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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


Towards A Safer Church: Safeguarding Concerns

First published on: 28th January 2019

The Safeguarding Team is often asked when it should be contacted in relation to safeguarding concerns. Reproduced above is a flow chart taken from the new Parish Safeguarding Handbook, which should help answer this question (the flow chart


Bishop Christine says North East deserves efficient railway system

First published on: 23rd January 2019

The North East needs and deserves and fast and efficient railway system, says the Bishop of Newcastle, the Right Reverend Christine Hardman.Bishop Christine was speaking today in the House of Lords where she highlighted poor LNER punctuality and call


'growing church bringing hope' update

First published on: 22nd January 2019

The Revd Canon Ian Flintoft, Director of Discipleship and Ministry for Mission, writes about the work taking place in relation to the Prayer, Leading your Church into Growth and Impact strands of our 'growing church bringing hope' vision.Impact Stran


From lost cause to MBE

First published on: 21st January 2019

The dawn of a New Year sparks a desire in many people to make positive changes in a bid to improve their lives. Whether thats a commitment to deepen faith and spirituality, or simply a pledge to go to the gym more, these resolutions will shape their


Urgent appeal for – LEGO!

First published on: 18th January 2019

An appeal for donations of Lego has been issued for a project to help bring children and families together in the west end of Newcastle.Children and Families Missioner for the Diocese of Newcastle, Jacqueline Atkinson was inspired after a chance meet


Bamburgh church hosts royal visit

First published on: 16th January 2019

Princess Anne Princess Anne visited St Aidans Church, Bamburgh as part of a tour marking the heroism of Grace Darling.HRH Princess Royal holds the title of Master of Trinity House, the official lighthouse of the UK


Welcome to Ben, Claire and Jennifer

First published on: 14th January 2019

A special service was held at Newcastle Cathedral to welcome three new people to ministries within our Diocese.Bishop Christine licensed and commissioned Revd Ben Doolan as leader of the Diocesan Resource Church (Associate Priest to Newcastle Cathedr



Domestic Abuse Champions

First published on: 10th December 2018

Twenty members of laity and clergy attended Domestic Abuse Champion training in November at the Police and Crime Commissioners Office.They will join an extensive network (over 850) of Champions who have been trained since 2013 within the public, priv


Bishop of Newcastle appoints new Archdeacon of Northumberland

First published on: 9th December 2018

The Bishop of Newcastle, the Right Reverend Christine Hardman is pleased to announce that the Reverend Mark Wroe is to be the new Archdeacon of Northumberland.Mark, 49, has been Acting Archdeacon since the beginning of this year following the appoint


Following a Divine Order

First published on: 17th November 2018

The Rt Revd Andrew Watson, Bishop of Guildford, celebrates the centenary of a calling to missionary serviceAt 9.30 am on Saturday, 10 November 2019, my wife and I took a walk on Tynemouths Longsands beach, followed by a short time of prayer at Holy S

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