Westfield Road, Bishop Auckland
County Durham, DL14 6AE

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Wednesdays – We Are Open Again!

Join us in the garden each Wednesday from 10:00 am for a chat, some gardening or any other crafts, re-cycling or up-cycling ideas you may have. We are currently looking to safely expand our range of activities for all so please feel free to come along and have a chat.

Food – Available Again!

Food is being produced and packaged for takeaway – free or donations. All proceeds will be used to develop our Community Initiates such as this one.


The fourth in our series of Christine’s photographs illustrates that even in beauty we should look a little deeper at what we see.


The third in our series of Christine’s photographs shows the beauty and resilience of even the most delicate of blooms.


The second in our series of Christine’s photographs shows the cross in full bloom with wild flowers. Truly a reminder of God’s wonder and the hard work of our dedicated Gardeners


This week we bring you the first of a set of stunning photographs taken by one of the friends of the church. A big thank you to Christine for donating her considerable skills and time to produce the superb quality images.


As the summer rolls on the inevitable rain falls, we can see that the plants have benefitted enormously from nature’s gifts.  The garden is now in full flourish and even the central cross is now adorned with flowers to please the eye and gladden the heart.  God’s gifts truly are a wonder.


A Father was out walking with his little girl and stopped to chat when they saw us tending the garden and harvesting the first of our produce.

They noted the new bench that we were installing and we told them that it had been generously loaned to us as we start to transform the garden into an oasis of calm to welcome all who wished to use it.

As we related the work we were doing and our involvement in the local community initiatives, the little girl said her mummy was having a baby, so we invited them both in to pick some flowers for her expectant Mother.

Father and Daughter both left with happy smiles and the warmth that comes from a simple kindness.


The work on the garden continues apace and the various plants are showing good form. As you can see the regular maintenance has paid off in spades! (well it is a gardening blog and we cultivate smiles too!)


I’ve attached a few pictures of the church garden, particularly for the benefit of those who may not get to see it so often (John and Tony, I guess).

As you can see the white ox-eye daisies and “snow-in summer” are putting on a good show at the moment, are possibly getting a little out of hand – and there’s been a lovely red peony in flower!

Everything else is looking fine, despite the lack of rain and David’s perfectly-mown lawn provides the finishing touch. The cross in the middle of it is slowly starting to fill out with various wild flowers… and we should even have a strawberry harvest before too long!


I hope you’re all keeping well in body, mind and spirit. I’ve been blessed to be able to get out gardening a fair bit, and enjoy popping in at the church from time to time.

The garden there is waking up and looking good; the birds are still emptying the feeders and I’ve seen plenty of bees and butterflies about already. All our new fruit trees are coming into leaf, and Julie’s cherry tree is flowering.

I managed to get the lawnmower working eventually – I think it was the power of prayer! – and hope to keep mowing from time to time.

I took an executive decision and left the little rectangle of grass on the left of the main entrance to grow as a mini meadow for wildlife. I hope that’s OK with you all.

It hasn’t rained for some time and the water butt is empty, so I’ll be watering from the tap for a while, which is presumably helpful in terms of clearing the pipes, too.

Upcoming Events

Aug
9
Sun
10:30 Sunday Service @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Sunday Service @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Aug 9 @ 10:30 – 12:00
 
Aug
11
Tue
13:00 Bible Study Group @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Bible Study Group @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Aug 11 @ 13:00 – 14:30
 
Aug
12
Wed
10:00 BABC Lunch Club @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
BABC Lunch Club @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Aug 12 @ 10:00 – 16:00
 
10:00 Friendly Heritage Group @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Friendly Heritage Group @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Aug 12 @ 10:00 – 16:00
Weekly sessions provide a healthy shared lunch and combine local heritage and dementia friendly activities to help support and provide people with dementia and their carers with a safe space[...]
10:00 Gardening Group @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Gardening Group @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Aug 12 @ 10:00 – 16:00
 
Aug
16
Sun
10:30 Sunday Service @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Sunday Service @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Aug 16 @ 10:30 – 12:00
 
Aug
18
Tue
13:00 Bible Study Group @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Bible Study Group @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Aug 18 @ 13:00 – 14:30
 
Aug
19
Wed
10:00 BABC Lunch Club @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
BABC Lunch Club @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Aug 19 @ 10:00 – 16:00
 
10:00 Friendly Heritage Group @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Friendly Heritage Group @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Aug 19 @ 10:00 – 16:00
Weekly sessions provide a healthy shared lunch and combine local heritage and dementia friendly activities to help support and provide people with dementia and their carers with a safe space[...]
10:00 Gardening Group @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Gardening Group @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Aug 19 @ 10:00 – 16:00