A Festival of Fire at Heddon-on-the-Wall

First published on: 25th May 2023

A partnership between a group of churches in Heddon-on-the-Wall and local school, St. Andrew’s CE Primary, has resulted in a very special celebration for Pentecost – a ‘Festival of Fire’ which brought nearly 200 members of the local community together.

Rev’d Sheila takes the bus for charity

First published on: 19th May 2023

At the grand age of 85 years old, Revd Sheila Auld, assistant priest at St. Gabriel’s Heaton has taken on an unusual challenge to raise money for a charity close to her heart.

Drawing inspiration from the word of God

First published on: 18th May 2023

Illuminating the Word of God will take place during the summer months.

Bishop Helen-Ann's first Presidential Address at Diocesan Synod

First published on: 15th May 2023

On Saturday 13 May 2023, Bishop Helen-Ann gave her first Presidential Address to Newcastle’s Diocesan Synod, held at Newcastle Cathedral.

Independent Learning Lessons Review - Late Trevor Devamanikkam

First published on: 13th May 2023

A response from the Bishop of Newcastle, the Right Reverend Dr Helen-Ann Hartley

Newcastle Diocese celebrates the Coronation

First published on: 9th May 2023

Churches and schools across Newcastle Diocese celebrated the Coronation of King Charles III with a range of special services and community events. 

A tribute to Canon Frank Dexter

First published on: 9th May 2023

With the death of Canon Frank Dexter on 13th April, the Diocese and the wider Church has lost a wise and faithful servant and steward of the mysteries of God.  

Churches needed to commemorate Firefighters' Memorial Day

First published on: 28th April 2023

A minute silence to mark Firefighters’ Memorial Day on 4 May 2023 will take place from 12pm at fire stations across the Diocese of Newcastle

Bishop Helen-Ann's Service of Inauguration

First published on: 24th April 2023

Around a thousand people gathered at Newcastle Cathedral on Saturday 22nd April to celebrate the inauguration of the Right Reverend Dr Helen-Ann Hartley as the 13th Bishop of Newcastle.

A Message from Bishop Helen-Ann

First published on: 21st April 2023

As she comes into her new role as Bishop of Newcastle, Bishop Helen-Ann addresses the people of Newcastle Diocese.

Digital Giving Project provides contactless equipment for churches

First published on: 24th March 2023

Ambitious new Digital Giving Project, which thanks to funding from the Archbishop’s Council, has provided free equipment to enable contactless donations to be made in 30 churches across the Diocese.

Bishop Helen-Ann on board as new Metro train unveiled

First published on: 24th March 2023

Bishop Helen-Ann was delighted to have the opportunity to hop on board one of the brand new fleet of Stadler Tyne and Wear trains, which will enter service later this year.

Bishop Helen-Ann pays homage to the King

First published on: 10th March 2023

This week, Bishop Helen-Ann took another step in her journey as the new Bishop of Newcastle, paying homage to His Majesty the King.

Vicar thanks campaign supporters after fishing is protected on Holy Island

First published on: 2nd March 2023

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has announced it will not be pressing ahead with plans for the island to become a designated Highly Protected Marine Area (HPMA).

Solar panels go up as church commits to a greener future

First published on: 28th February 2023

Solar panels have been installed at a Newcastle church as it bids to help tackle climate change and commit to a greener future.

Bishop Mark to rededicate stolen Calvary Cross after safe return and restoration

First published on: 27th February 2023

The Bishop of Berwick will rededicate a stolen crucifix after it was returned and restored to its former glory.

Bishop Helen-Ann and local reps attend General Synod

First published on: 17th February 2023

The General Synod met in London 6th-9th February and our Synod reps Robin Brimms, Nic Denyer, and Izzy Macdonald-Booth, along with Ian Flintoft, Robert Lawrance and Claire Robson attended along with our newly elected Bishop Helen-Ann. 

A brighter future is on the horizon for the churches of Northumbria

First published on: 16th February 2023

More funding to keep churches and chapels open and in good repair is to be made available in 2023 by the Northumbria Historic Churches Trust.

Easter and Lent Services 2023

First published on: 15th February 2023

There are a number of services and events happening across the Diocese of Newcastle during Lent and Easter.

A forgotten chapter in the life of Blanchland Abbey comes to light

First published on: 10th February 2023

Archaeological excavations carried out in Blanchland Abbey, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, are revealing exciting new evidence of the history of the site.

Reflecting on 'a hugely rich and enjoyable time' as DDO

First published on: 7th February 2023

Revd Claire Robson said it was “an honour and a privilege” to serve as Diocesan Director of Ordinands (DDO) from 2018 until her recent retirement.

Bishop Helen-Ann's Confirmation of Election Service

First published on: 6th February 2023

The Archbishop of York, the Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell confirmed election of the Rt Revd Dr Helen-Ann Hartley as Bishop of Newcastle during a service at York Minster on Friday 3 February 2023.

New role for Diocesan Director of Education

First published on: 2nd February 2023

Exciting times lie ahead for education in our Diocese as a key figure prepares to move from one high profile role into another.

Artwork loan offer via Newcastle Cathedral

First published on: 1st February 2023

A sculptural art piece, Legacy, by Roberta Fulford, is currently on loan to Newcastle Cathedral and will be on display until Easter 2023.

Schools join together for Christingle Service at Newcastle Cathedral

First published on: 27th January 2023

On Thursday 26 January, eight primary schools joined together for a Christingle service at Newcastle Cathedral.

New parish newsletter reaches out into church’s rural community

First published on: 25th January 2023

St Cuthbert’s Church at Haydon Bridge launches traditional paper newsletter to reach their wider community

Archbishop of York event Step Forward supports young people considering ministry

First published on: 25th January 2023

Step Forward is for anyone aged 18 to 30 who is wondering whether God might be calling them to ministry in the Church of England.

Newcastle Cathedral welcomes new Interim Dean

First published on: 23rd January 2023

At a service of Choral Evensong held at Newcastle Cathedral on Sunday 22 January 2023, the Very Reverend Dr Jane Hedges was commissioned as Interim Dean of Newcastle.

Off to a ‘Good’ Start - Castle School celebrates its first ever Ofsted rating

First published on: 19th January 2023

Castle School, part of Northumberland Church of England Academy Trust (NCEAT), has achieved ‘Good’ in its Ofsted report

Churches and communities pull together to provide hot food and warm space

First published on: 13th January 2023

In October 2022, volunteers launched a Warm Hub in Embleton’s Parish Room and members of the local community now gather every Monday for soup, crusty bread and friendship.

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