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Festivals of Light appeal
First published on: 2nd December 2020
The Festivals of Light event – which is supported by the diocese – is still going ahead this year with some major changes.
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Messy Church home invasion!
First published on: 1st December 2020
In the midst of the Covid pandemic, churches are creatively finding ways to continue engaging with people across their parishes. And the latest initiative by The Revd Benjamin Carter and his team from the Parishes by the Wall is certainly keeping the younger members of his community entertained.
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Christmas is coming
First published on: 30th November 2020
Christmas is coming….. directly to the homes of school children in the Willington Team area this year.
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Tributes paid to Canon Carol Wolstenholme OBE
First published on: 25th November 2020
Carol Wolstenholme had a sense of vocation: to serve God in every way she could as a lay person. 
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The Venerable Catherine Sourbut Groves, collated as Archdeacon of Lindisfarne
First published on: 14th November 2020
The Venerable Catherine Sourbut Groves has been collated as our new Archdeacon of Lindisfarne by the Bishop of Newcastle.
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Next Bishop of Berwick announced
First published on: 9th November 2020
Downing Street has announced this morning that Her Majesty The Queen has approved the nomination of the Venerable Mark Wroe, currently Archdeacon of Northumberland, as the next Suffragan Bishop of Berwick in the Diocese of Newcastle.
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Hexham Abbey receives lifeline with £357,000 grant from Government’s Culture Recovery Fund
First published on: 9th November 2020
Hexham Abbey is one of 445 heritage organisations across the country set to receive a lifesaving financial boost from the government thanks to the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help them through the coronavirus pandemic.
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Remembrance 2020
First published on: 9th November 2020
A video message from Bishop Christine
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Canon Carol Wolstenholme OBE RIP
First published on: 5th November 2020
A message from Bishop Christine: It is with great sadness that I share with you the news that Canon Carol Wolstenholme died today in hospital, where she was being treated for cancer.
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Mark rewarded for lockdown efforts
First published on: 4th November 2020
A vicar who went ‘above and beyond the call of duty’ during lockdown has been rewarded for his efforts by the local community.
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There's a pom pom for everyone
First published on: 3rd November 2020
Rainbows of pom poms are adorning the churches of Upper Pont, Northumberland thanks to a community project.
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Trauma-informed Ministry in a time of COVID
First published on: 28th July 2020
Trauma-informed Ministry in a time of COVID, delivered by the Tragedy and Congregations Team:The Revd Dr Carla Grosch-MillerThe Revd Hilary IsonProfessor Christopher Southgate.Since 2017 the team has delivered 20 training days in various se
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Easing out of Lockdown – what next?
First published on: 28th July 2020
Systemic facilitator and trainer Revd Hilary Ison offers further insights gained from her work as part of the Tragedy and Congregations team.Stress is exhaustingAs we ease out of lockdown, I wonder what your reaction was when it was announced that ch
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Reopening of church buildings for public worship in Newcastle Diocese
First published on: 21st July 2020
Please see below a joint statement from the Bishop of Newcastle, the Right Reverend Christine Hardman and the Bishop of Berwick, the Right Reverend Mark Tanner
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Jack Charlton RIP
First published on: 21st July 2020
The Right Reverend Christine Hardman, Bishop of Newcastle, today issued this statement following the sad news of the death of Jack Charlton.
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Archdeacon of Lindisfarne to become next Dean of Derby
First published on: 21st July 2020
The Archdeacon of Lindisfarne, the Venerable Peter Robinson is to leave his role in the ?
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A message for clergy spouses in the time of Covid-19 and beyond: No time to Breathe?
First published on: 14th July 2020
*Spouse: in the context of this paper I am using the term spouse to refer to, and be inclusive of, the diversity of partnerships which exist through being in relationship with a member of the clergy. Clergy mental wellbeing has, for some time, gather
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A reflection on transitions
First published on: 14th July 2020
Helen Averill, who runs the Clergy Transitions Service, reflects on change and transition in relation to the effect of the Covid pandemic and the process of adjustment and gradual moving forward.TransitionNoun: the process or a period of changin
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Jack Charlton RIP
First published on: 11th July 2020
The Right Reverend Christine Hardman, Bishop of Newcastle, today issued this statement following the sad news of the death of Jack Charlton."Weve learned with great sadness that Jack Charltons life came to an end on Friday. Jack Charlton was a
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Understanding the body: A Christian approach to managing anxiety
First published on: 1st July 2020
St Lukes Virtual Clergy Wellbeing ProgrammeUnderstanding the body: A Christian approach to managing anxiety In the second of this series of reflections on managing anxiety, Michle Hampson shows us how we can incorporate a spiritual dimension into sim
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Safeguarding Training Officer Mark Bagnall
First published on: 29th June 2020
Id like to introduce myself. Im Mark Bagnall, the Dioceses new Safeguarding Training Officer. My role is to ensure that the Foundation and Leadership modules are delivered in the Diocese. This is carried out in conjunction with the volunteer trainers
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Raging against
First published on: 29th June 2020
After so many weeks of being constricted, and of fearing the possibility of an unseen but life- threatening virus, it is no surprise that feelings run high some days. Our internal limbic brain systems have been functioning on high alert, and the natu
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Reopening of church buildings for public worship in Newcastle Diocese
First published on: 23rd June 2020
Please see below a joint statement from the Bishop of Newcastle, the Right Reverend Christine Hardman and the Bishop of Berwick, the Right Reverend Mark Tanner following the Governments announcement that church buildings will be able to reopen for pu
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Creating a safe space: a Christian perspective to managing anxiety
First published on: 23rd June 2020
Michele Hampson shows how creating a safe space can help us respond to stress and anxiety, starting with an understanding of our natural biological reactions. A safe space is one we can picture in detail and that we associate with a sense of peace. I
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Bishop Christine thanks 'inspirational' volunteers during Covid crisis
First published on: 22nd June 2020
Bishop Christine has paid tribute to volunteers who have kept people safe during the Covid crisis.She said the efforts of volunteers throughout our Diocese have been an inspiration.Their work to support community services have kept us going and would
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Here be dragons
First published on: 16th June 2020
St Lukes Virtual Clergy Wellbeing ProgrammeHere be dragonsSystemic facilitator and trainer Revd Hilary Ison shares reflections on responses to trauma to help us navigate these challenging times.On a walk recently I was very glad of a map I had with m
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A touch of love or a touch that kills?
First published on: 8th June 2020
By the Revd Sarah Hills, St Mary's Parish Church, Holy IslandI have been feeling, like very many of us over the last week, angry, sad, bewildered. George Floyd in Minneapolis died being held down, kneeled on, struggling for breath. Touch comes i
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Carol Butler appointed new Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
First published on: 5th June 2020
Message from Bishop ChristineI am pleased to announce that Carol Butler, a specialist in safeguarding and risk management, is the new Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, succeeding Ruth Rogan who retires from the role at the end of this month. We have bee
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North East and North Cumbria Suicide Prevention Network launch new website
First published on: 2nd June 2020
Coping with the current pandemic isnt easy, for most it is a challenge, but for some the impact has been much greater. Deterioration in mental health continues to be a concern as this crisis continues.The need to f
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Ch ch change
First published on: 2nd June 2020
For many people the idea of change is very threatening and a source of fear, even when there may also be some excitement involved too. Both positive and negative changes can be sources of stress. Our diocese is seeing many changes right now, with the
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