A Church of England Community,

a 13th Century House of Prayer

From Sunday, 16th August we are resuming worship in Holy Cross Church. This is an occasion for great joy after all this time apart! However, in order to comply with all of the requirements around COVID-19, we are having to make some significant changes to our pattern of meeting together. Please note that these changes are temporary while the current situation continues, and further changes are likely as things continue to evolve.

The main things to note are that there will be services of Holy Communion in Holy Cross at 10.30am on Sundays and 10am on Thursdays. The regulations around physical distancing mean that we have to strictly limit the number of individuals and households attending church at the moment so we are asking people to choose EITHER the Sunday service OR the Thursday service and to indicate their intention to attend to one of the Church Wardens. Please note that the wearing of face coverings is now compulsory in places of worship unless you are exempt. Face coverings should only be removed for the purposes of reading the lesson, leading prayers or receiving Communion.

We are hoping to livestream the service from Holy Cross Church, Ryton at 10.30 tomorrow morning on the Holy Cross Facebook page for those who are unable to be physically present with us. If the livestream proves unsuccessful, a recording of the service will be uploaded to YouTube later in the day.

Please bear with us as we navigate through these uncharted waters. The guidance is complex and detailed and changes frequently. Over the coming weeks and months we will be looking to reintroduce other church activities such as Sunday School as and when the rules allow. Our priority at all times is to be as sure as we can be that we are not putting anyone at risk, in line with Jesus' command to "love one another as we love ourselves".

You can download the order of service and save it to your phone or tablet or print it from the link below.

A Service of Holy Communion for Ordinary Time
This is the order of service we will be using for all services for the time being.
Holy Communion Order 1.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [201.1 KB]




Every Tuesday between 7pm and 9pm, drop in for a short or longer time;

Inspirational books, Icon and candles, Globe, 'hands-on' prayer station, sacred space for your own thoughts and prayers.

Self service hot and cold drinks.


Priest-in-Charge Revd Alison Stewart Smith

Weekly services Sundays and Thursdays are once a month led by lay people, Service of the Word. 


For The Friends of Holy Cross Ryton, click on THE FRIENDS



Holy Cross Church follows the Safeguarding Policy of the Diocese of Durham. Diocesan Safeguarding Officer:

Beth Miller 07968 034075  beth.miller@durham.anglican.org

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