Bishop Auckland Methodist Church

Death notice

Please pray for Kathleen Pentland on the death of her husband Peter. Kathleen had become part of the Thursday communion gathering before the pandemic and years before she and her husband had been part of the worshipping community at the church. We remember Kathleen and the wider family in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time.

Funeral of Trevor Denham

Click the image below watch back the funeral which was streamed at 12 noon on Wednesday 10th March.

Trevor Denham passed away on 20th February from a sudden stroke although he had been unwell for a while.
Trevor used to be a well known member at Central for many years and a Local Preacher in the Bishop Auckland circuit, and many of you will remember him. He moved to Cheshire some time ago to be near his daughter.
Please remember his family and friends in your prayers.

Noting a death

Canadian, Rev Kenneth G Thornton, former minister on the Bishop Auckland Circuit from 1975 for five years passed away yesterday. Please remember his family in your prayers.

Please remember in your prayers…

Please remember Rev Tony Taylor and the family in your prayers as her funeral takes place in Kirkby Stephen on Monday this week, 22nd February.

You may remember an earlier post that informed us the day after she died:

We sadly have to inform you of the passing of Rosemary, wife of Rev Tony Taylor, Minister of Bishop Auckland Baptist Church.

She passed away peacefully in her sleep, with her husband and sons there.

Please remember Tony & his sons in your prayer.

Please inform anyone in your fellowship, who knows them.

John Gaines


Bishop Auckland Baptist Church

Funeral of Eileen Burnham

We are sorry to hear the news of Eileen’s death. Our thoughts and prayers remain with her brother and sister and the wider family.

You will be able to watch Eileen’s funeral on Wednesday 17th February at 9.45am in the church through the link below to the YouTube live-stream, which will begin with quiet music from 9.15am that morning.

If you wish to attend the funeral and aren’t already counted in the family seats, please register on our booking system by clicking the image below. Spaces are limited due to Covid restrictions.

Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Day

A few recipes from Ruth

With the pandemic and cold, wintery days outside, sometimes it is comforting to get warm in the kitchen!  here are a few recipes to beat the cold:

(1)  Pancakes:  a different version of the basic recipe:

1 tbsp custard powder
3 tbsps self-raising flour
pinch salt1 tsp oil (salad oil)
about 1/2 pt milk
lemon flavouring (optional)


Mix dry ingredients together and lemon flavouring 
Make a well in the centre.
Pour in a little milk, gradually stir in flour, adding up to half the milk. 
Beat for 5 mins. 
Stir in more milk to make a smooth batter. 
Add oil. 
Beat well. 
Let the batter stand for one hour or longer. 
Fry in cooking fat.  (marg.).

(2)  Buttermilk Scones

6 oz plain flour
2 oz caster sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp bicarb. of soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 oz soft butter
8 fl. oz buttermilk (250 ml)


Oven temp:  220o C           Baking:  12 mins.

1.  Sieve dry ingredients into a bowl. 
2.  Add room temp. butter and cut the dry ingredients with a fork until the mixture resembles dry breadcrumbs.
3.  Add the buttermilk and mix.  (The dough will be a little moist.)
4.  Roll half the dough into a ball and flatten on a floured surface.
5.  Cut into 6 pcs. with a scone cutter (or simply cut into wedges.) 
6.  Repeat with the remaining dough.
7.  Place on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 12 mins.  (You can brush buttermilk on top and sprinkle with sugar before baking, if desired.

(3)    Spicy Buns

Oven temp:  200oC :    Baking:  10-15 mins.
1 lb flour
2 oz marg/butter
1 1/2 oz sugar
1 tsp. spice
1 oz yeast
pinch salt
2 oz currants
a little candied peel
1/4- – 1/2 pt milk (or 1/2 milk & water).  The mixture shouldn’t be too moist).


1)  Mix together sieved four, salt and spice.
2)  Rub in fat, add currants and peel.
3)  Cream yeast and sugar together and add warmed milk.
4)  Mix into dry ingredients.
5)  Make a soft dough and leave in a warm place to rise double its size.  (About 1/2 hr).
6)  When risen, kneed on floured board.
7)  Form into rounds.  (If used for Easter, mark each with a cross on top).
8)  Leave to rise again for about 20 mins.
9)  Bake in a hot oven 10-15 mins.

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