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Celebration of Flowers

The Friends of Sunderland Minster is being relaunched and to celebrate the relaunch a group of very talented ladies from the Minster and local flower groups are holding a celebration of flowers from 16th September and throughout the following week.

On 15th September at 7.30pm there will be a preview evening reception with tickets available from the Minster office between 9am and 3pm each weekday. Tickets are £5 per person including refreshments.

The Summer Specials are back!

The Summer Specials are coming back!

This summer at Sunderland Minster we’ll be helping families* discover that they are made for love, courage, joy, adventure, and service, through the animal tales of the dove who showed Jesus he was loved, the hungry lions who failed to eat Daniel, the lost sheep who was found, ten thirsty camels watered by Rebekah, and the donkey who carried a servant king in the parade.

Tuesdays 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th August.

Family registration, 10am. Craft and other activities, storytelling, singing. Hot lunch served 12pm, end by 1pm.

*whatever family looks like for you this summer, you are welcome: our summer fun days are aimed at children aged 0-11, and their accompanying responsible adult/s.


The Bede chapel has been set aside for prayer for all those caught up in the Manchester bombing.

Please feel free to sit and pray, to light a candle, or write a prayer for the wall.

Mr Corvan’s Music Hall

Sunderland Minster is not only a  place of Christian worship on a daily basis it is also a place of meeting, learning and belonging.

Alongside monthly craft and vintage fairs, art exhibitions, and music of all kinds – a fantastic new musical play about the North East’s first music hall superstarMr Corvna’s Music Hall is being performed at Sunderland Minster on Friday 2nd June at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.

Ned Corvan (1827 – 1865) was a comedian, virtuoso violinist, artist and singer/songwriter of hits including The Cullercoats Fish Lass, Fishermen Hung the Monkey and the first popular protest song Toon Improvement Bill.

Written by Ed Waugh ( Hadaway Harry, Sunday for Sammy, Laffalang, co-writer Maggie’s End, Alf Ramsay Knew my Grandfather, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Durham) and directed by Gareth Tudor Price, it stars Chris Connel ( Pitman Painters, UK tour and Broadway), Jamie Brown ( Culture 2016 Performing Artist of the Year and Rachael McShane ( violinist for multi award-winning folk group Bellowhead.

Refreshments are available at both performances.

Tickets are £15 and are available from the Minster office or the box office 0191 4247788

Easter at the Minster

Holy Week and Easter is rapidly approaching. There will be services in the Minster each evening  – Monday 10th April to Thursday 13th April from 7pm to 8pm. Monday to Wednesday will be Stations of the Cross and on Thursday there will be Sung Eucharist and foot washing.

On Good Friday morning prayers will take place at 9am followed by the walk to Tunstall Hill  for a service at 10am. There will be An Hour at the Cross in the Minster from 2pm to 3pm.

Easter Day – 16th April – will start on Roker Beach at sunrise – gather at 5.40am for a short service. Sung Eucharist will be at 9.45am followed by FEAST at 11.15am and Evensong at 4.30pm


Durham Hymns

This major new work for brass band and choir was commissioned by Northern Regional Brass Band Trust in partnership with Durham County Council to mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. Lyrics, for a suite of new hymns, by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, inspired by the true-life experiences of County Durham people and commemorating their sacrifice, courage and endurance.

The Durham Hymns        Saturday 18th March, 2017 @ 19:30

Durham Miners’ Association Brass Band

The Centenary Choir and Voices of Hope

LYRICS: Carol Ann Duffy       MUSIC: Orlando Gough, Jessica Curry

 Saturday 18 March 2017 7.30pm         Sunderland Minster

Tickets: £12.00 (£8.00 concessions) from Minster Office.

Minster Provost to retire and focus on high-impact community work

Minster Provost to retire and focus on high-impact community work

The Revd Canon Sheila Bamber, Provost of Sunderland Minster  has announced that she will be taking early phased retirement in order to put more emphasis on her work on several high impact community projects.


Canon Bamber said: ““For some months now I have been thinking and praying about what God is asking of me in the last years of my active ministry.  I am already sure that I would like to give more time to the things that brought me to the North East originally – you will have heard me talk about my role as a door to door rent collector being ‘the best job’ ever, and so I would like to find more time for issues around poverty in all its forms, and for supporting leadership in all our communities.


“I am mindful that this is a key time in the life of the Minster, as we are looking with others at the shape of mission and ministry over the next 5-10 years.  In the light of all this, I feel that this is the moment to step down from stipendiary (paid) ministry and allow time to find a successor to lead the Minster into the next period of bringing the good news of Jesus Christ to Sunderland.


“For me, this is the beginning of a phased retirement plan, when I will serve the church and community as a self supporting minister for a few years, and also develop my interests with Communities Together Durham and Citizens UK.


The Rt Revd Mark Bryant, Bishop of Jarrow said: “Sheila, will be an immense loss to the Minster and to wider Sunderland. In the time she has been Provost she has worked tirelessly to develop ways in which the Minster can relate to the whole of Sunderland. There have been deeply memorable services involving many members of the community. It was the first place that Archbishop Justin Justin Welby came after he was announced as Archbishop of Canterbury – to take part in one of the initiatives Sheila championed along with the City Council and Sunderland Churches focused on food poverty.


“I know that Sheila has been thinking and praying hard in recent months about the best way for her to serve the church and community in the North East in the remaining years before she retires. Moving on is in many ways a brave and courageous decision and I know that I and I am certain many others wish her well for all that lies ahead.”


Canon Bamber became Provost of Sunderland Minster in 2012 before that she was a residentiary canon of Newcastle Cathedral after holding several senior appointments in the Diocese of Durham.

The Snowdogs are coming!

The Snowdogs are coming to the Minster.


Drop in and meet our new friends, or make a date for some special fun.

Activities and crafts 24th – 27th October 10am – 1pm. Monday to Thursday of half term week – there will be a small charge for activities)

The Snowman Party Tree 4th December at 2pm  – help us decorate our special Christmas tree (and make something to take home for your tree too!)

Watch out for more news of the Snowman and Snowdog at the Minster.




An exciting summer holiday club for families (children age 0 -11 years), this year with an Olympic theme. With Bible stories, music, crafts, friendship and food. Come along and be part of the fun.

Each Tuesday in August from 10am to 1pm, cost £1 per child, per day.


Baldock Pope Zahle

Baldock Pope Zahle

“Yahweh and the Seraphim” (1995) by Nicholas Pope is being exhibited in the Minster while other works by Baldock Pope and Zahle are on show at the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art.

“Yahweh and the Seraphim” was conceived as the reredos of an overarching body of work “The Oratory of Heavenly Space”, exploring belief and described by Pope as ” a non-denomonational chapel; a place of contemplation without doctrine”. This work is located as the backdrop to the regular rhythm of prayer and worship in the Minster. It invites us to brush up against a sanctity which doesn’t take itself too seriously, but welcomes the unconventional, provoking and potentially discordant into its centre.

The Minster is open Monday to Friday 9am -3pm, Saturday 10am – 3pm and there is no charge for admission.

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