Christchurch is a friendly and lively city-centre church with a history of involvement with students. Our aim is to know Jesus and make Him known.

Around 150 students join us on Sundays, usually at 7pm. We welcome people looking into Christianity, as well as those already following Jesus. Many different students come to Christchurch while they are in Durham - British, international, undergrads, postgrads, people from all kinds of denominational backgrounds - do join us!

We are:

Gripped by the gospel of Jesus Christ

Our prayer is that we’d be gripped by Jesus Christ as we meet him in his word, so that we might trust him, obey him, and live for his glory.

A family of believers

One of the great joys of following Jesus is being adopted into a family of other believers who encourage and support us in the Christian life. Many students have found that Christchurch is a great place for making solid Christian friends, and we want to do all we can to help you to build those friendships. The best way to settle in and meet others is to join one of our mid-week Bible study groups, Focus (for all students) or iFocus (for international students).

Seeking to reach out to the university

We are passionate about sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with other students in Durham. Sharing the gospel is exciting and yet daunting, and we are eager to draw alongside students as they speak about Jesus to those around them. We also run a termly Christianity Explored course for those with big questions.

  • Mark Rainbow

    Rev’d Mark Rainbow

    Minister of Grace Church Newton Hall and Student Worker

    Mark is married to Sarah and they have two daughters named Annabel and Grace. Mark oversees the student work here at Christchurch.  Mark is also the Minister of Grace Church Newton Hall.

    Send Rev’d Mark an email

  • Ruth

    Ruth Pullar

    Assistant Student Worker and Church Secretary

    Ruth is one of our Student Workers. She also helps out in the Church Office. She’d be delighted if you were in touch via email for more information.

    Send Ruth an email

  • Jonny

    Jonny Pullar

    Assistant Student Worker

    Jonny is a member of our Ministry Training Scheme and he is an assistant student worker. He’d be delighted if you were to be in touch by email for more information.

    Send Jonny an email