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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

Bishop of Newcastle appoints new Archdeacon of Northumberland
The Bishop of Newcastle, the Right Reverend Christine Hardman is pleased to announce that the Reverend Mark Wroe is to be the new Archdeacon of Northumberland. Mark, 49, has been Acting Archdeacon since the beginning of this year following the appointment of the Very ... Read on

Anglican responses to rise in anti-Semitism
We're all concerned with the apparent rise in anti-Semitism and hate crime. Indeed we have just witnessed the senseless murder of Jewish people at the Etz Chaim Synagogue in Pittsburgh because of outright religious hatred. The rise in anti-Semitism and hate cr ... Read on

Bishop’s Christmas Appeal for Asylum Seekers and Refugees
This Christmas, I am again making a special appeal on behalf of asylum seekers and refugees. Due to Herod’s threat of violence, the Holy Family lived as refugees and sought sanctuary in Egypt. As we celebrate the birth of our Saviour, I ask you to consider th ... Read on

Domestic Abuse Champions
TOWARDS A SAFER CHURCH With Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Ruth Rogan Twenty members of laity and clergy attended Domestic Abuse Champion training in November at the Police and Crime Commissioners Office. Th ... Read on

Like a Metaphor
Tim Hardy (formerly of the Religious Resources Centre) writes at and spends the rest of the time raising a two year old and riding a bike around Leamington Spa. Top Ten Bits of the Bible - Part 1 On social media, I am oft ... Read on

Talking tiles at Mickley
By James Standish and Pat Moran St George’s church Mickley has watched over and served the communities of Mickley Square, West Mickley, High Mickley, Mount Pleasant and Hedley on the Hill for over 130 years, holding the memories of important life event ... Read on

Double celebration for Kirkharle Church
A service of celebration has been held to mark the completion of work at a church where Northumbrian landscape architect Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown was baptised. Several months of remedial work has taken place on the Grade 1 listed St Wilfrid&rs ... Read on

Major cathedral project gets the green light
Newcastle Cathedral has won planning permission for a multi-million pound project to transform the medieval site into a key city attraction. The Common Ground in Sacred Space project, expected to cost around £5.5 million, will involve significant improvements t ... Read on

Highland/Punjabi mash-up goes viral
A group of students from one of our church schools have performed in a video which has become a social media sensation. Six students at Duke’s Secondary School, part of the Northumberland Church of England Academy, have appeared in a video of a mash-up ... Read on

Hexham Abbey to close for important repairs
Hexham Abbey is to undergo important maintenance and repair work in the New Year. It means the Abbey will close to the public from 7 January for up to eight weeks with costs estimated in the region of £80-100k.  The works include timber and stone co ... Read on

Armistice 100: We will remember them
Thousdands of people gathered at services across our diocese to mark the centenary of the Armistice of World War One. It was a poignant and emotional day which started for many at 6am with a performance of the moving song ‘Battle’s O’er&r ... Read on

WWI Centenary Services
Churches across the diocese will be leading services on Sunday November 11 to commemorate the centenary of World War One. This Sunday marks 100 years since the Great War ended. Many churches are displaying poppies to honour the fallen and services will be held ... Read on

Welcome to our new Readers
Congratulations to our new Readers who were licensed at a special service in Newcastle Cathedral in October. Susan Ramshaw, Nicola Denyer, Alan White, and Deborah Ehala were admitted to the office of Reader during the service, and Andy Morseman was given p ... Read on

Bishops, MPs and civic leaders to attend installation of the new Dean of Newcastle
Hundreds are expected at Newcastle Cathedral this weekend as the Venerable Geoff Miller is installed as Dean of Newcastle. Geoff, 62, was previously Archdeacon of Northumberland before being appointed Dean earlier this year.  The special service will take pla ... Read on

Safeguarding Training for volunteers, helpers, PCC members, Parish Safeguarding Officers and Churchwardens
TOWARDS A SAFER CHURCH With Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Ruth Rogan ‘I enjoyed the session, it wasn’t what I expected’, ‘I found the group discussions really helpful’, ‘it was g ... Read on

New Director of Initial Ministerial Education appointed
[Photograph: Campion Hall, Oxford] The Dioceses of Durham and Newcastle are pleased to announce the appointment of the Rev’d Dr Jennifer Cooper as the new Director of Initial Ministerial Education (IME) Phase 2. In this role, she will lead the programme of t ... Read on

Hexham Abbey hosts visit by The Prince of Wales
Hexham Abbey, one of the earliest seats of Christianity in England, today hosted a visit by The Prince of Wales. It came as the Abbey launches its new charity, Hexham Abbey Heritage Development, aimed at protecting the building’s long-term future. Among the ... Read on

Fr Andrew's charity St Cuthbert Walk
                    On Monday 10 September, Fr Andrew Birks (from Parish of Portslade & Mile Oak, near Brighton) will be starting a 100km walk from Melrose in the Scottish Borde ... Read on

Celebration and thanksgiving service for Pendower Good Neighbour Project
By Pat Young MBE We had the most amazing afternoon when lots of people met to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Pendower Good Neighbour Project at St James Church Benwell. The service was opened by Hazel Stephenson, our former Lord Mayor who spoke ... Read on

'growing church bringing hope' vision update
The Revd Canon Ian Flintoft, Director of Discipleship and Ministry for Mission, updates us on three of the strands from our ‘growing church bringing hope’ vision. National money released for Impact strand In addition to the news about nationa ... Read on

Cathedral welcomes new Head Verger
Newcastle Cathedral has welcomed Carys Underdown as its new Head Verger. She took up her post on Monday 18th June and was formally admitted to the role at the end of the Sunday Eucharist on the 24th June, using a liturgy provided by the Church of England Guild ... Read on

Setting God’s People Free: what’s next?
By SGPF Project Group                Last month we told you about Setting God’s People Free (SGPF). This programme aims to facilitate a change in culture which will grow confide ... Read on

Like A Metaphor
Tim Hardy writes a monthly column for Link newspaper. He works in the Religious Resources Centre in Church House and writes at  For this bumper, double issue, I offered to submit twice as many words as usual - an offer that was p ... Read on

Funding spotlight on Byker church
Urgent repairs to St Michael’s Church in Byker can now go ahead thanks to support from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The church has been awarded up to £147,000 for its Lighthouse Project which aims to repair and restore the roof of the Grade II listed b ... Read on

Diocese backs app tackling modern slavery
Bishop Christine is supporting a new initiative to help tackle modern slavery in the UK. Modern slavery is hidden in plain sight on our high streets. The National Crime Agency thinks there are tens of thousands of people being exploited in the UK, forced to ... Read on

Bishop Christine welcomes multi-million pound investment to transform Christian life in Newcastle city centre
The Bishop of Newcastle, the Right Reverend Christine Hardman, is delighted to announce the award of £2.6m from the Church of England to help revitalise church life in Newcastle city centre. The grant will see the creation of a new Resource Church, aimed a ... Read on

Parish Safeguarding Handbook
TOWARDS A SAFER CHURCH With Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Ruth Rogan By the time you read this, each parish will have received an electronic copy of the nationally produced Parish Safeguarding Handbook. Thi ... Read on

Celebrating 30 years together
Our link with Winchester Diocese began in 1988 as a result of the Faith in the City report when Bishop John V. Taylor challenged the Diocese of Winchester to raise an equivalent amount to its parish share for needy dioceses.  Newcastle was one of the benef ... Read on

A fond farewell to our pupils
Hundreds of youngsters from our church schools took part in a vibrant and colourful leavers’ service at Newcastle Cathedral in June. Thirty schools from across our diocese attended the celebration event, led by Revd Ian Hennebry and Revd Jane Wood. ... Read on

North East Churches Acting Together
  North East Churches Acting Together have some places to attend the Churches Together in England forum, 17-19th September 2018 at the Hayes in Swanwick, Derbyshire. It’s an event that happens every three years and pulls together folks from all 40 ... Read on

Ordinations - picture gallery
Congratulations to our new deacons and priests who have been ordained at Newcastle Cathedral. The Bishop of Newcastle, the Rt Revd Christine Hardman ordained eight deacons and 13 priests during the two-day celebrations on Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 Ju ... Read on

New resource launch to help children explore North East churches
A celebration event at Newcastle Cathedral will mark the completion of an exciting new digital multi-media resource inspired by the historic church buildings and stories of the Northern Saints.  Helping us to celebrate will be the Bishop of Newcastle, The Ri ... Read on

Setting God’s People Free: what’s that all about then?
“Opens up a very important conversation that is essential for the church of tomorrow”………….  “Opportunity for action”…………. Highlights the need to think differently…” &n ... Read on

Cramlington Church's 150th anniversary
By Barry Stewart On Friday 11 May, the Acting Dean of Newcastle Cathedral, the Venerable Geoff Miller opened St Nicholas' Church's Flower Festival, reflecting that 150 years earlier over 600 people attended the opening of the church. In ending his ... Read on

Marking 350 years of Christ Church
Christ Church in North Shields is celebrating its 350th anniversary with a packed programme of events throughout the year. Celebrations kicked-off with a Civic Service in May and various activities have already taken place including afternoon tea and a summe ... Read on

Bishop of Newcastle appoints the new Dean of Newcastle
The Bishop of Newcastle, the Right Reverend Christine Hardman is pleased to announce that the Venerable Geoff Miller is to be the new Dean of Newcastle. Geoff, 62, Archdeacon of Northumberland, has been Acting Dean of Newcastle since January.  His appoint ... Read on

St George’s Church is raising the roof thanks to the National Lottery!
by Revd Dr Pat Moran      St George’s, Mickley has received a confirmed grant of up to £73,800 from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for urgent works to restore the roof of this Grade II Iisted historic ... Read on

Pathways Mission: exciting events planned
From ice cream and craft events to fun days and social evenings, event planning is in full swing for our Pathways Mission. From September 6 to 9, bishops and their teams from across the Northern Province – led by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu – ... Read on

Christians together at Northumberland Pride
By Revd Pat Fuller and Revd Carla Grosch-Miller Clergy and laypeople from the United Reformed Church and the Church of England worked together to create a place of prayer at Northumberland Pride, held in Alnwick on Saturday 2 June. The day was about celebrat ... Read on

The Half-Shilling Curate: A personal account of war and faith 1914-1918
Sarah Reay lives in rural Northumberland with her husband and two sons. As a Christian, Sarah has become engrossed in her grandfather's unique and intriguing tale of war and faith. Following the discovery of letters written by her grandfather to his parents in 1 ... Read on

Safeguarding whilst out and about
TOWARDS A SAFER CHURCH With Training and Policy Adviser Linda Hunter Safeguarding is at the heart of everything we do and it is the responsibility of all of us. We are approaching the time when groups may be goi ... Read on

School hits jackpot thanks to Lotto winner
Youngsters at one of our church schools are flocking to their new art gallery – modelled on a shepherd’s hut – after a generous Lotto-winning grandparent helped fund the project. The fantastic exhibition space, called Art on the Yard, was o ... Read on

Bishop announces new appointment
The Bishop of Newcastle is delighted to announce the appointment of Revd Canon Dr David Kennedy as the next Vicar of the parish of Corbridge St Andrew with Halton and Newton Hall. David is currently Vice Dean of Durham Cathedral and Canon Precentor. David will ... Read on

Songs of Praise is coming to Newcastle!
The ever-popular BBC One programme, Songs of Praise, is coming to film at St Thomas The Martyr Church in Newcastle. The team is looking for local, enthusiastic singers to join the congregation for an evening of modern worship music led by acclaimed singer, s ... Read on

Taking the plunge in a good cause!
Bishop Mark and 24 other ‘brave souls’ abseiled from the roof of Hexham Abbey. It was to raise funds for the Abbey’s Roof Appeal, making sure the building is protected for future generations. Others taking the plunge included Rector of Hexha ... Read on

Thy Kingdom Come celebrates success
Individuals, families and churches – in more than 100 countries worldwide – took part in this year’s Thy Kingdom Come. Christians around the globe gathered in prayer and worship as part of the global ecumenical prayer movement initiated by the A ... Read on

National Inter Faith Week
It's only five months to go until National Inter Faith Week. This ever-popular campaign takes place in November each year and aims to: Strengthen good inter faith relations at all levels Increase awareness of the different and distinct faith ... Read on

200 years of supporting churches
2018 marks the 200th anniversary of the Incorporated Church Building Society (ICBS), set up in 1818, which helped to build and enlarge many hundreds of Anglican churches The ICBS gave over 14,000 grants to churches all over England and Wales, including 90 in the Dioc ... Read on

Petertide Ordinations
A celebratory service will be held in Newcastle Cathedral this month to mark the ordination of our new deacons in the diocese. Eight people are to be ordained to the diaconate on Saturday 30 June at 4pm by Bishop Christine. Diocesan Director of Ordinands, Rev ... Read on

Green Room: Green Health Awards
Looking back over the last month or so I seem to have spent much of my thinking time making plans for the coming growing season in our garden. Conditions have been so wet and cold that plans have had to remain on file awaiting for better weather, but then at lon ... Read on

Meet The Safeguarding Team
We hope this helps in understanding what we do and how to contact us. We know it’s confusing to have three Ruths in one team and we are happy to pass enquiries onto the right Ruth if needs be! We’re here to help the Diocese promote a safeguarding ... Read on

Shilbottle Awake!
  After months of extensive works both outside and inside the church, St James Shilbottle finally reopened its doors in time for Easter services, much to the delight of joyful congregations who had crammed themselves into the small Parish Room since the ... Read on

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

Bishop's response to schools consultation outcome
Today, Northumberland County Council has published a report about its consultation into education in the west of Northumberland, which involved a number of church schools. In response to the report, the Bishop of Newcastle, the Rt Revd Christine Hardman, ha ... 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

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