St Augustines Kirkby in Cleveland


Thought for April

The angel said to the women: Do not be afraid for you seek Jesus who was crucified, He is not her for He has risen, as He said, come see the place where He Lay. Then go quickly and tell His disciples He has risen from the dead and behold He is going before you to Galilee, there you will see Him.

St. Matthew's Gospel 28:5-7

Alleluia Christ is risen!




 The service on Sunday 21st April 2024 is 9:30 Holy Communion at St Augustine’s, Kirkby in Cleveland. Hope you are able to join us.



Midweek Services at St Augustine's

March: 4th, (followed by coffee) 11th.



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Coffee and Cakes

10am - 11.30am on the first Thursday of the month.

7th March then April 4th (last one until the Autumn)

In Kirkby Church Hall                                     All welcome!

Any queries contact Anna 712797

Sheila 712321


Changes to the Family Service

From Sunday May 5th the 8:00 and 9:30am Family Service, on the first Sunday of the month, will be replaced with a single service of Holy Communion at 9:30 am. 

All are warmly invited.


Please join us for our Thursday 10am Holy Communion Services on the first two Thursdays of the month.

From September 2024 all Benefice Services will commence at 10 am.



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Funeral Service 

it is with great sadness that we tell you of the passing of David Thomas, Sheila Johnson and John Coverdale


1. David Thomas aged 85 Teesside Crematorium 11.45am Wednesday April 24th

2. Sheila Johnson aged 85 years Thursday 25th April 11am Kirkby Church

3. John Coverdale aged 88 years Monday 29th April 11am Ingleby Greenhow Church

Pleaes pray for their families


Please follow our churchyard etiquette further down the page and could we ask that all Christmas Wreathes and plastic flowers be removed. Thank you for complying with the graveyard rules. 


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Sunday 14th April - Service at Ingleby Greenhow at 10.00am 

Sunday 28th April – Service at Kildale at 10:30am. Speaker is Bob Dixon on “Missionary work in Remostestan”.Holy Communion. All welcome!

Also on Sunday 14th April Special Service – the PCC of St Hilda’s Bilsdale Priory/ Chop Gate would like to invite everyone in the Benefice to a Traditional Service of Evensong from the Book of Common Prayer at St Hilda’s Church, Chop Gate at 3pm. The service will have sung responses and canticles. All welcome. The usual service pattern will apply to services in the morning, this is a special invitation to experience a service that has been in use for centuries.

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On Tuesday, 23 rd April , there will be a Steps Service at 1.30 pm for all babies and toddlers and those who care for them.




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 The 14th Brains of Broughton Quiz 

Friday 12th April at Kirkby Church Hall, 7:15 for a prompt 7:30 start.

Tickets are £10 and teams are up to eight people.

There will be a pie and pea supper (or cheese pasty)

a raffle and it's Bring Your Own Drinks.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Tickets ring Jean Taylor 01642 712458


Congratulations to the children and staff of Kirkby and Great Broughton Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School

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Kirkby and Great Broughton Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School received a letter this week from the Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP, Minister for Schools, congratulating the pupils and staff on their outstanding achievement in the 2023 Phonics Screening Check. 100% of pupils in  year one,  Kirkby and Great Broughton Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School are in the top one per cent of all primary schools in the country. 

Mr Hinds went on to say that Kirkby and Great Broughton School's success in teaching phonics and early reading so effectively meant that pupils are developing a firm foundation from which they can become increasingly fluent and develop a life long love of reading. Congratulations to all those involved! 


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The Eco Church Team have set all the schools of the Benefice a Spring challenge entitled "Sunflowers from Ukraine”

The objective is two fold:

1. To inform pupils of the value of sunflower oil to our diet and seeds for wildlife.

2. To create an awareness of the young people of Ukraine who have had to seek refuge in a foreign land.

The challenge is to create a Sunflower from a paper plate and to write a short account about Sunflowers.

In May each school will be given Sunflower seeds to grow to see who can grow the tallest Sunflower


Organist Wanted!

We need a replacement Organist at St Augustine's, starting as soon as possible. There are two, occasionally three, morning services per month; adding in the special services at Christmas, etc., this totals about 38 per year The organ is a Copeman Hart two-manual instrument; it was installed in 1998 and is one of the best in the area. There is a considerable library of both organ and choral music. We understand that a pianist of Grade 4 standard would have the right level of technical competence to be able to transition effectively to the organ. Please contact Anne Heading for further details.


Wrap Up - Many thanks to all who kindly donated warm clothing for the Rotary Club Wrap Up appeal . Your generous donations are now being distributed to the charities .

Knit in - A special thank you to Heather Richardson who organised a knitting circle and for the many hats , gloves and scarfs that were produced . The 'knit in' was a success and well supported as was the request for wool. A large quantity of hats etc was handed over to the Salvation Army for distribution to those in need on the streets of Middlesbrough. Our efforts will continue and wool and patterns can be obtained from Heather and knitted items dropped off (01642 714135) A good project for the winter months! Many thanks to all who participated, supplying wool and knitted items.

Our Eco Group Gains Bronze Award

St Augustine's is part of an initiative by the Church of England to Care for God's Earth called Eco Church. The aim is to engage Christians of all denominations with stewardship of God's creation, the earth we all share. At St Augustine's the green team have been working towards achieving the Bronze Standard through interaction with the local community especially the Primary School, increasing the biodiversity of the churchyard and encouraging involvement in green issues in the Benefice. Thanks to all who have supported us in any way as we achieved our Bronze Award on the 5th October. Many congratulations to the Eco Group on the Bronze Award!


Kirkby Church Hall

We wondered if there are any students out there wanting to boost their bank accounts over the Easter vacation? The paths and car park surround are in need of attention and we would welcome help in tidying the areas up.

Please contact Sheila (01642 712321) if you would be interested.


Church Flowers                                                             Ash + OAK Love Flowers?

We would welcome anyone in arranging flowers once a year.

Please contact Gill Sockett 712432


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Stamps – Francobolli – Timbres – Sellos – Briefmarken – Stampaichean

I am still collecting used postage stamps for the Darlington Memorial Hospital voluntary drivers' expenses  

Can you please save used stamps to help fund their Voluntary Car Service. Just post them through the letterbox of 46 Kirkby Lane, opposite Gt Broughton School or leave them in the Church Porch

Also check their website for cheap postage stamps offer.

Thanks Heather Stamp 


Recycling at Gt Broughton Village Hall

Please use the allocated recycling bins in the entrance hall for stamps and plastic milk bottle tops (only)

Two charities are being supported by these recycling schemes:

Stamps - Parkinson’s UK

Plastic milk bottle tops - Marie Curie (Cancer Care)

Thank you, GBVH Committee


The Churchyard

The Churchyard is a tranquil, peaceful and welcoming space for all who visit and we encourage the placing of floral tributes on individual graves in memory of those who are no longer with us. However, please do not use glass containers; biodegradable materials are preferable, where possible. Flowers (and their containers) should be removed when they are past their best and we are grateful to those who do this. We ensure that the grass is cut and trimmed regularly during the summer months and a small team puts a lot of effort to keep the whole area tidy and the paths clear of debris. We would only move containers if they obstruct grass cutting. Please could you ensure that any item that does not comply with these guidelines is removed. With many thanks. We are always happy to welcome volunteers to help us look after the Churchyard and keep it in good order for future generations in our parish.


Kirkby Church Hall

Is there anyone living in Kirkby or Great Broughton with a few hours to spare who would like to join the small (but very friendly) team of volunteers who run Kirkby Church Hall? This is a well appointed hall that is popular with our regular hirers and we are only able to keep the rental charges down because it is administered by volunteers. Duties would include occasional opening up or closing the hall for one-off hirers, being a key holder, helping with Christmas decorations etc. If are interested please contact Sheila (01642-71232

Kirkby Church Hall is available for hire. Contact Sheila 712321


Church Warden Needed.

The PCC is seeking a churchwarden - if you can serve as Warden then please contact Ros Tomlinson to discuss the role Tel. 01642 711796.


Electoral Roll

If anyone would like to go onto the Electoral roll of the churches in the Benefice

(through being resident in the parish and baptized), please let Anne Heading know

(Tel. 710045 or e-mail ).

Electoral Roll Enrollment Form

Please consider joining the Electoral Roll for our parish, it gives a stake in the local Christian community and supports the wellbeing of the parish church. A person enrolled in this way may vote in our church meeting and is eligible to take on certain responsibilites such as that of Churchwarden.  The criteria for joining the Roll and details of who to contact may be found in the Application Document (click on the link below.) 

 You are welcome to join us! Rev Dr Anne Heading, Vicar.

           Electoral Form


The BBC continues to broadcast the Sunday service at 8.10 am on Radio 4.  In addition, the services, and the wide range of readings and prayers, on the Church of England, Diocese of York and York Minster websites – and – continue to provide a spiritual resource and re-assurance.

There are a number of resources both on air and on line which we hope you will find helpful.  These include:

  • the service each Sunday on BBC Radio 4 at 8.10 am;
  • a Hymn for the Day and the Sunday Service from the Royal School of Church Music (, to which St Augustine’s is affiliated;
  •  both the Church of England ( and the Diocese of York(, they provide a wide range of readings and prayers of support and encouragement.

The Parish Newsletter for March and April 2024 has been published and can be accessed here

The Book of Psalms can be a great source of comfort and inspiration; Psalms 16 - Preserve me, O God, 23 – The Lord is my Shepherd -  and 121 – I will lift up mine eyes to the hills – are commended.

The Church has a Facebook page  - St Augustine’s, Kirkby & Great Broughton - which, like the website, is regularly up-dated

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