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.

Warm Spaces in our Diocese

First published on: 5th January 2023

With the ongoing cost of living crisis and temperatures plummeting over the winter period, many of our churches are offering warm spaces for their communities. Find your nearest warm space in the list below.

Children play their part in Christmas story with new face for Mary

First published on: 22nd December 2022

Children raise money to repair a stained glass window in Throckley.

Wylam community builds model village

First published on: 20th December 2022

Based on an idea that has come all the way from Slovenia, Wylam now has its very own model village with Joseph, Mary and Jesus at its centre. 

Appointment of Interim Dean of Newcastle

First published on: 19th December 2022

Following the retirement of the Very Reverend Geoff Miller, the Right Revd Mark Wroe, Acting Bishop of Newcastle, is delighted to announce that he has appointed the Very Reverend Dr Jane Hedges as Interim Dean of Newcastle.

Christmas Services 2022

First published on: 9th December 2022

There are a number of services and events happening across the Diocese of Newcastle this Christmas

Bishop Mark blesses refurbished school building

First published on: 29th November 2022

The Bishop of Berwick officially reopened Embleton Vincent Edwards Church of England Primary School on 24 November, after significant investment updating and extending the 100-year-old building to ensure it is fit for purpose for many years to come.

Bishop Mark launches Christmas Appeal

First published on: 25th November 2022

Bishop Mark has launched the Bishop’s Christmas Appeal in aid of Walking With and the West End Refugee Service, local charities who support asylum seekers and refugees.

Service of Farewell for the Very Revd Geoff Miller

First published on: 22nd November 2022

The Very Revd Geoff Miller bid farewell as Dean of Newcastle at a Service of Leave Taking and Farewell at Newcastle Cathedral on Sunday 20 November 2022.

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