Bishop Auckland Methodist Church is one of fourteen churches and chapels on the Bishop Auckland and Shildon Methodist Circuit. Superintendent minister Rev Andy Bryer lives in Shildon and covers nine of the churches on the circuit. Bishop Auckland Methodist Church shares its own minister, Rev John Purdy, with four other smaller chapels, South Church Methodist Church, Auckland Park Methodist, The Valley Methodist and Witton Park Methodist, all on the edges of the town, and Rev Sarah Gill, at Woodhouse Close Church, a local ecumenical project, is also part of the team.
Bishop Auckland Methodist Church is located just opposite the hospital on Cockton Hill Road and the southern end of the town centre. It is within easy walking distance of the railway station and on the main road which runs from the by pass to the south of the town through to the Market Square at the northern edge of the town centre. Use DL14 6EN if you need to locate us with your sat-nav. We have a small car park behind the church off Acacia Road, available if you are attending a church function, however it fills up quickly if there is a big event. There is also lots of on-street parking in the streets surrounding us.
Many in the town consider Bishop Auckland Methodist Church as their local church. Special occasions, hospital services, community functions, seasonal events, children’s events, U3A and other local community groups happen throughout the year, making the footfall into the church on a weekly basis well up into the hundreds.
The congregation itself meets regularly on a Sunday at 10.30am for an hour and a Thursday morning at 9.30am for half an hour for worship, both being followed by a cup of tea afterwards. They are extremely welcoming and love to see new faces among their number on a weekly basis. Other weekly and fortnightly events are advertised in the church newsletter ‘Crosslink’ published on a Sunday and available from the church throughout the week during ‘Open House’ drop in 10-12noon Mon-Fri mornings. Please do drop in and take us as you find us!