Hargreaves 01325 316755 for details.


Kidz Flicks

Next showing:  May 5th  will be 'Ferdinand' .

June 2nd will be 'Early Man'

July 7th will be 'Coco'

Definitely something for everyone here !

Doors open at 1.30 p.m.  - great value at only £1.

Please let any families you know , know about KIDZ FLICKS. We are on the first Saturday of every month.

Shine Choir

Dates for our very popular Summer Show are;



Saturday 14th July - 6pm

Sunday 15th July - possibly 4pm or 6pm.

Tickets on sale early June and will be £4 each.

Any tombola prizes would be appreciated.


Other Events at St Clare's


St. Clare’s Church Hall


                                                6TH – Easter Craft Afternoon 2-4pm - £4 per ticket. Limited to 50.




Continental Hamper Tombola 

Cake/Pie Stall           WIN A BOTTLE! 

Durham Police - Come and meet your local Community Team

Saturday 23rd June


All dates are subject to change, alteration or cancellation without notice please watch this space!