This is a busy parish and there are many church based activities and groups. These are just some of the things going on!
The church runs a much-needed Food Bank with support from other churches, shops and individuals across the town. A team of helpers sort the donated food into parcels and delivers it when needed.
Donations of food can be made in the box in Cramlington Sainsbury's supermarket or by contacting the Food Bank Managers, Jim and Janice Rynn.
Requests for food parcels are not taken directly so please contact Cramlington Social Services on 01670 712925 if you, or someone you know, needs a food parcel.
Offers of help and further information are available from Jim and Janice, by email of phone (07718 361460).
Meets on a Tuesday evening at Twyford Meeting Room (off Ringwood Drive) at 7pm. If you enjoy various art activities or you are just a beginner, come along and have fun whilst painting. Contact Jac Ramsay.
The church bells are rung for half an hour before the 10am Sunday service and for weddings. Beginners and more experienced ringers are welcome at bell ringing practice on Friday evenings at 7pm. Contact Mick Sim for more information.
Bible Study and Fellowship Groups
• Costa Group. Meets every 2 weeks on a Tuesday at Costa Coffee, Cramlington, from 10am. Contact Glenys Buxton for more details.
• Thursday Evening Study Group. Weekly Bible study led by Bryan and Anna Knox in their home on Thursday evenings at 7.30pm.
• St Andrew's Fellowships. A group of ladies meet on Mondays for Bible Study, fellowship and prayer (contact Ruth Brierley). Another small friendship group also meets in Beaconhill, Cramlington on Tuesday evenings.
• Outrageous Women fellowship and Bible study meets on the 1st Wednesday of the month at Twyford Meeting Room. Contact Sue Ramshaw for more details.
Cafe Church at St Peter’s
This cafe church service meets at Northburn Primary School at 10.30am on the 1st Sunday of each month. More details here.
Churchyard Renewal Group
A dedicated small band of volunteers maintain and improve St Nicholas Churchyard, generously supported by Cramlington town council in different ways. The group meets on the first Saturday of the month between 9am and midday and are always looking for more helpers! This is a community group and not restricted to church members. Contact Doreen Morton.
Children are welcome at all the services offered by the three churches. A supervised crèche for toddlers, and soft toys for babies, are available at St Nicholas church during the Sunday 10am service. Enquiries for Big Fishes (the new name for Sunday School) at St Nicholas should be addressed to Jen Wealleans. Sunday School for primary aged children is offered weekly at St Andrews. Provision for young children also includes:
- Little Fishes. This is a weekly service for pre-school children and their parents/carers, meeting in St Nicholas church at 9.30am each Monday morning during term time. Hands on activities with Bible stories, songs and lots of fun. Contact Jen for more information.
- Messy Church meets monthly in St. Nicholas’ Church in Cramlington village. It starts at 10.30am on the second Saturday of every month, and is an opportunity for families of all ages to join together in games, craft activities, Bible teaching, singing, and sharing - and an early lunch is always provided! For more information, contact Sue Ramshaw.
- On Your Marks. If you have children (or know any children) between the ages of 6 and 11+ who would be interested in having fun, playing sports or exciting games, and hearing Bible stories then On Your Marks is the place to be! We will also have clever craft ideas and will be cooking with the children. Sound fun? Come along on the third Sunday of each month 5-7pm to Beaconhill Community Centre to find out more. Or contact Ruth Brierley.
Flower Arranging and Sanctuary Guild
Preparing flowers for St Nicholas’ church for Sunday services and weddings is a major focus of this group, who also oversee needlework and church embroidery. A particular highlight for the group is the bi-annual parish Flower Festival. Contact Sandra Stewart.
Friday Knitting and Fellowship
This group meets on the 1st Friday of the month between 1.30-3.30pm in the Parish Centre. The focus of the group is to knit and craft for good causes whilst enjoying each other's company with tea and cake. Contact Jacqui Wyness or Jan Harrington for more details.
Heavenly Delights Cafe
The cafe has been serving morning coffees and home cooked lunches for several years. The cafe is open monthly at the Parish Centre on the last Saturday of the month 11.00- 2.00pm.
Home Communion Team
A team of lay people, supported by the clergy, visit sick or house bound folk monthly. If you know someone who is ill at home or in hospital or would value a visit for another reason, please contact the churchwardens.
This meets once a month on Thursday evenings at Cateran Room. Contact Helen Charlton for more information. As well as knitting together, this is a good place for fellowship and chat. You don’t have to be able to knit to join this group!
St Nicholas’ music group meets at 7pm every Thursday to practice hymns and worship songs for services and other events - contact Howard Beckett. For St Peter’s Music Group contact Mike Hughes, and for Prayer and Praise service contact Chris Ward.
This women's Christian group meets in Twyford Meeting Room on the first Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm. They enjoy fellowship, fun and plan outreach events to raise money for charity. Contact Sue Ramshaw.
This is a monthly session on Wednesdays at 7.30pm in St. Nicholas' Church, to learn and practice effective praying. Contact Peter Shelley.
Prayer Shawl ministry
Simple shawls are knitted with love by many people. They are blessed, lovingly wrapped with ribbons, and given with a healing prayer and a personalised gift tag to folk known to be unwell, bereaved, sad or needy. Contact Vicki Pickering.
Prayer and Praise
Once a month, normally on the 1st Sunday at 6.30pm, lively Christians in the parish (and beyond) meet in St Nicholas Church to sing and share faith together. Led by a band of musicians from across the Parish this event has become a key event to develop our life in the Spirit together. See website for the next service date or contact Chris Ward for more details.
Residential Home Visitors
Monthly services are held in Jubilee Court, Scarborough Court and Northlea Court, and services are held in other homes by an ecumenical minister. Other visits are more seasonal or by arrangement. If you would like to arrange a visit, please contact the churchwardens.
Fair trade food and goods are on sale from around the world in the Parish Centre lobby. Traidcraft was established in 1979 as a Christian response to poverty, and it combines a trading company and a development charity. Open most Sundays at St Nicholas after the 10am service, at Heavenly Delights Cafe and at other times. Contact Vanessa Caisley.