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Announcement about the Dean of Newcastle
01/11/2017
  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
24/10/2017
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
24/10/2017
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
24/10/2017
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
28/09/2017
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!
20/09/2017
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'
19/09/2017
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
19/09/2017
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
19/09/2017
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
19/09/2017
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
19/09/2017
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
19/09/2017
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
19/09/2017
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
19/09/2017
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
19/09/2017
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?
19/09/2017
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
18/09/2017
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
18/09/2017
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
18/09/2017
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

WORK MATTERS - WITH CANON GLYN EVANS OF NEWCASTLE CITY CENTRE CHAPLAINCY
18/09/2017
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
18/09/2017
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
18/09/2017
TOWARDS A SAFER CHURCH With Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Ruth Rogan www.newcastle.anglican.org/safeguarding 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
18/09/2017
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
18/09/2017
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
18/09/2017
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?
18/09/2017
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
18/09/2017
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
18/09/2017
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
07/08/2017
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
27/07/2017
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
17/07/2017
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
17/07/2017
"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
17/07/2017
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
17/07/2017
‘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
17/07/2017
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
17/07/2017
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!
17/07/2017
‘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
17/07/2017
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
17/07/2017
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’
17/07/2017
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
17/07/2017
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
17/07/2017
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
17/07/2017
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
17/07/2017
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?
17/07/2017
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
17/07/2017
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

WORK MATTERS - WITH CANON GLYN EVANS OF NEWCASTLE CITY CENTRE CHAPLAINCY
17/07/2017
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
17/07/2017
 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
17/07/2017
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’
17/07/2017
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
06/07/2017
The slides from the presentations given at the Mental Health Conference are now available to download at: http://www.jointeducationteam.org/conferences-and-events.html ... Read on

New Director of Discipleship and Ministry for Mission appointed
29/06/2017
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
28/06/2017
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!
23/06/2017
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
23/06/2017
With Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Ruth Rogan www.newcastle.anglican.org/safeguarding   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
23/06/2017
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?
23/06/2017
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
22/06/2017
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
22/06/2017
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
22/06/2017
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
22/06/2017
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
22/06/2017
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!
22/06/2017
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
22/06/2017
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
22/06/2017
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
22/06/2017
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
22/06/2017
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
22/06/2017
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
22/06/2017
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
22/06/2017
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
22/06/2017
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
22/06/2017
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
20/06/2017
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
20/06/2017
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
20/06/2017
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.
16/06/2017
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
05/06/2017
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
03/06/2017
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
02/06/2017
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

WORK MATTERS - WITH CANON GLYN EVANS OF NEWCASTLE CITY CENTRE CHAPLAINCY
18/05/2017
> 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
18/05/2017
With Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Ruth Rogan www.newcastle.anglican.org/safeguarding 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
18/05/2017
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
18/05/2017
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
18/05/2017
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
18/05/2017
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
17/05/2017
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.
17/05/2017
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 www.barnabasinschools.org.uk/ta ... Read on

Ordinations 2017 - A bumper year for deacons
17/05/2017
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
16/05/2017
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

FLOWER FESTIVAL AT ST MARY’S CHURCH LESBURY
16/05/2017
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
16/05/2017
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
16/05/2017
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Newcastle Cathedral Wins National Lottery Support
09/05/2017
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
02/05/2017
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
18/04/2017
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
18/04/2017
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
12/04/2017
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
11/04/2017
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

WORK MATTERS - WITH CANON GLYN EVANS OF NEWCASTLE CITY CENTRE CHAPLAINCY
11/04/2017
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
11/04/2017
                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
11/04/2017
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
11/04/2017
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
10/04/2017
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
10/04/2017
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
10/04/2017
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.
10/04/2017
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
10/04/2017
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
10/04/2017
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
10/04/2017
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
10/04/2017
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
10/04/2017
With Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Ruth Rogan www.newcastle.anglican.org/safeguarding 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
30/03/2017
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
27/03/2017
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
24/03/2017
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!
24/03/2017
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
24/03/2017
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
23/03/2017
News from Christian Aid North East with Kerry Crellin and Emma Peak www.christianaid.org.uk/northeast 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
www.newcastle.anglican.org/environment 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
22/03/2017
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
22/03/2017
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
22/03/2017
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
21/03/2017
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
21/03/2017
“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
21/03/2017
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’
21/03/2017
  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
21/03/2017
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
21/03/2017
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?
21/03/2017
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!
21/03/2017
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
21/03/2017
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
21/03/2017
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
21/03/2017
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

Bishop of Newcastle at Morpeth International Women's Day service commemorating local Suffragette heroine
08/03/2017
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
08/03/2017
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...
03/03/2017
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Listen to Bishop Christine's own journey to faith and ministry - and why it matters!
02/03/2017
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Growing church bringing hope... Bishop Christine Hardman writes ~ March 2017
01/03/2017
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
24/02/2017
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
24/02/2017
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
24/02/2017
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
24/02/2017
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
24/02/2017
With Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Ruth Rogan www.newcastle.anglican.org/safeguarding   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
24/02/2017
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
24/02/2017
With Ian Bapty www.inspirednortheast.org.uk   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
24/02/2017
with Kerry Crellin and Emma Peak www.christianaid.org.uk/northeast   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
24/02/2017
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
22/02/2017
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
22/02/2017
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
22/02/2017
“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
22/02/2017
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
22/02/2017
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
21/02/2017
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
21/02/2017
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’
21/02/2017
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
21/02/2017
  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
21/02/2017
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
21/02/2017
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
21/02/2017
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
21/02/2017
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
21/02/2017
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
20/02/2017
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
20/02/2017
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...'
20/02/2017
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
20/02/2017
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
20/02/2017
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
06/02/2017
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
01/02/2017
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
31/01/2017
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
24/01/2017
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
24/01/2017
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
24/01/2017
“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
24/01/2017
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
24/01/2017
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
24/01/2017
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
24/01/2017
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
24/01/2017
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
23/01/2017
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?
23/01/2017
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
23/01/2017
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
23/01/2017
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
18/01/2017
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
25/12/2016
        The Revd Chantal Noppen writes: 2016’s ‘B ... Read on

Bishop of Newcastle's Christmas message
24/12/2016
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
15/12/2016
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
15/12/2016
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
15/12/2016
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