Wynyard’s first Church of England church will officially open on Sunday, September 26, in what has been described as a “historic moment” for the local community.
Vine Church will be based at Wynyard Church of England Primary School and worshipers will be able to gather every Sunday at 3 p.m.
Vicar Emily Hudghton, who founded the church alongside her husband and vicar Mark, 32, said she hopes the church will be at the heart of the community.
Emily, 31, said: âWe are really excited. We cannot wait. Our launch has been delayed twice because of Covid, so it’s finally here, it’s wonderful.
âWynyard has never had a church before, so this is truly a historic moment for our community.
âFirst and foremost it will be a place to worship God, but we also really hope that it will also be at the heart of the community.
âIt’s such a warm welcome from the community, it’s really exciting. “
She added: “For us the church is more than just a building, it is a community and in that sense we are open 24/7.”
The Bishop of Durham, The Right Reverend Paul Butler, will join the launch event to commission and bless the new church and a party with homemade pizza and ice cream van will follow afterwards.
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Emily said the launch event had generated great interest, with all tickets already claimed and a waiting list in place.
She said: “It’s such a warm welcome from the community, it’s really exciting.”
Mark and Emily, who have been married for nine years, moved around a lot as children, with Mark’s father being a curate and Emily’s family having a military background.
Emily, who began exploring her faith as a teenager, said: “I fell completely in love with Jesus. He changed my life. He gave me meaning and purpose in my life that I didn’t have. not before. “
She and Mark met in 2008 while studying at York University and began seeking to become vicars after joining the church there.
They were ordained together in 2017 at Durham Cathedral.
Emily said: “It was wonderful to be able to share this with him. It was a real joy.”
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