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Vacancy: Bishop's Chaplain
07/08/2017
The Bishop of Newcastle wishes to appoint a full-time Chaplain to this senior role, to work alongside her and offer personal, spiritual, research, and administrative support. This is a multifaceted, constantly changing, senior post. Responsibilities involve, but ... 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

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

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 in place at the outset, and find out what all those involved think ... Read on

News from Christian Aid North East ~ 'Sourced' campaign successes
15/12/2016
Who likes paying tax?  Most of us don’t, but realise that we need to make a contribution, as responsible citizens, to the public purse.  We want good public services, and we realise that we need to pay for them.   Christine Savage, from St ... Read on

A magnificent time
14/12/2016
Roger Hardman reflects on his visit to our Link Diocese of Botswana Parish contributions presented at the 'Count Your Blessings' festival Roger Hardman with the children of St Peter's Daycare Centre, Mog ... Read on

Insight from Lindisfarne Regional Training Partnership
14/12/2016
David Bryan           Preaching Matthew in Advent, Christmas & Epiphany With Director of Studies the Revd Dr David J Bryan   Many of us will ... Read on

Bishop of Berwick inaugurated at Newcastle Cathedral
05/12/2016
Visit picture gallery here     The new Suffragan Bishop of Berwick, the Right Reverend Mark Tanner, was welcomed to his role in the Diocese of Newcastle and ins ... Read on

Bishop of Berwick welcomed in North Northumberland
05/12/2016
Visit picture gallery here     The new Suffragan Bishop of Berwick, the Right Reverend Mark Tanner, has been welcomed to his role in the Diocese of Newcastle in ... Read on

'Jesse Tree' brings Advent to Church House
01/12/2016
Diocesan Office staff at Church House, North Shields, have agreed this year that instead of circulating Christmas cards amongst themselves, they're sharing greetings by means of a 'Jesse Tree' in the foyer which also serves as a reminder of the 'back sto ... Read on

Bishop Christine Hardman writes ~ December 2016
01/12/2016
Dear brothers and sisters, By the time you read this I will be approaching the anniversary of my Consecration and Inauguration as your Bishop. For Roger and me it has been a year of joyous discovery as we have begun to get to know the people and places of the Diocese ... Read on

The Green Room ~ Emancipatory Catastrophism!
29/11/2016
By the Revd Dr John Harrison If you are looking for hard and fast answers to life’s eternal questions then I can recommend staying away from discussions relating to the environment. As I have said many times, when we look at God’s Creation we see only ... Read on

View from the Lantern ~ The Persecuted Church
29/11/2016
Clare MacLaren writes from the Mother Church of Diocese of Newcastle   Sometimes - don’t they? - things just come together in such a way that they cannot simply be a coincidence.  This happened a few months ago at the Cathedral, when we receive ... Read on

Man buys stamp
29/11/2016
By Catherine Pickford Not the most gripping of headlines, but it is the location which is important in this picture.  In November, the Stannington village Post Office moved to the community room of St Mary’s Church.   The Post Office becam ... Read on

Celebrating our own Saints
29/11/2016
For those who would like to honour the rich Christian heritage of our region in our daily worship, there is a small Christmas present on its way this year; the Diocesan Worship and Liturgy Task Group has been hard at work preparing what they hope will be a welcome and u ... Read on

Christingle – it’s not just for Christmas
28/11/2016
The Children’s Society is joining with St Nicholas’ Cathedral, Newcastle, to hold a special Christingle event on Candlemas, Thursday 2 February 2017, and is aimed at schools across the diocese. Children of Key Stage 2 (ages 7-11) are being invited to wors ... Read on

News from Northumbria Deaf Church
28/11/2016
By Lynne Farquharson Bishop Frank hands Glyn Evans his Licence as Chaplain for Deaf People Glyn uses Deafblind fingerspelling for Tom, one of the Confirmation candidates The Deaf Craft ... Read on

Giving For Life – Continuing the Journey
28/11/2016
News from the Developing Stewardship Group As part of our diocesan stewardship activities we are introducing Giving for Life at our Parish Giving Scheme launches early in 2017. Giving for Life is a national initiative being promoted by the Church of England&rsquo ... Read on

STAYING ALIVE 2016 ~ North East Christian Youth event 10-13 August 2017... NOW BOOKING!
25/11/2016
    What is Staying Alive 2017? An opportunity for young people in school years 7-13 across the North East to spend four days and three nights together, making friends, exploring faith, having fun, taking part in worship and community projects and ... Read on

North East hosts launch of LifeSavers
24/11/2016
Savings clubs and financial education in primary schools to be expanded From left: Bishop of Huddersfield Jonathan Gibbs, Virgin Money CEO Jayne-Anne Gadhia, Sara Davies of St Bartholomew's School, Lewisham, Young Enterprise CEO Michael Merc ... Read on

Walking on Water for Shepherds Dene
23/11/2016
A team of three from Diocesan Retreat House Shepherd’s Dene set off on a sponsored walk to help replace the William Morris-inspired ‘Oakleaf’ carpet which runs through the ground floor and up the main staircase of the much-loved, Arts-and-Crafts period ... Read on

Asylum Seekers & Refugees: Bishop’s Christmas Appeal
23/11/2016
Bishop Christine and Roger Hardman with staff and volunteers at WERS in September 2016     This Christmas, I am making a special appeal on behalf of asylum seekers and refugees. Due to Herod’s threat of vi ... Read on

Ditching the duvet for a good cause
18/11/2016
On the evening of 2nd December 2016, St Nicholas’ Cathedral in Newcastle will host its second annual Advent Sleepout Challenge event, in aid of Together Newcastle (a joint venture between the Diocese of Newcastle and the Church Urban Fund). For just one night, ... Read on

Life Saver at Hexham Abbey
08/11/2016
From left: Rector of Hexham Canon Dagmar Winter, Hexham Rotary President Richard Nelson, Abbey Operations and Development Manager Sally McRobie, Michael Norton and Ian Humpish from Cardioproof UK, Hexham Abbey Heritage Trustee and Rotary Member Roy ... Read on

The Great Spiritual Migration
02/11/2016
  Richard Firth writes On a balmy October evening in Newcastle, wandering American prophet from Florida the Revd Dr Brian McClaren (pictured below) spoke at St Thomas’s Church as part of a UK tour promoting his latest book, The Great Spiritual Migration ... Read on

Work Matters ~ with Canon Glyn Evans of Newcastle City Centre Chaplaincy
02/11/2016
Last week four people walked past the church door with a coffin. I thought they’d lost the plot! I think the world of work has lost the plot with things like zero hour contracts. People work so hard that they don’t take time to reflect on what they a ... Read on

Bishop Frank White writes ~ November 2016
01/11/2016
A last word... I have been deeply touched by the kindness of so many in the Diocese as events moved steadily towards my retirement.  The Farewell Service was a particular highlight and a very big thank you to everyone who helped to plan it and to Bishop Chris ... Read on

Shepherds Dene - diocesan retreat house 2017 programme out now
31/10/2016
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Consecration of Mark Tanner as Suffragan Bishop of Berwick ~ Photo Gallery
22/10/2016
On the Feast of St Luke, Tuesday 18th October 2016. Photos ©Duncan Lomax, Ravage Productions.                     ... Read on

Open doors at St Mary’s
21/10/2016
An Agapé Supper (from the Greek ‘agapé’, used in the New Testament to mean God’s love for the world and its people) in October at St Mary’s, Holywell, marked a milestone in opening the church building up as a community asset. Organ ... Read on

View from the Lantern ~ the Black (and White) Dog
21/10/2016
Christopher Dalliston writes from the Mother Church of Diocese of Newcastle   Looking out of my office window in Cathedral House at St Nicholas Square, what immediately catches the eye is a large black and white dog standing by the foot of Queen Victoria. Goi ... Read on

Obituary: the Revd Milton Nicholas
21/10/2016
by the Revd Canon Michael Middleton   When I came to Hexham as Rector in 1985, I was delighted to find an able Reader in the person of Milton Nicholas. What I didn’t appreciate for a few months (Milton not being the ‘pushy’ type) was that he h ... Read on

Generous giving – Stewardship goes up a gear
21/10/2016
By Liz Kerry The Bishop’s Council has endorsed the Developing Stewardship Group’s first Annual Report. Titled ‘Generous Giving, Growing Church’ and grounded firmly in discipleship, the Report and Action Plan trigger a wide range of support for p ... Read on

Shaping the 2017 Diocesan Budget
21/10/2016
Diocesan Finance Chair Canon Simon Harper       presents the budget proposals for discussion         ... Read on

Towards a Safer Church ~ Diocesan Safeguarding Audit
21/10/2016
With Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Ruth Rogan   Diocesan Safeguarding Audit 1-3 November An audit of Safeguarding arrangements is to take place in every diocese in the Church of England by the end of 2017, and on the 1st November we will welcome auditors Lucy Er ... Read on

News from Inspired North East
21/10/2016
With Ian Bapty   Inspired Futures Update – Training Opportunities Reminder Following on from the ‘kick off’ event back in July, the Inspired Futures project is now well underway. As some of you will be aware, we have recently had initial me ... Read on

Review with the North East Religious Resources Centre ~ Mrs Luther and Her Sisters; Women in the Reformation by Derek Wilson
21/10/2016
Mrs Luther and Her Sisters; Women in the Reformation by Derek Wilson (Oxford: Lion Hudson, 2016) October 31st 2017 will mark the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses, and the beginning of the Protestant Reformation in Europe. In the run ... Read on

Christian Aid Returns to its Roots to “Light the Way” this Christmas
21/10/2016
News from Christian Aid North East with Amy Scott Christian Aid was founded 70 years ago to support refugees in the wake of the Second World War and we our returning to this mission with our Christmas Appeal this year. This year’s appeal will raise funds t ... Read on

North Sea baptism
20/10/2016
When Bishop Stephen Platten agreed to confirm a number of candidates from Norham Deanery he probably didn’t expect to start by wading into the North Sea. Bishop Stephen prays for Shannon before her baptism ... Read on

Pulling together: Bedlington’s ‘Renewing the Deanery’ day
20/10/2016
MAPs – Mission Action Plans– have been drawn up every few years for the last decade by just about every parish in the Diocese of Newcastle, but twenty months ago Bedlington Deanery Development Group (DDG) decided that a Deanery Mission Action Plan was neede ... Read on

The Great Gospel; Richard Ferguson’s new resource for Lectionary Year A
20/10/2016
Forty years’ full-time parish ministry have given the Revd Richard Ferguson (pictured) a lot of experience to draw on for the series of course, books and booklets he’s written in retirement. Now Stannington-based Richard has just published ‘The Great ... Read on

The Green Room ~ Property and theft
20/10/2016
By the Revd Dr John Harrison   How do you feel about people who steal? If you are the victim is your life the poorer for the experience? How does it make you feel? After all, we can point to biblical reference to justify our embittered feelings as we step up to ... Read on

In his own words; the new Bishop of Berwick
17/10/2016
Mark Tanner’s thoughts on the day his appointment as Bishop of Berwick was announced: Canon Mark Tanner         Trying it o ... Read on

Consecration of the Revd Canon Mark Tanner to be Suffragan Bishop of Berwick
13/10/2016
The Revd Canon Mark Tanner will be consecrated to serve as Suffragan Bishop of Berwick in the Diocese of Newcastle by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, in a service beginning at 11.00am on Tuesday 18th October 2016 in York Minster. Click to see how to attend Th ... Read on

Bishop Christine Hardman writes ~ October 2016
01/10/2016
It is a privilege to pay tribute to Bishop Frank as he retires and prepares to join Bishop Alison on a more permanent basis in their home in Hull.  Bishop Frank has served for almost six years as Assistant Bishop of Newcastle, and has served with great dist ... Read on

St Paul’s Kids Club on Tour 2016
28/09/2016
“For a lot of the children this will be the only holiday they will get,” says Stephen Ramshaw, Community Minister at St Paul’s Community Partnership, Willington Quay in North Tyneside, where the annual trip to High Borrans Outward Bound Activity Centre ... Read on

Eager Hands - Kind faces
28/09/2016
Canon Colin Gough, a former Continuing Ministerial Development officer in the Diocese of Newcastle, is half way through a two month stay in our Link Diocese of Botswana teaching at St Augustine’s Theological School based at Holy Cross Cathedral in the Capital, Gab ... Read on

Heritage and Holiness
27/09/2016
A group of men, women, students, workers, the old, the young and children climbed aboard two minibuses laden with food, snacks, drinks and games equipment at St James & St Basil, Fenham, for a Family Fun Day taking members of Newcastle’s African Anglican commu ... Read on

‘CLAP Hands’ lunches go down a treat
27/09/2016
Two Monkseaton churches provided over 140 meals free of charge to children and adults as they joined in with crafts and games by this summer. The hugely successful Children’s Lunch and Play sessions (CLAP Hands) were jointly provided by the Church of St Peter, Mo ... Read on

Happy Birthdays
27/09/2016
The celebration cake is cut by Mrs Ella White, 94 Traditional afternoon tea By Karen Charman A sing-s ... Read on

Run Life's Race With JESUS!
27/09/2016
The Great North Run is the world’s leading half-marathon, attracting 57,000 runners to the route from Newcastle to South Shields, and it begins 20 yards from St Luke’s Church, Spital Tongues. Priest-in-Charge the Revd Dr Robert Ward explains: “Each y ... Read on

The Green Room ~ Microbeads madness!
27/09/2016
By the Revd Dr John Harrison There is a stark contrast between today’s modern bathroom and the facilities which I experienced as a child back in the 1950s, which probably reflects changes in the amount of time folk spend in there nowadays. Our freezing cold bath ... Read on

View from the Lantern ~ A welcome note
27/09/2016
Ian Roberts writes from the Mother Church of Diocese of Newcastle I’m delighted to have arrived here in Newcastle as your Cathedral Director of Music. The Cathedral of St Nicholas and its music plays such an important role in the life of the city, diocese and ... Read on

Farewell to Adrian Patterson
27/09/2016
  Adrian Patterson (pictured) left the Diocesan Office on the 23rd September after more than 30 years’ service in a number of administration roles. Adrian had long been a familiar face at Church House, and indeed at Diocesan Synods where he had been part ... Read on

Laughter, tears and cake
27/09/2016
The Revd Katy Francis (pictured) is Chaplain to the Marie Curie Hospice in Newcastle I love my job as chaplain at the Marie Curie Hospice Newcastle, but often the first thing that people say to me is ‘I couldn’t do that, it must be very depressing.’ ... Read on

Geordie Missionaries in the Red Rose County
27/09/2016
Bishop Frank at the Men’s Breakfast in Bolton-le-Sands John Sinclair and Izzy McDonald-Booth lead 11 o’clock prayers at St Wilfrid’s, Halton ... Read on

News from Lindisfarne Regional Training Partnership
27/09/2016
Teaching under way at Church House, North Shields. Happy New Year! Deborah Ehala, 2nd Year Reader Trainee, writes: Saturday 10th September was a special and emotional day for me. I was ... Read on

Towards a Safer Church ~ Big Questions
27/09/2016
With Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Ruth Rogan Safeguarding raises significant theological questions for Christians about humanity, sin, grace, forgiveness, reconciliation and the church. The recent publication by The Faith and Order Commission of the Church of England ... Read on

Holywell St Mary to build on grant aid success
27/09/2016
Fr Phil and parishioners look at the plans to repair the roof Plans to make a North Tyneside church building into a centre for all the community to use and enjoy have been boosted by funding fr ... Read on

News from Inspired North East
27/09/2016
Jump to an article Reflections of 'the Heritage Gentlemen'! Getting to grips with Inspired North East   Reflections of ‘the Heritage Gentlemen’! ‘Unique Heritage Assets&rsq ... Read on

News from Christian Aid North East
27/09/2016
with Amy Scott This year we are joining with The Climate Coalition for the Speak Up week of action from 8-16 October. Last summer, more than 10,000 people descended on London to demand ambitious climate action from their MP. This year, we’re asking you to do th ... Read on

Work Matters ~ with Canon Glyn Evans of Newcastle City Centre Chaplaincy
27/09/2016
Do you know anyone who is Deaf or deaf (it is capital D when referring to British Sign Language users)? Do D/deaf people come to your church? Are you D/deaf? Have you seen Newcastle Deaf football team play? I am learning lots of things about the D/deaf community in my ... Read on

The Tall Ships’ weekend in Blyth
27/09/2016
St Cuthbert’s in nautical rig   The German crew of a visiting Polish ship   ... Read on

Walking with Aidan ~ Newcastle Diocesan Synod Forum, 24 September 2016
26/09/2016
Words and pictures available now from last Saturday's Diocesan Synod Forum discussing the launch of The Companions of St Aidan. Audio from SoundCloud:    Pictures from Flickr:    Website of the Companions of St Aidan: www.walkwithaidan.org. ... Read on

Farewell to Bishop Frank White
19/09/2016
Retiring after six years as Assistant Bishop of Newcastle                               ... Read on

Bishop Frank White ~ farewell service photo gallery
19/09/2016
Photo gallery from Bishop Frank's Farewell Service at St Nicholas' Cathedral, Newcastle, on Sunday 18th September 2016:             ... Read on

Cathedral Service of Farewell and Thanksgiving for Bishop Frank White
15/09/2016
The retirement of Assistant Bishop of Newcastle the Rt Revd Frank White (pictured) will be marked at a service to celebrate and give thanks for his ministry in St Nicholas’ Cathedral, Newcastle, at 2.30pm on Sunday 18th September. Frank White, 67, was consecrated ... Read on

Attending the Consecration of the Revd Canon Mark Tanner to the Suffragan See of Berwick
12/09/2016
The Consecration of the Bishop of Berwick will take place at York Minster on Tuesday 18 October 2016 at 11:00am. Anyone who wishes to attend the Consecration is welcome to attend the service. The following information is provided to help with planning for this servi ... Read on

Pray for Newcastle Diocese missionaries in Lancashire this weekend
08/09/2016
Twenty-five bishops from the North of England are descending on the Diocese of Blackburn (the Church of England in Lancashire) for four days of mission and outreach work led by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu. The ‘Crossroads Mission’ from the 8th t ... Read on

Announcing a bishop... pictures of a September day
02/09/2016
The Suffragan Bishop of Berwick was announced on Thursday 1st September at St Michael’s Church, Alnwick. See photo gallery         ... Read on

Video: meet the new Bishop of Berwick
01/09/2016
Canon Mark Tanner, who is to be the Suffragan Bishop of Berwick:  Read more about Canon Mark Tanner             ... Read on

Canon Mark Tanner announced as new Suffragan Bishop of Berwick
01/09/2016
No 10 Downing Street has announced this morning that Her Majesty The Queen has approved the nomination of the Reverend Canon Mark Tanner MA (Oxon), BA (Hons), MTh, Warden of Cranmer Hall and Vice-Principal of St John’s College, University of Durham, as Suffragan B ... Read on

St Cuthbert's Blyth jumps aboard the Tall Ships
24/08/2016
  The artwork created by the Mums and Toddlers group at St Cuthbert's Each child created a boat which were used to create the artwork Premier Christian Ra ... Read on

Thirty churches take part in Heritage Open Days, 8th-11th September
17/08/2016
The following churches in the Diocese of Newcastle are among those participating in the Heritage Open Days between the 8th and 11th September: St Cuthbert’s, Bedlington St James the Great, Morpeth St Mary the Virgin, Morpeth St Andrew&rsquo ... Read on

St Paul’s Kids Club on Tour 2016
17/08/2016
Preparing to leave Willington Quay for the Lake District       (Steve Ramshaw on right)         ... Read on

Introducing Warm Hubs - a new project supported by Community Action Northumberland
16/08/2016
Warm Hubs is a new project (supported by Community Action Northumberland), supporting isolated, lonely and fuel-poor people living across rural Northumberland. Venues across the area are joining in with and becoming ‘Warm Hubs’: places within the local com ... Read on

Bishop Frank White writes ~ August 2016