The PCC (parochial church council) is the church’s governing body.  The priest, two churchwardens and three Deanery Synod representatives are ex-officio members.  The remaining 12 members are elected for a three year term on a rolling basis.  After serving a term they must then stand down for a year.  The Deanery Synod representatives are elected together every three years and represent All Saints to the Synod and the Synod to All Saints.  All these elections take place at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM).  Anyone on the Electoral Roll of the church is able to vote in these elections.

The two churchwardens are each elected for a year in office and may serve up to six years continuously before they must stand down.  This election takes place at the Vestry Meeting that immediately precedes the APCM.  The Vestry meeting is open to those on the Electoral Roll and the Local Government Register of Voters for the Parish.  After election the churchwardens take up office after they have been sworn in at the Archdeacon’s Visitation in May and then become the Bishop’s Officers until the next Archdeacon’s Visitation.  Churchwarden is an ancient and honourable office of great significance in the life of the church.

The PCC is assisted in its work by several sub-groups:

  • Child Protection
  • Finance and Property
  • Health and Safety
  • Shared Ministry Development Team

Coronavirus Covid-19 Update
Changes in the Church Representation Rules extended the time available to hold the APCM by a month which extended the time the Deanery Synod representatives take up office by a month also. Due to the Coronavirus and an inability to hold gatherings this timetable has been further amended by order of the Bishop of Durham for the APCM to be held by Oct 31 2020 and the elected representatives to the Deanery Synod take up their roles on Dec 1 2020.

PCC Membership
Ex-OfficioPriest-in-chargeVernon Cuthbert
(elected annually)
Marie Philpott
Jenny Grant
Deanery Synod
(elected to synod for three years to 31 May 2020)
Cathy Barnes (Vice Chairperson and PCC Secretary)
Jenny Grant
Keith Higgin (Treasurer)
Elected for 3 yearsuntil APCM 2020Lesley Smith
until APCM 2021 Nigel Thomas
Beverley George
Robina Lawson
until APCM 2022Anne Hudson
Helen Belsham
Rob Lawson

Coronavirus Covid-19

The Building is currently closed with no gathered public worship taing place (under a dispensation sought by the PCC and granted by the Bishop Durham). Please see LATEST for more details. The Foyer to the Chapter House is open Sunday and Thursday for donations to the Foodbank to be dropped off between 11am and 3.30pm. Please only contact the Parish Office by email.

Drop in and say ‘Hello’

The Parish Hall and Old Schoolroom on Sunderland Road (SR6 7UR) are available for hire, please contact the Parish Administrator for availability and charges.

Sacred space is available in the worship area of All Saints off Cleadon Lane (SR6 7UU)
Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays 10.00am-12.00noon (approx.)

This may be subject to short-notice change occasionally.


The Parish Safeguarding policy can be found here.

Parish Office

If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact the Parish Office. It is based in the rear of the Parish Hall and can be accessed from the yard behind the Old Schoolroom.

M: 9.15am-11.15am
Tu: 9.15am-11.15am
W: 9.15am-11.15am
Th: 9.15am-11.15am
F: Closed

0191 519 0515


The Parish Office
1-3 Sunderland Road