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Biggest Leavers' Event Ever!

First published on: 21st June 2019

Nearly a thousand children packed Newcastle Cathedral for our biggest school leavers' event ever.It was so big, two separate services were held throughout the day, one attended by the Bishop of Newcastle, the Right Reverend Christine Hardman, an


Human beings are designed for companionship

First published on: 18th June 2019

Human beings are designed for companionship. It is not good for us to be alone too much, but as our ageing and fractured society goes on it seems that far too many experience deep loneliness. Within the body of Christs church this need not be a signi


A pair of Newcastle Deans!

First published on: 31st May 2019

A pair of Newcastle Deans! The Very Reverend Geoff Miller, our Dean of Newcastle, has been hosting a visit by the Very Reverend Katherine Bowyer, Dean of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. Welcome!This photo of Geoff and Katherine was taken insid


Bishop Christine's address to the Diocesan Synod, 11 May 2019

First published on: 23rd May 2019

'Anxiety about money is playing far too big a part in our diocesan life at the moment, and we have to change this.' Listen again to Bishop Christine's address to the Diocesan Synod by clicking on this link, or below is a full transcription. You


Panorama and the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse

First published on: 21st May 2019

In recent weeks, there has been considerable publicity about the churchs failings to respond compassionately, effectively and appropriately to victims and survivors abused by clergy, with evidence that the reputation of the church and its senior cler


Bishop Christine sets off on her pilgrimage of prayer

First published on: 20th May 2019

Bishop Christine was waved off this morning on St Oswald's Way, as she began her pilgrimage of prayer for our Diocese.She started her walk at Heavenfield in Northumberland, with today's leg taking her to Kirkwelpington. Her walk is due to finish


Newcastle Cathedral secures £4.2 million National Lottery grant

First published on: 13th May 2019

Englands most northerly cathedral is set to be transformed after securing a multi-million pound grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund.Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, Newcastle Cathedrals exciting heritage project, Common G


Shalom

First published on: 13th May 2019

Wellbeing seems to be the latest trendy concept a need to focus on how we best function and live with ourselves and one another at a time when anxiety and poor mental health appear to be on the increase. Shalom is an ancient Hebrew word, frequ


Rector of Hexham to be next Bishop of Huntingdon

First published on: 7th May 2019

Downing Street has announced today, 7th May, that Canon Dr Dagmar Winter will be the next Bishop of Huntingdon in the Diocese of Ely.Dagmar is the Rector of Hexham and has served in the Diocese of Newcastle since 1999, initially as Associate Vicar an


House builder supports LEGO project in one of Newcastle’s poorest estates

First published on: 12th April 2019

Leading UK home builder Keepmoat Homes has donated 500 to help buy LEGO for an inspirational community project in the west end of Newcastle.The Diocese of Newcastle is collecting as much LEGO as possible to bring children, their families and the loca


Bishop Christine seeks reassurance over mental healthcare provision in alternative provision schools

First published on: 27th March 2019

In the House of Lords this afternoon, Bishop Christine challenged the Government on provision for mental healthcare in alternative provision schools these are schools for children for whom mainstream education is unsuitable.


Safeguarding training and policy. What can a parish expect from the Diocese?

First published on: 26th March 2019

This is the heading of the second section of the Parish Safeguarding Handbook. A complimentary printed copy will be coming out to all parishes very soon.So what can you expect from the Diocese?Safeguarding policy and guidanceSafeguarding advice and s


Whatever happens with Brexit, Bishop of Newcastle calls for unity and reconciliation

First published on: 25th March 2019

Watch the Bishop of Newcastle, the Right Reverend Christine Hardman in the House of Lords today call for nationwide unity and reconciliation, whatever happens with Brexit.The turbulence and toxicity we are seeing in political life is deeply dist


Bishop of Newcastle challenges Government over mental healthcare for young people

First published on: 25th March 2019

Today in the House of Lords, the Right Reverend Christine Hardman, Bishop of Newcastle, challenged the Government to state what steps it is taking to improve mental health care provision for children and young people.An NHS study published in Novembe


New Archdeacon of Northumberland installed at Newcastle Cathedral

First published on: 24th March 2019

Civic leaders were at Newcastle Cathedral today as the Reverend Mark Wroe was installed as the new Archdeacon of Northumberland. Click here for photographs.Mark, 49 and who was previously vicar at Holy Trinity Jesmond, Newcastle, is now the Vene


'Peace and Unity' event following last week's NZ shootings

First published on: 18th March 2019

Newcastle Cathedral and Diocese of Newcastle to host An Evening of Peace and Unity after the New Zealand massacreThe Very Reverend Geoff Miller, Dean of Newcastle, and the Diocese of Newcastle are holding an Evening of Peace and Unity following the m


A message to our Muslim communities following the New Zealand terror attacks

First published on: 15th March 2019

The Right Reverend Christine Hardman, Bishop of Newcastle, has issued this open letter to our Muslim communities following the terrible terror attacks in New Zealand. The letter can be seen below, or by clicking here.


International Women's Day 2019

First published on: 8th March 2019

The Bishop of Newcastle is among 50 women listed as some of the most inspiring in the North East.International Women's Day represents an opportunity for us to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women across the worl


Towards A Safer Church: DBS and training

First published on: 6th March 2019

Within the safeguarding team based at Church House we are fortunate to have Ruth OHagan who is the DBS Administrator for the DioceseShe can help with any queries you might have about who is eligible for a DBS check and provide guidance as to what lev


New Master for St Thomas the Martyr Newcastle

First published on: 3rd March 2019

The Bishop of Newcastle is delighted to announce the appointment of the Reverend Ben Doolan as the next Master of St Thomas the Martyr Newcastle.Ben is leader of the Diocese of Newcastles first Resource Church which will work in partnership with St T


Bishop Christine in this year's Greenwich Portraits

First published on: 28th February 2019

The Right Reverend Christine Hardman, the Bishop of Newcastle, features in this year's Greenwich Portraits, the first time a representative from the Church of England has been included in this important collection.The Portraits honour former alu


Meet our first Anna Chaplains

First published on: 25th February 2019

In a first for the Diocese, a group of Anna Chaplains have been commissioned to provide spiritual care to vulnerable people in the area.Seven Anglicans from Newcastle and one from Durham were commissioned by Bishop Christine at an ecumenical service


Grant joy for Blanchland Abbey

First published on: 21st February 2019

Blanchland Community Development Organisation has scooped a grant of more than 40,000 to fund the first stage of an ambitious plan for its abbey. The group has been awarded 41,200 by the National Lottery Heritage Fund as part of its Resilient Heritag


Pathways Mission Celebration

First published on: 12th February 2019

A service of celebration was held at St Nicholas Church, Cramlington to give thanks and to celebrate the series of successful events that took place throughout Bedlington Deanery during the Pathway Mission. Led by the deanerys main Pathways Mission c


Service to mark start of salmon fishing season

First published on: 11th February 2019

On a cold but beautiful February morning, on the banks of the River Tweed, the Revd Rob Kelsey announces: When the time comes for me to stand in the river, if I appear to be walking on the water, thats because Im standing on the ice!This was the annu


National Lottery grant success for Bamburgh

First published on: 11th February 2019

Accessing Aidan, a remarkable partnership project to develop the crypt of St Aidans Church, Bamburgh into a beautiful interpretation space, has been awarded a grant of 355,600 by the National Lottery.Made possible by National Lottery players, the gra


Protecting the long-term future of two Tynedale schools

First published on: 7th February 2019

Governors at two Church of England first schools have approved plans to share the leadership of one headteacher.Under the plan, which comes into effect after the Easter holidays, headteacher of Corbridge First School, Jennifer Ainsley will take on th


Anti-Semitism: Our Problem?

First published on: 4th February 2019

Anti-Semitism is again headline news. As Christians, as reconcilers, as people working for peace in the world, it is vital that we are equipped to help and support our Jewish friends and neighbours. In late January the Diocesan Committee for Interfai


Archbishop encourages all to share in the Pilgrim journey this Lent

First published on: 1st February 2019

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu is encouraging all to share in the Church of Englands LentPilgrim journey.Written by Bishop Steven Croft, co-author of the Pilgrim Course, the Pilgrim Journeys: The Beatitudes, provides a short daily reflection


#LoveNewcastle: United against hate

First published on: 29th January 2019

United against hatred - these faith leaders in Newcastle, including the Bishop of Newcastle, the Right Reverend Christine Hardman, stood shoulder to shoulder to condemn the hate-fuelled vandalism of an Islamic school.The Bahr Academy on the former By


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