First published on: 23rd December 2019

BISHOP RONALD OLIVER BOWLBY, RIP1926-2019It is with sadness we inform you of the death of Bishop Ronnie Bowlby on Saturday, 21stDecember, 2019.Ronnie died, supported by the love and steadfastness of his daughters and sons and by excellent care in the

New Residentiary Canon Director of Mission and Ministry

First published on: 15th December 2019

The Bishop of Newcastle is pleased to announce the appointment of the Revd Rob Saner-Haigh as Residentiary Canon Director of Mission and Ministry.As a member of Bishops Staff, and Residentiary Canon of our Cathedral, Rob will hold a lead responsibili

Mental Health

First published on: 3rd December 2019

I wonder if the profusion of days and weeks dedicated to any and every cause find their origins in Christian festivals and Feast Days - special days to remember and focus our thoughts. Recently it was Mental Health week, and so many methods of commun

Towards a safer church

First published on: 3rd December 2019

As Christmas approaches and another year comes to an end, I always like to reflect on the previous 12 months, both personally and professionally. I am pleased to say that I think 2019 has been a good year in every sense. The work of the Safeguarding

Political parties sign up to ‘clean campaign’ pledge

First published on: 26th November 2019

All four parliamentary candidates in the Hexham constituency have agreed to sign up to a Clean Campaign Pledge, proposed by a local Church of England vicar.The Reverend Tom Birch, who represents the parishes of St Oswins Wylam and St Mary the Virgins

Bamburgh bones brought to life in St Aidan’s new interactive ossuary

First published on: 22nd November 2019

The crypt at St Aidans Church in Bamburgh, hidden from view for many years, has been blessed by Bishop Christine, marking the opening of a new cutting-edge project recreating Northumbrias Golden Age.The project, made possible by a 355,600 grant from

Living wage accreditation in the Diocese of Newcastle

First published on: 15th November 2019

Newcastle Diocesan Board of Finance, the charity administering the Church of England in Northumberland, Newcastle and North Tyneside, has been accredited as a Living Wage employer.The NDBF is proud to be one of 111 employers in the North East of Engl

Words of wellbeing

First published on: 22nd October 2019

The power of words to build up, or to destroy, has been so evident in recent months. Our whole society has been faced with raging words, dishonest words, destructive words and personal attacks. Words have power: whether spoken to another, or to ourse


First published on: 22nd October 2019

In September Andrew Grant (Asst DSA) and I attended a National Safeguarding Summit at York University.The first day was facilitated by members of the national Survivors Reference Group.They talked not only about their experience of reporting abuse wi

Church engages millions through apps and social media

First published on: 17th October 2019

Apps allowing users to pray the ancient Daily Office of morning, evening and night prayer were used 4.2 million times on Apple devices alone in the last 12 months, an increase of 446,000 on the year before, new figures show. The figures do not includ

Bishops call for greater support for women leaving prison

First published on: 15th October 2019

Listen to Premier Christian Radio's coverage of the 15th October event in Parliament hosted by Bishop Christine and the Bishop of Gloucester Rachel Treweek. They were highlighting the importance of improving the level of support, in particular housin

Bishops push for better support for women released from prison

First published on: 10th October 2019

The Bishop of Newcastle, together with the Bishop of Gloucester, is hosting an event in the House of Lords on Tuesday 15 October to highlight the importance of finding suitable accommodation for women released from prison.The event, support


First published on: 2nd October 2019

I love it when modern psychology and the scriptures coincide so clearly! We shouldnt be surprised, but too often we can separate them and sever connection. Pauls letters are full of gratitude, no more so than in Philippians, where the tone is one of

Newcastle Diocese pays its staff a real Living Wage

First published on: 26th September 2019

We are delighted to announce that the Newcastle Diocesan Board of Finance is now an accredited Living Wage Employer. This means that every member of staff working for the Board of Finance will earn a real Living Wa

Farewell Shiremoor, Kia Ora New Zealand!

First published on: 20th September 2019

The Reverend Dr Tony Curtis, vicar of St Marks Shiremoor, is about to take up an exciting new role 11,000 miles away!Tony, who has been at Shiremoor since 2013, has been appointed the new Dean of the Cathedral Church of St Paul in Dunedin, New Zeala

An update on marriage registration changes

First published on: 12th September 2019

Dr Sandra Millar, the Church of England's Head of Life Events, discusses the possibility of changes to marriage registration systems.Over the summer there has been a lot of information circulating about the implications of the plans for the electroni

Bishops issue open letter on Brexit

First published on: 28th August 2019

A group of Church of England bishops, including the Bishop of Newcastle, the Right Reverend Christine Hardman, has issued an open letter on the prospect of a 'no-deal' Brexit and the need for national reconciliation, notwithstanding the potential pro

Marriage registration changes

First published on: 22nd August 2019

The Government plans to introduce a new system of registration for marriages, including church weddings, in England and Wales.It is anticipated that the new system will replace traditional marriage registers with a new marriage document to be signed

Newcastle Cathedral appoints new Canon for Outreach and Discipleship

First published on: 5th August 2019

The Bishop of Newcastle is delighted to be able to announce that the Revd Peter Dobson is to become Canon for Outreach and Discipleship at Newcastle Cathedral.Peter will become the second Canon Residentiary and work alongside the Dean, the Canon for

Bishops’ intervention set to extend gambling protections across the UK

First published on: 18th July 2019

Gambling rules in Northern Ireland could be brought into line with tighter standards in the rest of the UK following an intervention by the Church of England.An amendment tabled in the House of Lords by the Bishop of St Albans, Alan Smith, opening th

When does your year begin?

First published on: 18th July 2019

When does your year begin? Perhaps its is the liturgical year and Advent marks the start. Perhaps it is the traditional January 1st turnover point, or perhaps, like many, the grip of the academic model means that September kicks off the sense of newn

A safe environment and activities

First published on: 2nd July 2019

This is the heading of the 11th section of the Parish Safeguarding Handbook (PSH). All parishes were sent a copy of the Parish Safeguarding Handbook earlier in the year. This booklet should be on display in your church along with your safeguarding po

Bishop of Newcastle presents Warkworth schoolchildren with their Green Flag Award

First published on: 1st July 2019

Schoolchildren at a Northumberland primary school have been recognised for their work protecting their local environment.The Bishop of Newcastle, the Right Reverend Christine Hardman presented the children at Warkworth Church of England Aided Primary

Conviction of the Revd Peter McConnell

First published on: 27th June 2019

Following the conviction of the Reverend Peter McConnell, the Venerable Peter Robinson, Archdeacon of Lindisfarne in the Diocese of Newcastle, said: All forms of abuse including sexual assault are destructive of human relationships and contrary to th

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

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