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The Bondgate Centre - snacks & meals  for all

Darlington Area Churches Youth Ministry - working with young people

Darlington Town Centre Chaplaincy - working with the retail sector of the town

Darlington Town Mission - "We aim to prevent, and provide relief from, isolation in the elderly by visiting, providing social contact and Christian Fellowship."

Kings Church Furniture re-use scheme - free furniture for those in need

Hospital chaplaincy - pastoral help during hospitalisation

Healing on the Streets - Darlington - a ministry offered on alternate Saturday mornings to all who pass by.

Open Gate - a community chaplaincy project

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These pages are pointers to various Christian organisations or groups serving the public in the Darlington area.

There are many church organisations serving the needs of their own congregations but this listing is for groups offering a service to the general public and across the churches.

The Bondgate Centre
Bondgate Methodist Church operates a cafe service to the public from 10am to 1.45pm. Normally open every day from Monday to Saturday at the church, the centre offers morning coffee and snacks. From 11.45 cooked meals are available. The food is cooked on the premises and offers excellent value for money. Bondgate church sees this not just a meal service but a place offering friendship, support and pastoral care to all who seek it.

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Darlington Area Churches Youth Ministry
The Darlington Area Churches Youth Ministry is run by Martin & Mel Stand as a service to young people and the churches in the Darlington Area. This innovative project was started when Martin & Mel moved into Darlington in the Autumn of 2007. See their page on this site or contact Martin & Mel on 01325 710203.

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Darlington Town Mission

The Mission was formed in 1838 by two Quakers and a 'churchman', to meet the needs of people suffering hardship - which in those days was mainly one of poverty.

The needs of today are more in alleviating loneliness or giving practical help, especially when relatives who might have helped live out of town, sometimes many miles away.

The Mission visits all who request us, regardless of religion, race, age or gender. Our services are free.

For full information visit their website at http://darlingtontownmission.org.uk/ or telephone 07943251357.

Darlington Town Mission has launched a new webpage on www.Localgiving.com where we can raise awareness of our work and receive online donations.

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Kings Church Furniture Re-use Scheme
Kings Church in Whessoe Road run a furniture re-use scheme. The church collects used furniture and distributes it to those in need.

Anyone who lives in the borough of Darlington not just the town itself and is on income based benefits is quite welcome to come along and choose whatever items of furniture they would like. They will then deliver these items to you if you require or you can collect them yourself straight away (opening times only). They also accept referrals from third party agencies i.e.. Social Services, EMMA project, Sure Start etc.

For more information visit their web site at www.kingschurchdarlington.org/Furniture.html, telephone 07591 623469  or email furniture@kingschurchdarlington.org

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Hospital Chaplaincy in Darlington
So what's the chaplaincy for?
To provide pastoral and spiritual support for the hospital community.

Who are the chaplains at the Darlington Hospitals?
Rev. Tom Gibbons, Rev. Catherine Minor and Deacon Jürgen Muller work in Darlington Memorial Hospital. Colin Jay and Jürgen Muller work in West Park Hospital for the Mental Health Trust.
Colin & Jürgen also work in Auckland Park which is a hospital for older people with mental health problems and also takes patients from Darlington.
And what do they do?
They visit the wards and take services, They give pastoral support and counsel to individuals and groups at the bedside and at the chaplaincy centre.

Can anyone in hospital use the chaplaincy?
Yes, patients, relatives, staff, volunteers – chaplains are there for everyone.

Do you have to be religious to talk to a chaplain?
No, chaplains are happy to discuss the issues that are important for each individual person. Every conversation is totally  confidential?

How about other faiths??
Chaplains offer personal support to people of all faiths and can, on the patients behalf and with the patients permission, contact their own faith leader.

How does the chaplaincy work with the churches?
The chaplaincy receives referrals from the churches – from individuals and their clergy and pastors. We in turn are happy to refer people to local churches (with their permission of course).

Who administers the sacraments, Holy Communion & Baptism, in hospital?
Normally the chaplains. All the sacraments of the church are administered in hospital at one time or another, at the bedside or in the chapel. Holy Mass is celebrated in chapel on Thursdays at 10.30am, Holy Communion on Sundays at 11am.

Are church members directly involved in hospital visiting?
Yes. We have a small ecumenical / multi-faith team of visitors.

How might I be able to help the chaplaincy?
* By your prayers.
* By considering joining the team of ward visitors.
* By coming to help take patients along to the Sunday Service.
* By joining the chapel flower-arranging rota.

How do I get in touch?
For Darlington Memorial chaplaincy phone 01325 743029. The contact number for the chaplaincy at West Park Hospital is 01325 552045.

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Graphic: Healing on the Streets leafletHEALING ON THE STREETS - DARLINGTON
Healing on the Streets, Darlington, is an informal association of Christians from many churches in the town who offer prayers for healing to anyone who would like it, within the context of the town centre. Helpers come from the Anglican, Apostolic, Baptist, Elim, Methodist, Kings Church, Salvation Army and Roman Catholic churches
 
No information is gathered from anyone being ministered too, and there is no formal follow up to those who ask for prayer. HOTS meets fortnightly on a Saturday from 11am to 1pm alternating between Northgate and the performance area beside the Joseph Pease statue.
 
Photo: HOTS meeting in North Road, DarlingtonPrayer is offered by trained and accredited helpers who have the approval of their own church ministers. So if you would like prayer, come along and "take a seat".

Forthcoming dates:

The dates for HOTS are listed on our "Whats On" page.

For more information telephone 07813 271722.

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Open Gate
Open Gate is a community chaplaincy project which works with women who are released from Low Newton prison in Brasside, Durham, returning to the North East region.
We support them as they resettle in the community through practical help and 1:1 mentoring support.
The project aims to aid resettlement and help reduce the risks of re-offending, so building safer communities for all.
For information on how to get involved please visit www.opengate-ne.co.uk
E-mail: Rachel Waller rachel.opengate@btconnect.com

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