Parish of Swaledale with Arkengarthdale

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Master List of help available in Swaledale and Arkengarthdale

Updated 4 April 2020

  • Posted On: 4 April 2020
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Church Buildings are Closed and Services Suspended

This includes information about Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals

  • Posted On: 24 March 2020
In summary, these are the guidelines we must all now follow: 1. Our church buildings are closed for public worship and for private prayer. 2. Emergency baptisms can take place in hospital or at home, though subject to strict hygienic precautions and physical distancing as far as possible. 3. There can be no weddings in church buildings until further notice. 4. Funerals can only happen at the Crematorium or at the graveside. Only immediate family members can attend (if the crematorium...

Help during the Covid 19 virus situation

18 March 2020

  • Posted On: 18 March 2020
Melbecks Support Group If you are self-isolating or avoiding going out because of coronavirus (Covid 19) and live in Melbecks Parish we’d like to offer to help you. We are a group of local people living in and around Low Row and we can help you with shopping, collecting a prescription, posting mail, a friendly phone call, changing books at Reeth library or anything else that might make life easier for you at this difficult time. Please phone Elizabeth Bedford on 886974 or...

Update on the Covid 19 virus situation

17 March 2020 - Public Worship is suspended

  • Posted On: 17 March 2020
All public worship services have now been suspended until further notice. We are encouraged to 'be the church' in our communities, in prayer and service. Read the full information at the Church of England website: https://www.churchofengland.org/  Please contact the vicar if you need practical help or someone to talk to. Please look out for your neighbours and anyone in need. This page will be updated as the advice changes.

Our Curate is on the move!

  • Posted On: 27 November 2019

Revd Alison Stewart Smith has been appointed as Priest in Charge of the parishes of Ryton and Winlaton in the Gateshead West Deanery of the Diocese of Durham. A licensing date has not yet been confirmed, but it is likely that Alison and Richard will leave here at the beginning of February, for Alison to take up her new post in mid-February.

We pray God's blessing on them as they move. There will be a farewell party announced soon.


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