St Michael and All Angels is a magnificent building. Standing at the heart of the community, it serves not only as a place of worship and prayer, but also as a venue for many other public events. Without question, this exceptional parish church is an essential part of Houghton’s heritage and identity, providing a familiar and reassuring landmark for residents as well for the many hundreds of travellers and visitors who pass through this town each year.
The day-to-day running costs of sustaining the pattern of worship and ministry based in St Michael’s is rightfully the responsibility of church members. However, the long-term maintenance and upkeep of the building itself is a major undertaking that requires the support of the broader community as well as of other interested parties.
To this end, the FRIENDS of Houghton Parish Church was established in 1993. It is a registered charity with well over one hundred members.
The FRIENDS of Houghton Parish Church work in association with the Parochial Church Council to fund repairs and improvements to the building and fabric of St Michael’s.
FRIENDS receive a badge on joining and, each year, an annual report, Christmas Card and concessions for concerts and other events. For many, it is a way of keeping in touch and supporting the church even though attending may not always be possible.
Membership fees are, per annum:
Adult – £10.00
Senior Citizens – £5.00
Family – £15.00
Corporate – £25.00
Life membership is £200.00.
Payment can be made by cash, cheque or banker’s order. Banker’s order is the most efficient method of payment as membership fees are paid automatically each year until the order is cancelled. By completing a GIFT AID DECLARATION, members maximise their contribution by enabling the Trust to recover Income Tax.
To join, please complete the form you can download below, and send, together your payment to:
The Friends of Houghton Parish Church
St Michaels Church
Houghton Le Spring
Tyne And Wear
Thank you for your interest.