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Report to Spring Synod 2019
Over recent months we have been in conversations and had social gatherings with the Barnard Castle and Teesdale Circuit to consider whether we might be more effective in mission as one circuit.
We continue to offer a range of Sunday morning services and one evening service held in a different Church each week of the month. A number of people have received worship leader training and are now assisting with worship. Our Youth Team leads Sunday Evening Cafe style worship for teenagers and youths. We also have two Messy Church sessions.
Learning and Caring
We are blessed with creative and talented lay workers and volunteers who continue to work in nine schools sharing and leading assemblies and contributing to teaching . Special events were held at Christmas when they shared how Jesus was born and the impact He has on us. It was a great experience and the team are looking forward to Easter when we will share the resurrection story!
Food and hospitality is a priority area for service. All of our Churches reach out in this way. Of special note is Make Lunch which continues to provide an amazing opportunity to share God's love with children, parents and carers. Every school holiday sees the Make Lunch Team spring into action. The numbers attending continue to grow and the Christmas Make Lunch this year saw over 60 people attending a Christmas lunch and a performance of the rag bag nativity. During the last year the Circuit has held a number of 24-1 Prayer events. These have provided a focus for prayer on our Circuit life and the community of Darlington.
At Northland Community Hosting Space we have been holding an Alpha course with between 20 and 34 people including helpers, in attendance. During the last year we have tried to consciously raise our profile, our Pastoral Missioners have liaised with the Darlington Town Centre Manager and we have had a stall in the market hall during the week leading up to Remembrance Sunday. We gave out knitted poppies and information on our Churches and meetings. At Christmas we sang Carols in the market and at Morrisons both were successful events with Church members, volunteers and staff coming along and singing, dressing up and helping to tell the Christmas story. Search for a Star was a joint venture in town, with Scripture Union, who loaned us a shop for a whole day Christmas event.