Diocese of Durham

Easington Deanery is part of the Diocese of Durham.


About the Deanery

The deanery stretches from Seaham in the north to Crimdon, (part of the parish of Castle Eden, Heselden, and Blackhall) in the south, from Wheatley Hill and Haswell in the west, and is bounded by the coast in the east. Congregations in the deanery identify with a variety of church traditions.

Easington Deanery is part of the Diocese of Durham.



Deanery Facebook: httpss://www.facebook.com/Easington-C-of-E-Deanery-1156977114427746/

Rules (Standing Orders for Deanery Synod: httpss://easingtondeanery.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Rules-for-Deanery-Synods-passed-20may17.pdf

East Durham Mission Project: EDMP

The East Durham Mission Project (EDMP) is a collaboration between Cranmer Hall and group of 9 parishes who have pledged to encourage and help each other by meeting, sharing, praying and working towards God’s hopeful future within and beyond current expressions of church.

From the first instance the aims of the EDMP are:

  1. Encourage and enable spiritual and numerical growth in existing congregations.
  2. Discern where to plant new forms of church and to act to make this a reality.

So far these aims are being met through collaboration between parish clergy and lay people, deployment of ordination students on placement around the EDMP area, deanery-wide training, and frequent mission-focused weekends. In addition, the EDMP leader is active in specific parishes teaching on mission and encouraging activities to start. As the project develops so we expect these aims to evolve.

The parishes participating in the project are: Easington and Easington Colliery (vicar: Revd Emma Parker); Peterlee (vicar: Revd Elaine Jones); Blackhall with Heselden and Castle Eden (currently vacant but with part-time interim minister: Revd Roger Davies); Wingate and Wheatley Hill (vicar: Revd Jane Grieve); Shotton Colliery and Haswell (vicar: Revd Anna Brooker), and South Hetton (currently vacant).

They have been operating together since 2015 and in that time, despite significant setbacks including the departure of the initial project leader and the loss of a key member of parish clergy, progress has been made. Some of the churches involved have started Messy Church and Cafe Church congregations, schools work has increased, and most are more engaged with the local community than they were before the project began. Mission weekends, supported by Cranmer students have led to ongoing engagement in mission within the parishes.

The project is being led by the Revd Andrew Dunlop, who is Tutor in Mission at Cranmer Hall in Durham. There are three curates in the EDMP area, in Shotton, Peterlee, and Easington, with another set to join the team in Wingate and Wheatley Hill in summer 2017.

The latest information can be found on EDMP and deanery facebook pages for EDMP.

EDMP Facebook: httpss://www.facebook.com/EastDurhamMissionProject/