The Church of St Thomas

Stanley Crook

Welcome to the Parish of Stanley Crook


The Church continues to be alive and active, but our buildings must close


We are seeing a huge increase in the number of people falling sick with COVID-19. We must distance ourselves from one another and prevent the spread of infection in order to save lives.

Therefore, as well as public worship being suspended, this and all church buildings in the Church of England are now closed.

Our worship of God and our care for each other continue but cannot be done in this building.

Our website contains details of how to join others online for prayer, worship, study, and community life. 

Please follow the links below to Facebook. The Benefice page will have regular updates from the Vicar and the Parish site will have news and updates for St Thomas'


About The Parish 
 Commanding a truly magnificent view of hills, woodland and pasture,
with a hint to the South West of the Durham Dales and North Pennines ?Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty?; while to the North the secluded splendour of the Deerness Valley, the Church stands some 1000ft. above sea level and overlooks the rapidly expanding town of Crook.
The church is run and maintained by a small band of dedicated worshippers. The 16000 Parish churches, within the Church of England, revive no outside or Government funding. The buildings a only supported by the money raised by the parish through weekly collections, weddings and funerals and the good will of the general public. these great and historic buildings will only continue to be there if they are supported by the people who want to use them. We are always happy to revive donations, not just of money, even a donation of time is very valuable to us!
In the words of the great poet, Sir John Betjeman.

On country mornings sharp and clear

The penitent in faith draw near

And kneeling here below

Partake the heavenly banquet spread

Of sacramental Wine and Bread

And Jesus' presence know.


And must that plaintive bell in vain

Plead loud along the dripping lane?

And must the building fall?

Not while we love the church and live

And of our charity will give


Our much, our more, our all.

Sunday Services at 8.30am
The first two Sundays of the month will be services of morning prayer and the second two Sundays will be services of Holy Communion
Please note: if there is a fifth Sunday in the month there will be a joint benefice service, which moves between the parishes.
Please contact us for details of where the service will be held. 






Please be assured your details will not be passed to a third party. 

*This list is not exhaustive of possible emails we will send, but all emails will be linked to events and activities at St. Thomas' Church.

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All services have been canceled due to COVID-19

If you need to contact the Vicar

Rev.Jon Whalley

01388 527340