Men's Breakfast - January 2018

Our Churches Together Men’s Breakfast is growing steadily in popularity and we were delighted to welcome yet more new faces to our January breakfast.  The breakfasts are held early on a Saturday morning, four times a year and welcome all men from in and around the village. Our January meeting welcomed our own Bob Eldridge who fascinated us with his very personal and indeed poignant story of his coming to faith and the practical application of this strong conviction in his professional and voluntary life, particularly through his leadership of  the amazing People’s Kitchen in Newcastle.  Bob made a considerable impression on his audience and engendered much conversation immediately after his presentation and subsequently. Thank you Bob. Remarkable.


Our next breakfast is on April 21st, 8.30 am in the Parish Hall. Our guest speaker will be Peter  Ryder, wordsmith, songsmith, performer, poet and Reader at St James’s.  This will be the last opportunity to spend breakfast time with Peter before he and Elaine make plans to move to pastures new.  The invitation is open……

 David and Stan

Men's Breakfast - Saturday 14th October 2017

Practical Compassion

Our Churches Together in Riding Mill Men’s’ Breakfast was privileged to welcome Revd Malcolm Jones as our guest speaker.  For the last eleven years, Malcolm has been heading up the Charity Practical Compassion for Destitute Children, which cares for the educational and medical needs of destitute children in ‘the lands of the Bible’, irrespective of race, background or faith.  The early risers filled the Supper Room in the Parish Hall to hear truly inspirational stories of how Malcolm responded to God’s call to minister in the most practical of ways to children and young adults in Palestine, at the same time as holding the demanding role of a Parish Priest in the north east. Now retired, Malcolm maintains as much momentum as his strength will allow to provide the inspiration for this extraordinary work. To hear Malcolm speak about his truly transformative work leaves the audience in no doubt about the source of his strength and motivation.  Malcolm is in no doubt that God provides the money and the means whenever it is needed.  He is a remarkable man.

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Thursday 26th October 7.30pm in Church


Come and put your questions on God, the Universe and Everything to our panel. To see full details please click on poster in the left-hand column

St James’ Pastoral Care and Visiting


We now have a newly established Pastoral Care Team in the village. All the team members are DBS checked.

If you  would like a member of the team to visit you, either at home or in hospital, please contact Lynda on 01661 886785.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Men's Breakfast - Saturday 29th April 2017

Our first Men's Breakfast brought together fifteen early risers who enjoyed  a hot breakfast  and a fascinating trip down memory lane with Rev Canon John Sinclair, who led us along the 'Inspirational Banks of the Tyne', chronicling much of John's - and our own - life story set against a shared heritage punctuated by the waters of the Tyne and the music of Tyneside's most iconic musical sons.

Our next breakfast, to which all men in and around the parish are warmly invited, will be on July 1st. Watch for details!

Gareth Jones - Acoustic Guitar Nine Lessons 14th December 2016

It was a real treat for a full church of music lovers when renowned singer-songwriter Gareth Davies-Jones brought his Nine Lessons Christmas Accoustic to Riding Mill. Fortified by delicious mulled wine and nibbles, we were treated to some delightful variations on Christmas carols and songs old and new, augmented with some fascinating background stories about the people who wrote the words, the music - and why. A great evening. Thank you Gareth!

Diocesan Prayer Diary

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Diocesan e-Bulletin

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Annual Report of PCC 2015

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Digest from most recent PCC meeting

See below:

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Intercessors and Readers Rota

To see the latest rota for intercessors and readers see below

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Parish Profile (2015)

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Charity Information sheet

Each year St James gives to three charities - information about them is given here.


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 BRASS BAND CONCERT - 12th October 2014

On Sunday 12th October, the Hexham Brass Band gave a wonderful concert in the church, in aid of the Cottage Restoration Fund.

Tea and cakes were served after the concert and the whole event was greatly appreciated by the large audience in attendance.

If you missed the Brass Band, you can see and hear them in the clip on the right.

Many thanks to everyone for a great event!



We were saddened when in May 2012 forced entry to the church was gained unlawfully by breaking one of our stained glass windows - the one dedicated to the Venerable Bede.



Repair to the window was immediately begun and after several months our window was restored by craftsmen.


And now the window is fully restored.  Canon Alison White dedicated the window at our service on 3rd March 2013.

What wonderful craftsmen!






Our Carol Service on Christmas Eve 2012



Giving it away!

It is such a great thing to be able to do and at the heart of being followers of Christ.
Your PCC have been giving some real thought to how we distribute the money we give every year to those in need. Up to now we have had rather a long list which has remained the same for some years. After careful thought, we took the decision that this year we would focus our giving to just three charities so that they each had a more substantial sum.

To view and/or download our "Giving it away" document please click here

 Weekend of Eventfulness - Photos


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