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Terror attack in Westminster: Bishop's message and Hexham service
From the Bishop of Newcastle, the Rt Revd Christine Hardman: We weep with those affected by the events at Westminster. We offer heartfelt prayers for those who mourn, for the injured, the members of our emergency services, and all who work and serve in the Palac ... Read on

Death of church glass expert Neil Moat
Neil Moat was as much loved as he loved his stained glass. Christopher Wardale writes: ‘A man who looks on glass, on it may stay his eye, or if he chooseth through it pass, and thereby heaven espy.’ (George Herber ... Read on

The BBC wants your stories!
BBC Newcastle is unique in the North East in having a three-hour faith and ethics radio programme every Sunday morning between 6.00am and 9.00am and they want to hear from you! BBC Newcastle covers the whole of Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and much of County Durham ... Read on

Newcastle voices at General Synod
Voices of Newcastle Diocese are making their mark in the Church of England’s General Synod – as anyone following its February sessions this year will have noticed. Every five years the Diocese of Newcastle sends three elected memb ... Read on

Christian Aid Week 2017: 14-20 May
News from Christian Aid North East with Kerry Crellin and Emma Peak You’ve been there for refugees since 1945 Seventy years ago, a generation of Christians decided they would not stand by whilst people suffered in ref ... Read on

THE GREEN ROOM by Revd Dr John Harrison
23/03/2017 THEN WE SHALL ALL HAVE EATEN THEE… The words of a Yorkshire folksong are my unlikely starting point for an environmental discussion, but it is likely that you have all, at some point, sung the familiar words to Ilk ... Read on

Godparents’ Sunday 30th April
Godparents are really special people; they make serious promises at the Christening and many are part of a family for years. It’s such an important relationship that the Church of England sets aside a whole day to celebrate. This year, it will be on April 30th ... Read on

A Gospel full of surprises
A Reading of John’ is a substantial new work by Stannington priest and author Richard Ferguson (pictured). “The Gospel of John is full of surprises,” says Richard, “not least how very different it is from the Gospels o ... Read on

Moved beyond words - Bishop commemorates Morpeth Suffragette
The Bishop of Newcastle presided at the annual service for International Women’s day, 8th March, at St Mary’s, Morpeth, organised by Northumberland County Council and ‘Emily Inspires!’. The service also commemorated the sacrifice of local woma ... Read on

WORK MATTERS - With Canon Glyn Evans of Newcastle City Centre Chaplaincy
Do you watch ‘Call the Midwife’? I love the sayings the nuns use, such as “We must bloom where we are planted and face the sun,” and I particularly liked “Sometimes we have to admit defeat and let the world turn as it must”. Wha ... Read on

Space for Prayer in your local school?
Children’s prayers at St Michael’s Church of England First School Alnwick, in 2015. Training Workshop at the Lantern Café in Newcastle Cathedral from 5.50pm to 7.30pm on Thursday 4th May aims to introduce child ... Read on

Inspired North East: Watch out for the two Ians!
With Ian Bapty and Ian McCaffery Regular readers of Link will remember that until recently the Inspired North East team consisted of the two ‘Heritage Gentleman’ – Andrew Duff and David Lovie – who both retired at the end of September 2016. Si ... Read on

Review with the North East Religious Resources Centre
Sceptical Christianity:  Robert Reiss (Jessica Kingsley Publishers 2016. Available to borrow from the Resources Centre) Reviewed by Alan Brine I approached the publication of Robert Reiss’ new book Sceptical Christianity with enthusiasm. As someone ... Read on

LifeSavers reaches Tynedale; Archbishop’s vision in action in North East school
As Link goes to press LifeSavers, a programme promoting financial education and savings clubs administered by credit unions in primary schools and with backing from the Archbishop of Canterbury, has arrived in Tynedale and will be celebrated on the 24th March by the Bis ... Read on

Poverty, Paper Plates and Politicians
St Mary’s prepare their plates for posting A recent  discussion at St Mary’s, Monkseaton, led to a group writing to their local MP on paper plates in support of the ‘End Hunger UK’ campaign run by Chu ... Read on

Light in the Shadow of Bereavement: a retreat for bereaved people
Hexham-based former hospice chaplain the Revd Janet Jackson and former hospice bereavement services co-ordinator and practitioner Irene Mothersill are running a retreat in the Yorkshire Dales in May to provide time and space for those who have been bereaved and an oppor ... Read on

Sent to Coventry – Alison learns to improvise
“By the end of the lesson I was mentally drained by the level of concentration required,” said Alnmouth and Lesbury church organist Alison Rudd (pictured) after her first two-hour improvisation lesson on the organ of Coventry Cathedral with its Director of M ... Read on

View from the Lantern
Catherine Mair writes from the Mother Church of Diocese of Newcastle By the time you are reading this, I will have been in the post of Communications Officer at Newcastle Cathedral for almost six months – time flies when you are having fun! Since joining t ... Read on

Award for Fairtrade at St Thomas’
  One World shop manager Mark Read (right) with the first-ever Newcastle Fairtrade Partnership Award, and the Revd Jonathan Adams of St Thomas’ Shop Committee The One World Shop at St Thomas the Martyr Church, Haymarket, N ... Read on

Facets of Mission at St Aidan's
Companions at St Aidan's. Photo: Daniel Doran First-time gathering for Companions of St Aidan an article by Jennie Jones Mission is exciting – it is listening, sharing, facilitating.  St Aidan gave his life t ... Read on

Bishop of Newcastle at Morpeth International Women's Day service commemorating local Suffragette heroine
Members of the public are warmly welcomed to join the celebration of International Women’s Day on 8th March 2017 and attend the service held at 12.00 noon at St Mary’s Church, Morpeth. A service for International Women’s Day (IWD) will be conducted ... Read on

Diocesan Safeguarding Audit report now ready to download
As part of an audit of Safeguarding arrangements in every diocese in the Church of England, in November 2016 we welcomed auditors Lucy Erber and Hugh Constant from the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) to the Diocese of Newcastle.   Download final SCI ... Read on

Listen to some the stories of faith Bishop Christine's come across in Northumberland and Newcastle...
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Listen to Bishop Christine's own journey to faith and ministry - and why it matters!
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Growing church bringing hope... Bishop Christine Hardman writes ~ March 2017
At our Diocesan Synod Open Forum on 11th March, we will be launching our emerging Diocesan vision that I hope will inspire and shape our life together. It is captured in just four words: growing church bringing hope.  It has emerged from a lot of prayer, listeni ... Read on

Bishop Christine writes: last week's letter from the Archbishops after General Synod
Dear Friends, You will doubtless be aware that last week’s meeting of the General Synod was very significant, in particular as we discussed the House of Bishop’s paper on Marriage and Same Sex Relationships.  In the light of the outcome of that debat ... Read on

Church and Community – bridging the boundaries in Fenham
Team photo: from left, Vicar Canon Nick Darby, Nicki Walter, Margaret Johnson, Margaret Cutting, Harry James Cakes for all Magnificent surroundings       ... Read on

PGS Takes Off
Bishop of Berwick the Rt Revd Mark Tanner (left) with John Preston, the Church of England’s National Stewardship & Resources Officer It’s behind you… John Preston in flight ... Read on

A lasting gift to your church
An Introduction to Legacy Giving   Legacies are a lifeline for many of our parishes. In 2014, over £52 million contributed to parish income across the Church of England, financing mission projects, helping to maintain beautiful church buildings and gro ... Read on

Towards a Safer Church ~ Safeguarding action plan
With Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Ruth Rogan   Does your parish have a safeguarding action plan? If the answer to this question is ‘yes’ you will know that your action plan is helping to improve ... Read on

Inspired Futures ~ Options Appraisal and Business Planning
Options Appraisal and Business Planning A one-day Inspired Futures workshop  Wednesday March 8th, 10:30am – 4:00pm Durham Diocesan Office, Cuthbert House, Stonebridge, Durham DH1 3RY Developing Options Appraisals and preparing Business Plan ... Read on

News from Inspired North East ~ with Ian Bapty
With Ian Bapty   Inspired Futures Support Work Update It has been a busy month for the Inspired Futures project including additional advisory meetings with several of the churches we are supporting through the project. ... Read on

Diamonds are forever... ~ News from Christian Aid North East
with Kerry Crellin and Emma Peak   Did you know that it was British churches who founded Christian Aid in 1945 to support hundreds of thousands of refugees who lost their homes an ... Read on

Work Matters ~ With Canon Glyn Evans of Newcastle City Centre Chaplaincy
Where do religious school children play football? In the prayground! Who would you have had to celebrate 75 years of Desert Island Discs? Would it have been David Beckham? As Newcastle United Chaplain I often speak to the footballers about their job. Yes, it is a jo ... Read on

Thy Kingdom Come 2017: North East Beacon Event in Newcastle Saturday 3rd June
Newcastle Cathedral is to host a Beacon Event for the North East as part of Thy Kingdom Come, the Archbishops’ wave of prayer, now gaining momentum as churches across the world signal their support. A global wave of prayer, still a few months away, is capturing ... Read on

Local Ministry Development News
With the Revd Rachel Wood The Local Ministry Development (LMD) Network (well twenty of us), gathered for our annual quiet day at Shepherds Dene in January. This year we were given lots of food for reflection, thought and prayer by Fr Alan Paterson, the Vicar of C ... Read on

Meditating in the City
“Church People, atheists, Buddhists, Quakers, Don’t Knows… they all like the idea of this place being independent,” says the black-suited and clerical-collared Father Nicholas Buxton of ‘Just Meditation’, the centre he’s helped ... Read on

WERS needs your help; funding crisis at Newcastle’s West End Refugee Service
Just before Christmas WERS received a knock-back from its biggest funder, Big Lottery, and this was devastating news. The current Big Lottery grant finishes at the end of May and two other substantial grants are due to come to an end around the same time. WERS is th ... Read on

Awe and Wonder at Newcastle Cathedral
Attentive visitors listen from the Choir Stalls Canon Steven Harvey demonstrates how the font is used for baptisms Icons under construction Finished icons ready to display ... Read on

Newcastle’s first ‘Community Fridge’ at St Michael’s, Byker
St Michael’s Youth Worker David Johnson (left) and Vicar the Revd Phil Medley check out the fridge   Gloria and Laura, from Byker Primary School, created the winning logo for the Community Fridge and cut the ribbo ... Read on

All Change at the All Saints' Centre
A busy Christmas Fair at the refurbished All Saints’ Centre Gosforth’s All Saints’ Centre (ASC) opens officially on the 25th March after a £100,000 improvement package with new facilities including heating ... Read on

Amnesty International ~ 'It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness’
By Jonathan Miller Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million members, supporters and activists in over 150 countries and territories who campaign to end abuses of human rights. The membership comes from many different backgrounds. They are ... Read on

Still flush – after 250 blood donations
  Dedicated donors (from left) Don Ratcliffe, Stuart Brown and Canon Ian Knox are pictured with Claire Smith and her daughter Farah.  Farah received 33 blood and platelet transfusions during her treatment for a brain tumour. ... Read on

Culture change for ‘seven days a week’ faith hailed by General Synod
Canon Carol Wolstenholme OBE, one of three lay General Synod members for Newcastle Diocese.     The Church of England is to undergo a major “culture shift” to mobilise lay members to spread the g ... Read on

The Green Room ~ Church Times Environmental Awards
Looking through the press over the last few months it is very easy to become despondent when our deeply held beliefs in the responsible stewardship of God’s Creation are sidelined in favour of commercial interests, false promises (“there are adequate environ ... Read on

View from the Lantern ~ Transitions
Jean Skinner (pictured) writes from the Mother Church of Diocese of Newcastle: Having now recently reached that golden age when clergy must retire, I stand at the threshold of a personal transition. Letting go of the structures of the church, a time when you ... Read on

The Big Pancake Party
Following her appearance as a contestant on the Great British Bake Off, Benjamina Ebuehi is standing up for those going hungry in this country by making pancakes. Benjamina joined students at Macaulay Primary School (pictured) to ... Read on

David the Diamond
David (centre) and his wife Helen receiving flowers and gifts from Mark.  In sixty years of Reader ministry, David Gray has also served for many years as chaplain to the deaf and was one of the first people to sign for the d ... Read on

Not a fortress but a lighthouse
Bishop Norman Banks Bishop Alison White   Evangelii Gaudium   By Richard Pringle “Evangelii Gaudium,” the encyclical of Pope Francis calling all Christians to ... Read on

Pipe Dreams
Finding out how to play an organ   Children stenciling their own mini organ pipes   Learning about the science and technology of sound through hands-on experience     ... Read on

The Green Room ~ 'They will soar like eagles...'
By the Revd Dr John Harrison The Kenny Rogers song ‘The Gambler’ contains the line “There’ll be time enough for counting when the dealin’s done” – it probably sneaked into my mind during a visit to my local, very noisy, pub. ... Read on

Praying with Other Churches
Diocesan Ecumenical Officer the Revd Janet Appleby (pictured) writes: By the time you read this the ‘Week of Prayer for Christian Unity’ will have passed (18-25th January every year). I hope you were able to participate in some way.  Perhaps you ... Read on

Help the homeless this Lent by joining ‘Forty Nights of Nightstop’ campaign
Christian homelessness charity Depaul UK is appealing for support this Lent from church communities across the North East. ‘Forty nights of Nightstop’ is aiming to raise £7,500 to provide 500 bed-nights of safe emergency accommodation for young peop ... Read on

Diocesan Communications Department
Martin Sheppard, Development Officer for Communications in the Diocese of Newcastle since 2011, has accepted a new post as Communications Manager in the Diocese of York and will leave us at Easter 2017. Bishop Christine says, "Martin’s work as Development ... Read on

Bishop Mark Tanner writes ~ February 2017
It always strikes me that Jesus commands his disciples to pray ‘Peace to this house’ every time they enter someone's home (Luke 10.5). I love this! I don't always remember to pray it when I visit someone, but I try to. Greeting people is really im ... Read on

Your views please: the English Churches and Cathedrals Sustainability Review
A message from the Rt Revd Dr John Inge, Bishop of Worcester and the Church of England's Lead Bishop on Cathedrals and Church Buildings: A very happy New Year to you. I apologise for troubling you with ‘buildings matters’ so early in it but the above ... Read on

Mission and Mess at your Cathedral
Canon John Sinclair ready to welcome visitors Making salt dough holders for Advent Candles The Angel Gabriel tells his story     Canon Jean Skinner rep ... Read on

Help light up the lives of vulnerable children
Nearly 400 pupils from local primary schools will join a Christingle service celebrating Candlemas and the supporting the work of The Children’s Society at 1.00pm at Newcastle Cathedral on Thursday 2nd February. Local people are welcome to join the festivities ... Read on

The South Sudan and Soup ~ News from Christian Aid North East
“He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8) For Christians around the world, Lent is a time of reflection, self-examination and thi ... Read on

Review with the North East Religious Resources Centre ~ A walk With St Cuthbert
A Walk with St Cuthbert: Peter Ryder (foreword by Adrian Plass) Reviewed by Richard Gascoyne For as long as I can remember I have been a sucker for books and leaflets about travel.  As a youngster walking the Derbyshire hills with my dad I was intrigued ... Read on

Towards a Safer Church ~ Firmly on the right path
With Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Ruth Rogan As I write this we are awaiting the final report following the Audit that took place in November of the Diocese’s Safeguarding Arrangements by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE). However, we have had ... Read on

News from Inspired North East ~ with Ian Bapty
Evaluate your project’s progress As trailed last month, the Inspired Futures project has now launched the toolkit for project evaluation, and this can now be accessed via the ‘Useful Information’ section of the Inspired North East website. A basi ... Read on

News from Lindisfarne Regional Training Partnership
The Revd Canon Cathy Rowling writes: Reading the Bible with Children   Dr Melody Briggs, Lindisfarne’s Lay Ministry Tutor, has many years of experience working with children and adults on how they understand and ... Read on

Life in Abundance
Canon Jean Skinner is Assistant Priest at Newcastle Cathedral and Chaplain to The People’s Kitchen in the city. She recently returned from leading a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Archdeacon Geoff Miller – her fifth visit there. What new insights did she l ... Read on

160th birthday cake at St Mary’s
It might seem a bit sad to have to play ‘Happy Birthday’ to yourself – but if you’re a 90-year-old organist celebrating with your church family it’s the obvious way to end a service. Organist at St Mary’s, Wooler, Katherine Straugh ... Read on

Have you spotted Alec Miller's St Benedict?
In 1905 Alec Miller, a young woodcarver from Glasgow working in the Guild of Handicraft run by C R Ashbee in Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, carved in wood a statue of St Benedict for a monastery in Birmingham. Sadly, the Abbot did not like the statue and rejecte ... Read on

An Enthusiastic Launch
Bishop Christine opens the launch event John Preston sets the national scene Rachel Jobes explains the scheme Richard Gascoyne talks about Giving for Life     ... Read on

Work Matters ~ with Canon Glyn Evans of Newcastle City Centre Chaplaincy
Have you ever been to Blackburn? Well I went to watch Newcastle United play there just after Christmas. The football was lousy, the town centre rough but the cathedral was great. In the cathedral there is a wonderful sculpture called Christ the Worker. Shame ... Read on

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - Crossing Barriers
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally observed from the 18th to the 25th January – the octave of St Peter and St Paul. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI) offers resources for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2017 – &l ... Read on

A Byker Nativity Christmas
        The Revd Chantal Noppen writes: 2016’s ‘B ... Read on

Bishop of Newcastle's Christmas message
Like many people this autumn, I went to see the film ‘I, Daniel Blake.’ It tells the story of an ordinary Geordie, a proud carpenter, Daniel, who can’t work following a heart attack.  It’s a story about what happens when people get caught ... Read on

A century on – remembering the fallen of Westerhope
Westerhope’s new War Memorial Seat was dedicated on the 5th November by Reader Simon Embleton of St John’s, Whorlton, at a short but moving ceremony attended by local residents, councillors and church members, with Colonel Tony Laker (County Commandant Cleve ... Read on

Work Matters ~ with Canon Glyn Evans of Newcastle City Centre Chaplaincy
What do you call a child who doesn’t believe in Santa? A rebel without a Claus. Well it’s that time of year! So who writes Christmas cracker jokes? The best known is Julian Reed. Julian has been seeking out the corniest jokes since 1975 as one of Bri ... Read on

News from Inspired North East ~ with Ian Bapty
Inspired Futures Evaluation Toolkit Launch A basic requirement for any church repair or development project is that you evaluate how your project is progressing, check that against the targets you put in place at the outset, and find out what all those involved think ... Read on

News from Christian Aid North East ~ 'Sourced' campaign successes
Who likes paying tax?  Most of us don’t, but realise that we need to make a contribution, as responsible citizens, to the public purse.  We want good public services, and we realise that we need to pay for them.   Christine Savage, from St ... Read on

A magnificent time
Roger Hardman reflects on his visit to our Link Diocese of Botswana Parish contributions presented at the 'Count Your Blessings' festival Roger Hardman with the children of St Peter's Daycare Centre, Mog ... Read on

Insight from Lindisfarne Regional Training Partnership
David Bryan           Preaching Matthew in Advent, Christmas & Epiphany With Director of Studies the Revd Dr David J Bryan   Many of us will ... Read on

Bishop of Berwick inaugurated at Newcastle Cathedral
Visit picture gallery here     The new Suffragan Bishop of Berwick, the Right Reverend Mark Tanner, was welcomed to his role in the Diocese of Newcastle and ins ... Read on

Bishop of Berwick welcomed in North Northumberland
Visit picture gallery here     The new Suffragan Bishop of Berwick, the Right Reverend Mark Tanner, has been welcomed to his role in the Diocese of Newcastle in ... Read on

'Jesse Tree' brings Advent to Church House
Diocesan Office staff at Church House, North Shields, have agreed this year that instead of circulating Christmas cards amongst themselves, they're sharing greetings by means of a 'Jesse Tree' in the foyer which also serves as a reminder of the 'back sto ... Read on

Bishop Christine Hardman writes ~ December 2016
Dear brothers and sisters, By the time you read this I will be approaching the anniversary of my Consecration and Inauguration as your Bishop. For Roger and me it has been a year of joyous discovery as we have begun to get to know the people and places of the Diocese ... Read on

The Green Room ~ Emancipatory Catastrophism!
By the Revd Dr John Harrison If you are looking for hard and fast answers to life’s eternal questions then I can recommend staying away from discussions relating to the environment. As I have said many times, when we look at God’s Creation we see only ... Read on

View from the Lantern ~ The Persecuted Church
Clare MacLaren writes from the Mother Church of Diocese of Newcastle   Sometimes - don’t they? - things just come together in such a way that they cannot simply be a coincidence.  This happened a few months ago at the Cathedral, when we receive ... Read on

Man buys stamp
By Catherine Pickford Not the most gripping of headlines, but it is the location which is important in this picture.  In November, the Stannington village Post Office moved to the community room of St Mary’s Church.   The Post Office becam ... Read on

Celebrating our own Saints
For those who would like to honour the rich Christian heritage of our region in our daily worship, there is a small Christmas present on its way this year; the Diocesan Worship and Liturgy Task Group has been hard at work preparing what they hope will be a welcome and u ... Read on

Christingle – it’s not just for Christmas
The Children’s Society is joining with St Nicholas’ Cathedral, Newcastle, to hold a special Christingle event on Candlemas, Thursday 2 February 2017, and is aimed at schools across the diocese. Children of Key Stage 2 (ages 7-11) are being invited to wors ... Read on

News from Northumbria Deaf Church
By Lynne Farquharson Bishop Frank hands Glyn Evans his Licence as Chaplain for Deaf People Glyn uses Deafblind fingerspelling for Tom, one of the Confirmation candidates The Deaf Craft ... Read on

Giving For Life – Continuing the Journey
News from the Developing Stewardship Group As part of our diocesan stewardship activities we are introducing Giving for Life at our Parish Giving Scheme launches early in 2017. Giving for Life is a national initiative being promoted by the Church of England&rsquo ... Read on

STAYING ALIVE 2016 ~ North East Christian Youth event 10-13 August 2017... NOW BOOKING!
    What is Staying Alive 2017? An opportunity for young people in school years 7-13 across the North East to spend four days and three nights together, making friends, exploring faith, having fun, taking part in worship and community projects and ... Read on

North East hosts launch of LifeSavers
Savings clubs and financial education in primary schools to be expanded From left: Bishop of Huddersfield Jonathan Gibbs, Virgin Money CEO Jayne-Anne Gadhia, Sara Davies of St Bartholomew's School, Lewisham, Young Enterprise CEO Michael Merc ... Read on

Walking on Water for Shepherds Dene
A team of three from Diocesan Retreat House Shepherd’s Dene set off on a sponsored walk to help replace the William Morris-inspired ‘Oakleaf’ carpet which runs through the ground floor and up the main staircase of the much-loved, Arts-and-Crafts period ... Read on

Asylum Seekers & Refugees: Bishop’s Christmas Appeal
Bishop Christine and Roger Hardman with staff and volunteers at WERS in September 2016     This Christmas, I am making a special appeal on behalf of asylum seekers and refugees. Due to Herod’s threat of vi ... Read on

Ditching the duvet for a good cause
On the evening of 2nd December 2016, St Nicholas’ Cathedral in Newcastle will host its second annual Advent Sleepout Challenge event, in aid of Together Newcastle (a joint venture between the Diocese of Newcastle and the Church Urban Fund). For just one night, ... Read on

Life Saver at Hexham Abbey
From left: Rector of Hexham Canon Dagmar Winter, Hexham Rotary President Richard Nelson, Abbey Operations and Development Manager Sally McRobie, Michael Norton and Ian Humpish from Cardioproof UK, Hexham Abbey Heritage Trustee and Rotary Member Roy ... Read on

The Great Spiritual Migration
  Richard Firth writes On a balmy October evening in Newcastle, wandering American prophet from Florida the Revd Dr Brian McClaren (pictured below) spoke at St Thomas’s Church as part of a UK tour promoting his latest book, The Great Spiritual Migration ... Read on

Work Matters ~ with Canon Glyn Evans of Newcastle City Centre Chaplaincy
Last week four people walked past the church door with a coffin. I thought they’d lost the plot! I think the world of work has lost the plot with things like zero hour contracts. People work so hard that they don’t take time to reflect on what they a ... Read on

Bishop Frank White writes ~ November 2016
A last word... I have been deeply touched by the kindness of so many in the Diocese as events moved steadily towards my retirement.  The Farewell Service was a particular highlight and a very big thank you to everyone who helped to plan it and to Bishop Chris ... Read on

Shepherds Dene - diocesan retreat house 2017 programme out now
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Consecration of Mark Tanner as Suffragan Bishop of Berwick ~ Photo Gallery
On the Feast of St Luke, Tuesday 18th October 2016. Photos ©Duncan Lomax, Ravage Productions.                     ... Read on

Open doors at St Mary’s
An Agapé Supper (from the Greek ‘agapé’, used in the New Testament to mean God’s love for the world and its people) in October at St Mary’s, Holywell, marked a milestone in opening the church building up as a community asset. Organ ... Read on

View from the Lantern ~ the Black (and White) Dog
Christopher Dalliston writes from the Mother Church of Diocese of Newcastle   Looking out of my office window in Cathedral House at St Nicholas Square, what immediately catches the eye is a large black and white dog standing by the foot of Queen Victoria. Goi ... Read on

Obituary: the Revd Milton Nicholas
by the Revd Canon Michael Middleton   When I came to Hexham as Rector in 1985, I was delighted to find an able Reader in the person of Milton Nicholas. What I didn’t appreciate for a few months (Milton not being the ‘pushy’ type) was that he h ... Read on

Generous giving – Stewardship goes up a gear
By Liz Kerry The Bishop’s Council has endorsed the Developing Stewardship Group’s first Annual Report. Titled ‘Generous Giving, Growing Church’ and grounded firmly in discipleship, the Report and Action Plan trigger a wide range of support for p ... Read on

Shaping the 2017 Diocesan Budget
Diocesan Finance Chair Canon Simon Harper       presents the budget proposals for discussion         ... Read on

Towards a Safer Church ~ Diocesan Safeguarding Audit
With Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Ruth Rogan   Diocesan Safeguarding Audit 1-3 November An audit of Safeguarding arrangements is to take place in every diocese in the Church of England by the end of 2017, and on the 1st November we will welcome auditors Lucy Er ... Read on

News from Inspired North East
With Ian Bapty   Inspired Futures Update – Training Opportunities Reminder Following on from the ‘kick off’ event back in July, the Inspired Futures project is now well underway. As some of you will be aware, we have recently had initial me ... Read on

Review with the North East Religious Resources Centre ~ Mrs Luther and Her Sisters; Women in the Reformation by Derek Wilson
Mrs Luther and Her Sisters; Women in the Reformation by Derek Wilson (Oxford: Lion Hudson, 2016) October 31st 2017 will mark the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses, and the beginning of the Protestant Reformation in Europe. In the run ... Read on

Christian Aid Returns to its Roots to “Light the Way” this Christmas
News from Christian Aid North East with Amy Scott Christian Aid was founded 70 years ago to support refugees in the wake of the Second World War and we our returning to this mission with our Christmas Appeal this year. This year’s appeal will raise funds t ... Read on

North Sea baptism
When Bishop Stephen Platten agreed to confirm a number of candidates from Norham Deanery he probably didn’t expect to start by wading into the North Sea. Bishop Stephen prays for Shannon before her baptism ... Read on

Pulling together: Bedlington’s ‘Renewing the Deanery’ day
MAPs – Mission Action Plans– have been drawn up every few years for the last decade by just about every parish in the Diocese of Newcastle, but twenty months ago Bedlington Deanery Development Group (DDG) decided that a Deanery Mission Action Plan was neede ... Read on

The Great Gospel; Richard Ferguson’s new resource for Lectionary Year A
Forty years’ full-time parish ministry have given the Revd Richard Ferguson (pictured) a lot of experience to draw on for the series of course, books and booklets he’s written in retirement. Now Stannington-based Richard has just published ‘The Great ... Read on

The Green Room ~ Property and theft
By the Revd Dr John Harrison   How do you feel about people who steal? If you are the victim is your life the poorer for the experience? How does it make you feel? After all, we can point to biblical reference to justify our embittered feelings as we step up to ... Read on

In his own words; the new Bishop of Berwick
Mark Tanner’s thoughts on the day his appointment as Bishop of Berwick was announced: Canon Mark Tanner         Trying it o ... Read on

Consecration of the Revd Canon Mark Tanner to be Suffragan Bishop of Berwick
The Revd Canon Mark Tanner will be consecrated to serve as Suffragan Bishop of Berwick in the Diocese of Newcastle by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, in a service beginning at 11.00am on Tuesday 18th October 2016 in York Minster. Click to see how to attend Th ... Read on

Bishop Christine Hardman writes ~ October 2016
It is a privilege to pay tribute to Bishop Frank as he retires and prepares to join Bishop Alison on a more permanent basis in their home in Hull.  Bishop Frank has served for almost six years as Assistant Bishop of Newcastle, and has served with great dist ... Read on

St Paul’s Kids Club on Tour 2016
“For a lot of the children this will be the only holiday they will get,” says Stephen Ramshaw, Community Minister at St Paul’s Community Partnership, Willington Quay in North Tyneside, where the annual trip to High Borrans Outward Bound Activity Centre ... Read on

Eager Hands - Kind faces
Canon Colin Gough, a former Continuing Ministerial Development officer in the Diocese of Newcastle, is half way through a two month stay in our Link Diocese of Botswana teaching at St Augustine’s Theological School based at Holy Cross Cathedral in the Capital, Gab ... Read on

Heritage and Holiness
A group of men, women, students, workers, the old, the young and children climbed aboard two minibuses laden with food, snacks, drinks and games equipment at St James & St Basil, Fenham, for a Family Fun Day taking members of Newcastle’s African Anglican commu ... Read on

‘CLAP Hands’ lunches go down a treat
Two Monkseaton churches provided over 140 meals free of charge to children and adults as they joined in with crafts and games by this summer. The hugely successful Children’s Lunch and Play sessions (CLAP Hands) were jointly provided by the Church of St Peter, Mo ... Read on

Happy Birthdays
The celebration cake is cut by Mrs Ella White, 94 Traditional afternoon tea By Karen Charman A sing-s ... Read on

Run Life's Race With JESUS!
The Great North Run is the world’s leading half-marathon, attracting 57,000 runners to the route from Newcastle to South Shields, and it begins 20 yards from St Luke’s Church, Spital Tongues. Priest-in-Charge the Revd Dr Robert Ward explains: “Each y ... Read on

The Green Room ~ Microbeads madness!
By the Revd Dr John Harrison There is a stark contrast between today’s modern bathroom and the facilities which I experienced as a child back in the 1950s, which probably reflects changes in the amount of time folk spend in there nowadays. Our freezing cold bath ... Read on

View from the Lantern ~ A welcome note
Ian Roberts writes from the Mother Church of Diocese of Newcastle I’m delighted to have arrived here in Newcastle as your Cathedral Director of Music. The Cathedral of St Nicholas and its music plays such an important role in the life of the city, diocese and ... Read on

Farewell to Adrian Patterson
  Adrian Patterson (pictured) left the Diocesan Office on the 23rd September after more than 30 years’ service in a number of administration roles. Adrian had long been a familiar face at Church House, and indeed at Diocesan Synods where he had been part ... Read on

Laughter, tears and cake
The Revd Katy Francis (pictured) is Chaplain to the Marie Curie Hospice in Newcastle I love my job as chaplain at the Marie Curie Hospice Newcastle, but often the first thing that people say to me is ‘I couldn’t do that, it must be very depressing.’ ... Read on

Geordie Missionaries in the Red Rose County
Bishop Frank at the Men’s Breakfast in Bolton-le-Sands John Sinclair and Izzy McDonald-Booth lead 11 o’clock prayers at St Wilfrid’s, Halton ... Read on

News from Lindisfarne Regional Training Partnership
Teaching under way at Church House, North Shields. Happy New Year! Deborah Ehala, 2nd Year Reader Trainee, writes: Saturday 10th September was a special and emotional day for me. I was ... Read on

Towards a Safer Church ~ Big Questions
With Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Ruth Rogan Safeguarding raises significant theological questions for Christians about humanity, sin, grace, forgiveness, reconciliation and the church. The recent publication by The Faith and Order Commission of the Church of England ... Read on

Holywell St Mary to build on grant aid success
Fr Phil and parishioners look at the plans to repair the roof Plans to make a North Tyneside church building into a centre for all the community to use and enjoy have been boosted by funding fr ... Read on

News from Inspired North East
Jump to an article Reflections of 'the Heritage Gentlemen'! Getting to grips with Inspired North East   Reflections of ‘the Heritage Gentlemen’! ‘Unique Heritage Assets&rsq ... Read on

News from Christian Aid North East
with Amy Scott This year we are joining with The Climate Coalition for the Speak Up week of action from 8-16 October. Last summer, more than 10,000 people descended on London to demand ambitious climate action from their MP. This year, we’re asking you to do th ... Read on

Work Matters ~ with Canon Glyn Evans of Newcastle City Centre Chaplaincy
Do you know anyone who is Deaf or deaf (it is capital D when referring to British Sign Language users)? Do D/deaf people come to your church? Are you D/deaf? Have you seen Newcastle Deaf football team play? I am learning lots of things about the D/deaf community in my ... Read on

The Tall Ships’ weekend in Blyth
St Cuthbert’s in nautical rig   The German crew of a visiting Polish ship   ... Read on

Walking with Aidan ~ Newcastle Diocesan Synod Forum, 24 September 2016
Words and pictures available now from last Saturday's Diocesan Synod Forum discussing the launch of The Companions of St Aidan. Audio from SoundCloud:    Pictures from Flickr:    Website of the Companions of St Aidan: ... Read on

Farewell to Bishop Frank White
Retiring after six years as Assistant Bishop of Newcastle                               ... Read on

Bishop Frank White ~ farewell service photo gallery
Photo gallery from Bishop Frank's Farewell Service at St Nicholas' Cathedral, Newcastle, on Sunday 18th September 2016:             ... Read on

Cathedral Service of Farewell and Thanksgiving for Bishop Frank White
The retirement of Assistant Bishop of Newcastle the Rt Revd Frank White (pictured) will be marked at a service to celebrate and give thanks for his ministry in St Nicholas’ Cathedral, Newcastle, at 2.30pm on Sunday 18th September. Frank White, 67, was consecrated ... Read on

Attending the Consecration of the Revd Canon Mark Tanner to the Suffragan See of Berwick
The Consecration of the Bishop of Berwick will take place at York Minster on Tuesday 18 October 2016 at 11:00am. Anyone who wishes to attend the Consecration is welcome to attend the service. The following information is provided to help with planning for this servi ... Read on

Pray for Newcastle Diocese missionaries in Lancashire this weekend
Twenty-five bishops from the North of England are descending on the Diocese of Blackburn (the Church of England in Lancashire) for four days of mission and outreach work led by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu. The ‘Crossroads Mission’ from the 8th t ... Read on

Announcing a bishop... pictures of a September day
The Suffragan Bishop of Berwick was announced on Thursday 1st September at St Michael’s Church, Alnwick. See photo gallery         ... Read on

Video: meet the new Bishop of Berwick
Canon Mark Tanner, who is to be the Suffragan Bishop of Berwick:  Read more about Canon Mark Tanner             ... Read on

Canon Mark Tanner announced as new Suffragan Bishop of Berwick
No 10 Downing Street has announced this morning that Her Majesty The Queen has approved the nomination of the Reverend Canon Mark Tanner MA (Oxon), BA (Hons), MTh, Warden of Cranmer Hall and Vice-Principal of St John’s College, University of Durham, as Suffragan B ... Read on

St Cuthbert's Blyth jumps aboard the Tall Ships
  The artwork created by the Mums and Toddlers group at St Cuthbert's Each child created a boat which were used to create the artwork Premier Christian Ra ... Read on

Thirty churches take part in Heritage Open Days, 8th-11th September
The following churches in the Diocese of Newcastle are among those participating in the Heritage Open Days between the 8th and 11th September: St Cuthbert’s, Bedlington St James the Great, Morpeth St Mary the Virgin, Morpeth St Andrew&rsquo ... Read on

St Paul’s Kids Club on Tour 2016
Preparing to leave Willington Quay for the Lake District       (Steve Ramshaw on right)         ... Read on

Introducing Warm Hubs - a new project supported by Community Action Northumberland
Warm Hubs is a new project (supported by Community Action Northumberland), supporting isolated, lonely and fuel-poor people living across rural Northumberland. Venues across the area are joining in with and becoming ‘Warm Hubs’: places within the local com ... Read on

Bishop Frank White writes ~ August 2016
Soon after I had discovered as an adult a meaningful faith in Jesus Christ, I was invited to take part in a short play or dialogue during a Guest Service led by the renowned Anglican priest and evangelist David Watson. My part was to play a ‘programmed ecclesiast ... Read on

Join the BBC's Songs of Praise Summer Singalong!
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Another everyday miracle
Chris Hudson explains Brinkburn Lifepath “It’s the best school outing ever! Better even than the Glendale Show!” Praise indeed, when you’re a pupil from Northu ... Read on

A Scarlet Raspberry of Patience
Beneath a joyful blackberry and in front of the grapefruit of self control, the Bishop of Newcastle is in discussion with Canon Clare MacLaren The Dioc ... Read on

News from Lindisfarne Regional Training Partnership
Bishop Frank White presented certificates to Faith & Life and Living Theology North East participants in St Nicholas’ Cathedral on 2 July. They are pictured here with some of their tutors. An invitation to ... Read on

Towards a Safer Church ~ Safer Recruitment
with Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Ruth Rogan Children have a right to be protected from violence, abuse and neglect by anyone who looks after them- Article 19 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and this is in addition to child care legislation. Adults (primaril ... Read on

News from Together Newcastle
With Steve Forster “It’s not the differences that divide us. It’s our judgements about each other that do…” - Margaret Wheatley Just recently I returned to reading a book by Margaret Wheatley called ‘Turning to One Another’. ... Read on

The Green Room ~ Distorted Reflections
By the Revd Dr John Harrison During June, a number of daily newspapers were carrying a headline along the lines of “Removal of Mirrors increases Conversion Rates”. Curiosity aroused, and with foolish optimism, I wondered whether there were some lessons to ... Read on

Café @ J’s and B’s shortlisted for award
St James and St Basil’s Church, Fenham, Newcastle, has been shortlisted for a new competition to find the churches running the most innovative community activities made possible through the installation of new facilities. ‘The Marsh Awards for Innovative Pr ... Read on

A lamp for the fallen of Killingworth
Bishop Frank leads the final act of worship A miner’s lamp and the Union Flag head the walk around the old Killingwor ... Read on

View from the Lantern ~ Tourists, Visitors or Pilgrims?
The Revd Canon Steven Harvey writes from the Mother Church of Diocese of Newcastle Staff, volunteers and visitors at the cathedral have been assisting a Durham undergraduate, Jennifer Dziegiel, whose final-year dissertation was ‘Sacred space today: A study of St ... Read on

Obituary: the Revd Frank Wilson
by the Revd Canon Ian Flintoft Frank was born in 1934 in Newcastle and spent his early years as a Methodist. National Service with the Green Howards was a significant period in his life as were studies at Durham, at Bede – a happy place for Frank, and source of m ... Read on

Mission Marketplace (LMD Event)
 Local Ministry Development Network Event 2016 Over 80 people from Norham to Shotley, Byker to Blyth gathered to share food and worship and to share ideas at the annual Local Ministry Development (LMD) networking event at Café Azure in Cramlington in July. ... Read on

Generous giving, growing church
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Bouncing into the future; St Mary’s celebrates 14 decades
A 140th anniversary is well worth celebrating and at St Mary’s, High Howdon in the Willington Team, they know how to party. Founded in 1876, St Mary’s members gathered for a day of celebration and thanksgiving on the 10th July with bouncy castle and slide, ... Read on

Let there be light
St Anne’s Church, Ancroft (near Berwick) plans to ‘Let the Sunshine In’ on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st July with a flower festival to celebrate the new windows (pictured) which are letting the daylight in for the first time since the church’s r ... Read on

The Big Night Out 2016
By Claire Mead A coach full of young people from Alnwick to Balkwell and their leaders headed from the Diocese of Newcastle to Lightwater Valley theme park near Ripon for The Big Night Out 2016. Following the success of last year’s trip it was great to see a ... Read on

Smiling all the way
The Mothers’ Union Committee of St George's Cullercoats showed their true mettle when they could still smile after providing afternoon tea to members and guests to celebrate 140 years since the founding of the MU, the 85th Anniversary of the Branch and the 90th Bi ... Read on

Mark’s long service
On over eighty occasions in 2015, the North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust despatched volunteer community First Responder Mark Edwards to a variety of medical emergencies in the Newcastle area. The Revd Mark Edwards MBE, Team Vicar at St Matthew’s Di ... Read on

Family business
  Gwenda and Barbara  Gwenda Gofton, wife of Canon Alder Gofton, is once more the subject of a book. ‘Bedpans & Bobby Socks’ (about her life as a young nurse in 1 ... Read on

Invitation to Tender: Lindisfarne Regional Training Partnership
    Invitation to Tender We are looking to appoint an experienced change management consultant to work with the Members of the Lindisfarne Regional Training Part ... Read on

A prayer for Bishop Frank
With the retirement of Bishop Frank White approaching, the Diocesan Worship & Music Task Group thought that it would be good to offer people across the Diocese a prayer of blessing to pray him on his way. We were delighted when Archdeacon Geoff Miller agreed to w ... Read on

Bishop's Eid greetings to Muslims in Newcastle and around the world
The Bishop of Newcastle, the Rt Revd Christine Hardman, has written an open letter to the Muslim community in Newcastle and beyond, wishing them a joyful Eid (the festival of Eid marks the end of the Ramadan month of fasting in the Islamic calendar). Bishop Christine s ... Read on

Photo gallery: ordination of Endre Kormos as Deacon at St Luke's, Wallsend
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Hilary Elder appointed Associate Director of Ordinands
Vocations Team strengthened by new appointment Bishop Christine is very pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Hilary Elder (pictured right between Ian Flintoft and Bishop Christine) as Associate Director of Ordinands (ADO) for the Diocese of Newcastle. Hilary is ... Read on

Photo gallery: ordination of Priests at St Nicholas' Cathedral, Newcastle
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Photo gallery: ordination of Deacons at St Nicholas' Cathedral, Newcastle
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Bishop Christine Hardman writes ~ July 2016
Summer 2016 is a time of poignant significant anniversaries. We began at the very start of June with the 100 year anniversary of the Battle of Jutland. This has a very personal meaning to me as I remember my North East Grandad talking to me about it when I was a child ... Read on

Bamburgh's 'Bowl Hole Skeletons' finally laid to rest
The final committal of 110 Anglo-Saxon skeletons into the crypt of St Aidan’s Church, Bamburgh took place on Friday 24th June.   ... Read on

Remembering the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme
St Nicholas’ Cathedral, Newcastle, is to host the City of Newcastle’s commemoration of the centenary of the first day of the Battle of the Somme. On Friday 1st July 2016 the Nation remembers the day on which 19,240 British and Commonwealth Troops were kille ... Read on

Sixty stride out in summer sunshine on Christian Aid’s Bede’s Way sponsored walk
The eighth annual Bede’s Way Sponsored Walk in June once again saw Christian Aid supporters from all over the North East raise sponsorship money to bring aid to some of the poorest people around the world. Despite showers all over the region, the coastal strip be ... Read on

Pastoral Letter from the Bishop of Newcastle following the EU referendum
The referendum vote on Thursday was a moment of great significance in our region, country and in Europe. Whichever way the vote had gone, it always had the potential to be divisive as it was clear that there would be no overwhelming majority on one side of the debat ... Read on

Bishop of Newcastle's call to build bridges, not divisions
The Bishop of Newcastle, the Rt Revd Christine Hardman, has called for people of the North East to build bridges, not divisions, in the wake of the referendum vote to leave the European Union. Calling the result a moment of great significance, the Bishop describes the ... Read on

A prayer from the Church of England for reconciliation after the EU Referendum
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Walking the Bede Way! ~ News from Christian Aid North East
News from Christian Aid North East with Amy Scott   As we go to press, final preparations are under way for our annual Bede’s Way Walk in June, during which Christian Aid supporters from all over the region raise sponsorship money which will be used to ai ... Read on

Work Matters ~ with Canon Glyn Evans of Newcastle City Centre Chaplaincy
How do we advertise Jesus? I looked in the Bible and thought Samson had the right idea about advertising; he took two columns and brought the house down. ‘It pays to advertise’ is the old adage. However the diocese is criticised for not advertising vac ... Read on

Good-hearted dependency in Lucker
Clouds were ever present but thankfully the rain held off as the parish of St Hilda, Lucker, warmly welcomed Bishop Christine to preach at the Bamburgh & Glendale Deanery Rogation service there in May. “We processed through the village, asking God's blessing ... Read on

Dolphin, gremlin and monkey join teddies’ flypast for HMQ90 at All Saints’
All Saints, Rothbury, was among the churches involved in the June 11/12 celebrations for the 90th birthday of Her Majesty the Queen. Rector the Revd Michael Boag said, “We celebrated with a street party in the centre of Rothbury, tea party and games for 120 child ... Read on

Mothers' Union at the Gurdwara
Hospitality and compassion form a large part of the Sikh faith, and Ponteland Mothers’ Union were warmly welcomed with refreshments when they visited the Sikh Gurdwara (temple) at Cottenham Street in Newcastle recently. Guide Cloud Singh (pictured, kneeling) gave ... Read on

Planning for the Tall Ships
St Cuthbert’s, Blyth, is already planning for the North Sea Tall Ships Regatta ( in the town and port from the 26th to the 29th August this year. The church will host a heritage and art display, there will be food available in the downs ... Read on

Vocation, Vocation, Vocation… meet the 'new revs'
Seven candidates preparing to be ordained Deacon introduce themselves ~ Bishop Christine will ordain six at St Nicholas’ Cathedral on the 2nd July: Debbie Baker Originally from South Wales, I have lived in the North East for 24 years working as a Mental Health ... Read on

The Woodhorn Hosting ~ beginning to shape The Companions of St Aidan
A rare sunny Sunday in June saw around 80 people pour into the long-closed historic church at Woodhorn near Newbiggin, to spend five hours with God and each other for “The Woodhorn Hosting”.     ... Read on

Faith and Life ~ explore your Christian faith in 2016 - 2017
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Living Theology North East 2016 ~ 2017
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Towards a Safer Church ~ with Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Ruth Rogan
What is a safe church? What comes to mind when you think about a safe church? Is it primarily about buildings or people? Is it about your local church or the wider Church of England? For the last 18 months the Diocese has been activel ... Read on

News from Inspired North East
With David Lovie and Andrew Duff   ‘Reaching Out, Inviting In’ – Churches Helping Communities This is the engaging theme of a new competition announced by Ecclesiastical, the church insurance specialists. They are looking for churches which ... Read on

Review with the North East Religious Resources Centre ~ The Holy Spirit by Anthony C Thiselton
The Holy Spirit in biblical teaching, through the centuries, and today - Anthony C Thiselton I was the first person to borrow this then-new book from the Resources Centre in 2015. It has taken me nine months to read it, but that is because I read slowly and h ... Read on

God is watching out for me, says Ashington’s ‘Brain Tumour Warrior’
A member of Ashington’s Holy Sepulchre Church has started a blog to chart her recovery from surgery on a brain tumour. Angela Conway has seen huge success in her mission to help ... Read on

Fifty Years an Ordained Minister
Michael Eldridge writes: The Revd David Johnson welcomed family and friends to St Cuthbert’s church in Bedlington on Sunday 5th June for a service led by the Bishop of Newcastle, the Rt Revd Christine Hardman, and the Revd Ian Hennebry, to celebrate his fifty yea ... Read on

View from the Lantern ~ joys and sorrows
Chris Dalliston writes from the mother church of the Diocese of Newcastle One of the drawbacks of wearing a clerical collar is having to smile patiently during December when someone (everyone) says to you: “Your busy time Vicar?!” I’m sure it&rsquo ... Read on

Magnificent mags
Two parish magazines from the Diocese of Newcastle have been recognised in the annual awards of the Association of Church Editors (ACE). Newbiggin-by-the-Sea’s ‘The Point’ and Shilbottle’s ‘The Scallop Shell’ were awarded certificate ... Read on

Brian McLaren to visit Newcastle
By Pat Fuller American author, speaker, activist, and public theologian Brian McLaren (pictured) will be speaking in Newcastle on Friday, October 14th (6.30pm for 7.00pm) at St Thomas the Martyr Church, Haymarket on his upcoming book, ‘The Great Spiritual Migra ... Read on

Of course we ate cake!
The Queen’s actual 90th birthday and the 140th anniversary year of the Mothers' Union was celebrated by the Morpeth branch with great joy, lots of colour and plenty of smiles and laughter.   &n ... Read on

Obituary: David Bennell
by David Hide David Bennell, who served as Warden of Shepherds Dene for 19 years until his retirement in 1998, was born in Swindon in 1933. After National Service in the RAF, training as an Air Radar Fitter, he graduated in Electrical Engineering from Leeds Universit ... Read on

‘More in Common’ celebration of Jo Cox's Life in St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle
An evening service and vigil to celebrate the life of Jo Cox MP was held at on Wednesday 22nd June at St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle upon Tyne.         ... Read on

Hermit pops up in Newcastle’s Cathedral Square to offer Referendum Day oasis
Poet and artist Rachael Garland will hand out free art and poetry to passers-by, inspired by her prayers from within her pop-up hermitage tent outside Newcastle’s St Nicholas’ Cathedral on Referendum Day, Thursday 23rd June. The hermitage is part of a proje ... Read on

A Right Royal Repast at Rennington with Rock!
    All Saints Church at Rennington hosted Afternoon Tea for local residents of Rennington and Rock to celebrate HM The Queen’s 90th b ... Read on

300 young people and their leaders from across the Diocese of Newcastle took over St Nicholas Cathedral on Saturday 18th June to make the largest diocesan fruit salad ever seen.     & ... Read on

Bishop plummets from Abbey to support Domestic Abuse Service
The Bishop of Newcastle, her husband, the Rector and Associate Priest of Hexham Abbey and the Member of Parliament for Hexham were amongst those abseiling off the roof of Hexham Abbey to raise money for charity on Saturday 18th June.   ... Read on

Shepherds Dene - diocesan retreat house celebrates seventy years' service
It is seventy years since the opening of Shepherds Dene as the retreat house of the Diocese of Newcastle. The anniversary is celebrated this summer, with the Diocese of Durham which the house has also served for much of that time.   A munificent gift “I am ... Read on

Diocesan Self-Supporting Ministers' Conference, Saturday 21st May
The Revd Elizabeth Brown reports: MORNING The day started with freshly brewed coffee, hot bacon and sausage sandwiches, and a chance to chat and catch up (or get to know those we didn't know). We were joined by two ordinands who are to be made Deacon this year - Rut ... Read on

Bishop of Newcastle's maiden speech in House of Lords
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Full text of the Rt Revd Christine Hardman's maiden speech in the House of Lords on the 25th May
My Lords, the theological understanding of grace is of the love and mercy given to us by God because God desires us to have it, not because of anything we have done to deserve it. In these early days in your Lordships’ House, it is grace that I have experienced& ... Read on

How do you do? Bishop Christine gets to know Bamburgh & Glendale and Norham Deaneries
The Bishop of Newcastle, the Rt Revd Christine Hardman, has this week continued her introductory tour of the twelve Deaneries that make up the Diocese of Newcastle, stretching from the Scottish Border southwards to the Tyne Valley. ... Read on

‘Disagree well’, Bishop of Europe to urge North East
An Anglican bishop responsible for the whole of mainland Europe will lead a debate about the EU Referendum from a Christian perspective in St Nicholas’ Cathedral, Newcastle, at 6.15pm on Tuesday 24th May. Sponsored by Christians in Politics with Christian think t ... Read on

Sarah Moon Leaving Christian Aid after 11 Years ~ News from Christian Aid North East with Amy Scott
The Christian Aid Newcastle office will be bidding a fond farewell to our Regional Coordinator for Northumberland, Sarah Moon (pictured), when she is ordained this July. After 11 years working for Christian Aid, Sarah will begin her curacy at St John the Evangelist, K ... Read on

Dean of Newcastle rises to Christian Aid's Extreme Omelette Homily Challenge on Castle Roof
To advertise Christian Aid Week and the Big Brekkie fundraising events ( here in the North East, Dean of Newcastle The Very Revd Chris Dalliston was filmed cooking an omelette on the Castle roof in Newcastle, whilst delivering a 90 second homily a ... Read on

Deacons and Priests to be ordained at Petertide this year
Deacons and Priests to be ordained at Petertide this year Please pray for those to be ordained at Petertide, among them: To be made deacon by Bishop Christine in her Cathedral Church on Saturday 2nd July at 4.00pm: Debbie BAKER, to serve in the parish of St Mar ... Read on

News from Lindisfarne Regional Training Partnership
 The Revd Jane Scott writes: Last September more than 60 people began learning together in groups across the Diocese, on the Faith and Life course. The groups met in Alnwick, Belford, Chevington, Morpeth and Percy Main, and another group at Percy Main embarked ... Read on

News from Inspired North East
With David Lovie and Andrew Duff “Managing Major Buildings Projects”, 9th June, Hexham Abbey Managing Major Building Projects in Places of Worship is an opportunity for anyone thinking about or starting to plan a major building project for their place of ... Read on

That’s what Friends are for ~ Friends of St Peter’s Bywell launched at Bywell Arts Festival, Friday 24th - Sunday 26th June 2016
St Peter’s Church, Bywell (between Prudhoe and Corbridge), is launching a new initiative called Friends of St Peter’s Bywell to raise money for essential building maintenance. Arts festival treasure ... Read on

View from the Lantern ~ change in the air at St Nicholas Cathedral
Kate Sussams writes from the mother church of the Diocese of Newcastle   “To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often.” Many of you will know that the Cathedral has been busy putting together an application to the Heritage Lott ... Read on

Celebrating Community: Mission Weekend in Jesmond
Izzy McDonald-Booth is a member of the Diocesan Evangelism Task Group and one of the Diocese of Newcastle’s lay Members of the Church of England’s General Synod. She reports on a Mission Weekend in her home parish of St George and St Hilda, Jesmond.   ... Read on

Appointing the Bishop of Berwick
The Bishop of Newcastle has convened an Advisory Group to assist her with the appointment of the new Suffragan Bishop of Berwick. The members are: The Revd Dr Benjamin Carter Dr Hilary Elder The Revd Canon Adrian Hughes Mr John Marshall Sir P ... Read on

Stepping down a gear - on retreat with John Bell at Shepherds Dene
By Marjorie Wood One could think of John L Bell of the Iona Community as a modern day John the Baptist; he presents a tall lean frame, piercing blue eyes and thick, now short, grey hair, but no camel hair garment or sandals. ... Read on

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Paradise in the City, Lódz, Poland 19-25 July - Bursaries available
THE COUNCIL FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY Paradise in the City, Lódz, Poland 19-25 July - Bursaries available Please find attached a brochure giving information about Paradise in the City: a festival led by the Chemin Neuf Community in Lódz, Poland from 19th to 25 ... Read on

Disability Matters
The Disability Task Group was delighted that so many people (over 140) attended the Open Synod Forum, "Welcome to My World" on 12th March. Many were inspired and challenged by Roy McCloughry's address, and enjoyed the workshops which followed, even though t ... Read on

God Calling…
Go have a look at the new website for the God Calling Network, for all young adults in the Newcastle Diocese (18-30) who are interested in thinking about what God might be calling them to be or do: The network provides a range of fu ... Read on

Christian Aid ~ Visit from Christian Aid Partner in Bangladesh
News from Christian Aid North East with Amy Scott In advance of this year’s Christian Aid week – taking place 15-21 of May – Abdus Salam, Chief Executive of Christian Aid’s partner organisation Gana Unnayan Kendra (GUK), visited the North East ... Read on

Work Matters ~ with Canon Glyn Evans of Newcastle City Centre Chaplaincy
Matthew the Gospel writer was a tax collector. Have you heard about the cannibal tax collectors? They charge an arm and a leg! The church uses gift aid so that we don’t pay tax. Is that fair? Give unto Caesar and all that! Do you pay all your taxes? Do you use I ... Read on

Bishop Christine Hardman writes ~ May 2016
I have always found the celebration of Holy Week and the Easter Triduum to be profound and special but this has been overwhelmingly true this year. It was humbling and deeply moving to preside at the Chrism Mass as your Bishop on Maundy Thursday morning and then to s ... Read on

Josie’s Maundy Money
By Brian Bennett A regular worshipper at St Bartholomew’s Church in Newbiggin was one of 90 men and 90 women chosen to receive Maundy money from Her Majesty the Queen in St George’s Chapel, Windsor. Josie Armstrong described the occasion as a “never- ... Read on

Dementia Awareness Week 2016, 15th - 21st May
What can we do about the fears we have about dementia?   How about hosting a Dementia Friends session?   Dementia Friends is an Alzheimer’s Society led initiative. It aims to increase dementia awareness and change the way the ... Read on

What Price Peace? Resource for church schools by Morpeth Reader
2016 - Remembering the Battle of the Somme - What’s the point for church schools? The First World War centenary has created surprising levels of popular interest in the events of 100 years ago. Perhaps your school marked the anniversary of the 1914 Christmas ... Read on

Treading the Verge of Jordan: Holy Land Easter School 2016 with Lindisfarne Regional Training Partnership
Malcolm Hall was one of a group of Ordinands (training for ordination) who travelled from Newcastle and Durham Dioceses with Lindisfarne Following in Jesus’ footsteps during Holy Week a group of 22 of us from the Lindisfarne RTP travelled to the Holy Land for an ... Read on

HRH The Countess of Wessex visits Hexham Abbey
Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex visited Hexham Abbey on Wednesday 20 April to see the historic church and Priory Buildings, the new centre and facilities opened in 2014. The Countess is greeted by chil ... Read on

For all people; a Holy Week tale from St Thomas’ Church, Newcastle
By Catherine Lack ‘God is gay,’ said the graffiti that had appeared on the wall outside of St Thomas’ Church (Haymarket, Newcastle). My first thought was, ‘how do you remove graffiti from a listed building?” My second was, ‘I wond ... Read on

View from the Lantern ~ Farewell from Robin Frame
Robin Frame writes from the mother church of the Diocese of Newcastle I started writing this regular column in January 2013, taking over from Canon Syd Connolly who hung up his columnist’s hat in December 2012. I had only been working for the Cathedral for eigh ... Read on

Bishop at the Bastle
Bishop Christine is half way through her first visits to the twelve deaneries that make up the Diocese of Newcastle. Major Frank O’Kane with Bishop Christine       outside an h ... Read on

Celebrating skills in Byker
A celebration on the afternoon of Palm Sunday saw St Silas, Byker, thronged with brightly-clad supporters and families of fifteen women who each received a certificate in Skills for Employability, Personal Development and Training from Bishop Frank after taking part i ... Read on

Beating the Bounds at Lowick
By Niall Cartlidge “Beating the bounds” of a parish no longer has the religious significance of Rogation when prayers were said to bless the newly sown crops and ward off evil spirits, nor the later function of reminding the population of the exact parish b ... Read on

Godparents’ Sunday
The first ever Sunday to celebrate the unique role of godparents takes place on 1st May 2016. This is a great opportunity to invite recent baptism families to come along with godparents to a special service, but is also a chance to get all those in the congregation who ... Read on

The Green Room ~ World Environment Day
by the Revd Dr John Harrison   In 1972 the General Assembly of the United Nations passed Resolution 2994 at the start of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment, which established the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and also fixed Worl ... Read on

Mapped out - Churches to celebrate The Queen’s 90th birthday
Her Majesty The Queen’s official 90th Birthday weekend is the 10th - 12th June, when churches across the country are planning to host community events including concerts, flower festivals, summer fairs, exhibitions and more to celebrate the long life and reign of ... Read on

International Speaker Pastor Michael Schulze visiting Cramlington
On April 29-30, Cramlington Parish is honoured to host Michael Schulze (pictured), a Pastor in the German Lutheran Church, who will be leading a weekend seminar headed “Curses and blessings in a family.” Michael has delivered his seminars in the USA, Austr ... Read on

Inspiration and perspiration
Nine ‘hardcore’ walkers set off from Holy Island on the 30th March to tramp by sand and sea, then up hill and down dale, to reach Ovingham in the Tyne Valley on the 2nd April. Their sponsored trek began with the Bishop of Newcastle’s blessing on Holy ... Read on

Suffragan See of Berwick ~ consultation
VACANCY IN THE SUFFRAGAN SEE OF BERWICK Following the Dioceses Commission’s agreement to the revival of the See of Berwick the Bishop of Newcastle is seeking candidates for this post. Anyone wishing to comment on the needs of this role or who wishes to propo ... Read on

The fresh light of Easter
By Clare MacLaren If someone shook you awake at 4.00am on a cold, dark March morning and asked you to come into the centre of Newcastle in order to climb 124 twisty stone steps and stand in a biting wind on top of a Mediaeval building, you’d probably tell them to ... Read on

Become a Welcomer at St Nicholas Cathedral
St Nicholas Cathedral needs your dedication, your time, your smile, your energy, and your passion. Do you enjoy meeting new people? Are you interested in learning about the Cathedral’s history and wonderful Monuments? Are you passionate about sharing a smile? ... Read on

Bishop Frank writes ~ April 2016
The cold and frosty days of Winter may seem to be a surprising time to find thoughts of the blazing heat of an Italian summer coming to mind. Or maybe not, of course! But strange certainly for me in the nature of the memory evoked. Alison and I were on holiday in ... Read on

Easter message from the Bishop of Newcastle, the Rt Revd Christine Hardman
I was struck recently by two encounters I had with sheep farmers. The first was a hill farmer in one of the more remote corners of this wonderful Diocese of Newcastle. I was struck by how hard life can be for our farmers, but I was also struck by an image of great t ... Read on

Bishop Frank White to retire in September
The Bishop of Newcastle, the Rt Revd Christine Hardman, has announced today that the Assistant Bishop of Newcastle, the Rt Revd Frank White, will retire on the 30th September 2016. Bishop Christine said, “Bishop Frank has given an enormous amount to this Diocese ... Read on

Task team inspire futures of historic churches
A team of volunteers and professionals is setting out to transform the futures of historic churches across the North East, thanks to a grant of £221,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). An initiative of Inspired North East – a church building support s ... Read on

Your Diocesan Synod
Bishop Christine’s first Presidential Address to Diocesan Synod. Click arrow below to play audio recording.   ... Read on

Opportunities for those in Ministry
Personal and Professional Development, Health and Wellbeing, Learning as a Way of Being for Clergy and Accredited Lay Ministers Family Systems Coaching Group for Clergy Encouraging wellbeing and resilience in ministry: Exploring the impact of our pastoral role ... Read on

African-Anglican Mothers’ Union Branch launched
Inaugural meeting of the African-Anglican Mothers’ Union Branch Saturday 5 March saw the launch of the African-Anglican Mothers’ Union Newcastle Branch. Around 100 people ... Read on

Adding Value 2016: ‘The 3D Edition’
Parish Giving Officer Richard Gascoyne writes: The 2016 edition of ‘Adding Value; our guide to parish share’ is now being distributed to all parishes (each deanery has been given a box with copies for your parish). ‘Adding Value’ is full ... Read on

Caring Hands in Shieldfield
The Bishop of Newcastle, the Right Revd Christine Hardman, paid a brief visit to Newcastle's Caring Hands Charity in Shieldfield at the beginning of March, as part of her introductory tour of the City's Central Deanery. Caring Hands Charity was established in 1992 to ... Read on

Anna Chaplaincy ~ responding in grace to older people
Debbie Thrower introduces Anna   Chaplaincy and BRF’s ‘The Gift of   Years’ project which supports it.  Former ‘Songs of Praise&rsquo ... Read on

News from Lindisfarne RTP ~ Branching Out in Faith
Thanks to the skill, experience and expertise of the Revd Andii Bowsher (Co-ordinating Faith Advisor and Anglican Chaplain at Northumbria University) and the Revd Gavin Wort (Vicar of Holy Cross, Fenham and Chair of the Newcastle Diocesan Committee for Interfaith and Et ... Read on

Inspired North East ~ Spring notes
With Andrew Duff and David Lovie Spring notes A blaze of aconites in Doddington churchyard Now is the time of year to think afresh about our wonderful ... Read on

Christian Aid Week 2016 ~ Wonderful Worms!
News from Christian Aid North East with Amy Scott This year’s Christian Aid Week will take place between the 15 – 21 May and there are many ways you and your church can get involved. If you’re fond of a fry up or partial to pancakes, why not host o ... Read on

Turning lives around in HMP Northumberland
By Sue Allen The latest enormously rewarding seven-week ‘Sycamore Tree’ course at HM Prison Northumberland, promoted by Prison fellowship and run through the Chaplaincy, has just come to an end. The men come for a variety of reasons. For some it is part ... Read on

Work Matters ~ with Canon Glyn Evans of Newcastle City Centre Chaplaincy
Do you know what gets my goat? It’s a shepherd! I really get annoyed by the way the clergy are portrayed in the media. Despite the world supposedly becoming more secular, clergy seem to be in every drama series - especially if it involves murder! The winner of ... Read on

View from the Lantern ~ Canon Clare MacLaren talks Holy Week and Easter
It doesn’t seem like Christmas was long enough ago for me to be writing about Holy Week and Easter. In fact, I am still having trouble dealing with it being March. What happened in February, and where has it gone? Sometimes time feels like sand, slipping through o ... Read on

Go green with the Big Church Switch
The Big Church Switch, supported by Parish Buying in partnership with Christian Aid and Tearfund, encourages churches to lead the way in switching to, and therefore increasing the demand for, renewable energy. Since its launch on Ash Wednesday, over 300 churc ... Read on

The Green Room ~ extinction
Fairbourne in west Wales which is threatened by rising sea levels. Credit: Paul Lewis By the Revd Dr John Harrison ‘Mass Extinction’ is one of those banner he ... Read on

New Canons of Newcastle
Five new Honorary and Lay Canons of St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle, have been nominated by Bishop Christine and were installed and licensed in a service there on Sunday 13 March. They became members of the College of Canons at St Nicholas Cathedral. Pictures from the ... Read on

In Quires and Places ~ St Nicholas Cathedral Chamber Choir
Kris Thomsett, Acting Director of Music at St Nicholas Cathedral (pictured), reports on the new Chamber Choir. When I arrived in Newcastle in September to start my new job as Assistant Director of Music, I was excited to see I was to recruit and train a new choir, the ... Read on

Review with the North East Religious Resources Centre ~ Sacred in the City by Margaret Silf
Sacred in the City – Seeing the Spiritual in the Everyday - Margaret Silf For many, city living is an environment where hard material dominates. This book reminds us that city life is just as much part of God’s sacred world as anywhere else. That tho ... Read on

Prayers for Syria
The Church of England has published prayers for Syria as UN peace talks resume in Geneva today and ahead of the fifth anniversary of the Syrian conflict on March 15. Prayer for peace in Syria How long oh Lord? How long? We have been crying to you for peace in Syria; ... Read on

Bishop of Newcastle's International Women’s Day 2016 “Women Inspiring Women” Video Story
Seven women Bishops in the Church of England have nominated women who have inspired them in a series of short videos to mark International Women’s Day 2016 (IWD2016). From Gold medal winning Olympic rowers to nurses working with HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe and from the ... Read on

Get Fit Go Green ~ RE through dance
Click here to download the flyer Springs Dance Company specialises in RE through dance and helps young people learn about and learn from the Christian faith. Their energetic, action p ... Read on

130 Years Young ~ St. Mary's Holywell gets a faith lift
Fr Phil Hughes, Vicar and Area Dean. After several years of determined fundraising, the congregation of St. Mary's Church in Holywell, near Whitley Bay, have lately had cause for a doub ... Read on

Citizens unite ~ Yvonne Hall updates us on Tyne and Wear Citizens.
The founding partners: Andrew Thurston - Durham Diocese, Bishop Seamus Cunningham - Diocese of Hexham & Newcastle, Julia Gordon - Newcastle Quaker Meeting, The Very Revd Chris Dalliston - Newcastle Dioc ... Read on

New Pack Helps Churches to Address Domestic Abuse
1 in 4 women in the UK experience domestic abuse. But few church leaders are aware of the extent of the issue, or what they can do about it. Christian charity Restored, which aims to help end domestic abuse by working with churches and Christian organisations, has ... Read on

'Coffee and Cream' ~ café opens for business at St Peter's, Balkwell
On Shrove Tuesday the audience watching the film Chocolat in the brand-new ‘Coffee and Cream’ coffee shop at St Peter’s, Balkwell, while enjoying lashings of hot chocolate and chocolate cake (among other tasty treats) in preparation for this year&rsquo ... Read on

Bishop Christine Hardman writes ~ March 2016
March 15 marks the fifth anniversary of the first widespread peaceful protests in Syria calling for democratic reforms that sparked the current war. Coming up to five years later, we now face the terrible statistics of a quarter of a million dead and 4.7 million refug ... Read on

Chocolate fountains and sparkly wool ~ Children’s and Youth teams consultation
Bishop Frank - a master chocolatier at work. On Sunday 31 January Hexham Abbey hosted a Bishop doing a chocolate fountain, a game that involved purple sparkly wool and a gro ... Read on

St Paul’s Community Garden is coming up roses.
One of the many exciting projects and events going on at St Paul’s Community Partnership, Willington Quay, is the Community Garden. Founded after seeing the success of similar projects around the country, the garden was created as a way to bring the com ... Read on

Congratulations to Michael and Janet Jackson
Valentine's Sunday was a fitting day for the Revd Canon Michael and the Revd Janet Jackson to celebrate their Golden Wedding. Here they are cutting the cake they kindly brought and shared with the congregation in Hexham Abbey after a prayer and blessing for them at ... Read on

Spirit in Stone website ~ free offer!
The Spirit in Stone website  was set up by Inspired North East in 2013 to encourage people to explore the region's rich heritage of historic churches. We are now updating the contents and adding new material. If your church is one of the 125 already featured we w ... Read on

Making space for children
The Revd Canon Adrian Hughes writes: As part of our latest Mission Action Plan we agreed to ‘explore the possibility of an area for children in church for not only the children of our congregation but also visitors and those attending the many baptism, wedding an ... Read on

A ground-breaking Ministry ~ Diocese of Botswana's first women ordinands
Catherine Pickford (2nd from left) with the women ordinands at St Augustine’s theological college, Gaborone; (from left) Motsetsangape Sepora, Florence Khabenyana Bogopa, and Diana Amanze. ... Read on

Preaching the Passion in Luke
A sparky crowd of more than 40 people attended a study day for clergy and Readers at Cuthbert House in Durham on Saturday 30 January. It was led by David Bryan, Director of Studies for Lindisfarne RTP, and Mark Bryant, Bishop of Jarrow. This was the fourth year that ... Read on

Inspired North East ~ special offers and information on grants
With Andrew Duff and David Lovie Spirit in Stone website - free offer! The Spirit in Stone website was set up by Inspired North East in 2013. The aim is to offer a 'shop window' for the region's rich heritage of historic churches and encourage mo ... Read on

Christian Aid ~ Ask Your Local Council to Champion Tax Justice
News from Christian Aid North East with Amy Scott Christian Aid’s “Sourced” campaign aims to use the financial influence of local councils to change the behaviour of big business. Local authorities spend many billions each year on goods and servi ... Read on

Mythbusters ~ Dioceses team up at Wedding Show
The Revd Rachel Scheffer in action at the North East Wedding Show Opening conversations and busting myths about why people think they can’t get married in church is th ... Read on

Cathedral Commissioning for Mothers’ Union President
Barbara Packer is commissioned as President of the Diocese of Newcastle Mothers’ Union in a service at St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle, at 11.00am on Saturday 13 February. Bishop of Newcastle the Right Reverend Christine Hardman (herself a Mothers’ Union m ... Read on

View from the Lantern ~ meet the Acting Director of Music
In January we bid Director of Music, Michael Stoddart, a fond farewell as he left us for warmer climes. His successor will be appointed sometime in the spring, with a view to start in September. That’s a long way away and, in the meantime, someone has to step up t ... Read on

The Green Room ~ good stewards of God’s Creation
by the Revd Dr John Harrison Back in August 2015 President Obama announced that he was going to allow further oil exploration in the Arctic wilderness, giving the go-ahead to Shell to drill for oil in the Chukchi Sea. The reaction to this decision was swift and in ... Read on

Work Matters ~ with Canon Glyn Evans of Newcastle City Centre Chaplaincy
I went into the Police Station in my role as a chaplain and saw the Wanted Posters and asked ‘Why don’t you arrest the criminals when you take their picture?’ The term ‘whistle blower’ comes from the days when the police blew a whistle whe ... Read on

Prayer and Pancakes! ~ Prayers on the Move Campaign Launch
05/02/2016    Bishop Frank White says: Lent on the Buses Next week we will begin renewing our spiritual fitness regimes and during Lent reviewing the consecration of our lives in the service of Christ. While there are tough challenges faci ... Read on

Bishop Frank White writes ~ February 2016
Public transport is a great thing. This is both my personal view (I’ve been using it a lot recently) and a considered position as I reflect on the needs of our society and the challenges of the environment. Where would we be without our buses and trains? Whe ... Read on

Bishop at Dame Allan's Schools
The Bishop of Newcastle has visited Dame Allan's Schools in Newcastle as part of her tour of the City’s West Deanery   Canon Nick Darby, Fareeha Ahmed       ... Read on

Hearts and Minds and Inclusive Communication
Richard launching the new storytelling chair in York • Are you interested in developing your preaching skills? • Would you like to learn more about telling a story to engage t ... Read on

Bishop of Newcastle introduced to House of Lords
The Bishop of Newcastle, the Rt Revd Christine Hardman, becomes the second female bishop of the Church of England to take her seat in the House of Lords when she is introduced on Tuesday 26th January. She will become one of 26 ‘Lords Spiritual’, a group whi ... Read on

Access to Inclusion ~ Hearing vs Heating in Church
John Bruce Telfer of the Diocesan Disability Task Group writes A church known to me has obtained a grant to fund a new heating system for the church building. While this is certainly needed – and the money is ring-fenced so that it cannot be used for any other p ... Read on

To see ourselves as other see us
My name is Clara Groß and I´m a theology student in my third year in Leipzig, Germany. Clara with Vinny the Parrot in Wallsend’s Dorset Arms     &nb ... Read on

The Green Room ~ under siege from water
By the Revd Dr John Harrison   While I was conducting last Sunday’s morning service here in Haydon Bridge, the sanctuary was suddenly bathed in a shaft of bright light which took us all by surprise as the weather outside had been very much the same as usual ... Read on

Healing Ministry ~ an historic moment
By Stanley Baxter In 1904 the Guild of Health was founded, promoting the Church’s Ministry of Healing and its relationship with the Medical Profession. In 1915 a group of high church clergy left the Guild because they felt they needed to promote a more Sacramen ... Read on

Don't Stand By ~ Holocaust Memorial Day 2016
Holocaust Memorial Day (27 January) is a time for everyone to pause to remember the millions of people who have been murdered or whose lives have been changed beyond recognition during the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosn ... Read on

Horsley’s pipe dream comes true
Horsley Organ Restoration Group has secured a grant of £201,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to restore the organ in Holy Trinity Church Horsley, near Rochester in Redesdale, Northumberland. This grant will ensure that the much-loved pipe organ can now ... Read on

View from the Lantern ~ Farewell Michael Stoddart
Robin Frame writes from the mother church of the Diocese of Newcastle.  January is considered a time for fresh starts. For me that means picking up where I left off somewhere at the beginning of last year, kidding myself I will ever use the gym membership I pay fo ... Read on

Tackling Poverty Head On
Together Newcastle and North East Churches Acting Together (NECAT) are hosting a Financial Inclusion Event at St John’s Church, Kingston Park, on Thursday 25 February to discuss setting up Community Money Advice (CMA) Centres. CMA is a national charity that, for ... Read on

Inspired North East ~ New Year, new project
With Andrew Duff and David Lovie New Year, new project – but how to fund it? If you are planning a significant repair or development project in 2016, obtaining some form of grant aid will probably be your main source of funding. As most parishes do a major proj ... Read on

Christian Aid ~ Count Your Blessings
Throughout Lent, we are asking you to reflect each day on the blessings in your life through Count Your Blessings, inspired by daily opportunities to give, act and pray for others who are less fortunate. In Bangladesh, these include people battling the disastrous effect ... Read on

News from Lindisfarne Regional Training Partnership
A snowy Thursday morning in January saw seven Lindisfarne students (Katherine Govier, Reader, in absentia) receive their BA degrees in Durham Cathedral from the Chancellor of Durham University, Sir Thomas Allen. This was a wonderful occasion for our students, marki ... Read on

Work Matters ~ with Canon Glyn Evans of Newcastle City Centre Chaplaincy
I start a new job in Seoul soon; I thought it was a good Korea move! If a football manager is sacked a new one is appointed pretty quickly. One of the most frustrating things for parishes, I believe, is the time it takes to appoint a next vicar. Business people in part ... Read on

Safeguarding Training Programme 2016
The Diocesan Safeguarding Training Programme for 2016 is now available online at Everyone working in either a voluntary or paid capacity in the Diocese is expected to update their Safeguarding Training every 3 years. T ... Read on

Sharing God's Blessing ~ How to Renew the Local Church
Five North East churches took part in a research project during 2014/2015 to help Robin Greenwood, former Vicar of St Mary’s, Monkseaton, produce his new book. St Wilfrid's, Newbiggin Hall (Newcastle) and St James', Shilbottle were among the churches that helpe ... Read on

Married at St George’s, Cullercoats?
St George’s Church, Cullercoats, makes appeal for wedding photos spanning over 130 years. Canon Adrian Hughes (pictured), Vicar of St George’s, hopes to bring the community together with the project. “I'm longing to find the oldest photo of a wedding ... Read on

St George’s plans to ring in the changes.
St George’s, Cullercoats, is in the process of raising money and gaining support to reinstate bells in the church. The church tower currently houses four bells, supported by an iron structure which has rusted leaving the bells unusable. Gerald Lang, Hon Secretary ... Read on

Because God exists; Hermitage Chapel wins award
Shepherds Law A Northumberland Hermitage is awarded £5,000 as joint winner of the Award for religious architec