The Parish embraces a wide variety of groups and activities. Each, in their different way, contributes an expression of our common faith, and each enriches the whole church family.
Worship lies at the heart of our common life and nurtures all that we do in our churches.
Belonging and believing go together at St. Mary’s.
Find out when our regular services are, in the church and online.
Learn more about what each group offers and how to get involved.
If making music is something that you love to do, we have a thriving musical community based at Church waiting for you, including our Church Choir, Community Choir and Community Orchestra.
Bells are traditionally rung for Sunday Services, weddings and state and civic occasions. We have a small group of regular ringers and are always keen to recruit new people.
St. Mary’s Mothers’ Union is part of the worldwide Christian charity that aims to demonstrate the Christian faith in action through the transformation of communities worldwide.
The Flower Guild is a friendly group of people who enjoy arranging flowers in church on a rota basis.
The “Friends” is a voluntary group with an open membership, run by a committee who organise fundraising events for the benefit of the Church.
Activities and services for children and young families are currently suspended but in the meantime you are warmly invited to join our Facebook page. Just search for "All Ages Worship Together at St Mary's Barnard Castle".
If you are a mum, dad, grandparent, carer with babies or toddlers, or an expectant mum, Smuffies is the place to be: our under-fives group is a warm and busy hive of play, activity and a chance to meet other families.
We share the “Big Story” of the Bible and our Christian faith with children at Green Lane CE Primary School.
Learn more about volunteering opportunities
We’re looking for a group of people who are curious about the past and want to help us share the forgotten stories of Barnard Castle with residents, tourists, and visitors alike.
Love history? Fancy doing a bit of historical sleuthing? Join our team of volunteers to helps us uncover new stories from the past…
Our magazine provides information and spirituality to those in the parish.
We are the Fundraising and Social Events organising group for St Mary's.
Do you have time on your hands or a skill you would like to offer? Please get in touch to see how these could be used to support our churches.
Learn more about how each group supports our local community, and how you can help
We here at St Mary’s Parish Church are a collecting point for the Durham Foodbank. Food can be left at any time in the labelled plastic container just inside the main body of the Church.
Donations of sealed packs of sanitary products can be left in a tub under the table in the porch. Alternatively, if you would prefer to leave money so we can run the scheme, there are ‘Period Poverty’ envelopes that can be posted in the donations slot (near the organ) or give the envelope to Alec or Sarah.
Climate change is a reality. We all have a responsibility to care for creation and for this world. There is still time but we must act now both as individuals and collectively as church. The PCC is committed to this and has begun to consider how we might aspire to become an Eco Church.
If there is something you are passionate about and you would like to start a new group please get in touch with Alec or Sarah