Diocese of Newcastle

News Stories


  • New Residentiary Canon Director of Mission and Ministry

    The Bishop of Newcastle is pleased to announce the appointment of the Revd Rob Saner-Haigh as Residentiary Canon Director of Mission and Ministry. Read more

  • Mental Health

    I wonder if the profusion of days and weeks dedicated to any and every cause find their origins in Christian festivals and Feast Days - special days to remember and focus our thoughts. Recently it was Mental Health week, and so many methods of communication were used to remind us of the struggles of those who face daily battles with poor mental health. Read more

  • Towards a safer church

    As Christmas approaches and another year comes to an end, I always like to reflect on the previous 12 months, both personally and professionally. I am pleased to say that I think 2019 has been a good year in every sense.

    The work of the Safeguarding team in particular has been extremely rewarding. We all feel that there is a genuine effort in the Diocese, to improve our safeguarding practice. Read more

  • Political parties sign up to ‘clean campaign’ pledge

    All four parliamentary candidates in the Hexham constituency have agreed to sign up to a Clean Campaign Pledge, proposed by a local Church of England vicar. Read more

  • Bamburgh bones brought to life in St Aidan’s new interactive ossuary

    The crypt at St Aidan’s Church in Bamburgh, hidden from view for many years, has been blessed by Bishop Christine, marking the opening of a new cutting-edge project recreating Northumbria’s Golden Age.

    The project, made possible by a £355,600 grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, sees the public reopening of the crypt and the creation of an interpretative display and interactive digital ossuary, telling the story of 110 skeletons dating back to the seventh and eight centuries unearthed in sand dunes nearby.
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  • Living wage accreditation in the Diocese of Newcastle

    Newcastle Diocesan Board of Finance, the charity administering the Church of England in Northumberland, Newcastle and North Tyneside, has been accredited as a Living Wage employer.
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  • Words of wellbeing

    The power of words to build up, or to destroy, has been so evident in recent months. Our whole society has been faced with raging words, dishonest words, destructive words and personal attacks. Words have power: whether spoken to another, or to ourselves. Read more

  • Survivors

    In September Andrew Grant (Asst DSA) and I attended a National Safeguarding Summit at York University.

    The first day was facilitated by members of the national Survivors Reference Group.
    They talked not only about their experience of reporting abuse within the Church of England but also about their commitment and motivation to integrate the ‘survivor’s voice’ into the life and work of the church.
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  • Church engages millions through apps and social media

    Church of England prayer apps were used more than five million times over the last year as a record number of people sought Christian contemplation and reflection online, according to new figures published today. Read more

  • Bishops push for better support for women released from prison

    The Bishop of Gloucester and the Bishop of Newcastle are hosting an event in the House of Lords on Tuesday 15 October, to highlight the importance of finding suitable accommodation for women released from prison.

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