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Morning Prayer and Coffee with Bishop Mark
06/08/2018
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

Celebration and thanksgiving service for Pendower Good Neighbour Project
19/07/2018
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
17/07/2018
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
16/07/2018
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?
14/07/2018
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
14/07/2018
Tim Hardy writes a monthly column for Link newspaper. He works in the Religious Resources Centre in Church House and writes at www.timbo-baggins.co.uk  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
13/07/2018
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
12/07/2018
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
11/07/2018
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
11/07/2018
TOWARDS A SAFER CHURCH With Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Ruth Rogan www.newcastle.anglican.org/safeguarding 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
09/07/2018
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
08/07/2018
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
05/07/2018
  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
02/07/2018
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
28/06/2018
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?
25/06/2018
“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
24/06/2018
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
23/06/2018
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
22/06/2018
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!
22/06/2018
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
21/06/2018
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
20/06/2018
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
20/06/2018
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
20/06/2018
TOWARDS A SAFER CHURCH With Training and Policy Adviser Linda Hunter www.newcastle.anglican.org/safeguarding 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
19/06/2018
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
18/06/2018
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!
18/06/2018
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!
16/06/2018
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
15/06/2018
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
14/06/2018
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
04/06/2018
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
01/06/2018
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
28/05/2018
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
13/05/2018
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!
30/04/2018
  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
24/04/2018
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
24/04/2018
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
23/04/2018
TOWARDS A SAFER CHURCH With Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Ruth Rogan www.newcastle.anglican.org/safeguarding 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
11/04/2018
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
01/04/2018
GREEN ROOM With Revd Dr John Harrison, Honorary Environment Adviser  to the Bishop of Newcastle  www.newcastle.anglican.org/mission-and-ministry/environment This is the 60th Green Room contribution to Link and in almost all of these the focus ... Read on

Foolishness to the Greeks
29/03/2018
LIKE A METAPHOR With Tim Hardy, who works in the Religious Resources Centre in Church House and writes at www.timbo-baggins.co.uk ‘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
27/03/2018
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
27/03/2018
TOWARDS A SAFER CHURCH With Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Ruth Rogan www.newcastle.anglican.org/safeguarding 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
26/03/2018
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
14/03/2018
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
13/03/2018
          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
12/03/2018
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
05/03/2018
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
04/03/2018
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
27/02/2018
TOWARDS A SAFER CHURCH With Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Ruth Rogan www.newcastle.anglican.org/safeguarding   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
22/02/2018
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
13/02/2018
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
07/02/2018
TOWARDS A SAFER CHURCH With Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Ruth Rogan www.newcastle.anglican.org/safeguarding 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
05/02/2018
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
01/02/2018
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
31/01/2018
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
29/01/2018
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
29/01/2018
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
11/01/2018
  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
23/12/2017
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
13/12/2017
TOWARDS A SAFER CHURCH With Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Ruth Rogan www.newcastle.anglican.org/safeguarding 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
24/11/2017
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
01/11/2017
  Downing Street has announced today that the Very Revd Christopher Dalliston, Dean of Newcastle, is to become the new Dean of Peterborough. Christopher, 61, has been Dean of Newcastle since 2003, overseeing significant improvements to Newcastle Cathedral&rsq ... Read on

A truly inspirational visit to Africa
24/10/2017
Less than one week after successfully completing the Great North Run with Bishop Christine, Bishop Mark was in Africa! He was making his first visit to the Diocese of Botswana – one of three Anglican communities linked with Newcastle, the others being Mø ... Read on

Au revoir to Saint Michael's Paris
24/10/2017
The new vicar of Saint Michael's Anglican church Paris is swapping the Champs-Elysées for the green British pastures of Northumberland. Canon Alyson Lamb takes up a new role on 20 September as part-time Priest-in-Charge to the parishes of Mitford and Hebro ... Read on

Changing lives in one of the world’s poorest communities
24/10/2017
By Margaret Storey who, when she’s home, attends Trinity Methodist Church in Wallsend I first heard about the Seed International Fund Trust (SIFT) when I made inquiries regarding school sponsorship in Nicaragua. I had previously been to the country volunteering ... Read on

Support available from the Emily Matilda Easton Benefaction
28/09/2017
The Emily Matilda Easton Benefaction provides a small pension to single (never married) women, aged over 55, who are Anglicans and the daughters of professional men. There are in fact two Benefactions: One covers the Dioceses of Durham and Newcastle; the other is n ... Read on

One race, 57,000 stories, two Bishops!
20/09/2017
Bishop Christine and Bishop Mark were among the 57,000 runners on Sunday, 10 September to take on the challenge of the 36th Great North Run. As VIP runners they lined up at the start with celebrities such as TV presenter Davina McCall, not far from the elite athletes, i ... Read on

Book launch: 'Life After Care'
19/09/2017
Life After Care to be launched by Trigger Press on 2 October The Revd Mark Edwards and (below) his autobiographical book Mental health and the issues surrounding those who struggle with it are frequently featured in the media ... Read on

Diocesan Runners in the Great North Run
19/09/2017
As well as the bishops, we know a great many people in the Diocese also took part in the Great North Run, many of you also raising money for some amazing charities. Here is a small selection of stories and photos from some of the runners – thank you to everyone wh ... Read on

Giving children the freedom to reflect - Prayer Spaces
19/09/2017
By Judith Sadler An eight-year old boy in a ‘Prayer Space’ in a school is looking at a world map and remembering the country from which his family fled. He puts his name near Kosovo and remembers those who were left behind. He talks to his classmate about ... Read on

View from the Lantern
19/09/2017
Cathedral Dean Chris Dalliston writes from the mother church of the Diocese of Newcastle We are very impressed by Bishop Christine and Bishop Mark’s achievement in completing the Great North Run. Here at the Cathedral we have been offering prayerful back-up ... Read on

growing church bringing hope - Strand 5: Introduction
19/09/2017
By Jonathan Mason In the twelve months since I was licensed as Bishop's Rural Affairs Adviser, I have learnt much about the Diocese of Newcastle, not least about its rural areas. Some has come from my Adviser's role, travelling around parishes and benefices, ... Read on

growing church bringing hope - Report on Strand 5: Rural
19/09/2017
Some of our rural churches Do you know which churches these are? Let us know via Twitter: @ncldiocese! #ruralchurches By Peter Robinson There are some big challenges facing the rural areas ... Read on

The Green Room - with Revd Dr John Harrison
19/09/2017
Shrinking the Footprint is the Church of England’s national environmental campaign. The website states: ‘The Church of England has endorsed the observance of a "Time for Creation" from 1 September (the first day of the church year for the Orthodox ... Read on

#DigitalDiocese: New and improved - A Church Near You
19/09/2017
Good progress is being made on revamping A Church Near You (ACNY). Following research with 1,788, we are planning to improve the site by adding new features and functionality. These include: a mobile-first design, a simpler log-in process, an ability to display feeds fr ... Read on

Obituary: The Revd John Horton 1927 - 2017
19/09/2017
By the Revd Canon Jim Robertson The Revd John Horton John died in hospital on 7 May, aged 90. John had celebrated his 90th birthday in March 2017 after more than 60 years of priesthood. He served his title at St Peter’s Balkwell in North Shields,  ... Read on

Pioneer Ministry: Baking and camping and... hang on, a church?
19/09/2017
By Phil Medley, Community Engagement Leader for MINE St Michael’s Byker is a small congregation of people trying to work out what it is to be a ‘Church’ today. Seventeen years ago, the congregation decided to take a bold move in  ... Read on

Helping light up Whitley Bay
18/09/2017
Floodlights have been installed to illuminate one of Tyneside’s best-known churches. St Paul’s Cullercoats in Whitley Bay is being lit up as part of a series of projects rejuvenating Whitley Bay town centre, helping make the church more accessible to both ... Read on

New academic year starts for Lindisfarne RTP
18/09/2017
A word from David Bryan, Dean of Lindisfarne RTP On Saturday 9 September, Lindisfarne RTP launched the new academic year for 2017-18. In the morning we welcomed most of the new students – twelve Reader trainees, seven Ordinands and two independent students. The ... Read on

Licensing of the Revd John Carr
18/09/2017
On St Aidan’s Day, 31 August, the Revd John Carr (pictured with the bishop of Berwick and others) was licensed as House for Duty Assistant Priest for the Parishes of Carham, Cornhill and Branxton at a special service at Cornhill Church. In his sermon, the Bishop o ... Read on

WORK MATTERS - WITH CANON GLYN EVANS OF NEWCASTLE CITY CENTRE CHAPLAINCY
18/09/2017
Did you enjoy your summer Holy Days? I went on a ballooning holiday – and put on four stone! It’s now back to school for lots of children but also a time when young adults begin a new job. Do you remember when you first started work? It was scary for me. ... Read on

Invitation: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
18/09/2017
By Robert Lawrance, Vicar of St Francis High Heaton Like many Christians before us, I and the Revd Gary Birchall have found that pilgrimage has nourished and stimulated our faith in a unique way. We would like to invite you to join us on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land ... Read on

TOWARDS A SAFER CHURCH - Safeguarding training programme
18/09/2017
TOWARDS A SAFER CHURCH With Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Ruth Rogan www.newcastle.anglican.org/safeguarding It is now two and half years since we launched our Safeguarding Training Programme and during this time we have trained 1000 people on ‘Creating a Saf ... Read on

Stewardship stories: St Philip & St James, Whittonstall
18/09/2017
By Rachel Jobes We’ve been collecting stories from around the Diocese of how churches are managing stewardship, often in challenging situations. Here’s one we particularly like from Whittonstall. Read the story below, then check our comments for thoug ... Read on

Playing Hide and Seek with God
18/09/2017
By Tim Hardy Have you ever seen a Godly Play presentation of the Parable of the Good Shepherd? In it (as I remember it told), the parable is slightly expanded to provide more opportunity for reflection and identification with the flock rather than the shepherd who ... Read on

Inspired North East - HLF Grants Workshops in the North east
18/09/2017
By Ian Bapty As previously highlighted in LINK, the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Grants for Places of Worship programme has now closed. However, the HLF have said that, at least for the next year, they are ring-fencing a similar amount of money to be spent on church ... Read on

SEEDLING, BONSAI OR MIGHTY OAK? What’s helping us grow as Christians?
18/09/2017
By Hilary Elder, Associate Director of Ordinands Helping people to grow as Christians, and to find and follow the path God has made for them, is a vital part of our churches’ role. It’s high on the national Church’s agenda, too. Recent reports, incl ... Read on

Big Banks are key to the Big Shift towards a cleaner future
18/09/2017
By Christian Aid Do you, like me, feel helpless about climate change in the face of such an overwhelming problem? We may feel insignificant, yet we can ‘do our bit’, for example by ‘living simply that others may simply live’, as Ghandi once sa ... Read on

Fond farewells to the Rev and the Reader
18/09/2017
Sunday, 23 July saw an official presentation to the Revd David Johnson and his wife Mrs Doreen Johnson following their (second!) retirement at the end of May. Rev David, as a retired vicar, and Doreen, as a Reader, have worked tirelessly in the United Benefice of St ... Read on

Singing for Syrians
07/08/2017
Helping the most desperate people in and around Syria Singing for Syrians is a nationwide initiative offering a positive way to raise money for some of Syria’s most vulnerable people. We are encouraging individuals, local communities, schools and churches ac ... Read on

Institution of The Revd Suzanne Cooke
27/07/2017
On Thursday, 27 July we welcomed the Revd Suzanne Cooke as Vicar of the Benefice of Doddington, Ilderton, Kirknewton and Wooler. Her Institution was conducted by the Bishop of Berwick The Rt. Revd Mark Tanner, and the Induction by the Archdeacon of Lindisfarne T ... Read on

Saxon church uncovered on Holy Island
17/07/2017
Archaeologists excavating around the Heugh on Holy Island have discov­ered what may be one of the oldest churches in Britain. The archaeological evidence found so far suggests the build­ing may date from the second half of the seventh, or from the eighth, ... Read on

Bishop Mark's Letter to the Diocese for August/September
17/07/2017
"It's exciting - but why do we do it!?" As I write this, the house is in chaos… we are off on a holiday we have been planning for ages to fit in with the long break that the children get post-exams. You know how it is, with piles of things you mu ... Read on

Greenhead CE Primary School celebrates ‘Good’ Ofsted status
17/07/2017
In June, this small, rural school in our Diocese achieved the second best Ofsted rating, ‘Good’, following a rigorous two-day inspection by an experienced Ofsted inspector. The Ofsted report, published on 30 June, rates the school ‘Good’ in al ... Read on

Hospitality with Action Hosting
17/07/2017
‘When immigrants live in your land with you, you must not cheat them. Any immigrant who lives with you must be treated as if they were one of your citizens.’ – Leviticus 19:33-34 (Common English Bible) In the previous issue of Link, we int ... Read on

Pioneer Ministry: Chaplain to a gymful of boxers - By Stephen Ramshaw of St Paul’s church, Willington Quay
17/07/2017
Head Coach Steve Sharp (left) with Pioneer evangelist Stephen Ramshaw (right) Hi again, if you can remember last month we introduced you to the Pioneer Learning Community. Over the coming months we want to tell you stories ... Read on

Strand 4 of our new Diocesan vision 'growing church bringing hope': City Centre
17/07/2017
With Bishop Mark and Chris Dalliston, who are leading this strand. ‘The two key objectives are to explore the idea of a ‘Resource Church’ to focus on students, and to establish forums for cooperation between the Church of England and other organis ... Read on

Look out for the liquid worship!
17/07/2017
‘Night Church’ is an initiative at the Cathedral designed to engage with the busy night-time economy in Newcastle’s city centre. From 29 September, there are plans to start opening the Cathedral half a ... Read on

Tyne and Wear Citizens By Revd Dr Nicholas Buxton, Diocesan Church and Society Adviser
17/07/2017
Tyne and Wear Citizens is part of Citizens UK, which was founded in East London just over 20 years ago and is perhaps best known for the Living Wage Campaign, now a nationally recognised movement with over 3,000 accredited employers. The regional organisation was off ... Read on

St John’s Restoration and Development Project
17/07/2017
St John’s has recently been successful in their second round application to the Heritage Lottery Fund, resulting in a grant to carry out nearly £200,000 of urgent and essential conservation repairs. The church is an important, Grade I listed medieval buil ... Read on

New loos at St Thomas the Martyr Church - By Revd Catherine Lack, Master of St Thomas’
17/07/2017
Everybody in Newcastle recognises the distinctive hollow tower of St Thomas the Martyr on the skyline. It’s sometimes known as ‘the black church’ because of the discolouration caused by mining. When the clock broke a few years ago, local people blamed ... Read on

Artist in Residence project at St John the Baptist Church
17/07/2017
For a period of four weeks in the summer/early autumn, internationally acclaimed artist Katia Kameli will be working on a special art installation inside St John’s, Grainger Street. The work will be on public display from 19-31 October as part of the Platform ... Read on

View from the Lantern
17/07/2017
Kate Sussams, Director of Operations, writes from the mother church of the Diocese of Newcastle Like any big organisation, the Cathedral has its own rhythms and cycles. The liturgical cycle is the most over-arching, with the daily and weekly services shaped by th ... Read on

The Environmental Army - with the infantry of the slug and the underground movement of moles
17/07/2017
I apologise for the lack of a Green Room contribution from me in the last issue of LINK. Not wishing to dwell on personal matters, my new granddaughter, Sofia, died after only two days of life. She was a precious jewel but one which was destined to sparkle only briefly ... Read on

Yurt provides a Prayer Space in primary school
17/07/2017
Partnership work between St. Mary Magdalene and Longbenton Methodist Church Article by Pat Craighead On 27 June, a yurt was erected in the Quiet Garden of Balliol School, Longbenton. For three days it provided a safe space in which children could pray, think, and ta ... Read on

Is Ecumenism a dirty word?
17/07/2017
The Revd Janet Appleby reflects on the Reformation and its lessons for Ecumenism Ecumenism seems to be one of those words that, when mentioned, makes church folk either glaze over or look uncomfortable. Although in essence it means all Christians should love one anot ... Read on

Knowing the price of everything and the value of nothing
17/07/2017
A discussion around generosity with Liz Kerry, Chair of the Developing Stewardship Group and Vice Chair of the Newcastle Diocesan Board of Finance You know when you get a phrase going through your mind and can’t quite place it? Well, I was walking the dog ... Read on

WORK MATTERS - WITH CANON GLYN EVANS OF NEWCASTLE CITY CENTRE CHAPLAINCY
17/07/2017
Can you believe it!? The other day, my partner told me I had to stop pretending to be a flamingo! I had to put my foot down at that. Flamingos are pink, and one of my favourite songs goes ‘Enjoy yourself, it's later than you think. Enjoy yourself, while y ... Read on

Turn peas into profit this harvest - News from Christian Aid North East
17/07/2017
 In Mal