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Stockton Deanery, located on the north side of the river Tees, is one of 16 deaneries making up the Anglican Diocese of Durham. The deanery was formed in 1842, and although it is named after the town of Stockton-on-Tees, it also covers Norton, Wynyard, Billingham, Egglescliffe, Preston-on-Tees and a number of surrounding villages. As well as 23 Anglican places of worship, the deanery has eight successful Church of England primary schools and one long-established and highly-respected Church of England secondary school, Ian Ramsey school.

Mission first, second and third

Hands together in collaboration

We are extremely fortunate in Stockton Deanery to have churches from across the Anglican spectrum working in close partnership with each other and with Christians from a variety of other denominations and traditions. Mutual support is extremely strong at every level, and the leadership of the deanery and in the parishes are committed to putting mission and service right at the top of the agenda. Many of our congregations are engaged in ecumenical projects such as Stockton Town Pastors, Foodbanks, or work with marginalised groups.

Facing the future together

stockton market hallIn 2005-2006 we undertook a wide-ranging review under the heading Building for Mission and Ministry. That led on into a deanery-planning process which now shapes how we think about mission and ministry to every person and community in our deanery. The deanery plan isn’t a blueprint for the future. Instead it invites us to take part in changing our church culture so that we can be salt and light in the culture of our town and time.

Underpinning everything else in the plan is a commitment to collaboration, and to sharing our gifts. For too long our congregations and their leaders have soldiered on in their individual communities, when help was at hand. The practical outworking of this commitment has been seen as the five former parishes of Billingham became a single, focused, team parish at Easter 2013. Conversations are currently going on among our urban parishes, and among our suburban and rural parishes about how they too can work together for the sake of the Kingdom.