Safeguarding policies and practice

Our polices concerning safeguarding have changed. The Parochial Church Council have adopted and are working to the new Diocesan Safeguarding Policy for Adults, Children and Young People.  All our policies and associated guidance have been now been adopted, and can be viewed and downloaded from our Policies page. Please click here. Further contact information will be added to our home page in due course. In the meantime should you have any safeguarding issues please contact out our Rector, The Revd Barry Abbott on 0191 488 7397 or our Parish Safeguarding Officer Mrs Carole Dixon available through the Parish Office on 0191 488 1553. 

Our usual pattern of worship

Join us!

Begin, or continue your Christian journey with us. The Church is the Body of Christ, diverse in membership and united in Jesus. Coming together to praise God in church is important. Jesus asks us to do this in remembrance of him. St Mary's is the place to show commitment, witness and unity, a place to learn, a place to guide our children and a place to experience the transforming power of God. Become a regular and frequent worshipper, be at the centre of what God is doing in Whickham and among his people... come, seek & know his presence.


Whatever we do in God's name is done better in and with the community. We offer many services from the quiet, reflective and new, to all age worship and the traditional. Children are always welcome. Worship can vary in style depending on the Church season. Christmas, Holy Week and Easter, Ascension and Pentecost will offer creative services, often including the community and working with our neighbouring churches. Please visit our News, Events & Magazine section; don't miss out! In the meantime, you'll find below our usual pattern of worship; we invite you to join us and hope to see you soon.

Worship at St Mary's and discover God's love for You!

 Our main Sunday worship and services are traditional and accessible; designed to be inclusive and welcoming and aware of the needs of young and old alike. We stand in a liberal Anglican catholic tradition, one which is open to the movement of the Spirit and adaptive to change. Several of our services are new in form and are aimed at attracting disciples from all walks of life. We believe in the transforming power of Jesus at work in us through worship and therefore expect to be changed to meet the challenges of God's mission. We think there is something that fits for you, and if not we are prepared to try new things.


Play and Praise

This happens every Thursday in term time at 10.00am in the St Mary's Centre where we have interactive play, praise and prayer. The group is aimed at pre-schoolers and their parents/carers. Each week there is plenty of friendship, fun, games and, of course refreshments for all. For further information contact the Parish Office, or just come along!

Messy Church

Is all-age and a place where everyone is valued and has fun. Its setting is informal where young and old can explore and experience faith through worship, crafts, stories and games. We meet most Sundays* in term time starting at 9.30pm in Rectory Hall, Church Chare, with a light breakfast. It is suitable for all.



On the 3rd Sunday of each month at 3 o'clock we have 3@3. We come together in informal and interactive worship which includes songs, crafting and refreshments ... all within the St Mary's Centre! Our gathering covers all ages; from 0-90! Come and learn about God's love for us, join the adventure join us today!