Suspension of Worship in the Church of England

The Church is alive and active, but our buildings must close for a while.

Tuesday 24th March 2020

Church buildings are not open to members of the public at all – even for private prayer.

St Cuthberts family is more than just this lovely building, know that we are praying for you and your families during this national emergency.

Weddings, Funerals and Baptisms

  1. Emergency baptisms can take place in hospital or at home, though subject to strict
    hygienic precautions and physical distancing as far as possible.
  2. There can be no weddings in church buildings until further notice.
  3. Funerals can only happen at the Crematorium or at the graveside. Only immediate
    family members can attend (if the crematorium allows) – that is, spouse or partner,
    parents and children, keeping their distance in the prescribed way

Due to the new restrictions there will be no Baptism & Wedding enquiries on Tuesday Evenings for as long as the regulations are in place.

For Wedding and Baptism enquiries please contact us by email or phone 07873151329

For Funerals contact a Church Warden or Deacon Janet alternatively please email us.

Regular bulletins will be published here including our weekly information sheets which can be found below or here.

Latest advice from the Natonal Health Service

Archbishops Letters

Coronavirus liturgy and prayer resources

The Church of England has put together a page contains prayers and intercessions for 'personal or group use, special prayers for use if it isn’t possible to meet in church, and a simple form of prayer for the morning and evening, which can be downloaded, printed, and shared with those remaining at home or who are unable to access the Internet.'

Prayers about the outbreak (PDF)
Prayers with Children (PDF)
Personal Prayers particularly if you can’t get to church (PDF)
Worship at home (PDF)

Parish Safeguarding Policy

Please keep your donations coming

With the Church closed for all Services we have no income, apart from the 12 members of our congregation who make their Planned Giving donations by Standing Order. The church still must be maintained and secured and unless things change, we still need to pay our Freewill offer to York Diocese each month (£2,750.00 per month). We still have many bills to pay.

Perhaps some of you could set up a Standing Order with your bank, even if only for several months to cover the current ‘lockdown’ or think about making your donations by Standing Order in future. Especially, but not exclusively, if you already donate by the envelope system. No need to put money into the envelopes and wait until we can have Wednesday and Sunday Services again.

This will aid cash flow and budgeting, not just now but in the future.

  • For those using the Planned Giving Envelopes then put your donation into the weekly envelope and put aside until we reopen again.
  • You can send me a cheque periodically, made payable to St Cuthberts Ormesby PCC . Contact me via the online form at the bottom of the General Enquiries page for details of were to send the cheque.
  • You can donate using your credit or debit card via the the Give a Little link to the right.  You can choose to receive a receipt by email.

Remember, if you are a taxpayer, you can boost your donation by 25% by filling in a Gift Aid Form. Either for a one-off donation or for regular donations. Unfortunately, this is not an option with the Give a Little donations.

Give A Little online donations

This church relies on donations to stay open and provide care and support to everyone in this community. Now more than ever, please consider giving generously to support our mission and ministry.

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Thank you for your support.

Contact Details

For all parish enquiries, including baptism, funeral and wedding enquiries, please call one of the Church Wardens (see details under Contact menu) or email

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Dementia Friends

Dementia Friends and St Cuthberts

We are a Dementia Friendly Church

Welcome to St Cuthberts Ormesby

Always know you will be very welcome and we hope that you find us open and friendly people who can provide you with relevance and meaning in your daily life. There has been a church here for over a 1000 years and we want St Cuthbert’s Church to be here for all future generations.

We have just paid £215,000 for a new roof and we need to urgently raise funds for restoration work on the tower, an internal re-ordering and a new lighting scheme.

Weʼre raising £5,000, please help us to help you by donating – click on the logo below.

Building the Church Building the Kingdom

To proclaim Christ in our worship and in our community and make disciples of all generations

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An Introduction to Centering Prayer, St Gabriel’s Church, Saturday 23rd January, 10am – 4pm

Contemplative Outreach

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An Introduction to Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer is an opening of the heart and mind to God beyond concepts, words and images. Based on a centuries old tradition of Christian prayer, it has been developed to meet contemporary needs. This one day workshop will include instruction in the method of Centering Prayer; we also offer six further (and shorter) sessions, which build on the ground covered in the workshop.

All are welcome: no previous experience is required.

Further details: (in new and old Word doument formats)
Centering Prayer Day information (docx)
Centering Prayer Day information (doc)

St Gabriel’s Church, Allendale Road, Ormesby,
Middlesbrough TS7 9LF

Saturday 23rd January, 10am – 4pm.

Refreshments provided but please bring a packed lunch.

Parking is available at the church

Cost: Donation

For further information please contact
Canon John Lumley
Tel: (01642) 314501

Dementia-Friendly Carol Service

On December 15th, a carol service was held at Holy Trinity church, North Ormesby, which was led by the Revd Jennifer Croft, the Vicar of St Cuthbert’s Church Ormesby. We were blessed by the presence of the Bishop of Whitby, the Rt. Revd. Paul Ferguson; who gave us his blessing. Also, as part of his pilgrimage around the Diocese of York, His Grace the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu called in to greet those who had attended the service.

Revd Jen and Archbishop Sentamu

Archbishop Sentamu (l) and Revd Jen

“Well it is that time of year!“ you might say, but this service was for people living with Dementia and their carers. It was an idea that evolved from an ‘off the cuff remark’ during a “Singing for the Brain” session (supported by the Alzheimer’s Society) some several weeks earlier; which of course, led to a meaningful event that was greatly appreciated and enjoyed by all.

Val and Hillary sml

The Revd Jennifer Croft, who delivered the service and is part of the working group, was perfect as she had a good understanding of Dementia. The service was very tactile, visual and interactive, with a memory to take home in the form of a small cross with a prayer and there was an order of service, which also offered a visual reminder of the event. Memories were clear about the story of Jesus as people nodded and smiled at the readings and graphics on the large screen. It was wonderful to see people singing the Christmas carols without the need to read either the screen or the service book!

There was an abundance of helpers who all understood the need to make everyone’s day meaningful and had the skills to do so. There were volunteers who welcomed and greeted people and chatted with them, and they made people feel ‘included’ prior to the service. The organist played traditional carols and people sang spontaneously even before the service started.

‘ASDA Foundation’ offered to be a sponsor for this event and they supplied the food and drink for the festive tea afterwards and a gift of shortbreads to take home. There were several people preparing and serving tea and cakes afterwards. Some wore a traditional frilly white apron which created conversations of the 50’s and of tea rooms that folks frequented!

There was lots of laughter, smiles and contented faces at the end of the day, truly reflecting the spirit of Christmas. This was reinforced by many positive comments, such as:

“We really appreciated it, as it was the only Carol service we will be able to get to this year due to accessibility and crucially, time of day.“

“I could feel the joy you all had in what you were doing and how it reflected onto the people who had come along.”

“I wouldn’t use the word enjoy I would say overwhelmed by love and kindness, thank you for such a wonderful afternoon.”

One gentleman was a little agitated by small children at the rear of the church but when one of the children climbed up on to the chair next to him, he immediately went into a nurturing mode, smiled and made sure the child was OK.

There was a wonderful memory of where the vicar showed a picture of the peaceful Bethlehem with the star above the stable; and she asked what the picture reminded them of, and a little girl came up to the front and called out “Cinderella!” It was lovely!

During the last prayer, we held hands and it was a true picture of comfort and contentment. A wonderful experience for all!

This is the beginning of something beautiful in the diocese with churches working together making sure all significant christian calendar events are covered using varying venues to promote inclusion and equity. It is the beginning of Middlesbrough being a dementia friendly town.

Christmas Services

The Services taking place over the Christmas Period are shown on the Flyer below.
The information is also accessible on the Christmas Page – under Service Details on menu and there is a link in the Welcome section on the Home page.

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Revd Carol Sunley, Associate Minister

We welcome back Revd Carol Sunley as Associate Minister here at St Cuthberts Church, Ormesby. There will be a Licensing Service for Revd Sunley at 6:00pm on Wednesday 16th December 2015. We hope that you will join us to celebrate her new role in our Community.

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