About The Aln & Coastland Parishes


The Aln & Coastland Parishes are an informal grouping of five small rural villages to the east of Alnwick on the Northumberland coast. They comprise of two Anglican Benefices: Lesbury & Alnmouth; Longhoughton (including Boulmer) & Howick, each Parish has their own individual character, which makes them about as different as they can be from each other.

Some of us have lived here for decades whilst others have moved here more recently. At the heart of our life together is the Sunday Eucharist where we gather to meet with and worship God. Our services are mostly from Common Worship but on occasion from the Book of Common Prayer, Taizé, Iona and other forms of worship. The Eucharist feeds and sustains our work of supporting and caring for one another, and engaging with our communities.

Whether you’re coming here on holiday or resident of one of our villages, if you are just interested in what goes on in church or you’ve been a Christian for years, there are people here looking forward to welcoming you and encouraging you in your faith, we’d be delighted to see you.


Q: How will I know where to sit?

A: There are people at the door of each of our churches to welcome you, they will help you find a place to sit and let you know all about the service.


Q: Do I have to sing?

A: Only if you want to. If you feel unsure about singing, just listen and enjoy the music and singing of others.


Q: Is there a dress code?

A: No, just come as you are.


Q: Can I bring my children?

A: Yes, children are very welcome.


Q: Am I expected to go up to the front?

No, not if you don’t wish to. At a communion service, anyone who receives the bread and wine in their own church can go up to receive communion with other members of the church. You can also go up to receive a blessing if you wish, and that will be explained at the service; but no one is forced to do so.


Q: Are all the churches accessible if I have mobility problems?

A: Most of the churches are easily accessible. However, Alnmouth has some steps at the entrance but the church does have a wheelchair stair climber to allow access.

Parish News:

Family Worship at Alnmouth

A different form of worship at Alnmouth - hopefully something for all.

Summer Fete success

A very successful and enjoyable day in Alnmouth.

Parish Events:

Licensing of our new Priest-in-Charge

There will be a Combined Benefice Eucharist in Embleton Church
at 4.00pm on Sunday 31 October for the benefices of Embleton, Rennington & Rock, Lesbury with Alnmouth and
Longhoughton with Howick.

Bishop Christine will license the Reverend
Alison Hardy as our Priest-in Charge at this

The Reverend Ian Chadwick will be
licensed as assistant priest for all three
benefices at the same service.

The Reverend Barrie Cooper is already licensed as assistant
priest for all three benefices.

The service will be followed by a bring and
share tea in the Creighton Hall in Embleton.

Sunday, 31st October 2021 4:00 pm