St Brandon's Church

St 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

You are also welcome to come and see what we are doing on our Facebook page!

Upcoming Events

Messy Church

Our next Messy Church will be on Sunday 15 October 3-5pm in church. We will be learning about Gideon
Come and join us for crafts, music, Bible stories, and of course our fabulous shared tea.

On Tuesday 31 October 5.30-6.30 we will be holding our Light Party. Starting and ending at Brancepeth Village Hall it will include a Fancy Dress Parade, Treat Trail and very importantly ….. Hot Chocolate!

Youth Group

Youth Group will be meeting again on October 1. We meet every fortnight in the Village Hall. Dates for this term are:

October 15, 29

November 12, 26

December 10

Autumn Spruce Up

We are hoping to do those jobs that don’t get done during routine cleaning, like the cupboards and notice boards.

Plenty of sitting down and sorting jobs!

Come and joing us for soup, roll, refreshments and a chat whilst we sort and tidy.

Fully details from Carol Beeby.

Tuesday 17th October 10am-3pm

Shoe Box Sunday for Blythswood Care

Shoe boxes may be brought to church on Sunday 15 October in time for the lorry to collect them at the end of the month.

Suggested items to include can be found in the Parish Newsletter (see link in “News, Events and Hire” at the top of the page). Knitwear is particularly welcome

Shoeboxes will be distributed to Albania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Kosovo, Moldova, Romania, Serbia and Ukraine.

All Souls Day

Thurdsday 2 November 7pm.

A service of commemoration. All are welcome. During the service we will remember those who have died. A list of of their names will be read out and there will be an opportunity to light a candle in memory of a loved one. There will be a list at the back of the church for names to be added. Alternatively please contact Alison Moore (contact details in Parish Newsletter).

Services and Opening Times

Our Sunday morning services take place in the church building, and are also livestreamed on our church Facebook page.

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

Evening Prayer is hosted online on alternate Thursdays at 7.30 pm. Please email Anna Brooker if you would like to be included in the invitations for this service.

St Brandon’s church building remains open for individual private prayer. We are open every day from 9.30 am until dusk. Please do visit us, take photos to remind you of the space, or simply sit calmly in the stillness.

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 Alison Moore.

As a church, we are committed to caring for our neighbours and doing our part to stop the spread of coronavirus. In all this, we are working within the 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 Alison Moore on 0191 373 5674.

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 Alison Moore.


At St Brandon’s, we are committed to creating and maintaining a safe and nurturing environment for everyone: children, young people and adults. We have adopted and approved the Church of England policy for promoting a safer church, and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO). The Diocese of Durham’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advises our PSO. A full text of the parish safeguarding policy and other safeguarding information can be found under the ‘Safeguarding’ link in the main menu above.

If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.

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.


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.