for the life of your servant Queen Elizabeth,
for her faith and her dedication to duty.
Bless our nation as we mourn her death
and may her example continue to inspire us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Statement by the Archbishop of Canterbury on the Death of Her Majesty The Queen
It is with profound sadness that I join the nation, the Commonwealth and the world in mourning the death of Her Late Majesty The Queen. My prayers are with The King and the Royal Family. May God draw near them and comfort them in the days, weeks and months ahead.
As we grieve together, we know that, in losing our beloved Queen, we have lost the person whose steadfast loyalty, service and humility has helped us make sense of who we are through decades of extraordinary change in our world, nation and society.
As deep as our grief runs, even deeper is our gratitude for Her Late Majesty’s extraordinary dedication to the United Kingdom, her Realms and the Commonwealth. Through times of war and hardship, through seasons of upheaval and change, and through moments of joy and celebration, we have been sustained by Her Late Majesty’s faith in what and who we are called to be.
In the darkest days of the Coronavirus pandemic, The Late Queen spoke powerfully of the light that no darkness can overcome. As she had done before, she reminded us of a deep truth about ourselves – we are a people of hope who care for one another. Even as The Late Queen mourned the loss of her beloved husband, Prince Philip, we saw once again evidence of her courage, resilience and instinct for putting the needs of others first – all signs of a deeply rooted Christian faith.
As we sustain one another in the face of this challenge, our shared grieving will also be a work of shared reimagining. I pray that we commence this journey with a sense of Her Late Majesty’s faith and confidence in the future.
As a faithful Christian disciple, and also Supreme Governor of the Church of England, she lived out her faith every day of her life. Her trust in God and profound love for God was foundational in how she led her life – hour by hour, day by day.
In The Late Queen’s life, we saw what it means to receive the gift of life we have been given by God and – through patient, humble, selfless service – share it as a gift to others.
Her Late Majesty found great joy and fulfilment in the service of her people and her God, “whose service is perfect freedom” (BCP). For giving her whole life to us, and allowing her life of service to be an instrument of God’s peace among us, we owe her a debt of gratitude beyond measure.
The Late Queen leaves behind a truly extraordinary legacy: one that is found in almost every corner of our national life, as well as the lives of so many nations around the world, and especially in the Commonwealth.
It was my great privilege to meet Her Late Majesty on many occasions. Her clarity of thinking, capacity for careful listening, inquiring mind, humour, remarkable memory and extraordinary kindness invariably left me conscious of the blessing that she has been to us all.
In my prayers at this time I also give thanks for the marriage of The Late Queen and His Late Royal Highness Prince Philip. Theirs was an inspirational example of Christian marriage – rooted in friendship, nourished by shared faith, and turned outwards in service to others.
May Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II rest in peace and rise in glory.
The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby
Archbishop of Canterbury
Services - We meet every Sunday, 1000 at St.Georges Academy School
Welcome to St George and St Laurence’s Church, Middleton St George
Contact the Churchwardens for information:
Contacts: Dave McKittrick (07963678021) or Rodger Sansom (07753689190) or the Parish Office 01325 332017
St.Georges & St.Laurences Foodbank - a huge thank you to all who donate food !
The St.Georges & St.Laurences Church in MSG would love to have your donations. Collection boxes will be available to leave donations at Londis Shop in the centre of the village and The Devonport in Middleton One Row. Alternatively email us to arrange donations firstname.lastname@example.org
To request help with food, contact us by email email@example.com
Path leading to the Garden of Remembrance at St Laurence's Church
Following the successful tidy up of the churchyard, the Garden of Remembrance now looks splendid with the new steps for easier access. We do hope your visit to the Garden is a good time for reflection.
Churchwardens Dave McKittrick and Rodger Sansom
If you would require pastoral care please contact us and one of us will respond.
Dave McKittrick or Parish Office or Rodger Sansom
07963 678021 01325 332017 01325 401850
We continue to hold all of God's people in prayer. May God's love and protection be with you.
Help! If you are struggling in the current circumstances and would like support please contact one of us. Our contact details are above or on the 'Team' page.
Alternatively one or more of the following organisations may be able to help you:
USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS
|St George’s Medical Practice||01325 332022|
|Middleton St George Dental Care||01325 333336|
|Out of Hours NHS||111|
Mental Health and Wellbeing
|The Samaritans||116 123|
|Listening Post (for Young People & Parents)||07847 933799|
|NSPCC helpline||0808 800 5000|
|CAMHS (Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service)||01325 736350|
|Darlington Borough Council – Children’s Services Front Door||01325 406222 option 2|
|NHS Mental Health Crisis Team 24/7||0300 0200317|
Practical and General Help
|FOODBANK – St Andrew’s Haughton||01325 468142|
|FOODBANK – Kings Church||01325 469884|
|St.Georges & St.Laurences FOODBANK||email firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Darlington Credit Union||01325 529829|
|Citizens Advice||0300 330 1195|
|First Stop (Benefits / Homelessness)||01325 266888|
We are St George and St Laurence's Church, a lively Anglican Church in Middleton St George, near Darlington in the Diocese of Durham.
Currently we are in vacancy (we do not have a vicar for the parish) but lay leaders and the PCC organise worship and activities in the community.
Please have a look around our website to find out a bit more about us.
If you'd like to get to know us in person (and we hope you will), please join us for any of our usual Sunday morning services.
We have two places of worship:
St George’s Academy (is where our weekly worship takes place at 10:00am every Sunday)
and the medieval church of St George, Low Middleton.
Please see the information on the Our Churches tab.
We are linked with the Riverside parishes, which includes: All Saints Hurworth, St John the Baptist Low Dinsdale and All Saints Girsby. https://www.allsaintshurworth.org
The Riverside Churches Joint Vision Statement
“We are rooted in, and motivated by, our faith. We seek to share God's love for all by reaching out to our communities through acts of generous and loving service to meet the spiritual and practical needs we encounter. Through this, both we, and our communities, will be transformed by the power of Christ.”