Worship and Music

Worship is what Christians do because they believe in, and want to honour God.

In worship we

  • Praise and give thanks to God for the blessings of life
  • Pray for the world and the challenges we face from day to day
  • Listen for God's word to us, open to its comfort, and its call to transformation

There are many different ways in which people worship God and that variety is reflected in the churches of this Diocese:

  • informal services of prayer and praise,
  • traditional choral evensong
  • parish communions
  • simple prayer meetings

Some use traditional words and music, others contemporary liturgy and spontaneous prayer with the help of the latest audio and visuals. Use the "church search" facility on the home page, to discover what kind of services take place at the churches in your area.

The Diocesan Worship & Liturgy Task Group encourages churches to develop forms of worship which are engaging and spiritually uplifting - the offering of our very best to God.

We help to lead workshops and training events, normally in partnership with other organisations both within and outside the Diocese. We have also produced local worship resources to help churches improve the quality of their worshipping life. Please do contact us if we can assist you further.

Please click on the links to access Online Worship Resources
(N.B. this is a work in progress, so please check back as the list grows!)

North East Saints Resource
The Worship and Liturgy Task Group has been working on a folder of resources (a biography, collect, psalm and bible readings) for use in churches who would like to commemorate some of the many saints of the North East of England who are not provided for in the main Church of England publications. The work is ongoing - but every church building in the Diocese has been sent a ring binder to contain each month's saints as they are completed.

Common Worship
This is the main Common Worship site with most of the texts of the Common Worship Services available to downlad in different formats.

Quite simply the longest established and best resourced site for Anglican liturgical resources on the web as well as the place to find forms of daily prayer and an online Bible. Too much to list here but if this link isn't on your favourites list then you are missing out!: www.oremus.org/

Exciting Holiness
This is the online first edition of this invaluable companion to the festivals and commemorations of the Common Worship Calendar. www.excitingholiness.org/first-edition/

Organisation within the Church of England to encourage liturgical formation and good practice. Some of the material on this site is for affliates only but Praxis organise events locally (through Praxis North) to which affliates get reduced admission fees.

Other sites with worship resources

Christian Aid
This major Christian charity have become a good source for worship resources (inevitably focused on themes such as provert y and trade justice). It is frequently updated, with good seasonal material.

Preaching resources

Well presented lectionary commentary and notes: www.montreal.anglican.org/comments/


Royal School of Church Music
Main site of the largest church music organization in Britain. Online shop and some useful online resources. The Diocese of Newcastle is served by the Northumbrian branch.

Copyright Licences

The Church Copyright Licensing International is the place for most information about copyright of texts and music. www.ccli.co.uk/UnitedKingdom.cfm

Not all texts are covered by this scheme. Decani music also adminsters a licensing scheme called Calamus with music mainly but by no means exclusively from the Roman Catholic Tradition. This is the site for permission to copy music from the Taize community. www.decanimusic.co.uk

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