St George’s Church

St George’s Church Middleton St George

St George’s Church Middleton St George

St George’s Church is a medieval church within the parish, and is officially our Parish Church since the closure of the St Laurence’s building in June 2012.

It is located in Low Middleton, a short drive away from Middleton One Row and Middleton St George.

While our main Sunday services are held in St George’s Church of England Academy in the centre of the village, St George’s Church provides a beautiful setting for Weddings and Baptisms and is available for Funeral Services. Public services are held at St George’s during Lent and Advent, at Christmas and Easter and are always well attended.

St George’s Church is medieval in structure with parts dating back to the 12th Century. It is a beautiful and holy place and has recently been restored thanks to the generosity of Mr & Mrs Walker, Mr Ingledew and the hard work of many volunteers.

St George’s was re-dedicated by The Right Reverend Mark Watts Bryant, Bishop of Jarrow at a beautiful service on 18th March 2012.

Today is Advent Sunday, the start of a very special season leading up to Christmas - a season of waiting; a season of HOPE 💜

Join us at 10.45am each Sunday to discover more. St George’s Academy, MSG. All are welcome.
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Everyone is invited to come along to the Rectory this Saturday morning to enjoy bacon butties and a time of prayer and reflection as we approach the season of Advent and the start of the new church year, as we seek to prepare ourselves, both individually and collectively, for the coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ

This will be a creative time of prayer, open and accessible to people of all ages, and the event will run to time, as we know how precious weekend time is.

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel!
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Advent ADVENTure Prayer Breakfast

December 2, 2017, 9:00am - December 2, 2017, 4:00am

Everyone is invited to come along to the Rectory this Saturday morning to enjoy bacon butties and a time of prayer and reflection as we approach the season of Advent and the start of the new church year, as we seek to prepare ourselves, both individually and collectively, for the coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ This will be a creative time of prayer, open and accessible to people of all ages, and the event will run to time, as we know how precious weekend time is. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel!

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A special event for Pre-school children and their whole families this Saturday - everybody is welcome! ...

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Join us at St George’s Academy, MSG at 10.45 this Sunday, 18th Nov, for our All Age service of worship. This month, we’ll be working with stones and reflecting on what it means to be a living stone. Ruth and Rodger will lead our service, and Julie will lead our singing.

Everyone is welcome - we’d love to see you there ✝️💜
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**SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE**

Today’s service begins at St George’s Academy at 10.00am and will conclude at the War Memorial (at St Laurence’s church building on Middleton Lane) from 10.45am. Hot drinks will be available afterwards at the Academy.

All are welcome to join us for any or all of this service of two parts. Lest we forget.
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For Daylight Savings Time read British Summer Time.....either way, BE PREPARED, and remember to put your clocks back tonight!!!! ...

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Our monthly Play and Praise session is open to all families with babies or pre school children and is free of charge.

Come along TODAY between 4 and 5pm in the WI Hall and join in with the songs, stories, fun and games - you will be made very welcome!
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**COMMUNITY PRAYERS FOR W/E 29th Oct ✝️💜**
(PLEASE PRAY FOR EACH PERSON NAMED AND THEIR FAMILY ON A DAILY BASIS THIS WEEK)

Gracious God, it is our privilege to pray for your world and our community, and so we put our prayers at your disposal this week. We pray for:

Karl & Becky Heseltine, Charley
Faye Hamilton
Maria Hoy
Richard Huysers, Kim, Ruby, Zachary
Jenny James
Geoffrey Kay
Margaret Kirby

And for those who live and work in the following streets in our parish:

Alexandria Drive
Archer Road
Ashdale Close
Castle Close
Cederwood
Chapel Street

Loving God, we ask for your protection, safety and peace for everyone, especially those who live alone, as we approach Halloween and bonfire night.

Merciful Father, accept our Prayers
AMEN
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**COMMUNITY PRAYERS FOR W/E 22nd Oct ✝️💜**
(PLEASE PRAY FOR EACH PERSON NAMED AND THEIR FAMILY ON A DAILY BASIS THIS WEEK)

Gracious God, it is our privilege to pray for your world and our community, and so we put our prayers at your disposal this day….

Christian Duff
Mollie Eason
Anita Foster
Simon & Alyson Gerner
Ann Garrard
Paul & Jeni Goodchild, George
Mark & Shirley Gray, Rafton, Stanley

And for those who live and work in the following streets in our parish…

Washington Avenue
Westacres
Woodland Green
Woolsington Drive
Yarm Road
Yeadon Walk
Acorn Close

Merciful Father, accept our Prayers
AMEN
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**HARVEST FESTIVAL**
Join us at St George’s Academy, MSG, between 10.45am and 12 noon today for our Harvest Festival - a fun, informal service of worship suitable for every age, when we will give thanks to God for all he has given us, and reflect on how we should use those gifts to help others.

Our Harvest offerings will be donated to the Grange Road Baptist Church for their outreach programme for the homeless people of Darlington. They need dried, tinned and long life foods, towels, bedding, casual clothes (particularly for men), crockery and cutlery. If you are unable to bring a gift today, that’s no problem - donations can be taken to Grange Rd at any time, as there is always a need.
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**COMMUNITY PRAYERS FOR W/E 24th Sep ✝️💜**

(PLEASE PRAY FOR EACH PERSON NAMED AND THEIR FAMILY ON
A DAILY BASIS THIS WEEK)

Gracious God, it is our privilege to pray for your world and our community, and so we put our prayers at your disposal this day….

Maureen Quick
Bryan & Barbara Robson
Alistair & Alison Rodgers
Rodger & Ruth Sansom
Eileen Shepherd
Steve & Rachel Smith, Evan
Martin & Mel Stand, Caleb and Noah

And for those who live and work in the following streets in our parish…

Manston Court
Middleton Lane
New Row
Neasham Road
Oak Tree Close
Pinetree Grove
Pountnys Close

Merciful Father, accept our Prayers
AMEN
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**COMMUNITY PRAYERS FOR w/c 04.09.17**

We give thanks for our church family and pray that we all may grow even closer in love and companionship. We especially pray for:
Jenny James
Geoffrey Kay
Jack Lawson
Katie & Darren Leaning, Rupert , Sebastian
Emma Lowther
Paul & June Luff

We pray for our community, streets and businesses:
May we be your hands to help those in trouble, to be strong for those in weakness and always willing to offer them in friendship.

We especially pray for those living and working in:
Church Lane
Coatham Avenue
Denver Drive
Desmond Road
Dinsdale Court
Durham Tees Valley Airport
East View

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer 🙏🏻
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**Join the team at Larry's as they host a MEGA MONSTER COFFEE MORNING to raise funds for EmilGO today between 10 and 12 at MSG Community Centre** ...

The perfect morning for a lovely cuppa and a slice (or maybe two) of cake. MEGA MONSTER COFFEE MORNING today at the Community Centre (Middleton St George) 10 - 12. See you there, the kettle's on!!

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The team from our coffee shop, Larry's (open this morning in the WI Hut if you fancy calling in to say hi!) is hosting a coffee morning at MSG Community Centre on Sat 22nd July from 10am to raise funds for our lovely Emil (visit the EmilGO Facebook page for more information on why funds are being raised www.facebook.com/EmilGOGOGO/).

Please come along and join us - great coffee, great cake, great company, great cause!
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Come along and have a coffee, cake and a chat with your community while supporting Emil.

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**UPDATE**

We have been absolutely inundated with requests for our benches - what an unbelievably fantastic response from our community. Thank you so much! The Churchwardens are allocating the benches on a first come first served basis from the messages they have received. If you have sent a message, they will be in touch asap to confirm whether you have been successful in securing one. We are so sorry to all of you who haven't been successful, but thank each and every one of you for your interest. You've made our night! 😁**

We are currently replacing the seating at St George's Church at Low Middleton and have acquired 110 chairs, which will provide much more comfortable seating.
This means we no longer require 18 wooden benches of varying sizes.
We would love for these to remain within the community and ideal for someones back yard or garden. So if you would like one of the these benches, we offering a first come first served basis.
Donations to the Church would be very much appreacaited and collections of the benches by prior arrangement with the Churchwardens.

Please contact the Churchwardens below to discuss further;
Rodger Sansom - t: 01325 401850
e:rodger@sansomfamily .org
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Ali Mathieson - t: 07970200091 e:alistairmathieson70@gmail.com
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A prayer following the #Londonattack

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Some pictures from our walking treasure hunt this afternoon - thanks for organising a great event for us, Myron and Adrian 😊 ...

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Enjoy knitting? Like tea and cake? Then pop along to the community cafe at MSG Community Centre each Friday and join in the fun! ...

Pop along and join in with the fab ladies who knit and natter 😁 Here is just a few bits I have knitted since they taught me a few weeks back. It is very satisfying, relaxing and friendly 😊

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We had a wonderful evening tonight - our first (but definitely not our last!) Pizza and Movie Night, catered beautifully for us by Nareno's.

Keep an eye out for future movie evenings 😊🍕🎞
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A Prayer for Westminster. A Collect for Peace O God, the author of peace and lover of concord, to know you is eternal life and to serve you is perfect freedom: Defend us, your humble servants, in all assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in your defence, may not fear the power of any adversaries; through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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We've got more than 20 people joining us for our film night on Friday, and its going to be a great evening. Its not too late to join us - you can just turn up on the evening if you would like - but if you want to order pizza to accompany the movie, we need to know tonight. EVERYONE WELCOME
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Pizza and Movie Night @St L's

March 24, 2017, 7:00pm - March 24, 2017, 4:30pm

Join us for our first Pizza and Movie night (the grown up sequel to our hugely popular family film night!), as we settle down in comfy seats to watch Emilio Estevez's The Way on the big screen. The Way is an inspirational, often funny and moving film about a small band of pilgrims who walk the famous Camino de Santiago (the Way of St James) and along the way discover the difference between the life we live, and the life we choose. Please arrive from 7pm in time for the film to begin at 7.30pm. Soft drinks, tea and coffee will be freely available throughout the evening, but you are welcome to bring your own drinks, along with any food or snacks you would like. Pizza will be ordered from our local takeaway, Nareno's, and will be delivered to us in time for the film to begin at 7.30pm. If you would like to order pizza, please comment on the event page, or send a message or email to Ali or Julie Mathieson. Food orders need to be in by 22nd March, and pizza money will be payable on the night. AS ALWAYS WITH OUR FILM NIGHTS, THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR THIS EVENT, BUT DONATIONS TOWARDS THE COST OF HALL HIRE WOULD BE WELCOME ON THE EVENING. (Our film is a certificate 12A, and so is suitable for adults and any older children who wish to join us)

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Our village looks beautiful every year thanks to the dedicated efforts of our MSG in Bloom team, who give hours and hours of their time for our pleasure.

Please, if you are able, pop up to the Community Centre today to support them in their fundraising efforts for this year's competition. 🌺🌸🌼🌻🥀🌹🌷
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Join us for our first Pizza and Movie night (the grown up sequel to our hugely popular family film night!), as we settle down in comfy seats to watch Emilio Estevez's The Way on the big screen. The Way is an inspirational, often funny and moving film about a small band of pilgrims who walk the famous Camino de Santiago (the Way of St James) and along the way discover the difference between the life we live, and the life we choose.

Please arrive from 7pm in time for the film to begin at 7.30pm.

Soft drinks, tea and coffee will be freely available throughout the evening, but you are welcome to bring your own drinks, along with any food or snacks you would like.

Pizza will be ordered from our local takeaway, Nareno's, and will be delivered to us in time for the film to begin at 7.30pm. If you would like to order pizza, please comment on the event page, or send a message or email to Ali or Julie Mathieson. Food orders need to be in by 22nd March, and pizza money will be payable on the night.

AS ALWAYS WITH OUR FILM NIGHTS, THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR THIS EVENT, BUT DONATIONS TOWARDS THE COST OF HALL HIRE WOULD BE WELCOME ON THE EVENING.

(Our film is a certificate 12A, and so is suitable for adults and any older children who wish to join us)
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Pizza and Movie Night @St L's

March 24, 2017, 7:00pm - March 24, 2017, 4:30pm

Join us for our first Pizza and Movie night (the grown up sequel to our hugely popular family film night!), as we settle down in comfy seats to watch Emilio Estevez's The Way on the big screen. The Way is an inspirational, often funny and moving film about a small band of pilgrims who walk the famous Camino de Santiago (the Way of St James) and along the way discover the difference between the life we live, and the life we choose. Please arrive from 7pm in time for the film to begin at 7.30pm. Soft drinks, tea and coffee will be freely available throughout the evening, but you are welcome to bring your own drinks, along with any food or snacks you would like. Pizza will be ordered from our local takeaway, Nareno's, and will be delivered to us in time for the film to begin at 7.30pm. If you would like to order pizza, please comment on the event page, or send a message or email to Ali or Julie Mathieson. Food orders need to be in by 22nd March, and pizza money will be payable on the night. AS ALWAYS WITH OUR FILM NIGHTS, THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR THIS EVENT, BUT DONATIONS TOWARDS THE COST OF HALL HIRE WOULD BE WELCOME ON THE EVENING. (Our film is a certificate 12A, and so is suitable for adults and any older children who wish to join us)

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**SUNDAY 5th MARCH - Cafe Church** 10.45am - 12 noon at St George's Academy, MSG Come and join us tomorrow morning for our Cafe Church service - an informal style of worship where we get the opportunity to talk about some of life's big questions over a coffee. Ruth and Julie will be leading our service, and our special guests, The Right Rev Dr John Thomson (the Bishop of Selby) and Ben Gunter, ordination trainee from Cranmer Hall in Durham, will lead our talk and prayers. It's church, but perhaps not as you know it! EVERYONE WELCOME!!

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**SUNDAY 5th MARCH - Cafe Church**
10.45am - 12 noon at St George's Academy, MSG

Come and join us tomorrow morning for our Cafe Church service - an informal style of worship where we get the opportunity to talk about some of life's big questions over a coffee.

Ruth and Julie Mathieson will be leading our service, and our special guests, The Right Rev Dr John Thomson (the Bishop of Selby) and Ben Gunter, ordination trainee from Cranmer Hall in Durham, will lead our talk and prayers.

It's church, but perhaps not as you know it!

EVERYONE WELCOME!!
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The Deanery Youth Committee are joining forces with REFRESH CAFE CHURCH on SATURDAY, 4th March 2017 as the special guest will be Archbishop John Sentamu (as part of Durham Diocese's Talking Jesus weekend). As places are limited those wishing to attend need to reserve a place - Adults MUST be accompanied by a young person/teenager!!

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Larry's is open tomorrow from 10am until 12.15pm in the WI Hall. Hot drinks and homebaked goodies are on offer at very reasonable prices, alongside some great company (which comes entirely free of charge! 🙂 )

EVERYONE WELCOME!
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Larry's is open this Thursday from 10am until 12.15pm in the WI Hall. Hot drinks and homebaked goodies are on offer at very reasonable prices, alongside some great company (which comes entirely free of charge! )

EVERYONE WELCOME!
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New Wine is hosting its regional women's day in Harrogate on 18th March 2017. If you are interested in attending, but don't want to go by yourself, Julie Mathieson will be going along - please drop her a message (via FB or at joollee@live.co.uk) by 27th Feb so that tickets can be booked at the early bird rate of £20 each. ...

Splendour Harrogate

March 18, 2017, 10:00am - March 18, 2017, 11:30am

Join us at Splendour to be inspired, challenged and empowered to play our part as women together. Put the date in your diary, invite some friends and come and join us! Early Bird until 28th February, midnight £20 £25 thereafter

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Darlington Area Churches Youth Ministry have organised a wonderful event for our young people and their friends for the Talking Jesus weekend at the start of March, with an amazing guest: Archbishop John Sentamu!

Please do make the most of this fantastic opportunity! (Full details on the attached post.)
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The Deanery Youth Committee are joining forces with REFRESH CAFE CHURCH on SATURDAY, 4th March 2017 as the special guest will be Archbishop John Sentamu (as part of Durham Diocese's Talking Jesus weekend). As places are limited those wishing to attend need to reserve a place - Adults MUST be accompanied by a young person/teenager!!

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Here's a reminder of the prayer we said together on Sunday as we considered God's transformative power and the miracle at Cana (this prayer can be found in February's prayer leaflet) together with an image to remind us that even the smallest of steps taken in response to God's call will ultimately transform our life.

Go ahead - take that leap (or tiptoe) of faith!

"Father God help us to put our full trust in you, that when you call us we obey you with open hearts, ready to do your will in the same way as the servants obeyed at the Wedding at Cana. May we be eager to be changed from water into the best wine imaginable! Amen"
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**TODAY - 10.45am until 12 noon at St George's Academy, MSG - CAFE CHURCH**
Come and join us for Sunday morning worship with a difference - Cafe Church is a more informal setting for our usual worship service and it's suitable for all ages.

Today, Ruth will lead our worship, and Julie will be speaking to us about the transformational power of God, and how this can work in our lives.

Coffee, tea, juice and snacks will be flowing freely throughout the service.

We look forward to seeing you there!
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A brand new community tea room is opening at MSG Community Centre tomorrow (Wed 11th Jan) and will be open every Wednesday and Friday, leaving space for you to visit Larry's at the WI Hall on a Thursday too - we are a very lucky community!

Please do support this new venture - your community needs you (and you probably need some cake! 🍰)
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We will be opening our door at 9am tomorrow, don't forget to pop by and grab your self a nice cuppa and cake or a lite bite lunch. Plenty for everyone. Really looking forward to seeing you there. Zara

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**Attention Ladies of St Laurence's**

The new schedule of Ladies Night events at MSG Community Centre is now available - a good few of us have enjoyed a number of these events during 2016, giving us the chance to have fun and meet new people....make sure you join the group below to receive details of forthcoming events so you don't miss out on the fun in 2017!

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This is for the young man Rev Barbara Hilton told us about a couple of weeks ago. Let's remember everyone who has lost, or is losing, someone this Christmas, and for whom family celebrations will never be quite what they once were. May the peace and the love of God, which passes all understanding, be with all of us. ...

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Come and join us for one of our best loved events: the St Laurence's Christmas Family Film Night!

This year, back by popular demand, our movie feature is ARTHUR CHRISTMAS!

Q: How CAN Santa deliver billions of presents to the whole world in just one night?
A: With an army of one million combat-style Field Elves and a vast, state-of-the-art control centre under the ice of the North Pole!

So how could this incredible operation have MISSED one child?! To Santa’s young son, Arthur, it threatens to end the magic of Christmas. With retired Grandsanta, a rebellious young elf, an old sleigh and some untrained reindeer, Arthur sets out in a crazy mission to deliver the last present! Deck the halls with excitement, fun and wonder in this new Christmas classic!

Doors open in the Academy at 4.45pm, when food will be served. (Make sure you leave room for popcorn though!) Our movie will begin at around 5.15pm, and the evening will close around 7pm so that everyone can be home in time for bed. We hope you will be able to join us 🙂

THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR THIS EVENT, ALTHOUGH DONATIONS TOWARDS FOOD AND THE COST OF HALL HIRE WOULD BE WELCOMED ON THE EVENING.
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Family Film Night

December 4, 2016, 4:45pm - December 4, 2016, 1:00pm

Come and join us for one of our best loved events: the St Laurence's Christmas Family Film Night! This year, back by popular demand, our movie feature is ARTHUR CHRISTMAS! Q: How CAN Santa deliver billions of presents to the whole world in just one night? A: With an army of one million combat-style Field Elves and a vast, state-of-the-art control centre under the ice of the North Pole! So how could this incredible operation have MISSED one child?! To Santa’s young son, Arthur, it threatens to end the magic of Christmas. With retired Grandsanta, a rebellious young elf, an old sleigh and some untrained reindeer, Arthur sets out in a crazy mission to deliver the last present! Deck the halls with excitement, fun and wonder in this new Christmas classic! Doors open in the Academy at 4.45pm, when food will be served. (Make sure you leave room for popcorn though!) Our movie will begin at around 5.15pm, and the evening will close around 7pm so that everyone can be home in time for bed. We hope you will be able to join us 🙂 THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR THIS EVENT, ALTHOUGH DONATIONS TOWARDS FOOD AND THE COST OF HALL HIRE WOULD BE WELCOMED ON THE EVENING.

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**THIS MORNING - PRAYER BREAKFAST - 9-10am**

Please join us for our Advent prayer breakfast this morning at The Mustard Tree in Hurworth (we will be in the room at the back of the cafe) where we will be praying together and preparing for our journey through Advent to Christmas.

Bacon butties (or an alternative light breakfast) will be available.
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Join us for our Remembrance Service on Sunday 13th November, beginning at St George's Academy at 10am, followed by our Community Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial at 10.50am, and then back to the Academy for tea and coffee. ...

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Don't forget the clocks go back one hour tonight! Join us for Cafe Church at 10:45 GMT tomorrow. ...

A handy hint for the weekend:

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Everyone is welcome to join us for our not-to-be-missed annual All Age Family Quiz, with our (now legendary - at least in his own mind) quizmaster extraordinaire, Ali Mathieson!

Tickets are £3 per adult, £2 per child and are available on the door, although it would be great if you'd let us know you are coming by contacting us via this event page if you can. We already have 40 contenders for the prizes on offer so you'll be in great company!

No need to have a team - we will form teams on the night to ensure fair play all the way.

Please bring a bottle if you would like. Hotdogs and soft drinks will be on sale.

We look forward to seeing you! 🙂
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Family Quiz Night

October 15, 2016, 6:30pm - October 15, 2016, 3:00pm

Everyone is welcome to join us for our not-to-be-missed annual All Age Family Quiz, with our (now legendary - at least in his own mind) quizmaster extraordinaire, Ali Mathieson! Tickets are £3 per adult, £2 per child and are available on the door, although it would be great if you'd let us know you are coming by contacting us via this event page if you can. We already have 40 contenders for the prizes on offer so you'll be in great company! No need to have a team - we will form teams on the night to ensure fair play all the way. Please bring a bottle if you would like. Hotdogs and soft drinks will be on sale. We look forward to seeing you! 🙂

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What an amazing morning yesterday - we raised an incredible £440 for Macmillan Cancer Care!!!!

Thanks to Eileen and her team of organisers and brilliant bakers, to the MSG Community Association who were a great support in organising the event, and to each of you who came, drank coffee, ate cake and, most importantly, GAVE GENEROUSLY! You are all heroes x
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This Saturday we are hosting a MacMillan coffee morning at MSG Community Centre between 10am and 12 noon.

We will have great coffee (and tea, of course) and plenty of Larry's quality baking on offer. All proceeds - every single penny - will go to the work of MacMillan Cancer Care.

None of us know if we may need the support of MacMillan Cancer care (although our fervent hope and prayer is that few of us will), but we want to show as much support as possible for those who do. Please join us on Saturday morning (and spend generously!)

Please share this post to raise awareness of our event. Thank you
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As its back to school week, we wanted to remind all you parents and carers out there that Larry's coffee shop is open every Thursday from 9am until 12noon in the WI Hall right next door to St George's Academy. We are ready to welcome you (and your pre-schoolers!) with fresh filter coffee, tea, juice and scones/cakes/teacakes!

Coffee/tea/hot chocolate are £1.25 each and all cakes etc are 75p - the great company and friendly chat are on the house! 🙂

For further details, please comment or inbox us on FB, or email ruth@sansomfamily.org
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A prayer for all children who return to school for the start of a new year this week ...

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Join us for our service of Holy Communion, Sunday 4th Sep, 10.45am at St George's Academy, MSG. Julie Mathieson will lead our service and Rev'd Barbara Hilton will preach and preside at Communion. All are welcome, and we would love to see you there 🙂 ...

**SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP - 10.45am every week at St George's Academy, MSG** A chance to spend time with God in the company of others. Everyone is welcome.

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We had an amazing time of togetherness, fellowship and prayer at our first Prayer Breakfast this morning, as around 30 people from the newly partnered parishes of St Laurence's, MSG and All Saints, Hurworth united in prayer for our parishes (and those of Low Dinsdale and Girsby), for our future vicar and his/her family, and for ourselves as we prepare for what God has planned for us all in the next part of our journey with Him. ...

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This saturday, everyone is invited to come along to Jenny James' home to enjoy bacon butties (healthy breakfast options will also be available) and to pray for the appointment of our new vicar; that God will be preparing him or her, as well as the people of St Laurence's.

This will be a creative time of prayer, open and accessible to people of all ages, and the event will run to time, as we know how precious weekend time is.
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Prayer Breakfast

September 3, 2016, 9:00am - September 3, 2016, 4:00am

This saturday, everyone is invited to come along to Jenny James' home to enjoy bacon butties (healthy breakfast options will also be available) and to pray for the appointment of our new vicar; that God will be preparing him or her, as well as the people of St Laurence's. This will be a creative time of prayer, open and accessible to people of all ages, and the event will run to time, as we know how precious weekend time is.

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Sunday morning worship this week is a service of Holy Communion. Our Area Dean, Rev'd Lynda Gough will preach and preside at communion.

Please do join us at 10.45 am today - you will be very welcome
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**SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP - 10.45am every week at St George's Academy, MSG** A chance to spend time with God in the company of others. Everyone is welcome.

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Join us this morning for our service of All Age Worship - an informal time of worship and praise suitable for everyone.

Today, our All Age team will be speaking about change and transformation, and we will be welcoming the recently baptised Harry and Cara into our church family.

The service begins at 10.45am at St George's Academy, MSG. We look forward to seeing you there 😊
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**SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP - 10.45am every week at St George's Academy, MSG**

A chance to spend time with God in the company of others. Everyone is welcome.
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In our service last Sunday we each planted some seeds, representing the death of the old, and the promise of new life in Jesus. How are your seeds doing?

Here are two photos of some of ours taken today. The photos were taken 8 hours apart.....it's incredible how much growth can take place in such a short space of time! 🌱
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Our beautiful Saxon church, St George's at Low Middleton is open to visitors until 12 noon today. Just look at these gorgeous views! ...

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**SUNDAY 31st JULY - 10.45am until 12 noon at St George's Academy, MSG - CAFE CHURCH**

Come and join us for Sunday morning worship with a difference - Cafe Church is a more informal setting for our usual worship service and it's suitable for all ages.

This Sunday, Ruth will lead our worship, and Julie will be speaking to us about following Jesus, and what that means for each one of us.

Coffee, tea, juice and snacks will be flowing freely throughout the service.

We look forward to seeing you there!
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Our All Age Worship service this morning focused on the story of Martha and Mary, and how they each reacted when Jesus came to visit: Martha focused on dinner preparations, and Mary left her to it, preferring to spend time with Jesus instead (much to Martha's frustration!)

Often we're asked to consider whether we are a Martha or a Mary. Instead, we are all called to be both - it's just a question of balance.

Here is the video we watched together this morning. It's worth taking a few minutes out to watch, reflect, and pray about the balance in our lives.
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Another wonderful day in the life of St L's: we started the day with an amazing service of Holy Communion, where we were blessed by our guest preacher, Rev Colin Jay, who brought us a beautiful vision of the Kingdom of God, and we followed that with a fantastic afternoon of fellowship and fun with our second annual Safari BBQ. Huge thanks to our organisers, Gill and Dave, and our hosts, for giving us such a great afternoon. ✝💜 ...

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A prayer for reconciliation after the EU Referendum bit.ly/28UAJoJ A #Prayer for #reconciliation after the #EU #Referendum Eternal #God, Light of the nations, in Christ you make all things new: guide our nation in the coming days through the inspiration of your Spirit, that understanding may put an end to discord and all bitterness. Give us #grace to rebuild bonds of trust that together we may work for the #dignity and flourishing of all; through #Jesus #Christ our #Lord. #Amen

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**WELCOME BREAK - 11th and 13th July 2016 (plus a day trip out on 15th July)**

If you, or someone you know, is unable to get away on holiday this year, or if you just fancy some company and a good chat, then come and join us at Dinsdale Court between 9.30am and 4pm on the above dates, and have a welcome break.

For the 3rd year running, we are putting on this 3 day event as a way of helping older people get together for a chat, some fun, some activities and a lovely lunch. On Day 3, we will be having a trip out to Helmsley, which will include a stop off for a cream tea on the way home.

If you'd like to join us, or if you know someone who would benefit, please do get in touch, as everyone is welcome. The cost of each of the first 2 days day is £6 to include activities and lunch, and the cost of the day trip is £12 - an absolute bargain for a lot of fun and a lot of friendship! <3

(photos from last year's event)
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We are currently supporting events being held at Holy Trinity Church in Darlington. Their next event is this coming Saturday, 25th June:

**"A Century of Wedding Gowns: A Fashion Show with a Difference"**
which begins at 7pm. Tickets are £5 to include a glass of prosecco and a slice of cake. Full details on their post below.
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The next events in our year of celebration are on June 25th, when we go wedding crazy. Renewal of Wedding Vows 5.45pm A service for you to join together with other couples to celebrate your love for one another through the renewal of the vows made on your wedding day, followed by a glass of prosecco and slice of celebration cake. This will be followed by A Century of Wedding Gowns: A Fashion Show with a difference at 7pm. Produced by Kevin Thornhill, who trained with David and Elizabeth Emmanuel, and helped create Princess Diana’s wedding dress. Kevin’s models will walk the catwalk down the aisle in original period gowns and his copies of celebrity and royal wedding gowns, including those of HRH Princess Anne, the late HRH Princess Margaret and Kate Middleton, now HRH Duchess of Cambridge. Tickets £5 to include glass of prosecco and slice of fruit cake.

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We are joining with St George's Church of England Academy to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the school's reopening on Tuesday 28 June.

Can you help? We'd love some prizes for the Brownies' tombola, and if baking is your thing, the cake stall can never have enough donations!
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Join us for our service of Holy Communion in St George's Academy, MSG at 10.45am this morning, when our Area Dean, the Rev'd Lynda Gough, will preach and preside at Communion ✝ ...

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We had a fantastic night at our Gladrags party this evening. Great food, lots of laughs and fabulous singing from Liz Gerner. Thanks to everyone who made this such a wonderful night! ...

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Get your gladrags on and come and join us for another fabulous St Laurence's social event - fun, food and fabulous musical entertainment courtesy of Lizzie Gerner.

The whole family is welcome - no babysitters required!

Tickets are £6 for adults, £3 for children - payable on the door, but please let us know in advance that you are coming so we know how much food to prepare. Oh, and don't forget to bring a bottle and your best dancing shoes!
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Gladrags Social

May 14, 2016, 7:00pm

Get your gladrags on and come and join us for another fabulous St Laurence's social event - fun, food and fabulous musical entertainment courtesy of Lizzie Gerner. The whole family is welcome - no babysitters required! Tickets are £6 for adults, £3 for children - payable on the door, but please let us know in advance that you are coming so we know how much food to prepare. Oh, and don't forget to bring a bottle and your best dancing shoes!

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We had a great time with Bishop Paul this afternoon as he walked with us, prayed with and for our community, and ate and chatted with us as we gathered together for lunch at MSG Community Centre before he was whisked off to his next stop in style! ...

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**BISHOP OF DURHAM IN MSG TODAY**

Its our turn to walk with, pray with and/or eat with Bishop Paul today!

His prayer walk into our parish will start from The Mustard Tree in Hurworth at 11.00am and finish with lunch with the community at Middleton St George Community Centre between 1pm and 2pm

The full walk will be about 6 miles but if you'd like to join him for a shorter walk, he'll be walking from Hurworth through Neasham, up to Low Dinsdale (where you can join the walk at the half way point around 12 noon) and then into MSG where you can join him at St Laurences Church at around 12.45pm for a walk up Middleton Lane to the Community Centre.

His prayer walk around our Deanery looks to have been great fun so far (photos and updates are available on the prayerwalkdurham FB page) - please do join him and be part of this historic event today.
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