Here be dragons

First published on: 16th June 2020

St Lukes Virtual Clergy Wellbeing ProgrammeHere be dragonsSystemic facilitator and trainer Revd Hilary Ison shares reflections on responses to trauma to help us navigate these challenging times.On a walk recently I was very glad of a map I had with m

A touch of love or a touch that kills?

First published on: 8th June 2020

By the Revd Sarah Hills, St Mary's Parish Church, Holy IslandI have been feeling, like very many of us over the last week, angry, sad, bewildered. George Floyd in Minneapolis died being held down, kneeled on, struggling for breath. Touch comes i

Carol Butler appointed new Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

First published on: 5th June 2020

Message from Bishop ChristineI am pleased to announce that Carol Butler, a specialist in safeguarding and risk management, is the new Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, succeeding Ruth Rogan who retires from the role at the end of this month. We have bee

North East and North Cumbria Suicide Prevention Network launch new website

First published on: 2nd June 2020

Coping with the current pandemic isnt easy, for most it is a challenge, but for some the impact has been much greater. Deterioration in mental health continues to be a concern as this crisis continues.The need to f

Ch ch change

First published on: 2nd June 2020

For many people the idea of change is very threatening and a source of fear, even when there may also be some excitement involved too. Both positive and negative changes can be sources of stress. Our diocese is seeing many changes right now, with the

MPs, peers and bishops call on government to release more women from prison

First published on: 22nd May 2020

An influential panel of MPs, peers and bishops, including Bishop Christine, has called on the government to release more women from prison during the coronavirus pandemic.More than 40 parliamentarians have put their names to a letter to the

Thy Kingdom Come

First published on: 21st May 2020

Thy Kingdom Come (TKC), launched today (21st May) has been radically revamped due to Covid-19.TKC has been tailored to enable churches, families and individuals to pray and worship in their homes, through a suite of adapted resources, in line with so

Introducing the new Rector of Hexham

First published on: 15th May 2020

The Reverend David Glover has been formally instituted into his role as the new Rector of Hexham by the Bishop of Newcastle.The institution service led by the Right Reverend Christine Hardman would normally have taken place inside Hexham Abbey, but i

An egg-straordinary event for Christian Aid Week

First published on: 14th May 2020

For obvious reasons, we have not been able to celebrate Christian Aid Week in the normal way this year. No house-to-house collections, no coffee mornings, lunches or other get togethers, but at St Nicholas, Gosforth, we were determined to do all we c

School life at Humshaugh during lockdown

First published on: 14th May 2020

While the country is in lockdown, Humshaugh Church of England First School, Northumberland remains open operating with a small team of staff to keep the school running for those children who absolutely need to attend. Pupil numbers in school are very

New Rector of Hexham to be formally instituted into his role this Thursday - by Zoom

First published on: 12th May 2020

The Reverend David Glover will formally become the new Rector of Hexham later this week when he is instituted into his new role by the Bishop of Newcastle.The ceremony, which would normally take place inside Hexham Abbey, will instead be conducted ov

The Bishop of Berwick, the Right Revd Mark Tanner to become 41st Bishop of Chester

First published on: 12th May 2020

View video here of Bishop Mark speaking to Bishop Christine about his new appointment.The Right Reverend Mark Tanner has been named by Downing Street as the next Bishop of Chester, succeeding the Right Reverend Dr Peter Foster who retired last S

House of Bishops backs phased approach to revising access to church buildings

First published on: 5th May 2020

The House of Bishops met via Zoom this afternoon, as it has done regularly throughout the current pandemic, and continued to review advice to clergy on the Churchs efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus, to protect the vulnerable and health s

Wellbeing and mental health during Covid-19

First published on: 5th May 2020

Every Life Matters has produced a guide to maintaining your mental health and wellbeing during Covid-19. It includes advice on working from home, creating a routine, beating anxiety, managing stress, coping mechanisms, a wellbeing plan, and how

I get knocked down but I get up again!

First published on: 30th April 2020

I Get Knocked Down but I Get Up Again CHUMBAWAMBAResilient people are not superhuman! Like each one of us, they face suffering in this life in its varied forms. They are not immune to the full range of human experience or emotion. They live it, just

Over 6,000 calls in first 48 hours to Daily Hope, the free dial-in worship phone line

First published on: 28th April 2020

A free phone line offering hymns, prayers, and reflections 24 hours a day while church buildings are closed because of the coronavirus has received more than 6,000 calls in the first 48 hours.The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, launched Daily

Archdeacon of Lindisfarne to become next Dean of Derby

First published on: 25th April 2020

The Archdeacon of Lindisfarne, the Venerable Peter Robinson is to leave his role after nearly 25 years in the Diocese of Newcastle to become the next Dean of Derby.Peter has been Archdeacon since 2008 and worked in the oil industry before b

Bishop Christine urges the Government to support local groups working to produce and deliver PPE

First published on: 23rd April 2020

The Bishop of Newcastle, the Right Reverend Christine Hardman has spoken in the House of Lords about the work being done by a North East NHS Trust to address the shortage of PPE in the fight against coronavirus.A partnership led by Northumbria H

Bishop Christine seeks reassurances for our care homes, sheltered accommodation and hospices

First published on: 22nd April 2020

The Bishop of Newcastle, the Right Reverend Christine Hardman has sought reassurances from the Government over the support being given to care homes, hospices and operators of sheltered accommodation during this coronavirus pandemic.Speaking dur

Northumberland priest to be next Archdeacon of Northolt

First published on: 20th April 2020

The Reverend Catherine Pickford, currently Priest in Charge of St Mary the Virgin, Stannington, and Continuing Ministerial Development Officer for the Diocese of Newcastle has been appointed the next Archdeacon of Northolt in London. Previously, Cath

Bishop Christine's Digital Good Friday and Easter Day services

First published on: 9th April 2020

From Bishop Christine:These are extremely challenging times for all of us and we are having to find new ways of worshipping and praying together, and to do this many of us are engaging with technology in ways we have never done before. This Easter, I

National virtual service for Palm Sunday

First published on: 3rd April 2020

Christians are to be encouraged to make their own paper or card palm crosses and display these in their windows in a national virtual church service for Palm Sunday to be broadcast by the Church of England.The Bishop of Manchester, David Walker, will

Changes within the Safeguarding team

First published on: 31st March 2020

I will be retiring as Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser in June this year and the Diocese is starting the recruitment process for a full-time safeguarding adviser to replace me. Ive been in this role for almost six years and until now it has always been

I wonder if you’ve ever read a book and wished you had written it!

First published on: 31st March 2020

I wonder if youve ever read a book and wished you had written it!! This was my experience with the recent The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry How I wish I had written this, encapsulating research, contemporary cultural analysis, wisdom from the ancient

Archbishops and Bishops: stay at home but continue to pray, to love, to care for the vulnerable

First published on: 24th March 2020

The Archbishops and Bishops of the Church of England have urged everyone to follow the instructions given by the Prime Minister to stay in their homes in a national effort to limit the transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19).But they called on the

No really, I'm fine!

First published on: 3rd March 2020

Theres a great picture on Facebook the outline of a head, with an internal repeating Help me, help me filling the space and an external No really, Im fine! Many of us know those conversations. We ask how someone is and hear Im fine even when were pre

A strategy for victims and survivors of abuse

First published on: 3rd March 2020

The Church of England and in turn the Diocese of Newcastle are committed to ensuring that the voices and views of victims and survivors of abuse are heard and taken into account in all we do.This focus has become a priority as a result of the poor pr


First published on: 5th February 2020

Discipline can be a dirty word for many of us. It may imply wrongdoing, being in trouble, or some form of punishment. The origins of this seem to come from old French, around 1300. Maybe we forget the root is that of being a learner, a follower, wher

A message from Bishop Christine as we prepare to leave the European Union

First published on: 30th January 2020

Dear brothers and sisters, One of the many people who has had a major influence in my life is the late Bishop Sehon Goodridge, who was Bishop of the Windward Isles. During my ordination training he came to talk to us and he saidthere are two kinds of

New Rector of Hexham appointed

First published on: 28th January 2020

The Bishop of Newcastle, the Right Reverend Christine Hardman has appointed the Reverend Canon David Glover as the new Rector of Hexham.David, who is currently Rector at Holy Trinity in Washington, succeeds Canon Dr Dagmar Winter who left her ro

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