St Brandon's ChurchSt. Brandon’s is the parish church serving Brancepeth village and the surrounding area. (See map.)

Our purpose as a church is both to worship God and to share the love of God that we celebrate here, through our activities as a church and as individual Christians. Church members meet to worship God each week and at special times throughout the Christian year, and all are always welcome.

Our Priest-in-charge is Anna Brooker. She can be contacted on 0191 378 0578 or on rector@stbrandon.org.uk.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Precautions

As a church, we are committed to caring for our neighbours and doing our part to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Sunday services have now moved online. We are not able to gather together in St Brandon’s at present, but we are able to meet in other ways. For the time being, we will be holding our 10.15 Sunday morning services each week using videoconferencing. If you want to be involved, and would like simple instructions on how to join in, please email Hester Higton or call on 0191 597 4675. More information is available on our online worship page.

Morning prayer (8.15 am) and Midday Eucharist (12 noon) are celebrated Monday to Friday online. Please email Hester Higton for the details of how to access these services.

23 April update: we are also now hosting evening prayer online on Thursdays at 7.30 pm. Please email Hester Higton or Anna Brooker if you would like to be included in the invitations for this service. 

St Brandon’s church building has now reopened for individual private prayer. Until the end of June, we will be operating restricted opening hours: 10 am–1 pm on Thursdays and 2–5 pm on Sundays. Please do visit us: make use of the prayer stations in the church, take photos to remind you of the space, or simply sit calmly in the stillness. We will update this page with details of increased opening hours as soon as we know what they will be. In the meantime, you can also see a recent brief video of the church on YouTube.

The clergy and other members of the St Brandon’s congregation continue to pray for our community, with a particular focus on praying for those who are self-isolating or ill. If you have a prayer request, please email it to Deborah Hodge.

In all this, we are following current Church of England guidelines.

Visits, Prayer and Care

If you are new to the area or the church, and would like a visit from a church member, please let us know, by contacting Deborah Hodge on 01388 745455.

Please also do let us know if you are ever unwell or troubled, and would value a visit from a church member, or home communion. To arrange this, please contact Deborah Hodge.

Safeguarding

At St Brandon’s, we take the safety of children, young people, and vulnerable adults very seriously. You can find our safeguarding policies via the ‘About Us’ link in the menu above.

The Church of England offers a simple online tutorial promoting basic awareness of safeguarding issues. St Brandon’s Parochial Church Council recommend that all members of the congregation take this tutorial.

Giving

St Brandon’s runs on generosity.

Everything we do together is possible only because people are generous with their time, their energy, and their skills.

We also depend upon people being generous with their money.

  • It costs more than £1,000 a week to keep St Brandon’s open, and to sustain our life together.
  • We depend entirely upon donations, and on the money we raise ourselves.
  • We don’t get any financial support from the diocese or the national church.

Please consider setting up a regular gift, or making a one-off donation.