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Green Room
At this time of year, cock pheasants are full of their masculinity and they are willing to face down anything that they perceive as trespassing on their territory. Nothing is too large to tackle, which is one of the reasons why we see so many lying dead at the r ... Read on

Assistant safeguarding adviser appointed
TOWARDS A SAFER CHURCH With Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Ruth Rogan In March, Andrew Grant joined us as a part time Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser. His main working days will be Wednesday, Thursday a ... Read on

Baptism appeal and Mission 250: Saint Ann's
An appeal for baptism photos, certificates or other memorabilia relating to Saint Ann’s Church in Battlefield has been issued. Later this month, the church is holding a Mission 250 event with Bishop Mark and John Sinclair, which will feature the theme of Baptis ... Read on

Green Room: Loneliness
GREEN ROOM With Revd Dr John Harrison, Honorary Environment Adviser  to the Bishop of Newcastle This is the 60th Green Room contribution to Link and in almost all of these the focus ... Read on

Foolishness to the Greeks
LIKE A METAPHOR With Tim Hardy, who works in the Religious Resources Centre in Church House and writes at ‘Alleluia, Christ is Risen!’ comes the assured cry, spoken aloud and sent in countless text messages throughout the mo ... Read on

Easter trail at Whalton Church
For the past few years the clergy, congregation and community of Cambo and the 'Kirks' have designed an Easter Trail in Kirkwhelpington church, with the help and support of many people from the benefice of Bolam with Whalton etc.  Now that the ... Read on

Service of Reflection and Hope
TOWARDS A SAFER CHURCH With Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Ruth Rogan A Service of Reflection and Hope for all affected by child sexual abuse was held on 9 March at Newcastle Cathedral, led by Canon Clare MacLa ... Read on

Warm welcome to DDO
The diocese has welcomed Revd Claire Robson as its new Diocesan Director of Ordinands (DDO). Originally hailing from the North East, Claire has moved from the Diocese of Bath and Wells to take up her new role. Claire was a Minor Canon at St Paul&rsqu ... Read on

Open Synod Forum - 24 March 2018
You are invited to our open Synod Forum to be held on Saturday 24th March at the Northumberland Church of England Academy Ashington. The Open Forum will begin at 10:00am, with registration and refreshments available from 9:30am, and finish at 12.30pm. ... Read on

Baptism photos appeal
          Have you or a member of your family been baptized in the parishes of Bothal, Pegswood or Longhirst? Do you still have pictures? If so, St. Andrew’s Church in Bothal would like to display the images at a ... Read on

Chaplain appointed in NHS first
Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust have appointed the Revd Dr Simon Mason to the new post of Clinical Lead Chaplain. In this role he will lead research into the work of Chaplaincy and Mental Health. He will also aid the working together of Chaplai ... Read on

Archbishop blesses primary school
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu visited a Northumberland primary school to bless its new £1.5million extension. The extension at Heddon on the Wall St Andrew’s Church of England Primary School has now increased its size by a third, creati ... Read on

Announcing the leader of our exciting Diocesan Resource Church
The Rev’d Ben Doolan, Curate at St Michael le Belfrey in York, is to be the leader of a new Mission Initiative in Newcastle for the whole Diocese. This 'Resource Church’ builds on experience from around the Church of England and will be based in the c ... Read on

Modern day slavery
TOWARDS A SAFER CHURCH With Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Ruth Rogan   MODERN DAY SLAVERY- awareness raising sessions- all welcome We are pleased to welcome Chris Reeves as the NE Partnership Co-ordinato ... Read on

Bishop Christine highlights Benwell in Lords debate
The Bishop of Newcastle, the Right Reverend Christine Hardman, has highlighted the plight of one of the most deprived areas in the North East during a House of Lords debate. Speaking this afternoon, the Bishop – who has sat in the House of Lords since 2015 ... Read on

Reopening of Church of Our Lady
After being closed to worshippers for four years, the wonderful and historic Church of Our Lady - situated next to the magnificent Seaton Delaval Hall in Northumberland - is due to reopen next month. The Bishop of Newcastle, the Right Rev'd Christine Hardman wil ... Read on

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse
TOWARDS A SAFER CHURCH With Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Ruth Rogan The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has not gone away. In March 2015 this statutory inquiry was established to consider growing ev ... Read on

Morning Prayer and Coffee with Bishop Mark
Bishop Mark is planning to take Morning Prayer on a Monday morning, where possible, travelling around the diocese to a different deanery each time.  He would be delighted if you would like to join him for prayer at 8.30am and then to visit a local coffee shop or ho ... Read on

Acting Dean is welcomed
The new Acting Dean of Newcastle, the Venerable Geoff Miller, was formally commissioned by Bishop Christine at a special service at Newcastle Cathedral on Sunday. Geoff has taken on this interim role following the departure of The Very Revd. Chris Dalliston, now ... Read on

My Angel Of The North
The Angel of the North is turning 20 this month! In celebration of this iconic North East landmark and its special birthday, we are launching our own My Angel Of The North campaign throughout February. We want to recognise the unsung heroes in our Diocese and hon ... Read on

Join Ringing out for Peace this Armistice
An appeal has gone out to church bell ringers around Britain to join in a major event later this year to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War 1. The organisers of Battle's Over, a national and international event marking the armistice, wants to s ... Read on

Bishop Christine welcomes new Christian Aid scheme
The Bishop of Newcastle the Right Rev'd Christine Hardman has welcomed a new global justice scheme launched this January by Christian Aid in partnership with the Church of England which aims to empower a new generation of children to speak out against poverty an ... Read on

Broken. A six week study course for Lent
The TV series, Broken, written by Jimmy McGovern and starring Sean Bean is set in an estate parish somewhere in the UK. The church used at the centre of the series is in Liverpool but the series never explicitly states that this is where the narrative is set. The series ... Read on

Bishop of Newcastle joins House of Lords debate on housing crisis
  The Bishop of Newcastle, the Right Reverend Christine Hardman has asked the Government to explain what progress is being made to ease Britain’s housing crisis. Her call came during a debate this afternoon in the House of Lords on the role of the count ... Read on

Bishop Christine's Christmas Message 2017
Christmas is an extraordinary time for most of us, and it has a great ability to intensify things. If there’s joy, a new baby arriving in the family, or a new relationship beginning, the joy is intensified. But it’s also true that if there is sadness, for ex ... Read on

New Year Resolutions
TOWARDS A SAFER CHURCH With Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Ruth Rogan Safeguarding resolutions - it’s the time of year people resolve to make changes in their lives in order to be healthier and maybe happier. Might I ... Read on

Multi-Generational Confirmation
Twelve people with an age range spanning eighty-eight years will join together to celebrate as they are confirmed in the Christian faith on Sunday evening 26th November at the new Great Park Community Centre.  Bishop John will officiate at this confirmation service ... Read on

Announcement about the Dean of Newcastle
  Downing Street has announced today that the Very Revd Christopher Dalliston, Dean of Newcastle, is to become the new Dean of Peterborough. Christopher, 61, has been Dean of Newcastle since 2003, overseeing significant improvements to Newcastle Cathedral&rsq ... Read on

A truly inspirational visit to Africa
Less than one week after successfully completing the Great North Run with Bishop Christine, Bishop Mark was in Africa! He was making his first visit to the Diocese of Botswana – one of three Anglican communities linked with Newcastle, the others being Mø ... Read on

Au revoir to Saint Michael's Paris
The new vicar of Saint Michael's Anglican church Paris is swapping the Champs-Elysées for the green British pastures of Northumberland. Canon Alyson Lamb takes up a new role on 20 September as part-time Priest-in-Charge to the parishes of Mitford and Hebro ... Read on

Changing lives in one of the world’s poorest communities
By Margaret Storey who, when she’s home, attends Trinity Methodist Church in Wallsend I first heard about the Seed International Fund Trust (SIFT) when I made inquiries regarding school sponsorship in Nicaragua. I had previously been to the country volunteering ... Read on

Support available from the Emily Matilda Easton Benefaction
The Emily Matilda Easton Benefaction provides a small pension to single (never married) women, aged over 55, who are Anglicans and the daughters of professional men. There are in fact two Benefactions: One covers the Dioceses of Durham and Newcastle; the other is n ... Read on

One race, 57,000 stories, two Bishops!
Bishop Christine and Bishop Mark were among the 57,000 runners on Sunday, 10 September to take on the challenge of the 36th Great North Run. As VIP runners they lined up at the start with celebrities such as TV presenter Davina McCall, not far from the elite athletes, i ... Read on

Book launch: 'Life After Care'
Life After Care to be launched by Trigger Press on 2 October The Revd Mark Edwards and (below) his autobiographical book Mental health and the issues surrounding those who struggle with it are frequently featured in the media ... Read on

Diocesan Runners in the Great North Run
As well as the bishops, we know a great many people in the Diocese also took part in the Great North Run, many of you also raising money for some amazing charities. Here is a small selection of stories and photos from some of the runners – thank you to everyone wh ... Read on

Giving children the freedom to reflect - Prayer Spaces
By Judith Sadler An eight-year old boy in a ‘Prayer Space’ in a school is looking at a world map and remembering the country from which his family fled. He puts his name near Kosovo and remembers those who were left behind. He talks to his classmate about ... Read on

View from the Lantern
Cathedral Dean Chris Dalliston writes from the mother church of the Diocese of Newcastle We are very impressed by Bishop Christine and Bishop Mark’s achievement in completing the Great North Run. Here at the Cathedral we have been offering prayerful back-up ... Read on

growing church bringing hope - Strand 5: Introduction
By Jonathan Mason In the twelve months since I was licensed as Bishop's Rural Affairs Adviser, I have learnt much about the Diocese of Newcastle, not least about its rural areas. Some has come from my Adviser's role, travelling around parishes and benefices, ... Read on

growing church bringing hope - Report on Strand 5: Rural
Some of our rural churches Do you know which churches these are? Let us know via Twitter: @ncldiocese! #ruralchurches By Peter Robinson There are some big challenges facing the rural areas ... Read on

The Green Room - with Revd Dr John Harrison
Shrinking the Footprint is the Church of England’s national environmental campaign. The website states: ‘The Church of England has endorsed the observance of a "Time for Creation" from 1 September (the first day of the church year for the Orthodox ... Read on

#DigitalDiocese: New and improved - A Church Near You
Good progress is being made on revamping A Church Near You (ACNY). Following research with 1,788, we are planning to improve the site by adding new features and functionality. These include: a mobile-first design, a simpler log-in process, an ability to display feeds fr ... Read on

Obituary: The Revd John Horton 1927 - 2017
By the Revd Canon Jim Robertson The Revd John Horton John died in hospital on 7 May, aged 90. John had celebrated his 90th birthday in March 2017 after more than 60 years of priesthood. He served his title at St Peter’s Balkwell in North Shields,  ... Read on

Pioneer Ministry: Baking and camping and... hang on, a church?
By Phil Medley, Community Engagement Leader for MINE St Michael’s Byker is a small congregation of people trying to work out what it is to be a ‘Church’ today. Seventeen years ago, the congregation decided to take a bold move in  ... Read on

Helping light up Whitley Bay
Floodlights have been installed to illuminate one of Tyneside’s best-known churches. St Paul’s Cullercoats in Whitley Bay is being lit up as part of a series of projects rejuvenating Whitley Bay town centre, helping make the church more accessible to both ... Read on

New academic year starts for Lindisfarne RTP
A word from David Bryan, Dean of Lindisfarne RTP On Saturday 9 September, Lindisfarne RTP launched the new academic year for 2017-18. In the morning we welcomed most of the new students – twelve Reader trainees, seven Ordinands and two independent students. The ... Read on

Licensing of the Revd John Carr
On St Aidan’s Day, 31 August, the Revd John Carr (pictured with the bishop of Berwick and others) was licensed as House for Duty Assistant Priest for the Parishes of Carham, Cornhill and Branxton at a special service at Cornhill Church. In his sermon, the Bishop o ... Read on

Did you enjoy your summer Holy Days? I went on a ballooning holiday – and put on four stone! It’s now back to school for lots of children but also a time when young adults begin a new job. Do you remember when you first started work? It was scary for me. ... Read on

Invitation: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
By Robert Lawrance, Vicar of St Francis High Heaton Like many Christians before us, I and the Revd Gary Birchall have found that pilgrimage has nourished and stimulated our faith in a unique way. We would like to invite you to join us on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land ... Read on

TOWARDS A SAFER CHURCH - Safeguarding training programme
TOWARDS A SAFER CHURCH With Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Ruth Rogan It is now two and half years since we launched our Safeguarding Training Programme and during this time we have trained 1000 people on ‘Creating a Saf ... Read on

Stewardship stories: St Philip & St James, Whittonstall
By Rachel Jobes We’ve been collecting stories from around the Diocese of how churches are managing stewardship, often in challenging situations. Here’s one we particularly like from Whittonstall. Read the story below, then check our comments for thoug ... Read on

Playing Hide and Seek with God
By Tim Hardy Have you ever seen a Godly Play presentation of the Parable of the Good Shepherd? In it (as I remember it told), the parable is slightly expanded to provide more opportunity for reflection and identification with the flock rather than the shepherd who ... Read on

Inspired North East - HLF Grants Workshops in the North east
By Ian Bapty As previously highlighted in LINK, the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Grants for Places of Worship programme has now closed. However, the HLF have said that, at least for the next year, they are ring-fencing a similar amount of money to be spent on church ... Read on

SEEDLING, BONSAI OR MIGHTY OAK? What’s helping us grow as Christians?
By Hilary Elder, Associate Director of Ordinands Helping people to grow as Christians, and to find and follow the path God has made for them, is a vital part of our churches’ role. It’s high on the national Church’s agenda, too. Recent reports, incl ... Read on

Big Banks are key to the Big Shift towards a cleaner future
By Christian Aid Do you, like me, feel helpless about climate change in the face of such an overwhelming problem? We may feel insignificant, yet we can ‘do our bit’, for example by ‘living simply that others may simply live’, as Ghandi once sa ... Read on

Fond farewells to the Rev and the Reader
Sunday, 23 July saw an official presentation to the Revd David Johnson and his wife Mrs Doreen Johnson following their (second!) retirement at the end of May. Rev David, as a retired vicar, and Doreen, as a Reader, have worked tirelessly in the United Benefice of St ... Read on

Singing for Syrians
Helping the most desperate people in and around Syria Singing for Syrians is a nationwide initiative offering a positive way to raise money for some of Syria’s most vulnerable people. We are encouraging individuals, local communities, schools and churches ac ... Read on

Institution of The Revd Suzanne Cooke
On Thursday, 27 July we welcomed the Revd Suzanne Cooke as Vicar of the Benefice of Doddington, Ilderton, Kirknewton and Wooler. Her Institution was conducted by the Bishop of Berwick The Rt. Revd Mark Tanner, and the Induction by the Archdeacon of Lindisfarne T ... Read on

Saxon church uncovered on Holy Island
Archaeologists excavating around the Heugh on Holy Island have discov­ered what may be one of the oldest churches in Britain. The archaeological evidence found so far suggests the build­ing may date from the second half of the seventh, or from the eighth, ... Read on

Bishop Mark's Letter to the Diocese for August/September
"It's exciting - but why do we do it!?" As I write this, the house is in chaos… we are off on a holiday we have been planning for ages to fit in with the long break that the children get post-exams. You know how it is, with piles of things you mu ... Read on

Greenhead CE Primary School celebrates ‘Good’ Ofsted status
In June, this small, rural school in our Diocese achieved the second best Ofsted rating, ‘Good’, following a rigorous two-day inspection by an experienced Ofsted inspector. The Ofsted report, published on 30 June, rates the school ‘Good’ in al ... Read on

Hospitality with Action Hosting
‘When immigrants live in your land with you, you must not cheat them. Any immigrant who lives with you must be treated as if they were one of your citizens.’ – Leviticus 19:33-34 (Common English Bible) In the previous issue of Link, we int ... Read on

Pioneer Ministry: Chaplain to a gymful of boxers - By Stephen Ramshaw of St Paul’s church, Willington Quay
Head Coach Steve Sharp (left) with Pioneer evangelist Stephen Ramshaw (right) Hi again, if you can remember last month we introduced you to the Pioneer Learning Community. Over the coming months we want to tell you stories ... Read on

Strand 4 of our new Diocesan vision 'growing church bringing hope': City Centre
With Bishop Mark and Chris Dalliston, who are leading this strand. ‘The two key objectives are to explore the idea of a ‘Resource Church’ to focus on students, and to establish forums for cooperation between the Church of England and other organis ... Read on

Look out for the liquid worship!
‘Night Church’ is an initiative at the Cathedral designed to engage with the busy night-time economy in Newcastle’s city centre. From 29 September, there are plans to start opening the Cathedral half a ... Read on

Tyne and Wear Citizens By Revd Dr Nicholas Buxton, Diocesan Church and Society Adviser
Tyne and Wear Citizens is part of Citizens UK, which was founded in East London just over 20 years ago and is perhaps best known for the Living Wage Campaign, now a nationally recognised movement with over 3,000 accredited employers. The regional organisation was off ... Read on

St John’s Restoration and Development Project
St John’s has recently been successful in their second round application to the Heritage Lottery Fund, resulting in a grant to carry out nearly £200,000 of urgent and essential conservation repairs. The church is an important, Grade I listed medieval buil ... Read on

New loos at St Thomas the Martyr Church - By Revd Catherine Lack, Master of St Thomas’
Everybody in Newcastle recognises the distinctive hollow tower of St Thomas the Martyr on the skyline. It’s sometimes known as ‘the black church’ because of the discolouration caused by mining. When the clock broke a few years ago, local people blamed ... Read on

Artist in Residence project at St John the Baptist Church
For a period of four weeks in the summer/early autumn, internationally acclaimed artist Katia Kameli will be working on a special art installation inside St John’s, Grainger Street. The work will be on public display from 19-31 October as part of the Platform ... Read on

View from the Lantern
Kate Sussams, Director of Operations, writes from the mother church of the Diocese of Newcastle Like any big organisation, the Cathedral has its own rhythms and cycles. The liturgical cycle is the most over-arching, with the daily and weekly services shaped by th ... Read on

The Environmental Army - with the infantry of the slug and the underground movement of moles
I apologise for the lack of a Green Room contribution from me in the last issue of LINK. Not wishing to dwell on personal matters, my new granddaughter, Sofia, died after only two days of life. She was a precious jewel but one which was destined to sparkle only briefly ... Read on

Yurt provides a Prayer Space in primary school
Partnership work between St. Mary Magdalene and Longbenton Methodist Church Article by Pat Craighead On 27 June, a yurt was erected in the Quiet Garden of Balliol School, Longbenton. For three days it provided a safe space in which children could pray, think, and ta ... Read on

Is Ecumenism a dirty word?
The Revd Janet Appleby reflects on the Reformation and its lessons for Ecumenism Ecumenism seems to be one of those words that, when mentioned, makes church folk either glaze over or look uncomfortable. Although in essence it means all Christians should love one anot ... Read on

Knowing the price of everything and the value of nothing
A discussion around generosity with Liz Kerry, Chair of the Developing Stewardship Group and Vice Chair of the Newcastle Diocesan Board of Finance You know when you get a phrase going through your mind and can’t quite place it? Well, I was walking the dog ... Read on

Can you believe it!? The other day, my partner told me I had to stop pretending to be a flamingo! I had to put my foot down at that. Flamingos are pink, and one of my favourite songs goes ‘Enjoy yourself, it's later than you think. Enjoy yourself, while y ... Read on

Turn peas into profit this harvest - News from Christian Aid North East
 In Malawi, pigeon peas can provide farmers like Frank with a reliable source of income As we approach the harvest season, most of us in the UK are not in the fields gathering or gleaning, but with our families and friends, givi ... Read on

Inspiring North East - with Ian MCaffery
After six months with Inspired North East, I have been struck by the breadth of activity undertaken by both urban and rural churches in the Diocese of Newcastle. I have begun to understand the extent to which the task of caring for our churches falls squarely on church ... Read on

TOWARDS A SAFER CHURCH - The Moira Gibbs Report: An Abuse of Faith - the Independent Peter Ball Review’
With the publication on 22 June of the independent report by Dame Moira Gibb, ‘An Abuse of Faith - the Independent Peter Ball Review’, a picture emerged of the failure of the Church to respond appropriately when abuse was reported. A message from survivors i ... Read on

Slides from the Mental Health Conference
The slides from the presentations given at the Mental Health Conference are now available to download at: ... Read on

New Director of Discipleship and Ministry for Mission appointed
The Revd Canon Ian Flintoft, the Bishop’s Chaplain and Diocesan Director of Ordinands, is to be the first Director of Discipleship and Ministry for Mission for the Diocese of Newcastle. The Director will lead the development of dynamic and fruitful discipleship ... Read on

Botswana Link Diocese
How you can get involved: Pray for the Diocese following the Diocesan Prayer Diary, also on Twitter Support through parish donations Learn more about the diocese by contacting Father Allan Morris ... Read on

A Christian Aid Big Thank You!
Revd Roger Mills, Paul Revil and Loretta Minghella (CEO) From Seaton Delaval to Seahouses and Hexham to Heaton, people across our Diocese got involved in Christian Aid Week in May. From cooking ... Read on

Towards a Safer Church ~ National Safeguarding Policy
With Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Ruth Rogan   National Safeguarding Policy Every parish should have now received a copy of the national safeguarding policy statement ‘Promoting a Safer Church’ as ... Read on

Salt • The Christian Aid Business Network
Christian Aid is working to eradicate poverty across the world, and is coming up with some innovative ways to do just that. We are inviting business owners to work with us, and with each other, to tackle global poverty. The new SALT Business Network is open to an ... Read on

Work Matters ~ Who did you vote for?
WITH CANON GLYN EVANS OF NEWCASTLE CITY CENTRE CHAPLAINCY   Well, who did you vote for? The vicar’s daughter or JC? (I don’t mean Jesus Christ but Jeremy Corbyn). But what would a vote for Jesus look like? It always makes me think at election time ... Read on

Pioneer Ministry ~ Introducing the Pioneer Learning Community
By Stephen Ramshaw of St Paul’s church, Willington Quay Hi to all you canny folk of the Newcastle Diocese. I want to take this opportunity to introduce you to the Pioneer Learning Community. ‘The who and what communit ... Read on

View from the Porch ~ View from the Lantern
The Prayer Porch proved universally popular Revd Canon Clare McClaren, Canon for Music and Liturgy, writes about the surprises of planning a 24/7 ‘Prayer Porch’ at the mother church of the Diocese of Newcastle In e ... Read on

Dean's Letter ~ Interesting Times
With Chris Dalliston   We certainly live in interesting times. The General Election far from bringing clarity to our post-Brexit world has deepened the sense that we live in a society which lacks a clear identity, in which old alliances and loyalties no lo ... Read on

Archbishop’s wife Margaret Sentamu speaks at Hexham Abbey
Margaret Sentamu addressing the Mothers’ Union Banner procession By Sheila Walker, VP Lindisfarne Archdeaconry, Mothers’ Union   Mrs Margaret Sentamu spoke at the Mothers’ Union Lindisfarne Archdeaconry Fe ... Read on

Brothers baptised in stream
St Paul's Church, Branxton On Rogation Sunday, two brothers were baptised in a stream at Pallinsburn in Norham Deanery. This was the stream that St Paulinus used to baptise many converts, including Edwin, King of Northumbria, in 627. St Pauli ... Read on

New: Baptism Freebies!
By Barbara Packer, President of Newcastle Mothers’ Union The Newcastle Mothers’ Union (MU) is now offering free Baptism leaflets and cards, and Baptism Anniversary cards, to parishes. Parishes and benefic ... Read on

growing church bringing hope ~ Strand 3 of our new Diocesan vision: Impact
Holy Trinity Church, Embleton A regular Wednesday drop-in Those bacon sarnies are fantastic…I might have two! A social evening – one of many we can now hold in the improved hall! Greater accessibil ... Read on

First ever Messy Church baptism at St Lawrence’s
Lewis Duddy at the font Jake Duddy getting his candle and compass By the Revd Christine Shield, curate at Warkworth with Acklington   On 19 March, brothers Jake and Lewis Duddy were baptised in a joyous Messy C ... Read on

You’d be barking mad not to try the new café at the Cathedral
Dean Eccles The Dog Leap Stairs, from which the café takes its name. Photo: Mike Quinn Dog Leap Café got off to a flying start on 2 May, and has so far capitalised well on its init ... Read on

Review with the North East Religious Resources Centre
The Upside Down Bible: What Jesus really said about money sex and violence By Symon Hill, Published by Darton, Longman & Todd, 2015(Longman & Todd, 2015)   Reviewed by Karenza Passmore An excellent resource for anyone addressing the themes of ... Read on

New action plan for developing our stewardship
By Rachel Jobes As our Diocesan Developing Stewardship Group (DSG) approaches the end of our second year, we have been carrying out an annual review of our action plan. The DSG was put in place as a response to many things, including recognition that changes to natio ... Read on

Parish Giving Scheme ~ June Update
Dear all, The first six months of our Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) have seen encouraging developments. As of June, we recorded the following statistics: 12 active parishes (Active means donors are registered and giving through the scheme) 7 parishes registered ... Read on

#DigitalDiocese – The day that Twitter changed the world
Bishop Ingeborg Midtømme A photograph of Møre Cathedral, as used in one of our prayer diary tweets. By Laura Ball OK, not the whole world. But a part of it. More importantly for us, a part of it that relates directly ... Read on

Whitley Wonderings: Godly Play at Whitley Memorial C of E First School
By Clare Bruce, Year 4 teacher at the school Following the Year 4 children’s visit to Newcastle Cathedral, where they experienced their first session of Godly Play, they were excited to hear that Helen Robertso ... Read on

Supporting Urban Churches ~ News from Inspired North East
The distinctively Victorian interior of Christ Church, Shieldfield St Wilfrid’s as seen from Trevelyan Drive, the main road past the church With Ian Bapty and Ian McCaffery Churches come in many shapes, sizes and geographical ... Read on

Thy Kingdom Come Beacon event a glowing success
Musician Lou Fellingham led the congregation in singing with Christian rock band Phatfish Prayers hung on the cross The Cathedral Beacon event on 3 June concluded the 11 days of prayer fo ... Read on

Action Hosting
Action Foundation is a charity based in Newcastle upon Tyne providing support to vulnerable refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants through their three supported housing projects and English Language School. In 2016 they launched Action Hosting. This project matc ... Read on

New church hall for Newbiggin Hall
Above images © Megan Short by kind permission Image © Sheryl Jenkins by kind permission The Church has a light and spacious interior  Building Community Together in Newb ... Read on

Lindisfarne Regional Training Partnership chosen to deliver training for the Dioceses of Durham and Newcastle.
The Dioceses of Durham and Newcastle recently announced that, after an exacting commissioning process, the Lindisfarne Regional Training Partnership (LRTP) has been chosen to deliver non-residential training (IME1) for those preparing for Reader and ordained mi ... Read on

Multilingual church welcome poster
The new Supporting Persians Group is currently exploring the training and support that clergy and others might appreciate in this area. As a first step, they have put together a multilingual poster for churches to display. This welcome note is in En ... Read on

'What Was On' around the Diocese for Thy Kingdom Come
Many churches are holding prayer services or keeping their church open throughout the Thy Kingdom Come period. Others are holding specific Thy Kingdom Come events. Wherever you are in the Diocese of Newcastle, there will be a church near you particip ... Read on

Our Bishops and their Diocesan Pilgrimage
Starting on Palm Sunday, Bishops Christine and Mark undertook a four-day pilgrimage around the Diocese. They were joined by people from the communities they visited, who either met them at the churches, or walked with them. The routes were planned to take in as ... Read on

> Did you hear the joke about the bin? > It was rubbish! But at least the Council took it away… We recently held interviews for a new caretaker. I did something, and I can’t work out whether it was ethical or not. Perhaps you can help me with ... Read on

TOWARDS A SAFER CHURCH - Listening service for adult survivors of abuse
With Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Ruth Rogan We offer a confidential listening service to all survivors of abuse, particularly those who have experienced abuse within the church environment. Our professionally trained ... Read on

Inherit the Earth: A New Christian Aid Exhibition on Bolivia
You and your church can show the impact of Christian Aid’s work in an easy, visual and accessible way with our new exhibition. Focusing on Bolivia, our exhibition is available, in its entirety, for churches in the north east to host. In October 2016, three ... Read on

The Green Room - with Revd Dr John Harrison
A protestor dressed as US President Donald Trump takes part in a demonstration outside the US Embassy, in London, against Trump’s stance on climate change. Donald Trump promises to make America great again, to facilitate ... Read on

#DigitalDiocese - launching #nclprayer and Link as a PDF
Read Link as a PDF Many of you have been asking if Link is also available online. The answer, as of last month, is: YES! Click on the link above to reach a PDF version of the printed newspaper that you can view online and/or download. You can also find this link ... Read on

Inspired North East - Unlock funding before GPOW comes to an end
Portrait of Admiral Robert Roddam by Lemuel Francis Abbott (c. 1783, National Maritime Museum) Unexpected stories that unlock funding When allocating grants, funders often prefer to support people and communities, and can view church ... Read on

Bishop Mark's Letter to the Diocese for June
I am sitting at my desk with two documents open in front of me. On one side I have the collection of things people have written for me about why they want to be confirmed at the confirmation service I will take tomorrow. I always ask people to tell me why they wa ... Read on

Kathy Germain – as seen in ‘I, Daniel Blake’. An interview in two parts Part I: The Facts.
The interview was conducted by Chris Hudson, a Reader in the Diocese who is also a schools worker with the Bible Reading Fellowship. An RE and Literacy lesson based on the complete interview is available online at ... Read on

Ordinations 2017 - A bumper year for deacons
2017 will see the ordination of the largest number of deacons in this Diocese for many years. At 4pm on Saturday, 24 June in her Cathedral Church, Bishop Christine will ordain 14 people to the diaconate – a cause for real celebration. Diocesan Director of Ordinand ... Read on

Ross Adamson retires after half a century as churchwarden
Ross Adamson has just stepped down as Churchwarden at St John’s Healey after 53 years of continuous service. He succeeded his mother, who herself served well over twenty five years. Together they were in post for over half the life of St John’s. 53 yea ... Read on

St Mary’s church held its inaugural flower festival over the May bank holiday weekend, together with a celebratory ‘Songs of Praise’ on the Sunday evening. The theme for the occasion was “Jewels”, with all proceeds ... Read on

News from Lindisfarne Regional Training Partnership
Hilary Elder talks to Phyl Carruthers, an independent student with Lindisfarne RTP   As an independent student, Phyl Carruthers attends evening classes for a range of different courses. I asked her to tell me about the jo ... Read on

New Church of England First School proposed for Newcastle
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Newcastle Cathedral Wins National Lottery Support
Newcastle Cathedral, Church of St Nicholas, in Newcastle upon Tyne hashas been awarded £358,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for their ‘Common Ground in Sacred Space’ development project. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to cons ... Read on

St Mary's Church, Throckley - 130th Anniversary - 13th to 21st May
St Mary's Church, Throckley is hosting a range of events to celebrate the 130th Birthday of the Church. The programme of events is listed on the leaflet below. ... Read on

growing church bringing hope - the 5 strands
The Revd Rachel Wood writes: At the launch of our new Diocesan Vision ‘Growing Church Bringing Hope’ at Rothbury in March, we were introduced to five strands of work emerging from the vision. These are: Prayer Growth Imp ... Read on

Vision Strand 2: Examples of how it works
Below are stories from two parishes who are already involved in the Growth Strand through LyCiG. Read how they have started to build links in the community and grow their churches, using the ideas from LyCiG. LyCiG Berwick - By Dennis Handley Over the last co ... Read on

Lecture series: Exploring science and Christian faith
Anglican churches in the Tyne Valley are working with other denominations to engage with their local communities in looking at the relationship between modern science and Christian faith. This is an area in which there is enormous misunderstanding, suspicion and mis ... Read on

Street Child Sunday
To mark International Day of Street Children (12 April), Churches for Street Child held a prayer campaign called ‘Street Child Sunday’ on 9 April. The organisation has recently worked with street children in Liberia, encouraging them to captur ... Read on

Did you go to University? I went in 1977 – hence my love of punk music! It was great going off on a new adventure and re-inventing myself in a place where no one knew me.   New starts are fantastic for creating new energy and inspiring new ... Read on

Christian Aid week - Doing your bit
                Theodor Davidovic as a young man (above) and today (below)   News from Christian Aid North East with Emma Peak and ... Read on

New booklet for working with the homeless
By Nicole Holgate Church Housing Trust, along with Housing Justice and Word on the Streets, have produced a booklet for churches called ‘How to Help Homeless People.’ This is in response to rising homelessness, which many local churches and congregations ... Read on

Inspired North East -Get your ‘Grants for Places of Worship’ Heritage Lottery Fund application in while you still can
With Ian Bapty and Ian McCaffery The Heritage Lottery Fund’s Grants for Places of Worship (GPOW) programme is currently a key grant source for church conservation and development projects. GPOW grants range from £10,000–£250,000, and can b ... Read on

Join Bishops Christine and Mark on their Holy Week pilgrimage
You are warmly invited to join Bishops Christine and Mark on their walking pilgrimage through parts of the Diocese during the first part of Holy Week. Lay people and clergy are all welcome, and there is no need to commit to a whole day - just come along for whatever ... Read on

Bishop’s Stewardship Study Day
A dance class at the Great Hall shows off its Neo-Classical beauty. By Rachel Jobes The Great Hall at the beautiful Hexham Abbey set the scene for a gathering of nearly 100 clergy on Wednesday, 15 March. The reason for this ga ... Read on

Music from the Lantern
Ian Roberts reflects on his first eight months as Director of Music in the Mother Church of the Diocese of Newcastle It was with trepidation and excitement that I climbed the steps to our first floor Music Office in Cathedral House on 22 August 2016, my first off ... Read on

Kathy Germain – as seen in ‘I, Daniel Blake’. An interview in two parts Part I: The Facts.
Kathy Germain (pictured) is part of the Benwell foodbank team in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, started by her Anglican church in 2013, and featured in the recent Ken Loach film. This interview was conducted by Chris Hudson, a Reader in the Diocese who also works with BRF (Bible ... Read on

Muslims and Christians in harmony: Examples from Ponteland Mothers’ Union
By Sylvia Hickey The foundation of the Mothers’ Union, and the thing that underpins everything the members do, is their focus on prayer and worship. It was this focus that caught the attention of Siti Hill and her husband Martin Hill when they visited the north ... Read on

GREEN ROOM with John Harrison
Dry conditions are a growing problem in east Africa For me, the key words at Easter are renewal and hope. Over the last few weeks we have watched the earth wakening from its winter slumber. The hedgerows around our cottage are a now a riot of ... Read on

Local Ministry Development News - with Rachel Wood
Annual Diocesan LMD Network Event Tuesday 20 June, 18.30-21.00, Café Azure. We will begin with food, worship led by one of the LMD teams and then a ‘market place’ format like last year. Bishop Mark will also be with us. All are welcome – e ... Read on

An evening with Robin Meyers
During his thirty-year career as a parish minister and professor in the US, Robin Meyers (pictured) has focused on renewing the church as an instrument of social change and personal transformation. His latest book ‘Building a Beloved Community of Resistance’ ... Read on

TOWARDS A SAFER CHURCH - Safeguarding against domestic abuse
With Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Ruth Rogan In February we delivered our first training session on Domestic Abuse. This is defined as ‘any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening b ... Read on

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

Institution service for The Revd Canon Brian Hurst at St George’s Church, Jesmond
Barbara Gardner writes: ‘Our last incumbent was Rev Nick Chamberlain, who left us in November 2015 as he was appointed Bishop of Grantham. So we have been in interregnum until Brian Hurst came into post. It has been an extremely long wait, and we are so thrilled ( ... 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

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

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 In