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East Durham City servicesExplore this page to see the services and other activities we have taking place at the moment.

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Services and Events

Here are details of services taking place with Durham City East Methodists at our churches in Carrville, Pittington and Bowburn. Refreshments are served after all the services.  

Tuesday 18th January
9.30am (Carrville) – Mrs Liz Hollis leads this service

10.15am (Pittington) – Rev John Squares leads this service

Thursday 20th January
11.30am (Bowburn) – Mr Bill Offler will lead this service

Sunday 23rd January
10.30am (Carrville) – Rev Alan Middleton leads this service

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Tuesday 25th January
9.30am (Carrville) – Rev Andy Longe will lead this service
10.15am (Pittington) – Soo Illingworth leads this service

Thursday 27th January
11.30am (Bowburn) – Mr Brian Thornton will lead this service

Sunday 30th January
10.30am (Carrville) – Rev Liz Kent will lead our church anniversary service. Sign up at church if you’d like to stay for a soup and sandwich lunch after the service.

Tuesday 1st February
9.30am (Carrville) – Rev Ruth Crofton will lead this service
10.15am (Pittington) – Rev. Andy Longe leads this service

Thursday 3rd February
11.30am (Bowburn) – Rev. Andy Longe will lead this service

Saturday 5th February
10.00-11.30am – Coffee morning in aid of church funds.

Sunday 6th February
10.30am (Carrville) – Rev Andy Longe will lead this communion service.

Tuesday 8th February
9.30am (Carrville) – Rev. Alf Waite leads this service
10.15am (Pittington) – Deacon Jane Middleton leads this service

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Thursday 10th February
11.30am (Bowburn) – Deacon Jane Middleton will lead this service

Sunday 13th February
10.30am (Carrville) – Professor Mark Wilson will lead this communion service.

Tuesday 15th February
9.30am (Carrville) – Rev Andy Longe will lead this service
10.15am (Pittington) – Mr Fraser Logue leads this service

Thursday 17th  February
11.30am (Bowburn) – Mr Bill Offler will lead this service

Sunday 20th February
10.30am (Carrville) – Rev Andy Longe will lead this communion service.

21st February – 6th March
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Tuesday 22nd February
9.30am (Carrville) – Rev. Bill Hawes will lead this service
10.15am (Pittington) – Ms Soo Illingworth leads this service

Thursday 24th February
11.30am (Bowburn) – Mr Sean Conroy will lead this service

Sunday 27th February
10.30am (Carrville) – Rev Paul Beetham will lead this communion service.


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Other regular activities


  • Church Buddies is for younger children and meets once a month with CREW on a Sunday morning at Carrville (re-starting soon).


  • 8.00pm – Faith & Friendship meets fortnightly in person on Monday evenings for discussion and fellowship. Contact Suzie for meeting dates and venue.


  • 5.30pm – Brownies  at Carrville.


  • 9.30am – Weekly prayer meeting – Join us for half an hour for the Durham City East Methodists’ online prayer meeting on Zoom. Contact us if you’d like the link to join us. Feel free to come along with your morning cuppa!
  • 10.30-12.30 – Craft Group – Join this group which is meeting weekly at Pittington St John’s church. There is a £3 subs charge each week to cover the cost of supplies and refreshments – no need to bring your own kit!
  • 2.15pm – Monthly Bible Study – On the first Wednesday of each month we are meeting at Carrville for our monthly bible study. As we read, pray and talk together, hopefully the familiar and not so familiar stories will come alive in new and unexpected ways. Feel free to bring along your own refreshments! 
  • 5.30pm – Brownies at Bowburn.


  • 9.00amDrop-in at Bowburn including playgroup.
  • 5.30pmRainbows at Bowburn.


  • 6.00pmRainbows at Carrville.


  • 9.00-9.45am – Join us in the church hall for our monthly prayer breakfast 
  • 10.00-11.30amMonthly coffee morning 
  • CREW for 11 years plus meet on the 1st Saturday of the month 7.00-9.00pm 

There are lots of opportunities for you to meet with us and other Christians in an online forum. Please head over to our Support during coronavirus page to find out more.

How to book your place at our services 

Space is limited and we need to comply with Covid-19 regulations, so it is necessary to ‘book your seat’ ahead of each in-person service. This will allow us to make sure as many people as possible can attend worship whilst maintaining social distancing.

Bowburn services – Please book your place by ringing John (0191 908 5731) by noon the day before.

Carrville services – Seats can be booked by completing our booking form. It is a Word document you can type into and ‘save as’ on your computer – it would be great if you can use your name and the date of the service as the document name when you save it. Please email it to us by midnight on the Thursday evening immediately before the service. We have a handy sheet which explains what measures are in place to keep everyone safe. If you are concerned about whether or not to return to worship at the present time you could consult this personal risk assessment as part of your decision making.

Pittington services – To book your place, please ring Peter (0191 372 0161) or Bill (0191 386 6798) by noon at the latest on the day before.



What’s on

This is where you would usually find out details of forthcoming events at our church. Due to the Coronavirus some of our activities are suspended until further notice. Go to our What’s On page to find out what opportunities are being provided for you to meet with us online.

Contact our minister

If you need pastoral support, please contact our minister Andy by phone 07539 453 223 or email revalonge@icloud.com

Prayer and worship

We encourage you to continue in worship and prayer in different ways, whether that be individually in your own homes or via online routes. We have a wide selection of resources for prayer and worship whilst the physical building is closed, explore those you wish to get involved in.  You may find one you want to use every week, or you may wish to join different services and communities each week.