WATCH NOW: Find out about our Tudor Rector Bernard Gilpin in the Gilpin 500 Documentary

Current biographer of Bernard Gilpin, parishioner Roger Elsey is interviewed about Gilpin’s Faith, Generosity and Service and his inspiration for us today in this short 4 part documentary film. This film is part of the Gilpin 500 Exhibition on display at St Michael and All Angels Church throughout Houghton Feast 6-14th October 2017.

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Local children create work about Bernard Gilpin – view it in an exhibition at church

Children in our local schools have been learning all about Bernard Gilpin as part of our Gilpin 500 celebrations this year. The work from the children at Gillas Lane Primary Academy was displayed in church back in March during our Tudor Weekend. Over the summer, we will be displaying the work from children at Bernard Gilpin Primary School and Burnside Primary Academy. Do pop into church to take a look at their work and to find out more about our remarkable Rector.

Church is open to visitors every day from 11am – 1pm.

Gilpin 500 Hog Roast – Saturday 1st July 2017, 7.30pm, Kepier Hall

The Gilpin 500 Hog Roast will be held on Saturday 1st July in Kepier Hall at 7.30 pm. Entertainment by The Russ Tippins Electric Band, hog roast bap and raffle, limited tickets available from David Turnbull or Next 900 team priced at £8.50.

Saturday 17 June – #Gilpin500 Pilgrimage from Houghton-le-Spring to Durham Cathedral

On Saturday 17th June we will be walking in the footsteps of Bernard Gilpin, Apostle of the North from St Michael and All Angels Church, Houghton-le-Spring to Durham Cathedral.

Gilpin spent much of his ministry as an itinerant preacher, visiting the dangerous parts of Northumberland to bring the Gospel to the people – this gave him the epithet ‘Apostle of the North’.

Join us on a pilgrimage on Saturday 17th June as we walk the 9 miles from Houghton to Durham in companionship as we remember the ministry of our former Rector Bernard Gilpin.

Walkers will leave the church archway at 10.00am, bring a packed lunch if you wish or buy food en route.

At 4.30pm we will meet in the Galilee Chapel of Durham Cathedral for a short service of readings and prayers inspired by Gilpin. Then we will be processing our banners for Evensong at 5.15pm.

To take part in the walk, please sign up on the list at the back of church.

If you would like to attend Evensong only, you can meet us there or book a place on a minibus from Houghton Broadway – again, please sign up on the list at the back of church.

The Gilpin 500 Music Festival 4-13 May 2017 – Programme of Events

We are delighted to be offering, along with the Friends of Houghton Parish Church Trust a special Music Festival in May this year. There is literally something for everyone! Do put these dates in your diary – see you there!

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4th May Houghton Brass and Houghton Area Youth Band

5th May A Night at the Musicals with John Barron from TV’s The Voice

8th May The George Whitfield Organ Concert with Dr Gordon Stewart

12th May Choral Evensong with Durham Cathedral Choir

13th May The Flytes in Concert live at the Kepier Hall

Saturday 13th May – The Flytes in Concert at the Kepier Hall

Saturday 13th May   THE FLYTES IN CONCERT

  • Venue: Kepier Hall
  • Time: 7.30pm (band on 9pm)
  • Tickets: £3.50 pay at the door
  • Licensed bar

The Flytes are a group of multi-talented musicians from the North East.

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Fronted by the fantastic Sam Tomlin on vocals The Flytes provide live music entertainment with a variety of songs from genres including pop, rock, funk and disco something for all tastes in music.



Friday 12th May – Durham Cathedral Choir sings Choral Evensong at Houghton Parish Church

Friday 12th May DURHAM CATHEDRAL CHOIR sings Choral Evensong

  • Venue: Parish church
  • Time: 6.30pm

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Not to be missed, this wonderful choir will sing Evensong. A great opportunity to hear the world-renowned Choir  under the direction of James Lancelot, this will be his last visit to St Michael’s before he retires his post at the cathedral.



Monday 8th May – The George Whitfield Organ Concert with Dr Gordon Stewart

  • Venue: Parish church
  • Time: 7.00pm
  • Tickets £7.00 or pay at door.

A welcome return of talented organist Gordon Stewart.

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Gordon has made many visits to Houghton and has a growing audience every year.  His playing is outstanding, always playing a programme that will delight all music lovers!


Friday 5th May – A Night At the Musicals with John Barron, the Singing Vicar from TV’s The Voice


  • Venue: Kepier Hall
  • Time: 7.00pm Supper
  • Licensed bar
  • Tickets £8.00

JOHN BARRON the Singing Vicar from BBC’s ‘The Voice’ performing songs from the musicals

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John will be performing songs from the musicals in a cabaret-style act. In addition to John’s performance will be a musicals quiz and a supper provided. Admission by ticket only available from George Peebles, (0191) 584 1628



Thursday 4th May Houghton Brass & Houghton Area Youth Band Concert

Thursday 4th May  Houghton Brass & Houghton Area Youth Band Concert

  • Venue: Parish church
  • Time: 7.00pm
  • Light refreshments
  • Tickets: £5.00 or pay at door.

A great opportunity to hear these award winning and fantastic local brass bands in the great acoustics of the Parish Church.

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Houghton Brass was established in 1983 by Mr Tom Gibson and  Mr Peter Bell,  made up of members of the Houghton-le-Spring School bands who wished to carry    on making music together beyond their school years. 

Houghton Area Youth Band formed in 1973,  the band  provides opportunities for young people to meet, have fun and make mus ic. currently consist of approx. 30    players between the ages of 6-18 and we welcome any youngsters who already play a brass instrument or percussion.