Diocesan Ecumenical Officer the Revd Janet Appleby

There are lots of helpful guides and resources on how we can best work with and walk with our sisters and brothers from other churches.

If your question is not answered here then do please contact Diocesan Ecumenical Officer the Revd Janet Appleby (pictured right) on 0191 252 0077 (mobile 0774 332 8604) or

Useful National Websites include:


Working Together Locally

Churches Together Groups

The regional body is called North East Churches Acting Together (NECAT).

It was formed in 2014 from the amalgamation of NECCT (North East Christian Churches Together) and CRC (the Churches’ Regional Commission).

The Regional Officer of NECAT is the Revd Joanne Thorns on 07932 513295 or

Download 21 steps to encourage local mission and unity for ideas for how to work together with other churches in your parish.


Worshipping together

The Church of England's regulations for this are covered by Canon B43 which you can download here with additional notes.

Further details on applying the Canons, including to the Salvation Army and the Religious Society of Friends, can be downloaded here.


Sharing Church Buildings

Canon B43 is used both for occasional and regular use; that is, the same procedures are followed for regular use as for ‘one–offs’. So if, for example, another church’s building is closed or being renovated, the same conditions will apply if they wish to share the building on a short or long-term basis.

Please note that if a church is not on the ‘designated’ list (download the current list from 'resources' on this page) then there are extra guidelines and a ‘licence under faculty’ may have to be obtained as well as the permission of the PCC and Bishop.

Download guidelines for bishops on ecumenical co-operation under the Dioceses, Pastoral and Mission Measure 2007.

Open further information on these and other matters to do with working with other churches.

See advice on use of Church of England church buildings for worship by other churches.


 The Anglican-Methodist Covenant

See useful information on how to use this.


Local Ecumenical Partnerships (LEPs)

See more information about these.


International Agreements

Find out more about our international agreements including Meissen and Porvoo.