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

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.

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Dementia Friends

Dementia Friends and St Cuthberts

We are a Dementia Friendly Church

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Life Events: Weddings, Funerals and Baptisms

Christening and Wedding booking Sessions are held between 11am and 12noon each Sunday morning.

No need to book, just come along.

If you cannot make one of these Christening and Wedding Booking Sessions, then please use the online enquiry forms found on the Life Events pages of the church website (Life Events) or contact us by email or phone 01642 050687 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday 10am to 5pm). Please note that we will still need to meet you in person at one of the Open Sessions.

For Funerals please contact Revd. Robert Opala by phone 01642 050687  (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday 10am to 5pm) or email him here.

For all other parish enquiries, please call one of the Church Wardens (see details under Contact menu) or email the church administration.

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Online offerings

We are all using contactless methods more often, it is easy to make an offering using the Give a Little link if you are unable to attend a service in church or make a donation to our JustGiving appeal and wish to support your local church.

Give A Little online offerings

The work of our church in the community, and its future, is reliant on people’s generosity, a generosity that is a hallmark of a lived-out faith and a testament to it. Now more than ever, please consider giving generously to support our mission and ministry.

  • Donate using your credit or debit card via the the Give a Little link below. If your donation is below £30 we can claim extra money under the Small Gifts Scheme. You can choose to receive a receipt by email.

Non-Gift Aided offerings - please note that only donations below £30 can be used to claim extra money from HMRC under the Small Gift Scheme (GASDS).

Click on the give a little button

Thank you for your support

A new roof for the church cost us £215,000 and we still 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.

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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 canonlumley@gmail.com
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.