Welcome to St Mary's

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

COVID-19

Latest Update for visiting and service times

St. Mary’s Barnard Castle is open for visiting and private prayer each weekday from 10.00am – 5.00pm. (These arrangements are subject to change in the event of a funeral in church). It is also open from 11.30am – 5.00pm on Saturday.

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Our website is still under development and more information is on its way. Please bear with us!

 

Welcome

Revd Canon Alec Harding

Revd Canon Alec Harding

Vicar

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 are offering different events and activities for people of all ages. 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

We're running a series of online talks and events

Wed 1 September 2021, 6pm - 7pm

It is not a generally known fact that Richard, Duke of Gloucester was Lord of Barnard Castle before being crowned King Richard III. Before he left the North, he spent... Learn more ›

Course beginning 15 September at 7.00 p.m. for six weeks

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  • Free

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