Our Faith

A belief and trust in Jesus Christ makes a huge difference in people’s lives and in their communities, and there are many different ways across the Diocese in which the Christian faith is being lived out, bringing transformation and change.

This is a faith which is grounded in scripture, and has been passed on to us over the centuries by those who have also believed in the life changing relationship with God through Jesus Christ. From the early Christian missions of the 7th Century, and the ministry of the Northumbrian Saints - such as St Aidan and St Cuthbert, the good news of Jesus Christ has been shared in this part of the world continuously for generations, and we take our part in this today.

As the Church of England, we believe that the ministry of the Church should be accessible to everyone, and to all communities in our Diocese. We are committed to resourcing this ministry through a creative use of our church buildings, and the provision of lay and ordained ministers; and seek to express it through a warm welcome at our churches. If you would like to explore the Christian faith you can find a church near you here

Everlasting God,
you sent the gentle bishop Aidan
to proclaim the gospel in this land,
and you called your servant Cuthbert
to follow your Son and to be a shepherd of your people here:
so may we, fired by your same Spirit,
live in simplicity, humility and love for all your people,
bringing home to your fold those who are lost; through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

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