Welcome to St Mary's

Welcome to the website for the Church of England Parish of Barnard Castle with Whorlton in County Durham.


Revd Canon Alec Harding

Revd Canon Alec Harding


As a traditional country parish we seek to be faithful in our worship of God as we know Him in Jesus and in sharing in His mission.  We aim to embrace all with His love and can assure you of a warm welcome at any of our services. Our hope is that you will find here something of the atmosphere of prayer and thanksgiving which is so characteristic of our historic English churches if and when you visit us.

Both of our church buildings are much loved and full of the stories of the people and places in which they are set: we are proud of the inheritance of faith passed down to us by previous generations of Christians and, like them, seek to be faithful witnesses to Christ in our own lives.

Exploring the heritage of St Mary’s

St Mary’s Parish Church has partnered with DigVentures to launch Windows to the World, an interactive project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund to revitalise the church.

Besides necessary restorations, the project aims at refocusing St Mary’s position in the town and turning it into a heritage destination while still keeping its purpose as a house of worship.

Over the course of spring and summer 2021, we offered events and activities for people of all ages. We will be taking part in the Heritage Open Days on Saturday 11th September.  Everyone is invited to join us in our exploration of the heritage and history of Barnard Castle’s oldest church.

900 years is a long time and you are bound to learn things you didn’t know before!

Windows to the World

What's On

Sunday 5th December 4.00 pm

It’s the Parish Christingle service on Sunday 5th December in church at 4.00pm. We’ll have the oranges at the ready, with their cocktail sticks, ribbon, sweets and candles intact, and... Learn more ›

Wednesday 8th December - Sunday 12th December

Over fifty trees decorated and lit for you to enjoy! A truly stunning sight. Local musicians, raffle, mulled wine, refreshments ADMISSION FREE – Donations welcome   Wednesday – Friday     ... Learn more ›

Visit Us

If you are interested in exploring one of our churches, want to light a candle or pray, or just get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life you might find our Visitor FAQs helpful in planning your trip.

Worship with us

If you would like to come to one of our services or learn more about the Christian faith