Bearpark Methodist Church

Introduction

Service times

Location

Contact information

Minister

Other information

Introduction

Worship – On a Sunday, we have a variety of different types of worship (traditional, all age/family, café) as well as Worship on Wednesday (only in July) and an annual Walk of Witness and open air Holy Communion service. We have 22 members but about 30 regulars ranging in age from toddler to 90yrs. We are young at heart, willing to try new ideas and lively modern songs as well as traditional ones. We are very friendly and warmly welcome all visitors to our services, inviting them to join us for tea and biscuits afterwards.

Service times

Sunday morning worship: 10 am

Worship on Wednesday : 6.30 pm (July only).

Activities

Wednesday – 8.30 am Breakfast & Prayers House Group in Ushaw Moor

Wednesday – 10 am Company & Crafts, a get-together of ladies sharing sewing, knitting etc as well as refreshments

Wednesday – 5pm Shell Group – a fun club for children 5-10yrs including games, crafts and other activities

 

Location

Address: George Terrace, Bearpark, DH7 7AQ

Directions: Follow the A167 from Neville’s Cross, turn left at the traffic lights just past The Lodge (previously the Pot & Glass) pub. The road leads to Bearpark (and on to Ushaw College). Continue a short distance past the car showroom/garage, the chapel is on the left beside the Busy Bears Nursery and almost opposite the Community Centre which has a large steel wheel displayed.


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Contact Information

For more information please contact the Minister

Minister  Rev Colin Jackson

 

Other Information

History – Mining had been carried out in Bearpark area since the 1300’s when it was recorded that the Prior of Durham had pit workings at Beaurepaire (The Beautiful Retreat), a summer palace for the lordly priors of Durham on the banks of the river Browney. However, the development of the railway in the mid 1800’s made it easier to transport coal and iron ore. Industrialists then realised they could develop mining and so a local coal mine was opened in 1872.

MethodismAs the colliery developed, so did the need for workers who needed housing etc. and a community was established – this had spiritual as well as physical needs. Many of the miners were Methodists who initially held gatherings in their own homes but as these grew, larger premises were needed. Three Chapels were built beside the colliery – the Wesleyan Chapel was opened in 1883; the Primitive Methodist Chapel opened in March 1884 and the New Connexion Chapel opened in 1892. Although all three buildings are still there, only one is in use (as a house). In 1963 the foundation stone was laid for the present Methodist Chapel which was opened in February 1964.

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