Welcome to the United Benefice of Darton and Staincross in the North of Barnsley.
We are a community of two churches working together to welcome all comers and share the Christian message with those around us.
Please click on one of the links below to find what you are looking for, and we hope soon to welcome you to one of our churches.
Following the Government guidelines, our churches
will be open for public worship from Sunday 5th July.
However, due to the ongoing need to be safe and responsible, there is a need to split our congregations, and so if you wish to join us on Sunday, please look at the service details and come at the appropriate time.
9.00 a.m. - Parish Eucharist at Staincross
All members of St John's congregation and members of the community of Staincross and Mapplewell are welcome to this service.
10.30 a.m. - Parish Mass at Darton
Members of the congregation and community who live on the West side of Barnsley Road are welcome to this service.
This service will also be streamed on Zoom. See further down this page for details.
11.30 a.m. - 1.30 p.m. - All Saints', Darton is open for private prayer
Those who feel uncomfortable being in larger groups are welcome to drop in
2.00 p.m. - Parish Mass in Darton
Members of the congregation and community who live on the East side of Barnsley Road are welcome to this service
Useful Links to other Websites
The Diocese of Leeds
The Church of England
Join us in Daily Prayer
A prayer for the current time
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
While we continue to struggle with all that this time is bringing for us, we are also going to struggle financially as time goes on.
If you normally give in the collection plate on a Sunday, perhaps you would consider changing your giving pattern and give by standing order, enabling money to come in, and bills to be paid.
If you are interested and would like bank details,
please contact Fr Tim for more information
Message from the Vicar
It's wonderful to welcome you to the website of these two churches, where I am very proud to be the vicar.
Although we can now meet in our churches, we recognise that many people are still shielding at home and cannot join us.
To enable people to be included,
our 10.30 Mass from Darton will be streamed each Sunday.
Click on the links below to join the service as it begins,
or to view the service sheet for that service.
Our two churches not only have a vast amount of history between them, having stood witness to over five hundred years of history, they are also places of vision and hope for a future for the communities that they serve.
They are first and foremost churches; places where we meet to give glory to God, to share in His grace freely given to us, to hold in our prayers the cares and concerns of His world, and to welcome all who come to join us.
Through history, churches have been places of refuge, places of safety, places of love, and places of community. We aim to continue this tradition in our two churches, and to be present in the communities that we serve, providing a constant invitation, welcome, support and love as we grow in our Christian faith and mission.
I hope that you find what you are looking for on this website, and whether you are interested in history, community activities, a wedding, a baptism, or joining us for one of our regular services, I hope that you find the invitation here and feel encouraged to come and meet us soon in person.
With love in Christ,
Fr. Tim Stevens
Daily non-streamed worship
Join us for Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer or Compline
If you missed one of our Sunday services you can read our sermons by clicking on the links here
Prayer resources for children (or even adults!)
Our children are living through difficult times in the same way as the rest of us, and the Church of England has put together some wonderful resources to support children in finding time and space for prayer.
Click here to be taken to the website to have a look at these resources.
For more information about our Parish Safeguarding Policy, please click here.