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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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MPs, peers and bishops call on government to release more women from prison
First published on: 22nd May 2020
An influential panel of MPs, peers and bishops, including Bishop Christine, has called on the government to release more women from prison during the coronavirus pandemic.More than 40 parliamentarians have put their names to a letter to the
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Thy Kingdom Come
First published on: 21st May 2020
Thy Kingdom Come (TKC), launched today (21st May) has been radically revamped due to Covid-19.TKC has been tailored to enable churches, families and individuals to pray and worship in their homes, through a suite of adapted resources, in line with so
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Introducing the new Rector of Hexham
First published on: 15th May 2020
The Reverend David Glover has been formally instituted into his role as the new Rector of Hexham by the Bishop of Newcastle.The institution service led by the Right Reverend Christine Hardman would normally have taken place inside Hexham Abbey, but i
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An egg-straordinary event for Christian Aid Week
First published on: 14th May 2020
For obvious reasons, we have not been able to celebrate Christian Aid Week in the normal way this year. No house-to-house collections, no coffee mornings, lunches or other get togethers, but at St Nicholas, Gosforth, we were determined to do all we c
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School life at Humshaugh during lockdown
First published on: 14th May 2020
While the country is in lockdown, Humshaugh Church of England First School, Northumberland remains open operating with a small team of staff to keep the school running for those children who absolutely need to attend. Pupil numbers in school are very
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New Rector of Hexham to be formally instituted into his role this Thursday - by Zoom
First published on: 12th May 2020
The Reverend David Glover will formally become the new Rector of Hexham later this week when he is instituted into his new role by the Bishop of Newcastle.The ceremony, which would normally take place inside Hexham Abbey, will instead be conducted ov
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The Bishop of Berwick, the Right Revd Mark Tanner to become 41st Bishop of Chester
First published on: 12th May 2020
View video here of Bishop Mark speaking to Bishop Christine about his new appointment.The Right Reverend Mark Tanner has been named by Downing Street as the next Bishop of Chester, succeeding the Right Reverend Dr Peter Foster who retired last S
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House of Bishops backs phased approach to revising access to church buildings
First published on: 5th May 2020
The House of Bishops met via Zoom this afternoon, as it has done regularly throughout the current pandemic, and continued to review advice to clergy on the Churchs efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus, to protect the vulnerable and health s
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Wellbeing and mental health during Covid-19
First published on: 5th May 2020
Every Life Matters has produced a guide to maintaining your mental health and wellbeing during Covid-19. It includes advice on working from home, creating a routine, beating anxiety, managing stress, coping mechanisms, a wellbeing plan, and how
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I get knocked down but I get up again!
First published on: 30th April 2020
I Get Knocked Down but I Get Up Again CHUMBAWAMBAResilient people are not superhuman! Like each one of us, they face suffering in this life in its varied forms. They are not immune to the full range of human experience or emotion. They live it, just
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Over 6,000 calls in first 48 hours to Daily Hope, the free dial-in worship phone line
First published on: 28th April 2020
A free phone line offering hymns, prayers, and reflections 24 hours a day while church buildings are closed because of the coronavirus has received more than 6,000 calls in the first 48 hours.The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, launched Daily
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Archdeacon of Lindisfarne to become next Dean of Derby
First published on: 25th April 2020
The Archdeacon of Lindisfarne, the Venerable Peter Robinson is to leave his role after nearly 25 years in the Diocese of Newcastle to become the next Dean of Derby.Peter has been Archdeacon since 2008 and worked in the oil industry before b
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Bishop Christine urges the Government to support local groups working to produce and deliver PPE
First published on: 23rd April 2020
The Bishop of Newcastle, the Right Reverend Christine Hardman has spoken in the House of Lords about the work being done by a North East NHS Trust to address the shortage of PPE in the fight against coronavirus.A partnership led by Northumbria H
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