Diocese of Newcastle

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  • Covid-19: North East local restrictions

    Letter to the Diocese from Bishop Christine

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  • Bishop of Newcastle appoints next Archdeacon of Lindisfarne

    The Bishop of Newcastle, the Right Reverend Christine Hardman is pleased to announce that the Reverend Prebendary Dr Catherine Sourbut Groves is to be the next Archdeacon of Lindisfarne. Read more

  • Trauma-informed Ministry in a time of COVID

    Trauma-informed Ministry
    in a time of COVID

    delivered by the Tragedy and Congregations Team

    The Revd Dr Carla Grosch-Miller
    The Revd Hilary Ison
    Professor Christopher Southgate

    Since 2017 the team has delivered 20 training days in various settings for Anglican and URC groups. We have provided a range of resources as the COVID crisis has unfolded.

    We now offer half-day Zoom meetings with groups of 12 ministers. These will provide:
    • opportunities to articulate experience of the COVID crisis
    • a chance to make connections between these reactions and trauma theory
    • explorations of the dynamics of communities after a tragedy
    • biblical resources for addressing our current situation
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  • Easing out of Lockdown – what next?

    Systemic facilitator and trainer Revd Hilary Ison offers further insights gained from her work as part of the Tragedy and Congregations team. Read more

  • A message for clergy spouses in the time of Covid-19 and beyond: No time to Breathe?

    Clergy mental wellbeing has, for some time, gathered much attention but, by and large, little thought has been extended to spouses and partners. At this time of Covid-19 as many clergy have been challenged to work and go about their daily lives in an entirely different way this seems the right moment to stop and address what it is like for those who support them. So this piece is written specifically with you, the clergy spouse, in mind.
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  • A reflection on transitions

    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.
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  • Jack Charlton RIP

    The Right Reverend Christine Hardman, the Bishop of Newcastle, today issued this statement following news of the death of Jack Charlton. Read more

  • Understanding the body: A Christian approach to managing anxiety

    St Luke’s Virtual Clergy Wellbeing Programme:
    Understanding the body: A Christian approach to managing anxiety

    In the second of this series of reflections on managing anxiety, Michèle Hampson shows us how we can incorporate a spiritual dimension into simple methods to still our bodies and minds.

    Most anxiety management strategies focus on our bodily sensations, feelings and thoughts and ignore the spiritual dimension. Some of the popularity of yoga stems from its holistic approach. This reflection seeks to provide a Christian equivalent in relation to anxiety management.
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  • Safeguarding Training Officer Mark Bagnall

    I’d like to introduce myself. I’m Mark Bagnall, the Diocese’s 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. Read more

  • Raging against

    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 natural human responses of fight, flight and freeze have come into play. These are instinctive and necessary for survival under threat; they are not in themselves wrong. What I have noticed is that the “fight” response appears to have risen hugely, and angry raging seems to surround us. Whether we focus that on the government, the church, the archbishops, our clergy, our lay people, our PCC, or any of the other bodies so easily criticised at this time, perhaps now is a time to rethink how we handle anger. There are societal wrongs and injustices we should find ways to protest and change where we can, but on a personal level we may need to seek to redeem our relationships and work through critical spirits. Read more

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