What’s on now!

East Durham City servicesWe are delighted to have restarted our in-person services in the church buildings – scroll down this page on how to book your place at a service. We usually live stream our Carrville services on Facebook – to join our services being broadcast on Facebook you will need to join the Facebook group in advance. Please contact Andy, our minister, if you would like to access a download of the service.

Explore this page to see the services and other activities we have taking place at the moment including Advent studies and Christmas activities

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.

Saturday 4th December
10.00-12.00 noon (Carrville) – Christmas Coffee morning in aid of church funds including raffle, cake stall and refreshments.

Sunday 5th December
10.30am (Carrville) – Rev Andy Longe leads our communion service.
3.00pm (Carrville) – Belmont Ladies Choir will present a Christmas concert in the church followed by refreshments. Seats need to be booked in advance, so if you’d like to come please contact us to book you a place! There will be no charge but donations will be gratefully received in aid of Daft as a Brush.

Tuesday 7th December
9.30am (Carrville) – This informal service will be led by Judy Tasker.
10.15am (Pittington) – Rev Andy Longe leads this service.

Thursday 9th December
11.30am (Bowburn) – Fraser Logue will lead this service.

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Sunday 12th December
10.30am (Carrville) – Members of our congregation will lead our Nativity service.

Tuesday 14th December
9.30am (Carrville) – Rev. John Squares will lead this informal service including communion.
10.15am (Pittington) – Pauline Caswell leads this service.

Thursday 16th December
11.30am (Bowburn) – Rev John Squares will lead this service.

Sunday 19th December
10.30am (Carrville) – Norma Nevin leads this service.
6.30pm (Carrville) – Join us for our annual carol service led by members of our congregation.

Tuesday 21st December
10.15am (Pittington) – Mark Wilson leads this service.
6.00pm – You may be interested in attending a Service of Hope and Healing being held at the North Road site of Durham City Methodists. Contact Ruth or John for more information.

Thursday 23rd December
11.30am (Bowburn) – Bill Offler will lead this service.

Christmas Eve – Friday 24th December
4.00pm (Carrville) – Join us for a short service of carols and communion.

Christmas Day – 25th December
10.30am (Carrville) – Rev Andy Longe will lead our Christmas Day service.

Boxing Day – 26th December
There will be no service at Carrville, Pittington or Bowburn on this day, so look our services available through local and national media.

Tuesday 28th December
10.15am (Pittington) – Sue Illingworth leads this service.

Thursday 30th December
11.30am (Bowburn) – Brian Gameson will lead this 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.

Advent Studies 2021


  • 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! Advent studies take place on 24th November and 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd December.
  • 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 and in response to Government recommendations, it is with regret that we have had to suspend most meetings and activities on these premises 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.