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General Synod Elections
This summer elections to the Church of England General Synod for the period 2015 – 2020 will take place. Read about how you can step and make a difference A flyer to with all the details can also be download here for use in Churches   ... Read on

Bishop Mark commissions fourteen new 'Specsavers'
Bishop Mark has recently commissioned fourteen volunteer Authorised Pastoral Assistants (APA’s) in Durham Cathedral. APAs provide pastoral care and in the service Bishop Mark recognised their often unseen work and likening them to the Churches ‘Specsavers&rs ... Read on

Bishop Mark opens new chapter in life of Ian Ramsey Church School
Bishop Mark has marked a new chapter in the life of the Ian Ramsey Church of England Academy by formally opening and dedicating its new £12.8M building, the first secondary school to open under the Government's ‘Priority Schools Building Programme’. T ... Read on

New video launched in support of blessing communities
A new video has been launched in support of the Diocesan ‘Plan-on-a-page’ strategy designed to support the ‘Blessing Our Communities in Jesus’ Name’ In the video Bishop Paul explains the theology and strategic thinking behind the plan, o ... Read on

Breathing Space project makes big difference to lives
Lives are being transformed as part of the pioneering Breathing Space project based St Michael and All Angels in Witton Gilbert, North Durham. Their work to help homeless people rebuild their lives is one of the schemes running and involves the church in partnership ... Read on

Ordinations 2015
Please pray for those to be ordained Priest by the Bishop of Durham in Durham Cathedral on Saturday 4th July 2015. Andrea Dart (NSM) to serve in Stanley and Southmoor in the Derwentside East Group Ministry Lorna Gardner (NSM) to serve in Blaydon and Swalwell ... Read on

Students mark the end of their primary school days
If you had gone into Durham Cathedral any day this week you would have felt the wonderful atmosphere of the building filled with young people, their teachers and other friends. There was infectious, toe tapping singing, moving prayers and other performances as Year 6 st ... Read on

Bishop Paul spoke in Lords debate on Children and Families
Bishop Paul was today (Wednesday 3rd June) in the House of Lords and spoke in the ‘Gracious Speech’ Debate in which he praised the work of small, local adoption agencies (such as DFW Adoption in Durham) saying that they were often most effective at placing a ... Read on

Work to start on major church project
Exciting times lie ahead for Holy Trinity Church Darlington as they press ahead with a £420,000 repair and improvement project to safeguard its future after securing grants and receiving more than £70,000 in legacies. Work is due to start in June with the ... Read on

Journey of the Magi – A festive, witty and thoroughly Christmassy event for your church
Journey of the Magi – A festive, witty and thoroughly Christmassy event for your church This critically acclaimed production is set to be a joyful addition to the UK's family Christmas theatre scene for the 19th year running. With sparkle and songs to keep the ki ... Read on

Christian Aid Thank You Service
Christian Aid is 70 this year and the occasion is being marked locally with a special Thank-you Service at St Nicholas’ Cathedral, Newcastle NE1 1PF on Saturday 11 July at 3pm. Everyone is welcome and Christian Aid have sent the following invitation. ‘Thank ... Read on

Bishop Paul sets off on second prayer walk
Bishop Paul has today (Thursday 21st May) set off on the second of his Prayer Walks around our Diocese by embarking on a route through Durham Deanery. Bishop Paul said: "I love Prayer Walks because they are a great way to discover an area and meet people. “ ... Read on

Belmont Church holding wedding dress exhibition
Belmont Parish Church is holding an exhibition charting the development of wedding dresses through the ages, including a wartime creation that was worn seven times by seven brides over the bank holiday weekend. The exhibition will feature the wedding dress worn by Nanc ... Read on

Bishop Paul sets out on First Prayer Walk
Bishop Paul set out on the first of a series of prayer walks round the Diocese today. Today’s Prayer Walk in the West Gateshead Deanery began at Groundwork on the Central Nursery site, Wickham. Groundwork runs a wide range of community activities in the area, in ... Read on

Bishop Paul's Prayer Walks 2015
Bishop Paul is about to embark on a series of prayer walks round our Diocese, as a way of finding out more about the area and meeting people enabling him to pray with them. Bishop Paul will take part in two Prayer Walks a year until he has walked across all eight Deane ... Read on

Presidential Address to Diocesan Synod (9th May)
Bishop Paul used his presidential address at last Saturday's Diocesan Synod (9th May) to talk about priorities for our Diocese, the region and thoughts on national and international matters. “Blessing our Communities in Jesus’ name is partly about recogni ... Read on

Christian Aid at 70
As Christian Aid Week begins read something of their last 70 years. In May 1945 the leaders of all the main churches in these islands asked that on the Sunday after VE Day, Christians should resist celebrating a victory and instead donate what they could to help reco ... Read on

Project celebrates an ending and a beginning
Spirit in Stone - the Lindisfarne Legacy Project, is celebrating the culmination of 2 years work with 48 historic churches across the dioceses of Durham and Newcastle. An initiative of Inspired North East, the project received a grant of £38,700 from the Heritage ... Read on

New Director of Mission, Discipleship and Ministry for the Diocese
Our Diocese has a  Director of Mission, Discipleship and Ministry. The Revd Sophie Jelley, who will also be a Residentiary Canon at Durham Cathedral, was previously a vicar in the St Andrew’s parish at Burgess Hill in the Diocese of Chichester, in Sussex, ... Read on

Day of Climate Action – June 17 2015
On Wednesday 17 June Christian Aid North East are coming together in Central London with thousands of others from the Climate Coalition to tell the newly elected government to do the right thing, stand up to vested interests, and make climate change their number one pri ... Read on

Shildon students enjoy a champion's visit
Champion cyclist Danny Butler visited St John’s Church of England (Aided) Primary School in Shildon on Friday April 17 as a reward for its work encouraging children to cycle to school. The school was joint winner of the Durham section of the Big Pedal scheme ... Read on

Bishop Paul leads Easter Vigil
Bishop Paul, Bishop of Durham led the dawn service with Initiation and first Communion of Easter at Durham Cathedral today (Easter Day) in which he Baptised one candidate and then Confirmed them along with thirteen other candidates from Churches across the diocese. Dur ... Read on

Bishop Paul's Easter Message
Here is the text of Bishop Paul's Easter message which can be watched above. I recently attended a fantastic Easter service at Evenwood Church of England Primary School. The children did a brilliant job of retelling the Easter story using drama, song and video. It ... Read on

Bishop Mark's Easter Message
Bishop Mark has praised people working in the North East who tackle social ills, in his Easter message. Bishop Mark praises those who refuse to accept that there is nothing they can do to improve the world in which they live, including those working with the homeless, ... Read on

Pittington Procession looks set to become an annual tradition
A new ecumenical Palm Sunday procession looks set to become an annual tradition after its success this year says proud vicar, Revd Miranda Threlfall-Holmes. She said: “Four seaside donkeys led a procession – from babies in prams to a 91 year old – on ... Read on

Response to Daily Mail Online article
The following statement has been issued by the Church of England in response to the article written by Simon Heffer that appeared in the Daily Mail online 30/3/15 In June 2014 one of the Church of England's safeguarding advisers contacted the Police with information co ... Read on

Hillside Cemetery to host Passion Play for the second time
Houghton Hillside Cemetery  is to once again play host to an evocative Easter performance. The Houghton-Le-Spring Passion Play will be performed in the in the Wearside town cemetery at noon on Good Friday 3rd April. The play, which is set in modern times in a CNN ... Read on

Bishop Paul becomes Patron of Nepacs
Bishop Paul has become the Patron of Nepacs, a north east charity which supports a positive future for prisoners and their families. Being the Church of England’s national lead on Children, Young People and Families as well as safeguarding the charity is close to ... Read on

Staindrop Young Leaders Awards
Bishop Paul congratulated and awarded 49 Year 5 and 6 pupils with their Young Leaders Award at Staindrop Church of England Primary school this afternoon. Bishop Paul said: “I was delighted to hear more about the work that these pupils have done for their Young L ... Read on

Could you be part of Durham Cathedral's Oral History Project?
Durham Cathedral's Open Treasure is gathering momentum. It is their exciting development project which will build new exhibition spaces, as well as creating more opportunities for people to engage with the Cathedral and its surroundings. As part of this, the Cathedr ... Read on

Award Winning Diocesan Headquarters Opened by Lord Lieutenant
Our new Diocesan Centre, Cuthbert House, has just been announced as one of the winners of the City of Durham Trust Architectural Award 2014. It was formally opened last Thursday, 26th February, by Mrs Sue Snowdon, the Lord Lieutenant of County Durham. The opening cerem ... Read on

Shopping trolleys spark creativity for Passion Play
Community groups in part of Sunderland are being encouraged to turn to a spot of retail therapy to commemorate their area’s mining heritage on Good Friday. The groups are decorating fourteen shopping trolleys as coal trucks to take part in the passion play " ... Read on

New Canons installed
This afternoon (Sunday 22nd February) Bishop Paul welcomed and installed four new canons in Durham Cathedral. The Revd Austin Johnston, Team Rector of Christ the King Team Ministry Stanley, The Revd Mark Tanner, Warden of Cranmer Hall, The Revd Caroline Worsfold Chapla ... Read on

House of Bishops' Pastoral Letter on the 2015 General Election
Details of the House of Bishops' Pastoral Letter, encouraging churches to engage with politics, can be found here ... Read on

Bishop Paul takes Ashes to the Streets
Members of St Michael and All Angels, Houghton-le-Spring took a new approach to the centuries-old tradition of ashing today (Ash Wednesday)  by taking it onto their local streets with Bishop Paul, Bishop of Durham. The parish joined in with the new international m ... Read on

Church takes Ash Wednesday onto the Streets
Members of St Michael and All Angels, Houghton-le-Spring will be taking a new approach to a centuries-old tradition with the help of the Bishop Paul on Ash Wednesday (February 18th) this year. Traditionally on Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent when we prepare for Eas ... Read on

Organist celebrates 40 years of service at the same church
Michael Grave, Director of Music at St Mary the Virgin, Parish Church, Whickham  is celebrating 40 years as Organist at the same church. Michael, aged 68, who also serves on the Royal School of Church Music’s Durham Area Committee, said: “I enjoy playi ... Read on

Bishop Paul faces up to some tough questions
Bishop Paul  has been taking part in a series of chat shows with a difference to help bring the good news to life for people and confront some tough social issues. Bishop Paul and special guests and Footprints Theatre Company staged a series of mini ‘soap& ... Read on

A chat show with a difference
Bishop Paul will be taking part in a series of chat shows with a difference later this month to help bring the good news to life for people and confront some tough social issues. Bishop Paul and Footprints Theatre Company will stage a series of mini ‘soap’ ... Read on

St Peter's Monkwearmouth offers chance to experience a monastic life
St. Peter’s Church Monkwearmouth, in Sunderland, is one of the UK’s oldest churches having been a place of Christian worship since 674 AD. Last weekend it gave people the opportunity to experience the life of a modern day monk. The parish held a “Mona ... Read on

Witton Gilbert Church struggles highlight Wi-fi challenge
St Michael and All Angels in Witton Gilbert has welcomed reports that the Government is considering proposals to install Wi-fi in churches - but has pointed to its own difficulties as an example of the problems that will be faced. They have been trying for a year, witho ... Read on

Bishops Christmas Sermons
Bishop Paul and Bishop Mark will both deliver their Christmas sermons during Christmas Day. Bishop Mark will deliver his at St Paul's Jarrow at the Midnight Eucharist - you can read the full sermon here. Bishop Paul will deliver his at Durham Cathedral in the Christma ... Read on

Christmas messages from Bishop Paul and Bishop Mark
In two separate messages for Christmas Bishop Paul and Bishop Mark each reflect on hard hitting issues that are particularly poignant this Christmas. Bishop Paul reflects on the image of excited children awaking on Christmas day to presents, brightly decorated trees, f ... Read on

Bishop Paul welcomes announcement of first woman bishop
This morning, 17th December, there was the announcement that Revd Libby Lane is to be the Suffragan Bishop of Stockport, and the first woman bishop in the Church of England. Commenting on the announcement Bishop Paul said: "This is great news, I am delighted. I wa ... Read on

Film bridges the generation gap
Young people in Spennymoor have worked with older members of the community to produce a film (Tudhoe Breakout) which seeks to bridge the gap between the generations. The young people, driven by members of the town’s youth club, whose supporters include St David&r ... Read on

Bishop Mark Inspires Remarkable Act of Hope and Reflection
A remarkable act of hope and reflection took place at Durham Cathedral to commemorate those in the North East who suffer or have died from addiction this Christmas. Bishop Mark, invited a small number of people from the addiction recovery community in the North East to ... Read on

Bishop Mark praises TV signing service
A love of Coronation Street has led Bishop Mark to praise a remarkable export story for the region. Bishop Mark, who is a long-time fan of the soap, often uses plot lines from the programme to make points about life in his blogs. That led to him being invited as a gue ... Read on

Working together to tackle poverty
Our Diocese has joined together with the Church Urban Fund to bring churches and communities together to tackle poverty more effectively and sustainably through the launch of ‘Communities Together Durham’. The launch on 2nd December at Woodhouse close Churc ... Read on

Bishop Mark and Lord Lieutenant inspired by stories of recovery
Bishop Mark, and the Lord Lieutenant of Durham Sue Snowdon have visited a unique centre which helps recovering drug and alcohol addicts. The NHS-funded Durham County Council Public Health Recovery Academy in Peterlee, east Durham, was set up to enable recovery from dru ... Read on

Funding boost for Oxclose Church
Oxclose Church in Washington has received a grant of £9,000 to support refurbishment work having already raised £12,000 themselves towards the project. The money from Biffa Awards will go towards roof repairs and refurbishment of the ladies toilets.  ... Read on

Apprentices hired to support school
Five apprentices have been taken on to help with the education of 500 pupils in a project supported by Bishop Paul, Bishop of Durham. Northern Saints Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School in Sunderland has been recently created after an agreement between t ... Read on

"Make room for the manger" this Advent says Archbishop of York
Love Life Live Advent is one of the books we have suggested on our  Advent Resources page. We are in good company as this week  the Archbishop of York has suggested that as many people as possible make the most of Advent by using the newly published Love Life ... Read on

News from General Synod
The November Sessions of the Church of England's General Synod are taking place in London. On the first morning the final legislative requirements took place during a session chaired by the Archbishop of York, Dr. John Sentamu, enabling women to be ordained as bishops ... Read on

Students show Bishop Mark their artistic side
Pupils at St Hild’s College CE (Aided) Primary School, in Renny’s Lane, Gilesgate, Durham,  have been working on designs for the Bishop of Jarrow’s Christmas card. They were asked to design cards for Bishop Mark, and the winner was Year Four p ... Read on

Savings Clubs planned for primary schools
Plans for a national network of savings clubs in primary schools which could give pupils as young as four years old practical experience of money management have been welcomed in our Diocese by both Bishop Paul and Bishop Mark. It was announced today, 13th November, th ... Read on

St Luke's Service strikes a note of reconciliation
Remembrance Sunday saw a remarkable exercise in reconciliation when German preacher Revd Christa Hunzinger preached at St Luke’s, in Ferryhill. St Luke’s has been part of a partnership between our own diocese and a Lutheran church in Northern Germany, since ... Read on

Bishop Paul blesses new stained glass windows
The Bishop of Durham has formally blessed new stained glass windows that have been installed in St Philip and St James in Kimblesworth. The windows, one of which appropriately includes mining scenes as the church lies in the former Durham coalfields, were created by art ... Read on

Bishop focuses on church’s role in society
Bishop Paul stressed the church’s role in shaping communities and tackling abuse when he addressed our Diocesan Synod today (Saturday November 8th). He opened his Presidential address by talking about his recent visit to Rome as the Church of England’s repr ... Read on

New Project Officer for Breathing Space
A new project officer has taken over a scheme which has restored one of our historic churches and made it more of a community asset. St Michael and All Angels in Witton Gilbert, North Durham, received Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) finance as part of a £200,000 proj ... Read on

Cadets help commemorate war dead
Young military cadets will commemorate those from part of Tyneside who fell in the Great War at a Remembrance Sunday service being held this weekend on 9th November. Members of the 1509 ATC Squadron have made 325 crosses, one for each person named on the Blaydon War ... Read on

Local Foodbanks - Can you help?
Foodbanks across the UK will once again be at Tesco stores collecting donations of food ready for Christmas. County Durham foodbank is looking for volunteers to help at the following stores, giving out shopping lists and receiving donations from shoppers: Te ... Read on

Bishop Paul Talks on Safeguarding in BBC Interviews
The Right Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham has taken to BBC Radio today (Sunday 2nd November) to discuss the weeks event relating to safeguarding and his work as the chair of the Church of England’s National Safeguarding Board. The Sunday Programme on BBC Radio ... Read on

Christian Aid distributes emergency food aid to Ebola "Hotspots"
 Christian Aid is delivering emergency food and hygiene kits this week to some of the most vulnerable families under quarantine in two of Sierra Leone’s Ebola ‘hotspots’ in order to prevent families from starving.  Pregnant women, single mot ... Read on

Children's musical tribute is a hit
Children at St Hild's College Church of England (Aided) School hit the right note when they set out to celebrate the 30-year career of one of their teachers. Pupils staged a surprise concert to mark the three decades of service at their school in, Gilesgate, Durham, of ... Read on

Hunger for Justice Weekend in the North East
CHRISTIAN AID is calling for people across the North East to come together for its Hunger For Justice weekend (Saturday 18- Sunday 19th October) to urge MPs to take action against the injustice of climate change. Dozens of churches throughout the region will be takin ... Read on

Bishop Paul's Reflections from Rome
Bishop Paul, is currently in Rome at the 'Extra Ordinary Synod' which many media commentatrs have reported as a very rare and potentially pivotal gathering of Catholic Bishops in the history of the Catholic Church. This Synod, only the third time such a gathering has be ... Read on

Training vicars on the coal-face
A pioneering project has been launched to train new vicars out in hard-hit former North East coalfield communities, experiencing the challenges faced while also helping to increase congregations in the area’s churches. The five-year Church of England-led East D ... Read on

Vicars in Fiction
From the Reverend Caleb Dane Calthrop in crime novel The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie to the Reverend Geraldine Grainger in hit BBC series The Vicar of Dibley, from Bishop Len Brennan in the Channel 4 comedy Father Ted to Bishop Blackie Ryan in the Andrew Greeley no ... Read on

New Church Free School Approved
Responding to the announcement by The Right Hon Nicky Morgan, Education Secretary at the Conservative Party conference yesterday (30th September) that a proposed new church free school for the Wynyard area (Wynyard Church of England Primary School) would be going ahead ... Read on

Bishop Stephen Sykes
 It is with great sadness that we announce the death of the Rt Revd Prof Stephen Sykes on Wednesday evening, 24th September. Bishop Stephen, an Honorary Bishop in our Diocese was a former bishop of Ely, Regious Professor of Divinity (Cambridge), Van Mildert Profe ... Read on

Bishop appeals for more Readers
David Walker has become the first Reader to be licensed by the Bishop of Durham, the Right Revd Paul Butler. The Bishop used the service in Durham Cathedral to encourage more people to come forward as Readers. The Bishop said: “Readers are called by God through ... Read on

Durham Churches Together
Durham Churches Together have recently commissioned a new website which is now live. It includes links to all City Churches, shares Ecumenical news and informatiion about local events, has web links for students and much much more. Rather than reading about it here t ... Read on

New Challenge For Escomb Husband & Wife Team
A husband and wife team have taken over the Escomb Group of rural parishes containing five churches. South African born husband and wife, the Reverends Roni and Elisheva Mechanic, will be licensed this Wednesday (September 24) by the Bishop of Durham the Right Revd Pau ... Read on

Young people enjoy event at Auckland Castle
More than 200 young people descended from across our Diocese on Auckland Castle in Bishop Auckland for a fun event. The event was organised by Saint John’s Church in Shildon and the Wear Valley Christian Centre in Bishop Auckland. Attractions included arts and ... Read on

Bishop Paul calls on Christians to lead on safeguarding
The Right Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham has addressed an international conference on safeguarding within the Church. His speech asked the key question of how can we become the leaders in safeguarding which with our vision of humanity and of God’s future for u ... Read on

Bishop Mark is guest VIP blogger for Corrie
A passion for Coronation Street and social media has resulted in Bishop Mark being invited as the first clergy guest VIP blogger for the show. Bishop Mark, who is a long-time fan of the soap, often uses plot-lines from the programme to make points about life in his own ... Read on

Bishop prays from top of Cathedral tower
The Bishop of Durham today (September 6th) prayed from the top of Durham Cathedral’s tower at an event organised to celebrate the power of prayer. Spiritus 2014, which was held at Durham Cathedral and in surrounding streets, allowed people to examine the role of ... Read on

MP praises role of churches in communities
County Durham MP Helen Goodman has exhibited her belief in the capacity of churches to create a long-lasting legacy in their communities by staging one of her regular surgeries at a church-led project in Shildon. Shildon Alive, which is run by Saint John’s Church ... Read on

Bikers ride commemorates war dead
A North East war memorial garden played host to a wreath that is touring the UK to commemorate men who and women who have fallen in battle in the last 100 years. Starting at the National Memorial Arboretum, the Wreath of Respect is on an eight- day motorcycle journey c ... Read on

Appointment marks new stage in life of church
The 30-month wait for a new priest at St James' Darlington is over following the appointment of The Revd Kenneth Crawford to the post. Father Kenneth who was licensed last month by the Bishops of Jarrow and Beverley was appointed to The Church of St James the Great hav ... Read on

Bishop to pray from top of Cathedral tower
The Bishop of Durham will pray from the top of Durham Cathedral’s tower at an event organised to celebrate the power of prayer. Spiritus 2014, which is to be staged on Saturday September 6 at Durham Cathedral and in surrounding streets, will allow people to exa ... Read on

Bishop’s Shopping Centre Commemorative Address
The Right Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham took part in a Drumhead service and commemoration at the Metrocentre, Gateshead yesterday to mark 100 years since the outbreak of hostilities in WW1. The service lead by Metrocentre Chaplain Revd Lyn Jamieson with a sermon ... Read on

Bishop’s Blessings On Eve of Commemorations
On the eve of the start of commemorations for the centenary of the start of WW1 the Bishop of Jarrow blessed a newly refurbished memorial and gardens at Washington Old Village and called for respectful and thoughtful silence in a world still troubled with conflict and s ... Read on

Diocese Commemorates the outbreak of WW1
Churches across the Diocese of Durham will be holding a wide range of services and commemoration events this coming weekend in remembrance of the the outbreak of the First World War in August 1914. The Bishops of Durham and Jarrow will be present at commemoration servi ... Read on

Students rise to charity challenge
Children at Neville's Cross Primary School in Durham have supported an international initiative to tackle the shortage of toilets in the world - by throwing sponges at teachers.The Toilet Twinning scheme twins toilets in the UK with communities around the world as a way ... Read on

Bishop’s wife heads for Games
Rosemary Butler, the Bishop of Durham’s wife, is to serve as a first aider during the forthcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. She has been a first aider for many years, having initially trained as a nurse and a midwife, and was among the volunteers carrying ou ... Read on

Celebration of women’s ministry a sea of colour
Durham Cathedral was a sea of colour when a congregation of all ages, both male and female came together on Saturday 19th July 2104 to Celebrate 20 Years of Women’s Priestly Ministry in the Diocese of Durham. In the same week that the vote at the Church of Englan ... Read on

Service underlines unity within the church
Opponents of women bishops and supporters of the idea have shown that they can work together at a groundbreaking service held in our diocese. The Revd Carl Peters was Licensed by The Right Revd Mark Bryant, Bishop of Jarrow and Right Revd Glyn Webster, Bishop of Beverl ... Read on

Young people show their artistic skills
Young people have been showing their artistic skills in a project linking local churches with the community in Shildon. St John’s Church  brought in Stanley-based artist Graham Cleland to work on a ten-week graffiti art project with local young people, based ... Read on

Church of England to have women bishops
The General Synod of the Church of England has today given its final approval for women to become bishops in the Church of England. Members of our diocese contributed to the debate The vote in the General Synod on the measure was carried by the required two-thirds ... Read on

Bishop gives Gala address
The Bishop of Jarrow, The Right Revd Mark Bryant gave the sermon at the Miners Gala service in Durham Cathedral on Saturday 12th July 2014. A full transcript of the address can be read here but Bishop Mark begins his address:  "When I was growing up and star ... Read on

July General Synod Begins Today
General Synod begins its July session of meetings in York today. The Archbishop of York will be giving the Presidential address on Saturday but before that work will have begun this evening (Friday 11th) on the legislation related to women Bishops and Safeguarding. The ... Read on

Bishop Paul calls for wider enquiry
The following is a transcript from an interview conducted with the Press Association today 8/7/14 A full public inquiry into institutional sex abuse needs to take place or the whole truth might not come out, Bishop Paul has said. He said he believed the country has a p ... Read on

Clergy gather to plan growth strategy
More than 100 of our clergy have gathered at Durham University for their annual three day conference which this year is looking at how the growth of our churches can be enhanced and accelerated through creative focused strategies. The conference is being led by the char ... Read on

Bishop Commissions Pastoral Volunteers
Thirteen volunteer Authorised Pastoral Assistants (APA’s) from different walks of life, have been commissioned by Bishop Paul to provide pastoral assistance caring for people at some of the most vulnerable times in their lives. In a service in Durham Cathedral on ... Read on

Grant will help secure historic Minster’s future
It was good news for Sunderland’s historic Minster  as they have today (30th June) received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a project to repair the south side roof and masonry and improve the facilities for visitors. The Minster ha ... Read on

Thousands Attend Ordinations in Durham Cathedral
People from diverse walks of life were ordained as Priests and Deacons in our Diocese at the ordination services held in Durham Cathedral on Saturday 28th June (Priests) and Sunday 29h June (Deacons). Each one has been called to ordained ministry after amassing a wealt ... Read on

Diocese holds Finance Resources Day
It was an excellent occasion when over 100 treasurers, churchwardens and other church leaders from across the diocese gathered recently at All Saints, Newton Hall to find out about the latest resources available to help them in their roles. Hosted by Stewardship Devel ... Read on

Bishop Paul Speaks in House of Lords Child Abuse Debate
Bishop Paul, today Thursday 26th June made a speech to the House of Lords during the debate Preventing & addressing the abuse of children/vulnerable adults. Standing to make his speech at 16:04pm, Bishop Paul outlined the reasons why he is calling for a Independent ... Read on

Ordination Stories
 Twenty (20) People from diverse walks of life will be ordained as Priests and Deacons in the Diocese of Durham at ceremonies to be staged at Durham Cathedral on Saturday 28th June (Priests) and Sunday 29th June (Deacons). Each one has been called to ordained mini ... Read on

Prayers for those to be ordained
We are asked to pray for the 20 people in our diocese who are being ordained priest or deacon. Those who are being ordained Priest by the Bishop of Durham in Durham Cathedral on Saturday 28th June are: Paul Child serving in the Monkwearmouth Team Ministry Fiona C ... Read on

Anniversary exhibition celebrates women as priests
An exhibition is being staged across the Durham Diocese to celebrate twenty years of ordination of women as priests in the Church of England and the Diocese of Durham. The first women became priests in the diocese in 1994 and an exhibition launched at the MetroCentre, ... Read on

Parish magazine is simply the best
The parish magazine produced by St Giles’, St Mary’s Sherburn and St Cuthbert’s Shadforth, in Durham  has been honoured for the way it communicates the Christian message. Crosstalk, won a Commendation, second prize, for its covers and a certifica ... Read on

Lord Lieutenant backs credit union project
The Lord Lieutenant of Durham, Sue Snowdon, has given her backing to an innovative scheme run by the Diocese of Durham to get more people involved with their local credit union. The Lord Lieutenant joined the Prince Bishops Community Bank in Stanley during a visit she ... Read on

Services mark big change for Year 6 students
Over 2,000 young people from North East Church of England schools, and a small number of Catholic and local authority schools, have been marking their leaving school with six special services held over three days at Durham Cathedral last week. They are year 6 students ... Read on

Bishop boots up to combat poverty
Bisop Paul, has put his boots on to combat poverty and tread in pilgrim's footsteps, walking the historic Bede's Way in support of Christian Aid today (Saturday 14th June). Bishop Paul along with a large group of other Christian Aid supporters and the Revd Leo Osborn, ... Read on

Bishop of Durham Makes Maiden Speech
The Right Revd, Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham, today (Tuesday 10th June) delivered his House of Lords Maiden Speech in which he praised the role of the North East for making a significant contribution to the life of the nation; quoting the regions £14 Billion wort ... Read on

Bishop urges North East people to give evidence to inquiry
The Bishop of Durham has urged North East people to provide evidence to a Parliamentary inquiry into food banks when it visits the region next month. Members of the All Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Hunger and Food Poverty will visit South Shields on Friday July 4 T ... Read on

Church backs sensory garden
A Church-led project in Shildon has awarded a grant of £2,500 to a local secondary school to help develop a sensory garden. The money for Sunnydale Community College has come from Saint John’s Church Shildon which runs the Shildon Alive project. Shildon Al ... Read on

Bishop Paul highlights visitation messages
 In a video released today (June 6th). Bishop Paul recounts the Archdeacons’ visitation service from Durham Cathedral on 20th May – outlining the key messages and priorities which he hopes PCC’s and Church Wardens will find useful. In it he resta ... Read on

Images from the Certificate in Children’s Ministry Service 2014
                    A series of images from the service of celebration for the Certificate in Children’s Ministry. The service was held at Durham Cathedral on Monday 2nd June 2014 can be viewed in our n ... Read on

Exciting times ahead for parish
 The Sunderland parish of Monkwearmouth is preparing for some major events over the next few weeks. On June 4, at 2pm and 7pm there will be a performance of Into the Woods written by Stephen Sondheim in St Andrew’s, Roker. The opportunity came about through ... Read on

Hundreds helped by Breathing Space Project
A campaign which has restored a historic County Durham church and made it more of a community asset has helped more than 400 people in a year. St Michael and All Angels in Witton Gilbert, North Durham, received Heritage Lottery Fund finance as part of a £262,000 ... Read on

Church kicks-off fight for better lending
The first steps towards a national network of churches, communities and credit unions was unveiled yesterday, supported by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Task Group on Responsible Lending. The Church Credit Champions Network (CCCN) aims to create a network of peo ... Read on

Bishop unveils a live one
The Right Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham has praised the work of a Shildon based Church project for having the vision for being a good community. The Bishop was speaking at the opening of the Shildon Alive project hub funded by the Big Lottery and run by St John&rs ... Read on

Book Launch for Judy Hirst's latest book
Do you feel you are really alive or drifting through life - sleepwalking? Judy Hirst, (our own Local church Growth and Development Advisor) explores just that in her second book ‘A Kind of Sleepwalking ….and waking up to life’ which has just been pub ... Read on

Bishop's Presidential Address to Synod May 2014
Bishop Paul, Bishop of Durham says that we need to use our given votes wisely. Bishop Paul used his first presidential address at the meeting of the Diocese of Durham Synod on Saturday (17th May) to remind people of the importance of using our given vote wisely. The ... Read on

Paradise at the church that rose from the ashes
The Bishop of Durham, the Right Reverend Paul Butler, today Sunday 18th May helped mark the end of restoration work on a church which was reduced to a shell in a fire sixteen years ago. He attended the eucharist at St Brandon’s Church at Brancepeth, during which ... Read on

Cathedral Tower Conquered
Thirty intrepid would-be climbers conquered the Everest tower challenge by climbing Durham Cathedral’s tower in aid of charity last night (May 15th). The challenge to climb Durham Cathedral’s tower 134 times to equal the height of Mount Everest (29,029 feet ... Read on

Foundation stone laid at new Diocesan Centre
The foundation stone has been laid for a new £2m Diocesan Centre for our Diocese. The ceremony, which included a short service of dedication and the burying of a time capsule containing items provided by children from three schools in the diocese, took place at ... Read on

Towering challenge for fundraisers
Forty people will climb the tower at Durham Cathedral 385 times on Thursday (May 15) in an attempt to equal the height of Everest to raise money for charity. The initiative, backed by Saint John's College, Durham University, and including many of its students, will rai ... Read on

Security of 5M Columbians Lies in the Palm of Your Hand
The security of millions of Colombians is in your hands – or at least a ‘selfie’ of them – according to one of the UK’s leading charities. Newcastle-based Christian Aid intern, Helen Raftery, visited Colombia last year with other intern ... Read on

Women Priests 20th Anniversary National Celebrations
The first women to be ordained priest in the Church of England in 1994 were invited to London on Saturday 3rd May for a national celebration - and some of the Durham clergy were there. The day started informally in Deans Yard, Westminster Abbey. From there they proces ... Read on

Church Remembers Life Before The First World War
 A Shildon Church has been remembering life as it was in Shildon before the outbreak of War in 1914. St John's Church in Shildon, County Durham put on a celebration of life and crafts of the late Victorian era on Saturday 3rd May. The event was designed to be a pr ... Read on

Flooding appeal inspires charity cyclists
A team of cyclists, distressed by scenes of flooding in the UK this winter, have announced that they will be attempting a 200-mile ride to raise money for victims. The team, including Darlington clergyman the Revd Damon Bage, Vicar of St Mary’s Church in Cockerto ... Read on

Wives’ efforts turn spotlight on global poverty
The two Bishop’s wives in our Diocese are this week (April 28-May 2) spending just £1 a day each on food as part of the Anglican church’s support for a global campaign to highlight poverty. Rosemary Butler, wife of the Bishop of Durham the Right Revd ... Read on

Exciting schools collaboration receives funding
Five Church of England schools in our Diocese have received substantial funding for a prestigious Teaching School Alliance dedicated to driving up standards. The collaborative is known as the Prince Bishop Teaching School Alliance and consists of two secondary schools ... Read on

Dean of Kings Announced
The Revd Canon Dr Stephen Cherry, Residentiary Canon of Durham Cathedral and Director of Ministerial Development and Parish Support for the diocese of Durham, has been announced as the Dean of King’s College Cambridge. Stephen Cherry came to Durham Diocese from L ... Read on

Bishop Paul Backs Messy Church
The Bishop of Durham has praised the impact of the Messy Church movement in connecting children and their families with the church. Bishop Paul is a big supporter of the idea and wrote the introduction to Messy Church Theology, the first title to encapsulate the academ ... Read on

Bishop Leads Dawn Service of New Light
Bishop Paul led the dawn service of Initiation and Communion at Durham Cathedral today (Easter Day) in which he Baptised five candidates and then Confirmed them along with twenty other candidates from Churches across the diocese. The dawn service, often called the Dawn ... Read on

Passion and Delight – Easter 2014
Churches and communities from across the Diocese of Durham have been very busy this week (Holy Week), with a raft of events, services and activities for Easter, that point in the Christian Calendar where we commemorate the last hours of the earthly life of Jesus Christ ... Read on

Inspirational Youth and Children's Conference
Over 120 people attended our Youth & Children’s Conference on 5th April in Ryhope, Sunderland. Bishop Paul gave an inspiring keynote address which began by saying a massive ‘Thank You’ and delegates attended various workshops from a choice of twe ... Read on

Church Project Celebrates First Six Months
A community project lead by the St Michaels and All Angels Houghton le Spring setup to champion the cause of poverty, exclusion and personal well-being in their area has celebrated the first six months of success at an open house event. The event attended by Bishop Mar ... Read on

Join in #EasterMeans …..
Share what Easter means to you. Join in the Church of England’s Easter Twitter campaign. After the sucess of #Christmasmeans which reached more than four million people, we are being encouraged to join in the Church of England’s Easter Twitter campaign and ... Read on

Easter A Season of Delight
Bishop Paul has issued a video message for Easter along with a his thoughts for Easter Day. In his video message, Bishop Paul says: “I’m really excited about my first Easter in Durham, it’s going to be terrific celebrating Easter in the Cathedral as we ... Read on

Service Commemorates Village Colliery
The Bishop of Durham led a service to commemorate the 30th anniversary of a village pit closure. The service was held at St Edmund’s Church, Bearpark, near Durham City, with Bishop Paul presiding. There were readings from various village groups and a newly res ... Read on

"It's the people and the place" - Meet Jane Easterby, new warden, at Shepherds Dene
Jane Easterby (pictured) started work at the beginning of 2014 as Warden of Shepherds Dene, the Retreat House near Corbridge shared by the Dioceses of Newcastle and Durham. Jane was a primary teacher at Northumberland Church of England Academy, Ashington, for the last ... Read on

Credit Union Challenge to our Parishes
Our Diocese has strengthened its focus on poverty with the release of an information film titled 'Why Wouldn't You?' This film features the Bishops of Durham and Jarrow as they reinforce their challenge to parishes and church members to get involved and actively supp ... Read on

Arts Vicar to tweet insight into daily life
A unique North East Anglican vicar is to give Twitter followers a glimpse into his life as part of a national project. The Church of England has asked 52 church people to tweet about their life for a week each and between Monday March 31 and Sunday April 6 it is the tu ... Read on

Church-backed community centre opens in new premises
The West Harton Churches Action Station project in South Shields has opened in new premises to continue its work helping the local community. Action Station was founded in 1998 by members of the local Anglican, Methodist, and Catholic churches working with the communit ... Read on

New centre will help in the fight against loan sharks
A grant of nearly £500,000 from the Big Lottery has meant that the former St Mary’s Church Hall in the East Durham town of Horden has re-opened as the Horden Centennial Centre, which will support the community. The Official Opening was performed by HM Lord ... Read on

Canon John Dobson to be next Dean of Ripon
The Revd Canon John Dobson, Vicar of Blackwell All Saints and Salutation, Area Dean of Darlington and Honorary Canon of Durham Cathedral, has been announced as Dean of Ripon. Bishop Paul said: “It is with great pleasure that I am able to tell you that Downing Str ... Read on

Plans for new Church school are announced
Our Diocese has started consultation on plans for a new Church school. The school has been proposed for a site on the edge of Wynyard near Billingham, Teesside, as part of a planned new housing development. Archdeacon of Sunderland the Ven Stuart Bain, Chair of the Di ... Read on

Work begins on new Diocesan Centre
Construction work has started on our new Diocesan Centre. The groundbreaking ceremony has taken place for the Centre on a brownfield site at Stonebridge, near Nevilles Cross, Durham, after several years of planning. The Centre, which is being constructed by the devel ... Read on

Congregations Urged to Join Credit Union
Darlington churches will this Sunday (March 9), the first Sunday of Lent, be urged to back our diocesan initiative to support credit unions in its area. Last year, The Bishop of Jarrow, Bishop Mark, launched a project to recruit 1,000 people to invest in credit unions ... Read on

Bishop Blesses Memorial Stone
A memorial which pays tribute to County Durham soldiers who died in a little-known action in World War Two was blessed by Bishop Paul. Fundraisers from Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service have raised money to buy the stone memorial in memory of members of the ... Read on

Bishop Paul Introduced in the House of Lords
This afternoon, 3rd March Bishop Paul was introduced in the House of Lords. His supporters were the Bishop of Chester and the Archbishop of York. You can watch the ceremony here starting the video from the beginning by dragging the bar beneath the video back to the left ... Read on

Bishop of Durham To Be Introduced To House of Lords
In an ancient ceremony dating back to the formation of the House of Lords, Bishop Paul, Bishop of Durham will be introduced to the House of Lords on Monday 3rd March 2014 at 2.30pm. The introduction ceremony must take place in the Lords Chamber before each new Member i ... Read on

Diocese appoints new Secretary
Andrew Thurston, who previously worked in Lincolnshire, has been appointed as our new Diocesan Secretary and will work closely with new Bishop of Durham The Right Reverend Paul Butler, who was enthroned on Saturday (Feb 22). Before taking up the post, Andrew was chief ... Read on

Generous Thanks To All Parishes
A new resource video has been released by the Diocese to thank Parishes for their ‘Generosity of Giving’ and to explore how ‘Generous Giving’ can be further encouraged in parishes across the Diocese. As part of our diocesan priorities for 2014, ... Read on

Bishop On Tour
 Bishop Paul, has started his first week in the Diocese following his Enthronement on Saturday 22nd February with a series of Archdeaconry visits. On Tuesday 25th he visited Durham Archdeaconry, followed by Auckland Archdeaconry on Wednesday 26th and will conclude ... Read on

Read Bede Project at DurhamCathedral
This year, at Durham Cathedral the festival of the Venerable Bede will be marked with services at his shrine on 24th and 25th May and with some additional events. Bede’s historical works are well-known; in the medieval period he was equally famous for his writ ... Read on

Bishop is enthroned in Cathedral service
The Right Reverend Paul Butler was today (Saturday Feb 22) enthroned in a service at Durham Cathedral at which he was formally welcomed into his new role. On his way to the Cathedral for the service, he walked through a guard of honour made up of young people from chu ... Read on

Celebrations For New Bishop Ahead of His Enthronement
The Right Reverend Paul Butler today (Friday February 21) formally entered his new Diocese ahead of his inauguration of public ministry, enthronement and installation as Bishop of Durham, which takes place in a service at Durham Cathedral tomorrow (Saturday 22nd Februar ... Read on

Bishop Glyn Commissioned
Bishop Glyn Webster, Bishop of Beverley was commissioned as Assistant Bishop in the Diocese in service of Evensong and Commissioning at Auckland Castle yesterday 19th February 2014. The service was conducted by Bishop Paul with Prayers from Bishop Mark and bible readin ... Read on

Memories Of Home Sparked By New Bishop’s Gift
When The Revd Dr Helen-Ann Hartley, who grew up in Sunderland in the Durham Diocese, is enthroned as the next Anglican Bishop of Waikato in New Zealand later this month, she will have a potent reminder of home. Helen-Ann will become the seventh Bishop of Waikato and t ... Read on

Celebrations As Bishop Heads For Enthronement
Bishop Paul will take part in a series of event during the week ending Saturday 22nd February 2014 culminating in a service at Durham Cathedral on Saturday 22nd February to mark his ‘Inauguration of Public Ministry, Enthronement and Installation’ as Bishop o ... Read on

Bishop of Durham Takes Oath at Buckingham Palace
Bishop Paul has today (Tuesday 11th February 2014) taken an oath acknowledging Her Majesty The Queen as Sovereign and Supreme Governor (called homage). Bishop Paul, made the short visit to Buckingham Palace this afternoon in a break period from the debate on Ordination ... Read on

Prayer for Bishop Paul
As we prepare to welcome Bishop Paul officially in Durham Cathedral, Canon David Kennedy has composed this prayer to help us pray for Bishop Paul as he prepares for his Installation and all that will lie beyond. It is a prayer we can use in our Churches and in our own p ... Read on

Prayers for General Synod
The General Synod meets for three days this week from Monday 10th – Wednesday 12th February. During this time the Archbishops of Canterbury and York would like to encourage people throughout the Dioceses and parishes to pray for the work and life of the General ... Read on

Wedding Record At Minster Church
 Love was in the air in Sunderland at the weekend as the Minster took part in a nationwide attempt to set a new world record for couples reaffirming their wedding vows. The initiative was part of Marriage Week UK, between 7th-14th February, and has been organise ... Read on

Love Is In The Air At Minster
Love is in the air in Sunderland as the Minster prepares to take part in a nationwide attempt to set a new world record for couples reaffirming their wedding vows. The initiative is part of Marriage Week UK, between 7th-14th February, and has been organised by the BIG ... Read on

Inspiring books launched for Lent
Durham Cathedral Shop hosted the launch of two books for Lent at the weekend, both written by priests in our Diocese. One of the books launched on Sunday 2nd February was Barefoot Prayers: A meditation a day for Lent and Easter by Canon Stephen Cherry, a residentiary C ... Read on

Heritage Heaven
It was once said that, “to sit still is to watch decay.” And so it has proved in the life of St. Andrew’s Church, Parish of Monkwearmouth. The ravages of time and the north east coastal weather has certainly taken its toll on this important and magnif ... Read on

Parish strengthens team as part of community plan
The Parish of North Wearside in Sunderland is strengthening its team to increase church involvement in the life of the community. They are advertising for a part-time urban discipleship development worker in North Wearside, a large urban parish running for 2.5 miles fr ... Read on

Royal Visit For South Tyneside Clergy
A South Tyneside Church of England Chaplaincy was thrilled to be visited by HRH The Princess Royal on Wednesday 22nd January. Fr Chris Fuller and The Right Revd Mark Bryant, Bishop of Jarrow were among those that met HRH The Princess Royal when she visited the Mission ... Read on

St Mary's Barnard Castle Inspired by Durham Cathedral LEGO build
St Mary's Church, Barnard Castle, has decided to support Durham Cathedral’s Open Treasure appeal as part of its annual giving to charity. St Mary's PCC with Whorlton have pledged £600 towards Open Treasure, enabling them to construct a 600-piece section of ... Read on

Bishop of Durham Election Confirmed
The election of the Right Reverend Paul Butler as the 74th Bishop of Durham was confirmed today (20th January) in a service led by the Most Reverend Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York at York Minster. The confirmation of election service bestows legal title as Bishop ... Read on

Big Lottery grant will help community project expand
A Church-led project in Shildon, County Durham, has received £196,189 to develop its work within the local community. The money has been awarded by the Big Lottery Fund to the Shildon Alive project run by St John’s Church, and will fund a community worker t ... Read on

Bishop Mark Receives Award for Services to ATC Chaplaincy
The Right Revd Mark Bryant, Bishop of Jarrow has been honoured with an ‘Award for Meritorious Service’ for his service to Chaplaincy in the North East of England. The award was presented by Wing Commander Dave Harrison in a short ceremony at the Blaydon hea ... Read on

BBC One announces The Great North Passion
BBC Religion and Ethics is planning a hugely ambitious community event in the North East to mark Good Friday 2014, to be broadcast live on BBC One throughout the UK. From the seafront of South Shields in the North-East of England, the BBC in partnership with The Cultur ... Read on

Church Awarded £250,000 To Fund Improvements
Holy Trinity Church, Darlington, one of our historic churches has been granted a confirmed award of £250,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to pay for much-needed repairs and improvements. The building work at Holy Trinity Darlington, in Woodlands Road, is necess ... Read on

Bishop of Jarrow Christmas Sermons
The Right Revd Mark Bryant, Bishop of Jarrow delivered the following sermon on Christmas Eve 2013 at Durham Cathedral during the midnight Eucharist service. Bishop Mark also tweeted elements of the sermon via social media and recorded a special Christmas Eve message. T ... Read on

#Christmasmeans Twitter Campaign
Following on from the success of last year's Christmas Twitter Campaign which reached more than 9 million people in 24 hours, both the Archbishop of Canterbury, and the Archbishop of York,  will be using the hashtag #Christmasmeans in order to spread the message of ... Read on

Bishops Marks Christmas Message - A Media Favourite
Bishop Marks Christmas message issued this week has seen media across the country scrambling to hear more. In his Christmas message, Bishop Mark wrote about 2013 being the year of the foodbank and incredible generosity of people across the North East in supporting thos ... Read on

Vicar’s Son Escapes Conflict Zone In Time For Christmas
A Durham City Vicar’s Son has escaped from the clutches of worsening conflict and crisis in Southern Sudan to return to his family in time for Christmas. Ben Bartlett son of the Revd Canon Dr Alan Bartlett, Vicar of St Giles' (Gilesgate) and Priest in Charge of S ... Read on

Bishop's Christmas Message
Bishop Mark, Bishop of Jarrow today (Monday 16th December) released his Christmas message to the region. In it he asks: “I wonder if 2013 will go down in history as the year that in this country we discovered Food Banks?” He applauds peoples amazing ge ... Read on

Diocese Says Thank You To Alison
Over one hundred invited guests and members of the Diocese gathered to say thank you to our Bishop’s Adviser in Pastoral Care & Counselling, Alison Moore on the occasion of her retirement from the Diocese (12th December, Auckland Castle). After 13 years, Alis ... Read on

Mary & Joseph Blaze A Trail Around Monkwearmouth
There may have been no room at the inn 2000 years ago, but Mary & Joseph were guaranteed a warm welcome today when the crew of Fulwell Community Fire Station offered to take them in for the night. The nativity figures from St. Andrew’s Church Roker, plus thei ... Read on

Christmas Tree Festival To Light Up Community
A Tyneside community is preparing for one of the biggest and most colourful events in its calendar - a Christmas Tree Festival. The festival, which was first held in the parishes of Blaydon and Swalwell two years ago, is back for a repeat performance on the weekend of ... Read on

Church Stages Nativity With A Difference
Two hundred and forty children from Darlington primary schools enjoy the Nativity story in a production with a difference staged at St John’s Church in Neasham Road. Children from six local primary schools in the east of the town visited the church on Thursday (5 ... Read on

Campaign Will Focus On Importance Of Prayer
All Saints and Salutation Church in Blackwell, Darlington is launching a community-wide initiative to focus on the importance of prayer. The ’Every Hour’ prayer project from January 1, 2014. Everyone associated with the church is being invited to pray for ... Read on

Christmas Fair with the X-Factor
St Giles Church in Durham celebrated the forthcoming Christmas festival with a fair blessed with the X-Factor. The event was staged by the church’s Little Lights group, which is for children under three-years-old and their mums/carers. Organised by the mums with ... Read on

Advent 2013
Throughout Advent we will be tweeting a sentence from one of the day’s set Bible readings from the Common Worship lectionary for Morning Prayer. It will be very similar to what happened during Lent this year. The sentence will be the same as the one chosen in the ... Read on

Bishop Dedicates Window In Memory Of Lily
A stained-glass window was dedicated at St Mary Magdalene’s Church in Trimdon,  in memory of congregation member Lily Burton, at a service presided over by the Bishop of Jarrow, the Right Revd Mark Bryant, on Saturday (November16). Lily, who was organist in ... Read on

Diocese Launches Major Campaign To Tackle Poverty
Our Diocese has launched a major initiative to support credit unions in its area. The Bishop of Jarrow, the Right Revd Mark Bryant, has launched a project to recruit 1,000 people to credit unions across the diocese and engage congregations much more in supporting the o ... Read on

Diocesan Synod November 2013
 The Diocesan Synod was held today Saturday 9th November 2013. Agenda its included: The Northeast Economy / Credit Bank & Unions The Diocesan Budget proposals for 2014 Presidential Address by Bishop Mark.   You can also se ... Read on

Church Agency Upbeat About Adoption
DFW, Durham's local Adoption Agency which was started by the Bishop Of Durham more than a 100 years ago is upbeat about the national adoption week and about the next Bishop of Durham being an advocate for Children and Young people. DFW Adoption of Stonebridge, Durham i ... Read on

Could Your child Be A Chorister?
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Success Is On The Cards For New School
A newly-created Church of England school in our Diocese is going from strength to strength with a new uniform for its pupils and a visit from the Bishop of Jarrow, the Right Rev‘d Mark Bryant, to announce the winner of his annual Christmas card design competition ... Read on

Messy Angels, Messy Church - latest resource
The latest Messy resources which are available includes a new book, published later this month on the 18th October called Messy Church Theology. The book looks at the phenomenon of Messy Church which is now established in countries all over the world. It features a case ... Read on

Congregation Reaches For The Sky In Fundraising Campaign
The congregation and supporters of one of our historic County Durham churches have reached for the sky to raise thousands of pounds towards a new roof. St Michael and All Angels in Witton Gilbert, has been offering people the opportunity to sign the slates which go on ... Read on

Bishop of Durham Designate To Take Additional Steps Towards Public Ministry
The next steps in the process leading to the formal recognition of The Right Revd. Paul Butler as Bishop of Durham were announced today Tuesday (15th October). The Right Revd Paul Butler Currently the Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham was announced by the office of th ... Read on

News Submission Facility Launched
The Diocese of Durham Newsroom service today (Friday 11th October) announced that users can now directly submit news for inclusion in the newsroom. Keith Blundy, Communication Adviser for the Diocese of Durham said: “The launch of our news submission service via ... Read on

Bishop Praises Work Done By volunteers
The Bishop of Jarrow has praised the role of volunteers in the work of the Church of England in our Dicoese. Bishop Mark was speaking when he visited St Paul’s Church in Jarrow, South Tyneside, to acknowledge the achievements of Meg and Jimmy Guy as they passed 1 ... Read on

Introducing Will Aid
Will Aid is a special partnership between the legal profession and nine of the UK's best loved charities including Christian Aid, the NSPCC, Save the children and several others. Every November, local participating solicitors waive their fee for writing or updating a ba ... Read on

The Real Advent Calendar
Remember the Real Easter Egg? Well this Advent there is The Real Advent Calendar. It's a great, new, fun way to share the Christmas story with children and young people. In fact anyone simply 'young at heart' will love it. Behind each of the 25 windows there is a Fai ... Read on

Bishop Paul Reflects On His Announcement As Bishop Of Durham Designate And His Priorities
A short newsreel is released today (October 1st) features The Right Revd Paul Butler discussing and reflecting on his announcement as the Bishop of Durham Designate. In an informal conversation with The Right Revd Mark Bryant – Bishop of Jarrow, Bishop Paul refle ... Read on

Reader Licensing Service 2013
Five readers were recently licensed by Bishop Mark at a service in Durham Cathedral. Images from the Reader Licensing service in Durham Cathedral on Saturday 21st September 2013 are now available via our newsroom: ... Read on

Investment Helps Improve The Welcome at Historic Church
The final stages of a large capital project with a value of hundreds of thousands of pounds to make St Mary’s in Barnard Castle more welcoming have been completed. Projects have included more welcoming spaces within the church, the installation of a digital organ ... Read on

And Then There Was The Word
One hundred and seventy young people gave up their Friday night (September 20th) to attend a youth event at Durham Cathedral to celebrate the Lindisfarne Gospels. The event, organised by local youth workers, included worship, activities around the Cathedral ranging fro ... Read on

Monkwearmouth Churches Welcome Weary Pilgrims
 A chance encounter on Twitter led to two Christian pilgrims receiving a hospitable welcome at two North East Anglican churches. A few weeks ago, Rev’d Paul Child, new Associate Curate in the Monkwearmouth Parish, Sunderland, noticed a tweet from the Big Bib ... Read on

Bishop Designate Places Fight Against Poverty Centre Stage
The new Bishop of Durham Designate has underlined his commitment to the fight against poverty. The appointment of the Rt Revd Paul Butler, currently Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham, as the Bishop Designate was announced on Thursday September 12 and he says that duri ... Read on

Bishop of Durham-Designate Outlines Challenges For The Church
Bishop Paul, the Bishop of Durham Designate, was introduced to his new Diocese on Thursday September 12 during a day of events across the area. During his visit, he said that the priorities for his tenure as Bishop would be growing the Church, helping to tackle poverty ... Read on

Bishop of Durham Designate Announced
The new Bishop of Durham Designate was announced today (September 12th). The announcement from by Downing Street this morning confirms that the Bishop of Durham Designate is The Rt Revd Paul Butler. Currently Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham, Bishop Paul was installe ... Read on

North East Clergywoman Makes History
The Revd Dr Helen-Ann Hartley, who grew up in Sunderland in the Church of England Diocese of Durham, has been elected the next Anglican Bishop of Waikato in New Zealand. Helen-Ann, 40, will become the seventh Bishop of Waikato in the Diocese of Waikato and Taranaki, an ... Read on

Author Opens New Community Charity shop for Dunston in Gateshead
On Thursday 5th September, British crime writer, Ann Cleeves, creator of the Shetland and Vera Stanhope series of novels, cut the ribbon to declare the new Community Charity Shop at St Nicholas with Christ Church, Dunston, open. The shop, is housed in the old kitchen ... Read on

Vicar’s Daughter Inspires Churches With Street Children Work
A remarkable vicar’s daughter from our Diocese is being supported by churches across the North East in her work to transform children’s lives in a slum area of the Philippines.   Naomi Tomlinson is the co-founder of a charity which works to help str ... Read on

DVD tells exciting story of the Northern Saints
A DVD has gone on sale to help people celebrate the rich religious heritage of the North East and its continuing relevance to the modern world. The Good News for Every Age DVD was commissioned by the North East Council of Churches as a response to the visit of the Lind ... Read on

Double Reason to Celebrate at St Luke's Ferryhill
St Luke's Church Ferryhill is preparing to celebrate its 160th anniversary in September, led by it's vicar who recently marked a special achievement of his own. The Revd Keith Lumsdon has himself just completed 42 years as a clergyman and 25 at his current parish. Bor ... Read on

Angel Blessing For Thankful Village Bikers
 More than 50 Bikers from the Northeast turned out to send off the Thankful Village Bikers at a short blessing ceremony at the Angel of the North on Saturday (3rd August). The blessing which was given by the Revd Canon David Glover, Rector of Holy Trinity Church W ... Read on

Social Media Guidance And Advice Issued By Diocese
 The Diocese of Durham has issued it’s first Social Media Guidance advice document. Diocesan communication adviser Keith Blundy said: “The purpose of these guidelines is to give all church communicators a flavour of the Do’s and Don’t's in ... Read on

Footballer To Run Coaching Courses
Former Sunderland footballer Maurice Hepworth is to stage a series of coaching sessions for young people in Washington during August. Six weekend sessions taken by Maurice, who played first team football for Sunderland at the age of 17 and was a member of their FA Cup ... Read on

Churches To Recount Remarkable Story
 An exciting project has been launched to celebrate the rich Christian heritage of the North East of England. Involving 125 churches of all denominations, and supported by a grant of £38,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Spirit in Stone will help churches ... Read on

Durham Man To Help Decide Future Of Women Bishops
Durham GP Dr Jamie Harrison has been invited to be a member of the steering committee charged with preparing the draft legislation to enable women to become bishops in the Church of England. Read the full story in our newsroom: ... Read on

Bishop Mark Adds His Congratulations After Royal Birth
Bishop Mark has tonight added his congratulation to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of the prince. Bishop Mark said: "Anybody who has been a parent or grandparent will know something of the joy and anxiety that the birth of a new baby brin ... Read on

Church Takes A Refreshing Approach
 With temperatures soaring again, a North East church has set up an open-air juice bar for people passing by its front door. The initiative being run by St Hilda’s in South Shields town centre is seen as a way of making the church more accessible to members ... Read on

Former Archbishop Praises Generous North East
Former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams,The Rt Revd and Rt Hon The Lord Williams of Oystermouth, visited the North East today (Sunday July 21) to help celebrate the charitable work of Christian Aid. During his visit, he praised the generosity of the region&rs ... Read on

APAs Commissioned in Durham Cathedral
Our Diocese has again paid tribute to volunteers who work alongside the clergy, giving pastoral care as Authorisued Pastoral Assistants (APAs). APAs are commissioned for a five year period to support the clergy in caring for people. This can include vulnerable periods ... Read on

Gospels Come Alive For Children
Children were able to learn more about the Lindisfarne Gospels during two days of workshops held at Stockton Baptist Tabernacle. LG4U! (Lindisfarne Gospels for You!) was organised by our diocese for youngsters who may not be able to see the work itself during its visi ... Read on

New Dual Post Combining Parish and University Chaplaincy
The Revd Susie Thorp has been appointed as Chaplain to St John’s College Durham (which contains the Anglican theological college Cranmer Hall) and will also be priest in charge of St Wilfrid’s Church in Doxford, Sunderland. Susie, grew up in Sunderland, and ... Read on

First Brick in the Wall of the Lego® Durham Cathedral
The building of Durham Cathedral began this morning, Thursday 11th July, but this time out of Lego bricks. Television Presenter and Historian Jonathan Foyle put  the first brick in place with more bricks being added by  the Dean, Michael Sadgrove,  som ... Read on

Belmont Schools Celebrate the Lindisfarne Gospels
Students from three schools near Durham city are taking part in the celebration of the arrival of the Lindisfarne Gospels in the City. Belmont Junior School, Infant School and Cheveley Park Primary School have their own illuminated manuscripts on display in St Mary Mag ... Read on

Lindisfarne Gospels go Floral
A spectacular festival of flowers and design called Jewels of the North will be taking place at Durham Cathedral from 30 August to 4 September. Jewels of the North is inspired by the Lindisfarne Gospels which are on display in Durham for summer 2013 on loan from the Br ... Read on

School Triumphs Over Adversity
A Durham church school has marked the end of the most turbulent year in its history with a celebration service marking the final stage in its recovery from flooding. St Hild's College Church of England Aided Primary School, in Gilesgate, Durham, had to close its doors ... Read on

'Visionary' African bishop honoured at Durham University
Bishop Francis Loyo, a former Durham University student, has recently returned to Durham. During Sudan’s civil war, Bishop Loyo was imprisoned and tortured and his family fled into the bush. They thought one another dead for many years, before they were eventu ... Read on

Great Celebration at Ordinations
Last weekend saw people from diverse walks of life ordained as Priests and Deacons in services at  Durham Cathedral Each one has been called to ordained ministry after amassing a wealth of experiences in a wide range of places and jobs and they include a former ... Read on

Church to be a Riot of Colour
St Edwin’s Church, in High Consicliffe, near Darlington, will be transformed as it plays host to a flower festival to celebrate the history of the church and its community. The flower festival launches a £65,000 fundraising campaign. The festival was open ... Read on

Inspiring Stories lead to Ordination
People from diverse walks of life will be ordained as Priests and Deacons in Durham Cathedral at services on Saturday 29th June (Priests) and Sunday 30th June (Deacons). Each one has been called to ordained ministry after amassing a wealth of experiences in a wide rang ... Read on

Graffiti Gospels Art Project To Be Launched
An arts project designed to celebrate the return of the Lindisfarne Gospels to the region will be launched on Monday July 1st in Gateshead. The Graffiti Gospels is a collaboration between Sanctuary Artspace at St Edmund’s Chapel and four graffiti artists from the ... Read on

Local Campaigners at BigIF in Belfast
Sunderland Campaigners joined the BigIF in Balfast to call for Tax Justice and an end to world hunger ahead of the G8 summit in Northern Ireland this week. University Chaplain Revd Chris Howson said: "If we want an end to global poverty we need greater transparenc ... Read on

Little Lights Win an Award
We are really proud and delighted to announce that The Little Lights playgroup have been voted into the top 3 parent & child groups in Durham by members of netmums. The votes were done by parents, carers, group leaders and others in the Durham Area. Little Ligh ... Read on

Sunderland Minster to host Christian Aid Thanksgiving Service
In celebration of the contributions made to Christian Aid over the last year, we would like to thank all who offered their time and dedication for the work of Christian Aid. In appreciation of this, with the support of Sunderland Minster, we are holding a thanksgiving s ... Read on

Our Hope for God's Creation
“God's love for the whole of the cosmos lies right at the heart of the gospel,” said the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, who commissioned the film “Our Hope for God’s Creation” which has recently been released to coincide with World En ... Read on

Remarkable Priest Heads for Durham Cathedral
Durham Cathedral is offering a rare opportunity to hear and meet a priest who survived a letter bomb attack and subsequently launched a project for healing and reconciliation. Fr Michael Lapsley’s story began in 1990 when the anti-apartheid activist from South Af ... Read on

Sunderland’s R.E. Ambassadors are on their way to Westminster!
Success! Sunderland’s R.E. Ambassadors have won a national competition to present their thoughts and findings to Members of Parliament in Westminster later this month! The 5 young people, all from Venerable Bede CE Academy, consulted with people from across Wears ... Read on

Students Go MAD at Cathedral Services
Nearly three thousand students from North East Church of England and community schools are marking their leaving school with special services at Durham Cathedral and the Cathedral Church of St Nicholas in Newcastle Upon Tyne. A total of 2,000 students are marking the o ... Read on

Gospels Inspired Art Exhibition
A series of artistic events to mark the historic link between three Wearside churches and the Lindisfarne Gospels was launched on Monday night, June 3rd. The East Durham Artists Network is presenting From Cave to Cathedral, three exhibitions rotating around the venues ... Read on

Lindisfarne Gospels come to the North East
There are only days to go now before the opening of the keenly anticipated Lindisfarne Gospels Durham exhibition on 1st July giving us the opportunity to celebrate our spiritual heritage. The Lindisfarne Gospels is one of the greatest landmarks of human cultural a ... Read on

Triple Challenge for New Tyneside Vicar
A new minister has been licensed in South Shields, taking on three of the major challenges facing the town. Father Chris Fuller has become vicar of St Hilda’s, the Town Centre Chaplain and Chaplain to South Shields’ Mission to Seafarers. A former London vi ... Read on

Pentecost Confirmations in Durham Cathedral
Pentecost was a great occasion this year when more than 80 people were confirmed at Durham Cathedral. Clergy including Bishop Mark, the Bishop of Jarrow, believe that the turnout, particularly the number of young people, shows that the church is not in decline, despite ... Read on

World Environment Day
World Environment Day is an annual event that is aimed at being the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action. World Environment Day activities take place all year round and climax on 5 June every year, involving everyone from every ... Read on

Singing Rounders and Football with 200 Choristers in Durham
Over 200 Choristers from as far north as Edinburgh and as far south as Peterborough are coming to Durham on Wednesday 22nd May to play sport and to sing Evensong at Durham Cathedral.   The occasion is the Northern Division of the Choir Schools Association Annual ... Read on

Altogether Greener .....
The Churches Regional Commission has been working in partnership with Durham County Council to consider the distinctive contribution faith communities can and do make to the life of our County. The publication of ’Faith in Sustainable Communities’ outlines s ... Read on

Diocesan Synod May 2013
The Diocesam Synod was held on Saturday 18th May 2013 at Durham Johnson School. The presidential Address by Bishop Mark discussed being neighbour / community and locally focused whilst the presentation by Christian Aid urged people to be globally focused. The Diocesan ... Read on

Art Show Will Challenge Perceptions of Religion
A challenging show of modern art work is being brought to the North East by Jim Craig, Arts Chaplain for Gateshead and Bensham, who works specifically in the arts field. Jim  will bring a show of graffiti art to Sanctuary Artspace, a gallery at St Edmund’s C ... Read on

Church Schools Meet Today's Challenges
Key figures within North East Church schools have welcomed a report which places their work at the heart of education. The event, attended by everyone from headteachers to governors, was in response to publication of the Church of England’s Chadwick Report, entit ... Read on

Bishop Mark Praises Volunteers
Yesterday evening (April 30th) Bishop Mark praised volunteers as he helped Darlington Town Mission celebrate its 175th anniversary. Based in Church Row, The Mission was formed in 1838 by two Quakers and another local religious figure to meet the needs of people sufferi ... Read on

Churches Put Welfare Cuts Under The Spotlight
Church leaders in County Durham will stage an event focusing on the impact of welfare cuts, on Tuesday (April 30). The event in Easington Lane will be staged by the ecumenical Faith In Our Community organisation, whose members include representatives of various churche ... Read on

Sunderland's R.E. Ambassadoes
A group of 5 young people from Sunderland have qualified to become R.E. Ambassadors for the national Religious Education Council. The group, all from Venerable Bede CE Academy, take on their role alongside teenagers from 19 other schools across the country. The R ... Read on

Venerable Bede School Leads World Book Night Giveaway
Venerable Bede CE Academy is aiming to open a new chapter in people’s lives as part of this year’s World Book Night celebrations. The school in Ryhope is marked the event by leading the giveaway of 300 free books in the Ryhope and Silksworth communities. T ... Read on

Bite Back at Hunger for Christian Aid Week
Let’s bite back at hunger this Christian Aid Week Every May, Christian Aid supporters from across the country join forces for Christian Aid Week, which last year, raised a staggering £12.5 million. Here in the North East, a vibrant network of churches and v ... Read on

Good News in a nutshell, Cosmos in a Hashtag
During Holy Week and on Easter Day many of us in our Diocese joined in the national twitter campaign organised by the church of England to share the Good News of Easter using the hastag #EverythingChanges. Our tweets enabled us to share something of our faith with peop ... Read on

Upgrade of App for Reflection
The Reflections for Daily Prayer app has been upgraded. The relaunch includes Morning Prayer and a smarter, easier-to-use interface. The app, which has already been downloaded over 40,000 times from iTunes, continues to grow in popularity and be the format of choice ... Read on

Calling all Churches - Back to Church Sunday
Registration is now back up and running. The Back to Church Sunday office is encouraging churches participating in this year’s event, on 29th September, to register online now at “Back to Church Sunday is simple. It’s about invit ... Read on

Archbishop of York to visit our Diocese
The Archbishop of York is to visit our Diocese next Monday and Tuesday, 22nd and 23rd April 2013. The Archbishop will be coming to see the work of the Diocese in community engagement, to look at church growth projects and meet with some of the people involved. Dr Senta ... Read on

Parish Cafe Celebrates Second Birthday
A successful community coffee shop run by the church in Middleton St George village near Darlington has celebrated its second birthday. Larry’s operates from the local WI Hall and is run by members of the congregation of St Laurence’s Church, which meets in ... Read on

Heroic Fireman Heads For Spennymoor
One of the heroic firefighters who dealt with the aftermath of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster will be the guest of honour at a County Durham church centre this month. For a number of years, St Paul’s Spennymoor, Whitworth Church and St John’s Kirk Merr ... Read on

Riding Lights Roughshod Theatre Company present iWitness, a rip-roaring series of sketches, stories and satirical swipes. Weighing up the world with their new eye-opening show, Roughshod are touring nationally, coming to Sunderland on: Friday 26th April at 19.30,S ... Read on

Bishop of Jarrow Easter Sermons
This New article will be updated during the Easter wekend as Bishop Mark delivers his Easter sermons. The Available Sermons are: Maundy Thursday Easter Day Matins Sermon at Durham Cathedral Bishop Mark's Video Message For Easter Easter Day Sermon St Lukes Billingha ... Read on

Yurt Provides Space for Prayer in Minster
A yurt (a round tent about 18 feet in diameter) has been erected in the nave of the Minster of Sunderland to form a space for worship during Holy Week. The Yurt which was erected and opened on Palm Sunday will be a place of meeting and for 24/7 prayer until Easter Sunda ... Read on

Students' Prayers Off to Canterbury
While the Church of England prepares to welcome Justin Welby as the new Archbishop of Canterbury, students at Venerable Bede CE Academy have made special preparations of their own. Headteacher, Mrs. Booth, was keen for students to have an opportunity to offer something ... Read on

Update to Vacancy in See (ViS) process to select next Bishop of Durham
[This article was updated on 18/3/13 - see below] A public consultation meeting was held at Durham Johnston School, Durham on Saturday 16th February 2013 to help inform the process selecting the next Bishop of Durham following Bishop Justin’s departure to become ... Read on

Licensing will be a messy affair
The licensing service of the Revd Tracy Reynolds on Sunday (March 17) will be a somewhat different affair to many others. Tracy’s new post as Team Vicar for North Wearside will be celebrated with a ‘messy service’ at St Cuthbert's Red House where the ... Read on

Come and be a Chorister for the Day at Durham Cathedral
Following on from the fantastic experience 68 girls and boys had last year there is another opportunity to Come and be a Chorister for a Day. It is a wonderful opportunity for any children who enjoy music and singing, to come and sing alongside the Cathedral Choir in on ... Read on

The Lindisfarne Gospels are Coming
The Lindisfarne Gospels are coming to Durham this year. Here is just one opportunity to take part in an event connected with the Gospels in Durham Cathedral for young people from Year 6 upwards. Look out for information about other events as it becomes available. ... Read on

Church spends donation to improve access
St Mary's Church, Heworth, Gateshead, which has a 200 year link with the North East of England’s mining history recently decided to spend a generous donation on improving access for visitors, including the disabled. Some of the donation, given by someone with a l ... Read on

Double Reason to Celebrate at St Luke's Ferryhill
St Luke's Church Ferryhill is preparing to celebrate its 160th anniversary in September, led by it's vicar who recently marked a special achievement of his own. The Revd Keith Lumsdon has himself just completed 42 years as a clergyman and 25 at his current parish. Bor ... Read on

Vicar's daughter
A remarkable vicar’s daughter from our Diocese is being supported by churches across the North East in her work to transform children’s lives in a slum area of the Philippines.   Naomi Tomlinson is the co-founder of a charity which works to help stree ... Read on

Bishop Designate of Durham Announced
The new Bishop of Durham Designate was announced today (September 12th). The announcement from by Downing Street this morning confirms that the Bishop of Durham Designate is The Rt Revd Paul Butler. Currently Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham, Bishop Paul was installe ... Read on

Did You Know...2013 Fairtrade facts
At the beginning of Fairtrade Fortnight....   The Fairtrade system currently works with 1.24 million people - farmers and workers - across more than 66 developing countries In the UK, sales of Fairtrade products in 2011 reached £1.32 billion &nda ... Read on

From Goat to God
The Dean of Durham, Michael Sadgrove, is being the Voice of God at Durham Cathedral on Saturday 2nd March at 7.00pm. He isn't trying usurp His [God’s] position but is taking part in a production of Benjamin Britten's Opera Noye's Fludde. The composer specifi ... Read on

Missional Flash Mob Needs Members
If either you or your congregation are Interested in joining in a fun and unusual mission opportunity then read on. A team of trainee Anglican and Methodist clergy from Cranmer Hall and the Wesley Study Centre, Durham are leading a faith sharing weekend at the Metro ... Read on

Message from the Durham Foodbank
Focus on: Supermarket Collections One of the most important volunteer roles at the foodbank is collecting food at supermarkets. Since we started over 14 tonnes of food has been donated by shoppers, that's 25% of overall food donations. Without this food coming ... Read on

Bite Back at Hunger North East tour
March-April 2013: Be inspired to put your faith into action this Christian Aid Week Acclaimed singer songwriter Gareth Davies-Jones has teamed up with Christian Aid to encourage people around the North East to get involved with Christian Aid Week and the ENOUGH FOOD ... Read on

New supplies now online of Real Easter Eggs
Wow. Last weekend I think half the churches in the UK were online buying Real Easter Eggs. 20,000 eggs were bought from us between Friday and Monday and an avalanche of order forms has dropped through the letterbox since then. We have now gone on to make a third bat ... Read on

Peterlee Church Refurbishment Earns Praise from Bishop Mark
Bishop Mark has praised a partnership between St Cuthbert‘s Church in Peterlee, and leading repairs and maintenance provider Kier that has provided a new kitchen as part of the refurbishments. The refurbishments included fitting new wall and floor tiling, a new k ... Read on

Bishop Mark Letter of Support To Catholic Church
The Right Revd. Mark Bryant, Bishop of Jarrow has written to Bishop Seamus Cunningham The Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle on the news of the Popes announcement to retire from office on the 28th February 2013. In his letter, Bishop Mark says: "I wanted to write ... Read on

Journeying through Lent with the Diocese
Throughout Lent we will be tweeting a sentence from one of the day’s set Bible readings from the Common Worship lectionary for Morning Prayer. The sentence will be the same as the one chosen in the book Reflections for Daily Prayer published by Church House Publis ... Read on

Durham Diocese Digital Daily News Paper Launched
 Subscribe to our new daily digital newspaper by clicking here:   Paperli.PaperFrame.Show({id: 'dcf1152b-c355-4330-833f-7efcc1bcab88', width: 390, height: 480, background: '#ECECEC', borderColor: '#c82e6c'}) ... Read on

A Life with the promise of Adventure
The Revd. David Tomlinson comes to his new job as Vicar of the Parish of Saint John’s Shildon having had a varied life which includes fostering more than 50 children and running a rare editions bookshop. David and wife Davina, who wed in 1985, settled in Darlingt ... Read on

Second time Couple Organise Vows Renewal Service
David and Jennifer Wilcox, who are celebrating love second time around are helping to organise a Valentine’s Day wedding vows renewal service in their local church, St Michael and All Angels, Witton Gilbert. David and Jennifer married in 2007 having both been wid ... Read on

Durham Parishes and Beaver Scouts Host Carnival Weekend
A pair of Durham parishes are set to usher in Lent with a difference this weekend (9-10 February). Instead of the traditional pancakes, Belmont and Pittington are taking their cue from the more exotic Mardi Gras celebrations held around the world, with a Carnival themed ... Read on

New Church School Given The Go Ahead
A proposal by the Diocese of Durham and Sunderland City Council to create a new Voluntary Aided Church of England Primary School has today February 1 been given the go-ahead by Sunderland Council’s School Organisation Committee. The new school, Northern Saints C ... Read on

Apointment of next Bishop of Durham
As part of the process of appointing the next Bishop of Durham there will be a public meeting on Saturday 16th February 2013 at 11.00am. Refreshments will be available from 10.30am. It will take place at Durham Johnston School, Crossgate Moor, Durham, DH1 4SU. The me ... Read on

Service Will Celebrate Parishioner’s Generosity
The Parish of St Thomas the Apostle in Stanhope, is to hold a service to celebrate works carried out to improve their 13th Century church building following a donation left in the will of a parishioner. The Service of Celebration will be on Thursday February 7th at 7pm ... Read on

A Generous Church - In preparation
Over 100 people braved the snowy conditions to attend ‘A Generous Church’, a day to prepare clergy and lay leaders of parishes ahead of our Diocesan Giving Day on Sunday 10th February. Bishop Mark welcomed people to the event and explained why we were h ... Read on

Bishop Justin says Farewell
It doesn't seem long since Durham Cathedral was full as we welcomed Bishop Justin and Caroline to our Diocese but yesterday evening (Monday 28th January) there was again a large congregation as we gathered to say goodbye. Sir Paul Nicholson, the Lord Lieutenant, joined ... Read on

Making A Pitch For Clergy Jobs In The North East
Durham Clergy were the focus of news and current affairs discussion on BBC TV Look North and BBC Tees radio - when Bishop Mark and others were interviewed on the employment situation in the North East of England. To coincide with the announcement of the unemployment ... Read on

Spennymoor welcomes new vicar
The Revd Matt Tarling will be licensed during a service at St Paul’s Spennymoor having moved from his role as Curate in the Parish of Blaydon and Swalwell on Tyneside. Matt will be vicar of St Paul's Spennymoor and nearby Whitworth. Matt, who was born in Hertfo ... Read on

Include outsiders, challenges the Church of England's Chief Education officer
New resources for Education Sunday Churches across the country will be using 2013 Education Sunday (January 27) to pray and work towards new ways of reaching out to those who are easily overlooked in the education world. The Rev Jan Ainsworth, the CofE's Chief Educati ... Read on

Praise for volunteers as Parish receives Red Rose Accolade
Earlier this we week we announced that a coveted Red Rose in the Places of Interest Quality Assurance scheme had been awarded to St Michael & All Angels Church, Houghton le Spring. Today parishioners and dignitaries gathered to celebrate the award, an accolade from ... Read on

Church heating up? Switch on to the new national energy saving audit
A free, easy to use toolkit from Shrinking the Footprint, the Church of England's national environmental campaign, enables all church buildings - historic and modern - to understand and reduce energy use and costs along with cutting their carbon footprint. This is part ... Read on

Accolade Recognises Remarkable Discoveries
Remarkable discoveries at one of our churches, which may have been a worship site for 4,000 years, have been recognised with the award of an accolade from Visit England. A coveted Red Rose in the Places of Interest Quality Assurance scheme has gone to St Michael & ... Read on

Discover more about Durham's Riverbanks
Last year Durham Cathedral, with the help of renowned local historian Dorothy Hamilton, ran a research course exploring the history of the Cathedral owned City Centre Woodlands and Riverbanks. Participants delved into the Cathedral's archives and other local records ... Read on

Bishop Mark Praises Wellbeing Initiative
Bishop Mark was at St Michael’s and All Angels Church in Witton Gilbert to commission Pam Barmby in her new role working in the Durham North Team Ministry as Breathing Space Project Officer. The Breathing Space project seeks to help the community make fuller use o ... Read on

Royal Thanks
Our Diocese has received a letter from Buckingham Palace in response to The Big Thank You letter many of us signed earlier in the year to Her Majesty The Queen as part of the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations. ... Read on

Breathing Space Project Update
Back in the summer of 2012 we reported that the Breathing Space Project had been awarded a grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund and had exciting plans including appointing a project worker by the end of the year. Some of those plans are already happening and on Sunday ... Read on

Half Night of Prayer for the North East
Ordinands at Cranmer Hall will be holding a 'Half Night of Prayer', from 7 pm to midnight on the evening of Wednesday 30th January. The focus of the prayer will be the communities and churches of the North East. We would be delighted to pray for you and your parish an ... Read on

Bishop Justin Guest Editor of the Northern Echo
Bishop Justin was the guest editor of the Northern Echo today Friday 11th January. To recognise the 1st Birthday of the Darlington Foundation For Jobs (DFFJ), of which he is the Patron, Bishop Justin was invited to guest edit the Northern Echo, a job he did for the fir ... Read on

Church Rejoicing over Christmas Twitter campaign
It was excellent to see some of our own parishes taking part in this years Christmas Twitter campaign and to be able to follow sermons for around the Diocese. The Church of England has today released a press release giving a national picture about the campaign Todays ... Read on

Food for thought as Vicar moves to new Parish
Fr Damon Bage has been appointed as the Vicar of St Mary’s, Cockerton, in the Darlington Deanery. Having moved from being Priest in Charge of St Michael & All Angels, Norton, on Teesside, his new job will have a strong emphasis on working with young people. ... Read on

Farewell Service for Bishop Justin
On Monday 28th January at 7.30pm in Durham Cathedral there will be a service to say goodbye to Bishop Justin and Caroline as they leave us and move to Lambeth in preparation for Bishop Justin becoming the next Archbishop of Canterbury. Bishop Mark says, "This is ... Read on

Bishop Justin's Christmas Eve Sermon
Baggage and Light Given Christmas Eve - Durham Cathedral We think in circles and rhythms, but very often God thinks in straight lines. We come round to Christmas every year, He did it once. We go through life accumulating baggage, God is the one who brings extraordina ... Read on

Bishop Justin's Christmas Day Sermon
The Triumph of Love Given Christmas Day 2012 - Durham Cathedral This is the triumph of love that challenges all our triumphs of votes and politics, of energy and manoeuvring, of  Commissions and conferences. This is the triumph of God’s wisdom in the face o ... Read on

Bishop Mark's Christmas Sermon
“What do you want for Christmas?” “What do you want for Christmas?” Normally there is no need to ask the children or the grandchildren. They soon tell you skimming through the catalogue or watching children’s television on Saturday morning ... Read on

Bishop Justin's Christmas Message
I was "running" (I put it in quote marks because I am the only person who calls it that) in London a few weeks back, early in the morning. it was damp and cold. A man stopped me, and asked about a memorial on the wall. He had a couple of cans of beer and was ... Read on

Christmas is God's Small Initiative
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has spoken on BBC Radio 2’s Pause for Thought programme about the positive effects that social media can offer to small initiatives by bringing them to a larger audience: “In the aftermath of the earthquakes ... Read on

St Aidan's Academy Achieves Gold
One of our own Academies, St Aidan’s Church of England Academy, in Darlington, has achieved the unusual feat of securing Investors in People (IIP) Gold Standard at the first attempt. Applicants can achieve Bronze, Silver or Gold standards in the for Investors in ... Read on

Plight Of Millions Inspires Charity Effort
Two of our clergy have raised more than £1,000 for charity by drinking only water for five weeks. The Revd Jane Bell and curate the Revd Dan Pierce jointly run two churches, St John the Baptist and St James, both in Stockton on Teesside. They launched the effort ... Read on

Statement from the House of Bishops
Statement from the House of Bishops on defeat of women bishops legislation 11 December 2012 The House of Bishops of the Church of England met yesterday and today at Lambeth Palace and considered the implications of the General Synod's recent rejection of legislation t ... Read on

O Come all Ye Tweeters
News from the Church of England. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu (@johnsentamu) and Archbishop Designate Justin Welby (@bishopofdurham) will all be tweeting their Christmas Day sermons for the first time ever th ... Read on

Portrait of a Seaside Parish
What links Holy Trinity Church, in the small seaside resort of Seaton Carew in north east England, to the Guinness brewery, Captain Cook, Bobby Shafto, the Victorian explorer Isabella Bird, and Zeppelin pilots? The answers lie in this fascinating journey through the his ... Read on

Letter from Bishop Mark
Bishop Mark has written a letter following the announcement that Bishop Justin is to be the next Archbishop of Canterbury. You can download the letter by clicking here. ... Read on

Advent on Twitter with the Diocese
Every day, starting on Advent Sunday we will be tweeting an Advent thought on the Diocesan Twitter Account. The challenge for our team of contributors, Michael Sadgrove, David Tolhurst, Miranda Threlfall-Holmes and Mark Tanner, has been to get an inspirational thought ... Read on

Bishop Justin's Speech to General Synod
Here is Bishop Justin's speech which he made at General Synod this morning, 20th November, during the debate about women bishops. Thank you for yesterday's warm welcome. Despite looking embarrassed and confused, I did genuinely appreciate it very much. The Bishop of ... Read on

General Synod Rejects Draft Legislation on Women Bishops
The General Synod of the Church of England has voted to reject the draft legislation to allow women to become bishops. Under the requirements of the Synod the legislation required a two–thirds majority in each of the three voting houses for final draft approval. ... Read on

Bishop Justin's return visit to St Aidan's Academy
Bishop Justin returned to St Aidan's Church of England Academy  (the first school he visited after being announced as the Bishop of Durham) to  present certificates and trophies at their Celebration of Achievement Evening recently. During his speech he stress ... Read on

Christmas Fair Promises to be Write On
Three authors working in two of our parishes will sign copies of their books at their church fair on Saturday (November 17). Among the writers appearing at Pittington Autumn Fair, in the Village Hall, will be the Vicar of Belmont & Pittington, Dr. Miranda Threlfall ... Read on

Want a Challenge and to be part of a World Record Event?
Last Christmas 18,100 people in churches  across the UK helped to smash the Guinness World Carol Singing Record. Carollers beat the existing record of just 15,000 singers - set in 2009 by Disney. But that is not the end of the story! This year, on December 16th at ... Read on

Bishop Justin at St Gabriel's Sunderland for Remembrance Sunday
Bishop Justin’s was preaching today, 11th November, at a Remembrance Day service at St Gabriel’s Church in Sunderland. In his sermon he talked of forgiveness using the story of Coventry Cathedral as the international symbol of Peace and Reconciliation and th ... Read on

Bishop Justin's Message To The Diocese
Watch Bishop Justin's message to the Diocese, on his announcement as the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury. The message was recorded at Sunderland Minster on Saturday November 10th 2012 during his visit to 'One For The Basket' Food Parcel Initiative. Twe ... Read on

Bishop Justin visits One for the Basket
Bishop Justin returned to our Diocese on Saturday November 10, following the announcement the day before that he is to be the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury, to support a food distribution project at Sunderland Minster. Bishop Justin met church and community representa ... Read on

Justin Welby Announced as the next Archbishop of Canterbury
10 Downing Street today, announced that The Right Revd Justin Welby, Bishop of Durham, would be the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury to hold the seat of St Augustine of Canterbury and the Primate of All England. He will succeed The Most Revd Dr Rowan Williams the outgoing ... Read on

Prayer for the Archbishop of Canterbury Designate
The Church of England have issued the following prayer for us to use as we pray for Bishop Justin, Archbishop of Canterbury designate   God our Father, Lord of all the world, through your Son you have called us into the fellowship of your universal Church: ... Read on

Listen to Bishop Justin's Opening Statement
Click on the link below to listen to Bishop Justin's Opening Statement as Archbishop of Canterbury Designate given at the Press Conference on 9th November 2012 ... Read on

Watch Bishop Justin's Opening Statement
Watch the video below or read Bishop Justin's Opening Statement at Lambeth palace after the official announcement that he is to become the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury by clicking here.   Tweet !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.g ... Read on

One for the Basket
A scheme has been launched in Sunderland to supply food to families struggling to feed themselves. The One for the Basket food parcel initiative is led by the faith communities in the city and supported by organisations including Sunderland Partnership and the City Cou ... Read on

75th Patronal Eucharist at All Saints Blackwell
All Saints', Blackwell has been celebrating the seventy-fifth anniversary of a church first being built on the site of the present church. Originally an area of Darlington served by two daughter churches, the existing parish of All Saints' and Salutation, Blackwell wa ... Read on

Diocesan Synod November 2012 Presentations
The Diocesan Synod was held at Durham Johnson School, Durham on Saturday 3rd November 2012. The Bishops of Durham and Jarrow outlined the Diocesan Priorities for 2013 in a 'Presidential Address' and introduced the Bishop's Evangelism Project. The Evangelism Project was ... Read on

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson Opens Cathedral Shop
Today (Saturday 3 November) saw the official opening of the Undercroft Foyer and new Cathedral Shop. Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, one of the country’s most celebrated paralympians winning 16 medals, 11 of them gold, performed the honours. Also present were ... Read on

New Challenge Out Of A Vacuum For Vicar
It was while vacuuming that Caroline Friswell realised she wanted to devote her life to Ministry. Now an Anglican vicar, the Revd Dr Caroline Friswell has been appointed to a new parish in County Durham. A counsellor as well as a member of the clergy, she has moved fro ... Read on

Bishop Addresses Finance Conference.
The Bishop of Durham The Right Revd Justin Welby addressed a conference of financiers in Zurich talking about the issues facing the financial community as it decides whether to 'Repair or Replace' existing systems of control. In his address he talked about the destruct ... Read on

Chocolate that can make a difference
Many of us hang chocolate decorations on our Christmas Trees but how many of those decorations say anything about the real meaning of Christmas? The Meaningful Chocolate Company now produce Meaningful Chocolate Tree Decorations. They are the UKs first set of Fairtrade ... Read on

Land Rights 'Victory' for Marchers
Last Saturday (6th October) 91 people, including many members of our Diocese, walked Christian Aid’s 12-mile Bede’s Way Walk between Monkwearmouth and Jarrow in solidarity with tens of thousands of poor Indians who were marching 200 miles to Delhi to secure ... Read on

Taking The Message of Christ Into The Workplace
Most people find holding down one job a challenge but for the Reverend Adele Phillips there’s a double challenge from posts which are very different. The main focus of Adele’s ordained ministry is as a Minister in Secular Employment working within the Crimi ... Read on

Monks or Friars and 20 School Pupils
On Saturday the 6th October, 20 comprehensive school pupils spent the day with the Franciscan Brothers at Alnmouth Friary. Led by the Head of RE at Longfield School, Miss Greenhowe, the curate of St Mark’s Darlington Fr. Phil Mellor-Smith and Mr Martin Stand of Da ... Read on

Latest on the Durham Foodbank
The work done by the Durham Foodbank is still as crucial as ever with 1 in 4 people in our region living below the poverty line. Supporting it's work stops local people going hungry. Many of the supermarkets within the Diocese support the work of Durham's Foodbank by ... Read on

Book Offers Clergy An Antidote To The Pace Of Modern Life
One of our own priests,The Reverend Canon Dr Stephen Cherry is about to launch a book aimed at helping clergy cope with their ever-growing workload. The book by Stephen who is a Residentiary Canon based at Durham Cathedral, and who as Director of Ministerial Developmen ... Read on

Prayer for the Crown Nominations Commission
Here is a special prayer to be used for the Crown Nominations Commission on the 26th and 27th September 2012 as they consider the appointment of the new Archbishop of Canterbury Almighty God, you have given your Holy Spirit to the Church to lead us into all truth: b ... Read on

Big Jubilee Thank You Given to The Queen
Many of us will have signed the Big Thank You letter to Her Majesty The Queen, earlier in the year as part of the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations. The Church of England has just released news about how all our messages have been delivered to Buckingham Palace today (Mond ... Read on

Flower Festival Will Have A Golden Hue
The flower festival at St John's Church, Shildon, will be given a scattering of gold dust when it takes place on the weekend of Friday September 28 - Monday October 1. The St John’s in Bloom event organised in conjunction with Shildon and District Flower Club, wi ... Read on

Certificate in Children's Ministry Presentation September 2012
Fourty three people from parishes across the Diocese were honoured by Bishop Justin at Auckland Castle on the evening of September 19th 2012. The evening celebrated the succesful completion of the Bishop's Certificate in Children's Ministry. Pictures from the evening. ... Read on

New Chair of Durham Churches Together
Representatives from Durham Churches gather to welcome Revd Alan Middleton, who retired to Durham, as he is commissioned as Chair of Durham Churches Together. Alan has many years of ecumenical ministry and his experience and encouragement to continue to 'do things ecu ... Read on

Getting to the Heart of Prayer
Bishop Justin spent an evening with over 100 people from Lanchester Deanery 'Getting to the Heart of Prayer' on Sunday September 9th at Christ Church, Consett. Bishop Justin was interviewed about his experience of prayer by Area Dean, Revd Gary Birchall and Revd Val ... Read on

Christmas starts with Christ 2012 campaign
How do you picture the baby Jesus? A new and different image will be hitting our streets natiionwide as part of this years ChristmasAds.Net poster in their campaign “Christmas starts with Christ”. As well as appearing on billboards in all sorts of different ... Read on

Readers Licensed At Cathedral Service
Four Readers were licensed at a service at Durham Cathedral on Saturday 15th September. Jennifer Lake from South Sheilds, Mavis Worsley from Felling, Jacqui Tyson from Bishop Wearmouth and Frances Cooper from Bishop Auckland were welcomed to their new office by a capac ... Read on

Bishop Helps Community Commemorate Mining Heritage
A North East community came together today, Sunday September 9th, to pay tribute to its proud mining heritage. Bishop Mark, Bishop of Jarrow, blessed the Miner’s Statue which stands outside the Bus Station at Concord, Washington, Wearside, as well as seven banner ... Read on

Canon Takes Up New Role at Sunderland Minster
The Reverend Canon Sheila Bamber has formally been licensed as Canon Provost at Sunderland Minster, the only Minster to have such a post. Sheila, who was previously at St Nicholas Cathedral in Newcastle, was formally licensed by the Bishop of Durham in a service at th ... Read on

Inspirational clergyman moves to St George's, Fatfield
A priest who has defied disability to follow his Ministry in the Church of England after breaking his neck playing rugby is moving to a new North East parish. The Reverend Nick Barr-Hamilton is moving from his post as Curate of St Barnabas, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough, wh ... Read on

Taste with the Archbishop of York
St John’s Church, Neville’s Cross was packed for Archbishop John Sentamu’s visit to their evening monthly ‘Taste’ service. Many of the congregation were from the local community who had responded to the invitation put through their doors to ... Read on

All Aboard for Tax Justice
Christian Aid has joined forces with UK poverty campaigners Church Action on Poverty and headed out on the road in a red double-decker bus, across Britain and Ireland to bring people together in a bid to raise awareness and end the injustice of tax dodging at home and a ... Read on

Rolling Back the Years with St Giles Church, Durham
St Giles Church, which first hosted worship at least ten years before Durham Cathedral is going back in time as part of its ongoing 900th anniversary celebrations. St Giles Church, in Gilesgate, Durham, will host a Medieval Fair on Saturday September 8 between 10am&n ... Read on

How to make the most of a couple's big day
The Church Weddings Handbook: The Seven Pastoral Moments That Matter has recenty been published nationally. Telling the story of the Weddings Project, it is full of resources as well as relevant information. Seven sections outline the seven key opportunities the Chu ... Read on

Making Sure That The Big Day Does Not Turn Into A Nightmare
It’s the biggest day of a couple’s life. Celebration is afoot but tension is also in the air. One wrong move and the wedding day can be ruined. Now, a Church of England handbook, including a contribution from The Right Reverend Mark Bryant, Bishop of Jarrow ... Read on

Celebrating the life of Ruth Etchells
Dr Ruth Etchells, who was described by Michael Sadgrove, Dean of Durham Cathedral, as "a Durham institution and a Durham Treasure" died peacefully, after some months of illness, on Wednesday 8th August 2012 aged 81. Ruth moved to Durham in 1968 to lecture ... Read on

Kindled with the flame of God's love
Available for the next 5 days (until Saturday 18th August) is a link to the BBC Radio 4 Sunday Worship from From the College of St Hild and St Bede in Durham, led by the Rev Fr Jonathan Lawson. As the Olympic flame begins its journey from this country to Brazil, t ... Read on

Positive Developments at Auckland Castle
The key to unlock the transformation of Auckland Castle has been turned, with the ownership of Auckland Castle and the Zurbaran Paintings being transferred from the Church Commissioner to new trusts. In a joint statement issued by The Auckland Castle Trust, The Bisho ... Read on

Bishop Justin's Pastoral Letter
To read Bishop Justin's Pastoral Letter following the July 2012 General Synod click here. It can also be found in the From the Bishops section of the website. ... Read on

Bells for the Olympics
At 08:12 on 27th July 2012, thousands of people across the UK will be joining together to ring in the first day of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Everyone across the country is invited to take part. The idea is that for three minutes all the bells in the country are ... Read on

Grant Joy for Breathing Space Project
A fundraising campaign to restore one of our historic County Durham churches and make it more of a community asset has moved closer to fruition after a £56,000 grant was awarded for repairs to the roof. The money was granted to St Michael and All Angels in Witton ... Read on

Flowers to celebrate 900 years
As the next event in the 900th year celebrations St Giles' held a flower festival - "Gilesgate down the Ages". The church was filled with stunning flower displays depicting everything from St Godric through to the DLI. The festival was opened on Friday ... Read on

The APA Commissioning Service
To order photos from the APA Commissioning Service held on 12th July click here. Eleven people were commissioned as APAs and twelve others were recomissioned for a further five years by Bishop Justin at a moving service in Durham Cathedral.   APAs have an ... Read on

Bishop Justin To Serve On Banking Standards Committee
A cross party parliamentary inquiry into the banking industry and Libor scandal has had its membership confirmed with the inclusion of the Bishop of Durham as a non politically aligned member from the House of Lords. Bishop Justin has been invited to sit on the commiss ... Read on

Bishop Blesses Pupils' Work
Bishop Mark blessed a Chalice and Paten which was made by Sunderland schoolchildren, at a special ceremony on Thursday 12th July. The work was done by pupils at Springwell Dene School, which backs onto St Mary and St Peter Church, in Springwell Sunderland. The school p ... Read on

Helping Hand for Flower Festival
The flower festival at St Giles' Church Durham, part of their 900th anniversary celebrations, will be particularly colourful thanks to the determination of a parishioner who lost five stones to help fund it. Trisha Hancock raised almost £300 towards the Flower Fes ... Read on

Location, Location, Location
80 members of our clergy  descended on St Aidan’s College at Durham University for their Clergy Summer Gathering, this year entitled 'Location, Location, Location'. It was designed to explore connecting the Church with local communities in the North East. T ... Read on

National leader supports Back to Church Training event
Recently well over a hundred people from all over the diocese met together for a training day for Back to Church Sunday in Durham. It was led by Michael Harvey who helps head up BTCS nationally. It was a stimulating and challenging day with a great deal of laughter. He ... Read on

Commissioning Service for Authorised Pastoral Assistants
Authorised Pastoral Assistants have a crucial role in many of our parishes working alongside parish priests caring for parishioners at vulnerable times in their lives. Authorised Pastoral Assistants (APA) are commissioned for five years at a time. On Thursday July 12 ... Read on

Bishop Justin Speaks in Favour of Vote on Women Bishops Adjournment
Bishop Justin was one of the voices speaking today (9th July) at General Synod in York for an adjournment of the vote on admitting women to the episcopate. Bishop Justin was speaking in favour of the motion which was passed allowing the adjournment of the Final Approva ... Read on

St Giles to the Rescue
St Hilds Church of England Primary School in Gilesgate, Durham had to close its doors and find alternative locations to hold its lessons after torrential rain on Thursday 28th July. The recent floods caused foul water drains to close the school and it's neighbours, incl ... Read on

Ordination Weekend 2012
To order photos from the Ordination Services click here. During two moving and inspiring services sixteen men and women were ordained in Durham Cathedral as priests and deacons. Click on this link to see the photos taken before the ordinations as the candidates ... Read on

Location, Location, Location
Tomorrow, (July 3rd) about 170 of our clergy  will descend on St Aidan’s College at Durham University for the annual Clergy Summer Gathering this year entitled 'Location, Location, Location'. The three day conference will explore how we, the Church can be ... Read on

Responding to God's Call : Ordinations 2012
Sixteen people from diverse walks of life will be ordained on Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July. Saturday sees the ordination of Priests and Sunday the ordination of Deacons in Durham Cathedral. Each one of them has responded to God's call on their lives and come w ... Read on

Foodbank a lifeline for many
One in four people in this region are living below the poverty line and families are struggling to put food on the table. It was in response to this need that the Durham Foodbank, an initiative of the Durham Christian Partnership was established in 2011 under the auspic ... Read on

Closure of Listed Church Confirmed
A decision to close St Laurence's Church in Middleton St George village, near Darlington in the Diocese of Durham, for public worship has been confirmed by the Church Commissioners and came into effect on Friday (June 22). The growing congregation now worships at St ... Read on

Bishop Mark Calls For Fresh Commitment To Service
Bishop Mark, preaching recently at Sunderland Minster said that Britain was experiencing a feel-good factor following the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and in the run-up to the Olympics. During his sermon he said: “Legacy. That is the word that seems to be on a l ... Read on

St Giles Celebrations continue
900 years is worth celebrating so the parish of St Giles are doing just that as a congregation and together with the local community and schools. If you drove into Durham recently and wondered about the huge hand in flowers, it was in celebration of St Giles' 900th B ... Read on

Blessing for the Mashes
It’s a blessing for the Mashes at a Microbrewery in Bishop Auckland. In a short ceremony to open the Black Paw Brewery in Bishop Auckland, Bishop Justin gave a short address of welcome and commented on the fact that this was only the ninth Micro Brewery he had ... Read on

Olympic Prayers Cross the Waters
Stockton Riverside celebrated the arrival of the Olympic Torch with the passing of a Prayer Baton to Bishop Justin. Bishop Justin then said prayers specially composed for the occasion, sending blessing and prayers from our Diocese across the waters to the people of the ... Read on

Rio + 20
"What gift do we leave our children?" asked Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, in anticipation of the  Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development which takes place between 20th and 22nd June. “All religious people see the world as a g ... Read on

Coast to Coast
On the 7th of June 11 cyclists, a minibus, a van and a motorbike set off from Durham to Whitehaven to start the 140 mile ride back to Sunderland. Leaders from St Aidan’s Church Lads and Church Girls Brigade in Framwellgate Moor, Durham took on the challenge to com ... Read on

Communication Specialist Welcomed
Bishop Justin is pleased to announce that Keith Blundy of Aegies Associates Ltd has been appointed as communications adviser to the Diocese and the Bishops. Keith and his team have worked with the Diocese over many years providing advice and communications services f ... Read on

Bishop Justin's Speaks in the Financial Services Debate
 Bishop Justin today, 11th June, spoke in the debate on the Financial Services Bill (Second Reading) in the House of Lords, and said that more needs to be done to protect people during times when they hit financial crises, particularly in opening up the market to o ... Read on

Jubilee Thanksgiving
 The Saturday of the Jubilee Weekend was the occasion for a Service of Thanksgiving in Durham Cathedral for the Diamond Jubilee of HM the Queen. It was a service which caught exactly the right sentiments through its words and music. The readings included an extrac ... Read on

Hillside celebrate the last 30 years
On Wednesday 30th May Hillside Church Gateshead gathered to give thanks to God for 30 years of ministry and mission under the leadership of Canon Bob Hopper. In a service of praise and worship several members of the congregation spoke about ‘milestones’ in t ... Read on

A Coronation with a Difference
A re-enactment of the Queen’s Coronation is taking place at Durham Cathedral today,  Thursday 31st May with over 380 primary school children from 10 Durham City schools participating. “The Queen” and “Prince Philip” will arrive in a h ... Read on

Local teenager new apprentice at Durham Cathedral
Local teenager, Peter Bennett has recently started at Durham Cathedral as an apprentice joiner. He was officially welcomed today at an event attended by Bishop Justin. As well as receiving guidance and mentoring from the Cathedral’s experienced joinery team, he ... Read on

Great Day for young singers with the Choristers
Come and be a Chorister for a Day turned out to be an amazing day. Sixty eight girls and boys aged from 6 to 10 joined the Choristers of Durham Cathedral to experience being a Cathedral Chorister for the Day. The day started in the Chapter House of the Cathedral with ... Read on

A Mountain Climb to find ‘the best reredos for a church I’ve ever seen’
On Saturday 26th May, twenty young people from Anglican Churches across Darlington, accompanied by their leaders, went over to Patterdale in the Lake District for the day to climb a Mountain. Led by Phil Mellor-Smith assistant curate of St Marks, North Road, Martin Stan ... Read on

Bishop Justin Champions Working Men and Women
Bishop Justin has praised the role of working men and women in shaping the North East of England, calling for them to be given greater consideration as he condemned the damage caused by mass unemployment. Bishop Justin was speaking at a Memorial Service at St Mary&rsqu ... Read on

Watch Bishop Justin's Presidential Address at Diocesan Synod
Watch Bishop Justin giving his Presidential Address at Diocesan Synod  on May 26th. Synod took place in Durham Johnson School and in his address Bishop Justin speaks about issues that are affecting not only this diocese but also the national church. Tweet !funct ... Read on

Parish Share : Latest news from Diocesan Synod
Our Diocesan Synod unanimously agreed that the Parish Share system as we have known it would completely change for 2013 at their recent meeting. Parishes will be asked to prayerfully consider what they can give to the Diocese to enable mission and ministry to happen. T ... Read on

Christmas Card Competition - Church Action on Poverty
Please invite any children or young people you know to design a Christmas card for our 30th anniversary! We're holding a special competition to mark our 30th anniversary in 2012. Follow the link or read on to find out how to take part. ... Read on

Watch the Archbishop of York's Message at Pentecost
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu has recorded a video message in preparation for Pentecost on Sunday 27 May. The video message below, is also available to watch this week from the social media website YouTube.   You can read the text of the Archbishop's ... Read on

Latest Church Urban Fund News and Deprivation Scale Tool
The annual Tackling Poverty Conference orgaised by the Church Urban Fund took place during the second half of April. Speakers included Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York and the Revd Jon Bell of the Iona Community Watch the highlights of the Conference here ... Read on

Bishop Justin's Maiden Speech in the House of Lords
Bishop Justin took the opportunity of his Maiden Speech in the House of Lord to praise the North East's sense of innovation and also to appeal for more to be done to boost business confidence in the area. He asked for more support to be given in sareas such as construct ... Read on

New CD launch by James Lancelot, Durham Cathedral
James Lancelot, who is Master of the choristers and Organist at Durham Cathedral has made a new recording of Mendelssohn's Six Organ Sonatas. The CD is being launched on Wednesday 23 May at 6pm in the Cathedral immediately after the service of Evensong. The recording h ... Read on

Inspiring Visitation for Church Wardens
Durham Cathedral hosted our Bishops Visitation this year and nearly 1000 of us filled the Cathedral for inspiring worship and renewed commitment. This is the occasion when all Churchwardens officially take office and it was wonderful to see so many friends and member ... Read on

New Chaplain for Sunderland University
The Revd Chris Howson, who is committed to peaceful campaigning for social justice and helping all people feel spiritually connected through faith has been appointed as the next full-time Anglican Chaplain at the University of Sunderland.? Chris Howson has been appoi ... Read on

Christian Aid Week: how two local people got involved
This coming week (May 13th - 20th) is Christian Aid Week. It's the week when once again thousands of people will be out collecting. This year, the first £5m donated to Christian Aid Week will be matched by the Government pound for pound, so we can help more people ... Read on

Work begins on new Cathedral Shop
The much anticipated new Cathedral Shop is being fitted out in the Undercroft opposite the Cathedral’s Restaurant. This physical work is the first in a series of projects called Open Treasure – a major development which will transform the way in which the ... Read on

Next Step for St James the Great
St. James the Great in Albert Hill, Darlington, County Durham, has shown that it remains alive and vibrant after a significant number of its congregation left to join the Ordinariate earlier this year. The Vicar and 55 members of the congregation left in February but t ... Read on

Thank You to Canon Jon Bell
Tonight Bishops Staff said thank you to Jon Bell for his service as Bishop's Chaplain. Bishop Mark singled out Jon's kindness, faithfulness, sense of fun and his ministry of intercession; and Bishop Justin agreed, in a toast to Jon's future ministry at Coxhoe, Kelloe an ... Read on

Bishop Justin's speech about Good News for the Poor
Bishop Justin was present at a Seminar organised by the Church Mission Society, the Anglican Alliance and the Archbishop of Canterbury's International Development Officer, hosted by the Archbishop of York at Bishopthorpe on 30th April. The audience, made up of 52 pe ... Read on

The launch of a new book, Fresh! An Introduction to Fresh Expressions of Church and Pioneer Ministry published by SCM Press took place at Cranmer Hall on April 24th. The book was written by David Goodhew and Michael Volland who both teach at Cranmer Hall and Andrew Robe ... Read on

Come and be a Chorister for a Day
Come and be a Chorister for a Day is a fantastic opportunity for any children who enjoy music and singing, to come and sing alongside the Cathedral Choir in one of Britain’s favourite buildings, our own Durham Cathedral. It will give children first-hand experience ... Read on

St Aidan's Academy fundraise to give clean water to African Community
Students at St Aidan’s Church of England Academy in Darlington staged a fundraising week to raise money for African villagers in danger from contaminated water. The students, from Cuthbert House at the Hundens Lane Academy, are raising money to purchase an Aquafi ... Read on

Dedication of new font
Yesterday morning (Sunday 15th April) a new font was dedicated during the morning Communion Service at St John's Church Neville's Cross by Revd Barnaby Huish. St John's was able to commission the font after being left a bequest for a work of art by Margaret Rodgers. ... Read on

Bishop Justin's Sermon at the Easter Vigil 2012
Romans 6:3-11, Mark 16:1-8 A friend of mine used to say in Liverpool “it was a great scouse wedding, the vicar did his bit and was nice, the bride did her bit and looked great, and the best man did his bit and got in a fight with the bridesmaid’s boyfriend& ... Read on

The Houghton Passion
More than 200 people took part in a Passion Play on Good Friday as a 19th Century graveyard in a North East quarry was transformed into Jerusalem at the time of the Crucifixion. The Houghton le Spring Passion was staged at Houghton Hillside Cemetery in the Wearside t ... Read on

Bishop Justin's Sermon at the Chrism Eucharist, Maundy Thursday
1 Samuel 16:1-13a, 2 Corinthians 3 vv17- 4:12, Luke 22:24-30 A few weeks ago I had an evening with someone I had known casually for many years, and while talking of mediation and reconciliation work, in passing, quite casually, I said “sometimes, when standing b ... Read on

Bishop Justin's Easter Message
"Holy week and Easter have a raw earthiness which bring us face to face with the reality of why God was on a Cross. They bring me back to two miracles, one terrible and the other a hundred times more wonderful. The terrible miracle is the astonishing horror of huma ... Read on

New Patron for Regional Poverty Campaign
Bishop Justin has recently announced that he will be the Patron of the North East Call to Action on Global Poverty and Climate Change (NE-CAP). In taking on this he is continuing the support given to NE-CAP by Bishop Tom when he was Bishop of Durham. Bishop Justin sa ... Read on

Royal Maundy Service Invite
Norman Deacon, 79, from St Philip and St James Parish in Tow Law, has been invited to represent our Diocese when the Queen distributes Maundy Money at York Minister on Thursday April 5. Norman, who has always lived in Tow Law, is being rewarded for many years of serv ... Read on

Cross of Ages Spans the Centuries
A Cross made from centuries-old timber and celebrating the life of the northern Saint Cuthbert was blessed during a ceremony held at St Aidan’s Church of England Academy in Darlington. A team of students from Cuthbert House have worked with staff at the Academy ... Read on

Schools go on an Easter Journey
For one week in March All Saints, Newton Hall was transformed with gazebos and wooden trees to enable them to take children from local schools on a journey through the events of Holy Week. Over 3 days we welcomed over 200 children from years 5 and 6. The journey beg ... Read on

New Children's Ministry Adviser
Sharon Pritchard has recently been appointed as the new Diocesan Children's Ministry Adviser. As Children's Ministry Adviser Sharon is a member of the Diocesan Resource Team and based at Carter House in Durham. Sharon says about her new appointment, "I am deligh ... Read on

Celebrating 900 years with a Brass Band Concert
On Saturday 17th March 2012 St Giles' Church held the first of three concerts as part of its 900th Anniversary celebrations. The Pittington Brass Band entertained a large audience with superb renditions of favourite tunes and hymns from "Nearer My God to Thee" ... Read on

Re-dedication of St George's Low Middleton
Bishop Mark joined the congregation of Middleton St George as he rededicated the ancient Parish Church of St George's in Low Middleton Darlington.The congregation was also joined by the Mayor of Darlington, Councillor Lee Vasey. During the service, Bishop Mark  ... Read on

New St Cuthbert Medieval Banner for the Cathedral
Every St Cuthbert’s Day is special but this year 20 March is of particular significance. At approximately 3.00pm the Cathedral will receive a magnificent new banner in honour of St Cuthbert. The St Cuthbert Banner is being processed up the Bailey in Durham City ... Read on

Good News for Sunderland Minster
Canon Sheila Bamber has been appointed Canon Provost at Sunderland Minster, the only Minster to have such a post and it means she will oversee all the Minster’s activities. Many of us will remember Sheila from her time in this Diocese where she was a parish pries ... Read on

First Church in Diocese to have Solar Panels fitted
It all began when a family belonging to St John's Neville's Cross had solar PV panels installed on their house. St John's PCC started to “wonder” about the possibilities of using the church roof to do something similar so all the pros and cons were looked i ... Read on

St Giles Church Anthem Competition
To celebrate the 900th Anniversary of St Giles’ Church, Durham the 2012 planning committee have launched an Anthem Composition Competition. The new piece should be a setting of Psalm 42 using the text below. The work submitted must be new and composed between th ... Read on

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Bishop Mark
Here are the Seven from Durham Anglican Cursillo who went with Bishop Mark and the MU to Israel in February! It honestly wasn’t a holiday! Bishop Mark, Doreen Bilton, Anna Smith, Jo & Geoff Carr, Wendy & Keith Roper What was it like? Well w ... Read on

New School Chaplain has dream job
Ian Ramsey School, Stockton on Tees have a school chaplain. The Reverend Paul Johnson 55 originally from Middlesbrough was licensed as a School Chaplain in a service held at Ian Ramsey Secondary School by the Bishop of Durham, the Right Rev Justin Welby. Paul came ... Read on

Celebration of Marriage a big Hit
The service, last Sunday, at St Giles Church, Durham, was part of a series of events to mark the church's 900th anniversary. It was led by the Bishop of Jarrow, The Right Reverend Mark Bryant, and was a massive hit with couples wanting to renew their wedding vows. O ... Read on

School given new look by grateful congregation
Members of the congregation of Saint Laurence in the Parish of Middleton Saint George, who now worship in St George’s Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School in the village, spent some of half term in teams redecorating parts of the school which needed pa ... Read on

Lenten Tweets
Want a ‘thought for the day’ through out Lent? Look no further than the Diocesan Twitter Account.!/DioceseofDurham Every day, starting this week on Ash Wednesday, we will be tweeting a Lenten thought. The challenge is to get an inspira ... Read on

New Chapter House for All Saints Cleadon
The culmination of 4 years work came for the congregation of All Saints' Church, Cleadon on Sunday 15th January 2012 when they welcomed the Bishop of Durham, Rt Revd Justin Welby, to preside at the 10.00am Eucharist. At the end of the service he gave a blessing to the ... Read on

Weird and Wonderful
The internet can be a weird and wonderful place, just like the big bad world out there. We should not be afraid of entering it, but there are things to learn and things to be aware of, particularly for our children and young people. Not just for them for adults too, esp ... Read on

Hope and Growth emerge from Adversity
The story of St. Laurence’s Church, Middleton St George is a wonderful example of how a problem can be turned into an opportunity. Back in 2008 the congregation had to move out of their Victorian building because it was unsafe and their insurance company would no ... Read on

Christian Aid's Poverty Over Cathedrals Tour
Stunning sculpture to be celebrated in song and inspiring theological reflection at Durham Cathedral A spectacular work of art about global poverty will be visiting Durham Cathedral from 18–29 February as part of a Christian Aid’s Poverty Over Cathedrals ... Read on

Good News - Government to act over Metal Thefts
Churches in this Diocese, as well as elsewhere in the country, have suffered from lead theft and so yesterday's Government announcement by Theresa May is good news. The Government has decided that legislation is the only sustainable, long-term solution to the growing ... Read on

Bishop Justin helps launch Darlington Foundation for Jobs
Bishop Justin helped launch the Darlington Foundation for Jobs initiative, of which he has agreed to be the Patron. He was one of the speakers who urged business leaders at the launch at Lingfield Point, Darlington, (January 26) to pledge their support to tackling youth ... Read on

The waiting is over for St Laurence Church, Pittington
After more than 900 years of waiting, St Laurence Church, Pittington has finally got its LOO. The easy accessible LOO has been twinned with one in Giharo, a small community in Rutana Province in Burundi. On Sunday 22nd January, The Rt. Revd. Mark Bryant, Bishop of Jarr ... Read on

Egg-citing news!
Launched last year, the Real Easter Egg – the only Easter Egg to mention the Easter story – proved hugely popular with churches, schools and the general public. Despite its obvious appeal, once again supermarkets have still not placed large enough orders to ... Read on

Bishop Justin on Radio 4
This morning (January 23rd) Bishop Justin was interviewed on Radio 4's Today programme following his trip to Nigeria last week. He was in Northern Nigeria on behalf of the Archbishop of Canterbury to offer condolences and support to Christian communities who have been t ... Read on

Bishop Justin Introduced in the House of Lords
Watch Bishop Justin's Introduction to the House of Lords. Bishop Justin was introduced during an ancient ceremony which allows him to take his seat as  a Lord Spiritual. He was led in by his supporters, the Archbishop of York and the Bishop of London, in their cle ... Read on

Annfield Plain and Collierley Licensing
  The Revd Heather Murray was licensed last night (11th January) by Bishop Justin at St Aidan's Annfield Plain. It was a very happy service in the deanery where she had lived and trained for ministry after thirty one years as a nurse. She will also be ass ... Read on

Follow the Diocese of Durham on Twitter now as well as Facebook
You may have already started following the Diocese of Durham on Facebook.      Our Facebook page can be found at   The page can be used to share news, information, or to advertise events in your parish.   & ... Read on

Grants for Parish Community Engagement – CCF’s new focus for 2012 and beyond
A new funding focus to support bridge building church community projects has been approved by the Church and Community Fund (CCF) for an initial three years starting today (3rd January 2012). The new focus will direct funding towards projects concerned with neighbourhoo ... Read on

Bishop Justin Celebrates New Years Day in Spennymoor
The Bishop of Durham has celebrated the start of 2012 leading New Year’s Day worship in Spennymoor. The Rt Revd Justin Welby joined the congregations of St Paul’s and Whitworth churches for their Sunday morning services. In a light-hearted comment he t ... Read on

Bishop Justin's New Years Message
Bishop of Durham calls for three wishes in a hard hitting New Years Message The Bishop of Durham has today (30th December 2011) set out his thinking in a hard hitting message for 2012. In the message, Bishop Justin calls for confidence, optimism and hope based on God ... Read on

Bishop Justin's Christmas Message
I'll start with something we all know. Very often (not invariably) babies bring hope. They are a signal of new life, a future, succession. And this baby, the one in the manger, is of all things and people in history the most hope bringing, hope making. He is hope itself ... Read on

Auckland Castle - Press Release
Following a meeting in London today between Mr Ruffer and representatives of the Church Commissioners, an agreement in principle has been reached which ensures both the retention of the Zurbaran pictures at Auckland Castle and the preservation and development of the Cas ... Read on

Bishop Justin's Interview on Tyne Tees
Bishop Justin spoke to Tyne Tees ahead of his first Christmas as our Bishop. Frances Read of Tyne Tees said, "As he prepares for the busy Christmas weekend, he's been reflecting on the challenges and celebrations of 2011, and answering some of the questions you su ... Read on

Pause for Thought with the Archbishop of Canterbury
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, spoke on BBC Radio 2's Pause for Thought. You know how every year you say, 'This year I'm going to get Christmas sorted out. I'll have the cards written by December the first and I'll work our properly what we can afford ... Read on

Bishop issues statement about Auckland Castle and the Zurburans
Developments at Auckland Castle – Bishop of Durham calls for protection of the heritage of the North East Following the failure of the current deal to keep the Zurburban paintings at Auckland Castle, in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, the Bishop of Durham the Rig ... Read on

Film of Bishop Justin's Installation
Watch the Inauguration of Bishop Justin's Ministry in 1 minute and 59 seconds. (Presented by Mark Tallentire on the Northern Echo website)   ... Read on

Bishop Justin Installed
Durham has a new Bishop! It was standing room only as a packed Cathedral shared in the special inauguration service for Bishop Justin Welby on Saturday 26 November. Bishop Justin announced his arrival in the time-honoured manner as he struck the great North Door thr ... Read on

Bishop Justin enters his Diocese
Traditionally the Bishop of Durham enters his Diocese via the Croft Bridge and is presented with the Falchion.  In medieval times a Sir John Conyers is said to have slain a dragon or "worm" that was terrorising the district. Conyers, apparently wearing a ... Read on

Prayer of the People
The Prayer of the People Campaign has another dimension this week. Not only are Facebook and Twitter places for our prayers but also five actual places around our Diocese. The week of prayer began at the Angel, Gateshead, on Monday November 21 when Bishop Justin held ... Read on

New Cathedral Canons
At Evensong on 13th November five new honorary canons were installed in Durham Cathedral together with one Lay Canon, Dr David Hunt. The Honorary Canons were Alan Bartlett, Raymond Dick, David Glover, Alec Harding and Judy Hirst. The Cathedral was full of supporters for ... Read on

Growing the Kingdom 2011 and 2012
In his presidential address to the November meeting of the Diocesan Synod, Bishop Mark reviewed the progress on the Diocesan priorities for 2011, and put before the Synod the proposed priorities for 2012. He pointed to encouraging signs of progress, and outlined for 201 ... Read on

Prayer of the People - Bishop Justin announces inspirational Prayer initiative
Today at St Nicholas’ Church, Durham 9.30am, the new Bishop of Durham launched an initiative inviting people to join him in sharing their hopes and dreams and prayers for the region. People across the diocese will be invited to say what they long for in our commun ... Read on

Bishop Justin Consecrated
The new Bishop of Durham, the Rt Revd Justin Welby, was consecrated bishop on Friday 28 October by Archbishop Sentamu in York Minister On a bright, sunny Autumn day, around 2,000 people shared in the special service, including many clergy and lay people who made the jo ... Read on

'The Return Match' - the 25th Anniversary visit to Lesotho
Eeyore, the Curate and Christ By Emma Johnson Emma Johnson is the Curate of Cockfield with Lynesack and Evenwood and was among the group which accompanied Bishop Mark to Lesotho earlier this month.  The visit was the second phase of the Durham-Lesotho LINK' ... Read on

Called by God - New Readers admitted and licensed
On Saturday 17 September, four new Readers were admitted and licensed during the Annual Readers' Service in Durham Cathedral. Bishop Mark prays for the new Readers (right).  They are (left to right) Anthony Bushell (Wolsingham, Thornley, Satley, Stanley Crook & ... Read on

New Archbishop for Alba Iulia
It's not only the Diocese of Durham that's been excited about the arrival of a new Bishop.  Our Link diocese of Alba Iulia in the Romanian Orthodox Church also now has a new Archbishop.  Unlike the rather protracted process in the C of E, the Romanian Orthodox ... Read on

New Era for Ward Jackson School in Hartlepool
After two years of planning, Ward Jackson School in Hartlepool has just become a Church of England aided primary school.  To celebrate the occasion, Stranton Church and the Burbank Community Church, held a gift day in July to raise money to ... Read on

Putting Ourselves Into the Shoes of Others
On Thursday 28th July, the latest group of Authorised Pastoral Asssistants to complete their training were commissioned by Bishop Mark during a special service in Durham Cathedral. The newly commissioned APAs are pictured (right) with Bishop Mark and Ali ... Read on

The Big Splash - Reimagining Baptism
This year's Clergy Summer Gathering was held between 5th and 7th July at Van Mildert College in Durham.  And, as the title indicates, the theme of the presentations and workshops was exploring new ways of approaching the theology and practice of Baptism. ... Read on

Celebrating 40 years of Ecumenism
In 1971, the church at Woodhouse Close in Bishop Auckland became a Local Ecumenical Project when the Anglicans and Methodists joined to form one congregation.  Since then the local United Reformed Church has also joined them and on Sunday 10th July, they celeb ... Read on

St Margaret's School Celebrate 150 years
During the past few months the staff and pupils of St Margaret's Church of England Primary School in Durham have been exploring their history, creating special artwork, enjoying special outings and generally celebrating the 150 years of their history.  The celebrat ... Read on

Film of new Bishop of Durham designate's appointment
In this film we see Bishop of Durham designate, Justin Welby, at various locations around the Diocese on the day his appointment was announced, Ascension Day, 2nd June 2011. He is also filmed in conversation with Bishop Mark Bryant, Bishop of Jarrow, as they reminisce a ... Read on

Petertide Ordinations
On Tuesday 28th June, the ordinands came together at the Cathedral where, in a simple ceremony, they took the Oath of Allegience to the Queen and the Oath of Canonical Obedience to the Bishop. This was followed by Evensong and then supper in the Undercroft, before they ... Read on

Closure of Prebends' Bridge to all Traffic
  Survey work on this much loved Durham Landmark is complete. The work started in the spring and findings indicate that the Bridge is no longer capable of bearing the weight of traffic. It can continue to be used for pedestrian use and with a protective scaffold i ... Read on

The Very Rev Justin Welby’s diplomatic and business skills will be put to the test as Bishop of Durham, writes Michael Binyon
Writing in The Times (11.6.11) Michael Binyon says: The Very Rev Justin Welby’s diplomatic and business skills will be put to the test as Bishop of Durham. Few bishops have begun their careers running an oil company. Even fewer have had as rapid a rise through ... Read on

Treasure in the Workplace
The Annual Service of the Northumbrian Industrial Mission, which traditionally follows their AGM, was held at Newcastle Cahtedral on Thursday 12 May.  The guest preacher was the Assistant Bishop of Newcastle, Bishop Frank White (pictured below).  The ... Read on

Where angels fear to tread
Damon Bage, vicar of St Michael & All Angels, Norton Stockton on Tees is training hard for the bike ride of his life.  He and a group of friends plan to cycle the Coast to Coast route from Whitehaven to Sunderland on Thursday 28th July, to ra ... Read on

New Bishop-Designate of Durham Announced
The appointment of the new Bishop Designate of Durham The Very Revd Justin Welby was announced on Thursday 2nd June - Ascension Day. Justin Welby, is currently Dean of Liverpool and is very much looking forward to being part of the continuing renewal of ... Read on

A busy day for the new Bishop designate
Durham's new Bishop designate, Justin Welby, arrived at St Chad’s Community Project in Bensham, Gateshead to be greeted by the Project Manager, Christine McDarmont and local community representatives. He was introduced by Bishop Mark who outlined some of Justin&rs ... Read on

Back to Church Sunday Training Event
DIOCESAN PRIORITY: GROWTH Almost sixty people took part in the first of two Diocesan Training Events on Back to Church Sunday and Being a Welcoming Church.  The event took place at Durham High School for Girls on Saturday 14th May and, having b ... Read on

Celebrating 125 years of organ music
A tiny County Durham Church has celebrated raising nearly £40,000 to save its 125-year-old organ. The organ at Whitworth Church near Spennymoor was in need of urgent restoration and faced the prospect of falling silent forever. However, with the generosity of l ... Read on

DHSfG Leavers' Service includes Headteacher
A thanksgiving service was held on Wednesday 11 May in Durham Cathedral for Mrs Ann Templeman, Headmistress of Durham High School for Girls, and the departing Upper Sixth students. Mrs Templeman will be retiring in August 2011 after 13 years of distinguished service ... Read on

A project to help people find health and wellbeing During the past few months the congregation of St Michael and All Angels Witton Gilbert have been exploring ways of adapting their church, both inside and outside, so that it becomes more frequently used and by a wider ... Read on

Bishop Mark's address at Diocesan Synod - 21 May 2011
Some of you of a certain generation will know about Joyce Grenfell; Joyce Grenfell of the ‘George don’t do that dear’ monologues. Joyce Grenfell often used to come and perform at the Deanery in Durham when Dean Allington was Dean, and the story is told ... Read on

Sponsored walk for Cathedral Music Outreach
On Friday 13 May, staff, family and friends of Profound Services Ltd in Peterlee (one of Durham Cathedral’s Corporate Partners) took part in a sponsored walk between St Peter's Church, Monkwearmouth and Durham Cathedral to support the Cathedral's Music Outreach Pr ... Read on

Sermon preached by Bishop Mark at the Chrism Eucharist in Durham Cathedral on Maundy Thursday
It always strikes me as noteworthy, and a little disarming, that those of us who have been ordained renew our ordination vows at this point in Holy Week. Tonight we shall remember Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, and I think there that what we see is a mark of Jesus&r ... Read on

Now is the time to begin planning for your church's involvement in Back to Church Sunday 2011.  The date is Sunday 25th September How to Get Involved 1.      Register online at We’ll e mail you when new ... Read on

£15m donation secures Zurbarán pictures for The North East
Church Commissioners announce vision for future of Auckland Castle Late on Wednsday night (30th March) the Church Commissioners issued a significant statement about the future of Auckland Castle.  It said: It is intended that Auckland Castle shall become a l ... Read on

The clear message that emerged from the various speakers during the morning conference on Metal Theft was: ‘It’s far better to make buildings secure and deter thieves than trying to catch them and prosecute after the damage is done.’ The meeting, or ... Read on

Celebrating the 400th Anniversary of the King James Bible in Durham Diocese Unlike last year, when a total of 506 people took a share in reading the whole Bible in Durham Cathedral over several weeks during Lent, this year the Bible is being taken to where people are. ... Read on

LINK Anniversary Visit
As part of the 25th Anniversary celebrations of the Durham-Lesotho LINK, a group of Basotho people from various parts of Lesotho have arrived in Durham Diocese.  During their stay in the Diocese, our Basotho friends will be visiting each of the Deaneries for an eve ... Read on

Local author writes Archbishop's Lent Book for 2011
Every year the Archbishop of Canterbury selects a book to commend to individuals and groups to study during Lent. The book is known as the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book. The author of this year’s book is Stephen Cherry, a Canon of Durham Cathedra ... Read on

Archbishop of York's Presidential Address at General Synod
THEME:   Re-Connecting and Refreshing the Wellsprings of Solidarity in England "I must proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God to the other cities also; for I was sent for this purpose". So says Our Lord Jesus Christ in Luke, chapter 4, vers ... Read on

Almost half of Durham’s pensioners are putting their lives at risk
According to some research commissioned by the Gas Safety Register in the North East in January 2011 39% of Durham pensioners are risking their lives when it comes to gas safety because they are using old gas appliances that haven’t been serviced.  And w ... Read on

Young Leaders Complete the Course
Durham Diocese's first CPAS Growing Young Leaders Course has now been completed. Andy Hawkins reports on behalf of the Sowing the Seeds Project.   The Course originally came about when we began to explore the title ‘We Believe Children and Young Peop ... Read on

CofE Essential part of UK Wedding Show
Over the weekend of 29-30 January, representatives of the Dioceses of Durham and Newcastle were, once again, involved in the UK Wedding Show at Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena.  Clergy from both dioceses and members of Newcastle Mothers' Union worked on a ro ... Read on

Churches invited to celebrate Music Sunday
The Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) has set 26th June 2011 as the date for the next annual RSCM Music Sunday.  Churches around the world are invited to celebrate the value of music in their services and the work of their musicians - singers, instrumentalists, o ... Read on

New branding for Spennymoor church
It’s a new year and a new look for St Paul’s Church as it unveils a fresh new look for 2011. Visitors to will see that the Church website has been given a major makeover, but the re-launched website is part of a much bigger re- ... Read on

Wearmouth-Jarrow World Heritage status a step closer
The twin sites of Wearmouth-Jarrow monastery, the former home of the Venerable Bede, has been put forward by Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt as the UK’s latest nomination for World Heritage Site status and, next year, could join the list which includes the Giant&rsq ... Read on

Archbishop invites young people to write about Faith in our World
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has launched the 'Faith in the World' writing prize, which invites young people to submit an essay exploring faith in our world. In an article in the Daily Telegraph he says: "If we want to nurture a really articu ... Read on

Double Delight at Durham Cathedral
On Sunday 16th January the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge joined forces with Durham Cathedral Choir to sing the service of Eucharist at Durham Cathedral.  King’s College Choir and Durham Cathedral Choir both have reputations for exc ... Read on

Kathryn Sygrove, Chair of Durham City Fair Trade Partnership, reports on the inaugural countywide Fairtrade meeting in November. The Inaugural Countywide Fairtrade Meeting in County Hall at the start of November, attracted a large invited audience, whose aim is to cr ... Read on

Stepping Out in Faith
Extracts from the report of the Faith in Our Communities (FIC) Initiative in the Durham Diocesan Area Church based projects in the Durham Diocesan area have been tackling community concerns and issues from the bottom up. The aim of the FIC project has been to address ... Read on

Big Read goes national
Following the success of the BIG READ 2010, for Lent 2011 the Big Read has gone national. The programme has been adopted by the Methodist Church and also by Biblefresh, a 'movement of churches, agencies, organisations, colleges and festivals' launched earlier this y ... Read on

Appointment of next Bishop of Durham - update
DIOCESE OF DURHAM – VACANCY IN SEE Crown Nominations Commission Representatives  At the Vacancy in See Committee meeting held on 18 December 2010 the six people named below were elected to serve on the Crown Nominations Commission, to participate in the pro ... Read on

Christ Church, New Seaham celebrate 150th anniversary
On 21st November Christ Church, New Seaham  celebrated the 150th Anniversary of its Consecration which took place on 21st November 1860 by the Bishop of Durham. When Christ Church was conceived and built New Seaham was a very different place. The church came about ... Read on

Exploring New Spiritual Movements
Richard and Margaret Deimel recently returned to the North East after being in ministry in Coventry Diocese since 1988. Richard is now Priest-in-Charge and Margaret Self-supporting Associate Minister of Escomb, Witton Park, Etherley, Witton-le-Wear and Hamsterley. They ... Read on

Durham Chorister wins BBC Chorister of the Year 2010
13 year old Liam Jones from near Chester-le-Street, is making his Royal Albert Hall debut on Saturday 11th December. Following his success as boy winner of BBC Young Chorister of the Year 2010, Liam (a former member of Durham Cathedral Choir) and Ella Taylor from Sheffi ... Read on

The Paintings at Auckland Castle
Given the recent press coverage about the paintings, it may be helpful to try to set out the facts surrounding the story. What are the paintings? The thirteen Zurbarán Paintings hang in the Long Dining Room, each painting standing eight feet tall. They are the ... Read on

The Freemen of Durham City support Durham Cathedral’s Development Plan
The Freemen of Durham City have made a generous donation to the Friends of Durham Cathedral.  The donation is specifically to enable the Friends to fund the installation of a sound system in the Cathedral’s Chapter House. The Chapter House plays an import ... Read on

Faith & Life Away Day
'What is my ideal Sunday service?' This was the first question posed to the 50 or so people from across Durham and Newcastle Dioceses who gathered together for the first Away Day of the 2010/11 Faith & Life course. The purpose of the question was to help peo ... Read on

Ven Bede War Memorial Rededicated
A war memorial which had been part of the Venerable Bede Church in Sunderland was rededicated by the Bishop of Jarrow in a special service on Armistice Day (11th November).  The Duke of Kent was also there to mark the occasion and he laid a wrea ... Read on

A MESSAGE FROM ECCLESIASTICAL INSURANCE With effect from 4 January 2011 the rate of Value Added Tax (VAT) will increase from 17.5% to 20%.  This will impact on the sums insured for Church buildings as repairs are subject to VAT and current sums insured make prov ... Read on

Wartime Shelter Reborn As New Cathedral Chapel
The ancient undercroft of Durham Cathedral’s Deanery, which has previously served as a chapel at least twice since the early years of the 20th Century, was also put to use as a dormitory air-raid shelter for the Cathedral Choristers during World War II. Now, th ... Read on

Following on from the Big Read 2010, the BIG READ 2011 is now being planned. There will be a book on Matthew by Bishop Tom similar to last year’s Lent book. We also expect there to be: Opportunities to bulk-buy the book through local Christian bookshops. ... Read on

In his Presidential Address to the November session of Synod, Bishop Mark focused on Growing the Kingdom and what the Bishop's Council see as priorities for 2011 The main thrust is that Growing the Kingdom in Durham Diocese involves us being a Diocese where: W ... Read on

DFW ADOPTION . . . 19 good news stories!
DFW ADOPTION CELEBRATE CENTENARY IN STYLE On Saturday 23 October, DFW Adoption, Durham Diocese’s own voluntary adoption agency, held an Open Day as part of their Centenary celebrations. Among those who attended were Durham’s Deputy Mayor and Mayoress, Counc ... Read on

Election Results for General Synod Representatives
The results have been published of those elected to represent Durham Diocese at General Synod. The 4 Proctors in Convocation are: Revd David Brooke Revd Graeme Buttery Revd Dr Margaret Gilley Ven Ian Jagger The 4 Members of the House of Laity are: Dr Angus Goudie ... Read on

A Thanksgiving Service for former Bishop of Jarrow, the Rt Revd Alan Smithson, who died in June, was held in Edinburgh Cathedral on Sunday 3rd October.  And there is to be a special Memorial Evensong in Durham Cathedral on Saturday 6th November at 5 ... Read on

Bishop of Jarrow in double visit to Spennymoor Church
To have a Bishop visit your Church is a real honour, but to have him visit twice in a week means something rather special must be happening!  Well things are certainly happening at St Paul’s Church in Spennymoor. At the end of September the Bishop of Jarrow, ... Read on

Dedication of new Transfiguration Window in memory of Michael Ramsey at Cathedral
Hundreds of people attended the dedication of the new Transfiguration window at Durham Cathedral on 25th September. The dedication came as the climax of a day which celebrated the legacy of Bishop Michael Ramsey, formerly Canon Professor at the Cathedral, Bishop of Dur ... Read on

New Readers Licensed
Seven new Readers were licensed by Bishop Mark on Saturday 18th September in Durham Cathedral.  They are pictured here with the Bishop, who is Warden of Readers and others who are involved with Reader ministry - left to right: David Talbot (Sub-Warden for ... Read on

Inspired North East Development Officer
Peter Biggers has been appointed as the new Inspired North East Development Officer and his task is to help our churches in caring for our buildings, engaging with the local community, raising our profile, increasing our footfall and therefore hopefully income, and incr ... Read on

Will Aid
Where there’s a Will Durham is joining with other dioceses of the Church of England and the Church in Wales to support the Will Aid campaign this November.  This new initiative was introduced to Local Giving Officers (LoGOs) at their last seminar on Sat ... Read on

Next year’s 25th anniversary celebrations of the Durham Lesotho LINK will take place in both dioceses during the year. Durham diocese will be hosting a visit by a group of about twenty Basotho at the end of February and beginning of March next year. The intent ... Read on

Bishop's Move
Just a few days before leaving for Scotland Bishop Tom was featured on the BBC Look North programme The piece was filmed at the Bishop Auckland Golf Course  where the Bishop is President on Tuesday 17th August.  As he 'looks north' It wa ... Read on

Moving On - Annual School Leavers' Services
Year 6 pupils at the Church of England Schools in the Diocese celebrate their journey to Secondary School. The annual School Leavers' services organised by the Board of Education took place in Durham Cathedral over 3 days from 6 to 8 July. Pictured right are some ... Read on

Hartlepool Churches Together at Tall Ships
From Friday 7th to Tuesday 10th August, representatives of the various churches in Hartlepool handed out 'goody bags' to visitors to the Tall Ships event.  People were also encouraged to write prayer requests on a specially constructed Prayer Wall - and they did!&n ... Read on

Bishop Tom goes out with Jazz and Jam
On Sunday 25 July, Bishop Tom and Maggie Wright hosted a garden party at Auckland Castle to celebrate the work of international relief and development agency Christian Aid,  This was Bishop Tom's last event as Bishop of Durham before retiring at the end of Aug ... Read on

New Authorised Pastoral Assistants
CALLED TO TRUE HOSPITALITY On Monday evening, 19 July, the latest group of Authorised Pastoral Assistants (APAs) was commissioned in the Cathedral by Bishop Mark. There were three new APAs - Barbara Butcher from All Saints, Stranton in Hartlepool, Pat Davis&nbs ... Read on

Petertide Ordinations
The ordinations at Petertide this year were Bishop Tom's last as Bishop of Durham.  He presided over the ordination of seven new Deacons on Sunday 27th June, while Bishop Mark conducted his first ordinations on the previous evening, ordaining eleven new Priests.&nb ... Read on

Clerical Shirts
Revd Sheilagh Williamson is currently in Uganda and has discovered a source for fairly traded women's clerical shirts. Click here to download an order form. Forms should be returned to her email, instructions on form. An orde ... Read on

Diocese Bids Farewell to Bishop Tom and Maggie
On Tuesday evening, 13th July, people from all over the diocese and beyond packed into Durham Cathedral for a special service of 'celebration and farewell' for Bishop Tom and Maggie Wright. Pictured right - Following the presentation of flowers to Maggie Wright sh ... Read on

Memories of MIchael Ramsey
From Canon Rosalind Brown, Durham Cathedral. A while ago I appealed for people's memories of Michael and Joan Ramsey's years in Durham, with a view to publishing a tribute to them to coincide with the dedication of the new Transfiguration stained glass window in the Ca ... Read on

GUIDANCE NOTE CONCERNING CHANCEL REPAIR LIABILITY AND REGISTRATION Chancel Repair Liability is the legal obligation to meet the cost of repairing the chancel of a parish church. It arises as a consequence of owning property formerly belonging to the rector of a parish ... Read on

Passionate about Mission. Celebrating God in the workplace
The Northumbrian Industrial Mission held their annual service in the Metro Centre's Town Square on Tuesday 11th May.  Where better for an act of worship which was celebrating the work of industrial mission to take place than in the market p ... Read on

Day Out on the Buses
On Wednesday 28th April people from all over the diocese in small groups and individually spent the day travelling about on buses to raise money for the Lesotho LINK.  The aim of the Great North Bus Challenge was to raise as much money as possible but also& ... Read on

Jazz for Water Aid in Gainford
Jazz and Pasta combine to help Water Aid Geoff Taylor reports A full house in Gainford Village Hall enjoyed an evening of Trad Jazz on Saturday 17th of April, as well as a splendid Italian supper, and succeeded in raising £561 for the international charity Water ... Read on

Holy Week in Stockton
The excitement and anticipation of the first Palm Sunday was experienced in Stockton Parish Church on Palm Sunday when family members arrived to Sunday morning worship and discovered not one but two special visitors – Jenny the Donkey, and Bishop Tom (in that orde ... Read on

Blessing of Oils
On Maundy Thursday in Durham Cathedral, the Bishop of Durham blesses the Oils that will be used in various ministries in Durham Diocese during the next twelve months. This service takes place at the same time every year.  The oils that are blessed are the Oil for ... Read on

LoGOs make history
'God loves a cheerful giver' On Wednesday 24th March, Durham Cathedral was the scene of an historic event in the life of Durham Diocese as the first Local Giving Officers were commissioned by Bishop Mark. Local Giving Officers, or 'LoGOs' as they will be&nbs ... Read on

Darlington Clergy Visit Catterick Garrison
Darlington Clergy accepted an invitation to explore largely unknown territory when they visited Catterick Garrison for a Chapter meeting. With the reorganisation that the British Army has undergone and in response to the needs of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanista ... Read on

Holy Island to Durham
On St Cuthbert's Day, Saturday 20th March, people from all over the Diocese and beyond converged on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne.  The day was organised as part of the Cathedral's St Cuthbert's Day celebrations and took the form of a pilgrimage from Holy Island ... Read on

Unleash your talents for Christian Aid Week
HOW CAN YOU UNLEASH YOUR TALENTS FOR CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 2010? This May, around 300,000 people from more than 22,000 churches will hit the streets of Britain and Ireland, working together to help end poverty. The millions they raise during Christian Aid Week (9 - 15 Ma ... Read on

Creatively Marking the Spot
The current group of 30 Living Theology Today students met for a reflective weekend in the spacious surroundings of Ushaw College, 26-28 February. Set in open countryside this Catholic seminary, also now a conference centre, celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2008. In ... Read on

Ordinands 'do time' in Prison
Four ordinands from Cranmer Hall, St John's College, Durham spent time in HM Prison, Durham from 5th to 7th March.  However, they were not there as a punishment.  Together with two people from the Wesley Studies Centre, training for the Methodis ... Read on

Landscape and the Kingdom of God
January's issue of Theology magazine contained an article by the Revd Dr Ian Stockton titled 'Landscape and the Kingdom of God'. In the article, Ian sees a connection, not only with the 'two monastery site' (as Bede called the twin monasteries of Jarrow and Wearmouth) ... Read on

The third and final part of Bishop Tom's talks - Easter and Beyond- is now available to listen to online or download to an iPod or CD - click here The second of Bishop Tom's talks - The Passion in Luke - is now available to listen to online or download to&nbs ... Read on

On Saturday 20th February, the public reading of the whole Bible in Durham Cathedral came to an end.  The last people to read came from Stanhope Deanery (pictured right with Bishop Mark).   Speaking of the experience, the Revd S ... Read on

Big Read Cathedral Launch
It's official!  The Big Read has been launched!   Although it has actually been under way for some weeks now with Bishop Tom's first set of talks, the official launch took place in Durham Cathedral on Saturday 13th February.  It was fitting that t ... Read on

South Shields Ecumenical Seafarers' Ministry Rededicated
On Sunday, 6th December, The Mission to Seafarers in South Shields welcomed Bishop Mark as he commissioned a new ecumenical chaplaincy team to serve seafarers visiting the Port of Tyne. The team will be based at the Seafarers’ Centre in Mill Dam. The Bishop is ... Read on

Alba Iulia Link Experience
Two Durham priests will soon be beginning a programme of shared experience and visiting with two Romanian Orthodox priests from the diocese of Alba Iulia. This is through the Durham-Alba Iulia Link, and builds on a three-year pilot programme which involved three pairs o ... Read on

Stockton Town Pastors Launch
A lone female outside a nightclub in the early hours of a Saturday morning, apparently drunk and distressed, is invited by a team of uniformed Town Pastors back to a nearby church hall for a coffee. Thus begins the prospect of engaging with and helping a member of the ... Read on

Big Read talks - first recording now on line
The Big Read is under way and Bishop Tom has now completed the first series of talks - An Introduction to Luke These are now available on line click here to listen to the podcast. Right click to save it to your computer for downloading to your iPod or burnin ... Read on

Grow your own organist
The Diocesan Liturgical Committee’s Organist Training Scheme is designed to encourage and assist those already playing an active part in worship, but could also benefit a reasonably competent pianist (of whatever age) who might like to learn to accompany services ... Read on

Working together for the care of creation
The Church of England recently produced a Seven Year Plan in response to the threat of climate change. The plan can be found by following the links at One objective is that all church buildings should have carbon footpr ... Read on

Humanitarian Aid - St Wilfrid's Church Craft Group
St Wilfrid's Church, Doxford, Sunderland, has a Thursday night Coffee and Crafts group which has been working hard producing a variety of goods to be sent to various places around the world. In October 2009, Val Willis from St Matthew’s Church collected the most ... Read on

Partnership Grows at St Paul's Newtown
In October last year St. Paul’s Newtown: A Church of England and Methodist Church Partnership was launched in Stockton. It is the new name that heralds the coming together in Covenanted Partnership of St. Paul’s Anglican Church and Newtown Methodist Chu ... Read on

Bishop Tom spends weekend in Hartlepool Deanery
Over the weekend of 23-25 January, Bishop Tom was in Hartlepool Deanery attending and participating in a variety of events.  These included a men's prayer breakfast, organised by the town's Churches Together, a visit to the Mission to Seafarers' Centre at Teesport ... Read on

Thank you for praying for us!
CHEERS! Looking forward to the wedding at the Church of England stand during the UK Wedding Show at Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena (right).  A young bride-to-be with her mother and a couple of bridesmaids with Revd Paul Neville, Rector of Middleton St George wi ... Read on

Do Something Amazing Every Day
Could you do something amazing every day? Neil Morris writes about his work recruiting foster carers for children and young people. As a Social Worker I initially spent three years working within a Child Protection team. Most people, when they hear that, reply wit ... Read on

No Room in Darlington
Darlington Town Centre Churches decided to produce a life-size Nativity scene for display in one of the shop windows. The first offer failed to realize the size and numbers of the members of the cast, so a new venue had to be found. They were temporarily o ... Read on

CHRISTIAN AID LAUNCH EMERGENCY £1M HAITI EARTHQUAKE APPEAL Christian Aid has launched a £1m emergency appeal for victims of the Haiti earthquake. Thousands of people are already feared dead and many more are believed to be critically injured. Countless are ... Read on

Lent for Everyone in Braille and Giant Print
The ‘Big Read’ book ‘Lent for Everyone’ is being made available in Braille and Giant Print which will enable many people who cannot access normal print to take part in the ‘Big Read.’ These books are priced at the same price as a pri ... Read on

Local Giving Officers (LoGOs)
Local Giving Officers (LoGOs) This new diocesan-wide initiative has the potential to transform how we see giving in both a local and wider context.  The Diocese is hoping to recruit a minimum of 100 LoGOs leading up to the official launch service in Durham ... Read on

Talk about a Skiing trip to Greenland
Greenland Ski Touring Expedition Peter Talbot talks with slides and a short DVD about a 3 week expedition in 2008, including 1st ascents, 100km of manhauling, camping and ski-planes. The talk can be from 20 minutes to 1 hour to suit, and can be to groups of any size. ... Read on

Bishop of Jarrow - Christmas day sermon
SERMON PREACHED IN DURHAM CATHEDRAL CHRISTMAS MORNING 2009 It’s got a cute nose and big round eyes; It’s created excitement you can’t disguise; It’s a wonderful baby from a perfect pair, And that’s reason enough for a great fanfare. ... Read on

Durham and Newcastle star in online Advent Calendar
Durham and Newcastle Dioceses star in the Church of England's Advent Online Calendar "Why are we waiting". This year the calendar has an environmental theme running through each of the days video clip, action suggested, verse from the Bible and prayer. Watch i ... Read on

Church School's Fundraising Support for DFW Adoption
The photograph shows DFW Adoption Director, Margaret Bell being presented with a cheque by Kerry Coe, Assistant Head Teacher (centre) and pupils of St Mark's Elm Tree CofE Primary School in Stockton on Tees. The school chose DFW as their charity for the year and hav ... Read on

Sacriston Says Our Christmas Tree is 'Summit' Special
OUR TREE IS SUMMIT SPECIAL Sacriston Sings to Copenhagen Summit At 3.45pm on Friday 11th December the people of Sacriston, in County Durham, gathered around their little tree and sang a song specially composed for the occasion by their vicar, Canon Caroline Dick.&nb ... Read on

It is estimated that more than 50,000 people took to the streets of London on 5 December to protest about climate change. In doing so, they sent the strongest possible message to political leaders ahead of the historic climate change talks that began in Copenhagen o ... Read on

Normal Administration of Communion to Resume
In a message from the Archbishops received today, 27th November 2009, they have said that the normal administration of Holy Communion ought to resume.  In July,during the first wave of the Swine Flu pandemic we issued national advice with regard to the administrat ... Read on

'Can these dry bones live?' - The November session of Diocesan Synod
BISHOP MARK in his address to Synod on Saturday 7th November began by saying that at times, our churches must feel desparately in need of a miracle, rather like the steward at Cana of Galilee (John2: 1-11).  He then went on to suggest that 'it is when all ... Read on

Weaving Communities - Faith In Our Community event
Bernadette Askins reports Faith In Our Community organised a learning event 'Weaving Communities' at Grindon United Reformed Church Communty Project in October. Canon Stephen Cherry, Diocesan Director of Ministry, introduced ideas around social capital ... Read on

Celebrate Christingle and Support Children's Projects
CELEBRATE CHRISTINGLE TO HELP BILLINGHAM CHILDREN Go along to your local Christingle service this year and you can help The Children’s Society fund vital projects for children and young people, including The Children’s Resources Project North East in Billi ... Read on

INFORM to Transform - Resources Fair
The Inform Resources Fair on Saturday 17th October was organised by the Board of Education and provided a wealth of workshops and resources for those working with children and young people. This year it was held at Durham High School for Girls. The day began with& ... Read on

New Bookshop at Shepherds Dene
The Bishop of Jarrow will open a revamped bookshop at Shepherds Dene on 8th December. The original bookshop was always popular browsing for Shepherds Dene's guests but was forced to close when the Newcastle branch of SPCK shut down.  Housed in the entrance area a ... Read on

THE BIG READ The Gospel book for the Revised Common Lectionary Year C which begins on Advent Sunday is Luke. And next year, the BIG READ is focusing on Luke's Gospel in a variety of ways. There are three ways into the Big Read: (a)  individual reading of th ... Read on

DFW Adoption turn things around
To turn a deficit of over £90,000 to a surplus of £100,000 within 12 months is a fantastic achievement. And, as Trustee Keith Johnson (pictured right), who presented the finance report, said, this is above all down to the co-operation of DFW's 'wonderful sta ... Read on

Durham Cathedral Community Visit Lübeck
David Hunt reports As part of the Diocesan link with Germany’s North Elbian Church, in August eleven lay members of our Cathedral community paid a return visit to Lübeck, at the invitation of the Domwache, the body of volunteers whose formal task is to &lsqu ... Read on

New Readers Admitted and Licensed
'God’s call is personal; he is gentle in his calling, and he waits for us to respond . . . He takes us as we are, he starts from where we are and provides for what we need. It’s not like asking someone in the street for directions and getting the answer &ldq ... Read on

Ian Cundy Thanksgiving
On Sunday 27th September, Cathedral Evensong was a service of Thanksgiving for the Life of the Rt Revd Ian Cundy, Bishop of Peterborough and former Warden of Cranmer Hall in Durham who died in May.  Many of Ian's friends from his time in Durham joined his wife Jo a ... Read on

Swine Flu Latest from Bishop Mark
Attached is the latest letter from the Archbishops about Swine Flu.  To read it click here You will note: The commitment to review in October; That this is not primarily about protecting ourselves, but avoiding transmission to others; It is probably ... Read on

Durham Cathedral hosts the Thanksgiving Service for Sir Bobby Robson
Durham Cathedral has never seen so many top footballers and managers together at the same time.  Sir Alex Ferguson, Gary Lineker, Fabio Capello, Alan Shearer, Paul Gascoyne and many, many others who, together with his family came to remember and give thanks for th ... Read on

Installation of Mark Mcintosh
On Wednesday 9th September the Cathedral welcomed Mark Mcintosh as he was installed as Canon Professor during Evensong. Mark has moved from America to join the Cathedral community, the Diocese and Durham University, and to be the Van Mildert Professor of Theology. ... Read on

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu spent two busy days (27-28 July) visiting various projects around Durham Diocese.  These included meeting some of the staff at the Diocesan Office, visits to two local councils - Gateshead and Hartlepool, and celebrat ... Read on

Swine Flu Guidelines
Swine Flu - latest national guidance from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York On the advice of the Department of Health the Archbishops have written to all diocesan bishops with the following: 'The Department of Health have recently advised us that 'in a pandemic i ... Read on

Time Matters for Clergy
The theme for the annual summer gathering for clergy this year focused on the subject of time  TIME MATTERS - a very relevant and fascinating subject.  And the organisers managed to put together an excellent programme with some very in ... Read on

Bishop's Ceritificates for 2009 Awarded
On Tuesday evening, 16th June, those who have been working towards the Bishop's certificate in Youth Work and Children's Work gathered in the Chapel at Auckland Castle for the award ceremony.  After presenting each of them with their certificate, Bishop Tom Wrigh ... Read on

Thin Spots for God's Light - new Priests and Deacons ordained
Over the weekend of 27 and 28 June, 11 new Priests and 12 new Deacons were ordained to parishes in Durham Diocese by the Bishop of Durham in Durham Cathedral.   The photograph (above) is the new priests being presented to the Bishop and making their declaration ... Read on

St Columba's Centre Dedicated
On Sunday 14th June, Bishop Tom joined the congregation of St Columba’s and their invited guests from the mother church, St Aidan’s, and Hartlepool Deanery for the special dedication service. Fr Jonathan Rhodes, the Priest in Charge, welcomed everyone to thi ... Read on

Zurburan Costume Exhibition
The Long Dining Room in Auckland Castle has an additional attraction at the moment with an exhibition of the costumes worn by the patriarchs, Jacob and his sons, in Francisco de Zurburán’s famous series of paintings. The costumes were designed and made b ... Read on

Shepherds Dene rededication
Shepherds Dene entered a new phase of its life on 17 June with a service of rededication in the chapel and a supper to celebrate its reopening after the recent refurbishments. Welcoming friends and guests to the ceremony was the chair of the Shepherds Dene ... Read on

Stranton Sponsored Abseil
In 2007 the youth group at All Saints, Stranton in Hartlepool, organised a trip to Moldova with the help of a charity called Urban Saints. The purpose of the visit was to help serve a small community there by running children's clubs and renovating a house. Since t ... Read on

Lines of Continuity
An astonishing task in an astonishing place. Sunderland calligrapher Susan Moor is seen working on a full size copy of an opening from the Codex Amiatinus in St Peter’s, Monkwearmouth where it was created at the turn of the 8th century. Susan is at work in fro ... Read on

CSI for the day
On Thursday 7th May police chaplains in the Diocese, with chaplains form other forces in the region, became Crime Scene Investigators for a day. They put their investigative skills to the test, in an exercise in a blood analysis room at the forensic training centre a ... Read on

Walking Bede's Way for Christian Aid
On Saturday 6th June, around 150 people joined Bishop Tom for the 12 mile scenic walk between St. Peter’s Church at Monkwearmouth, Sunderland and St. Paul’s Church, Jarrow. This is the 'Bede’s Way Walk' and the purpose was to raise money for Christ ... Read on

Challenging Day on the Buses
THE GREAT NORTH BUS CHALLENGE - Wednesday 6th May For some of the participants the Great North Bus Challenge was more aptly named than the organisers realised! Many of those who participated commented on how much they had enjoyed the whole experience, of taking part in ... Read on

To Russia With Love
After a few false starts the parishioners of St John the Divine at Stillington had almost given up hope of finding a home for their elderly piano. By chance the Reader at St John's, Pam Russell, had a friend connected with the Chernobyl Children’s Project (UK). A ... Read on

Parachuting for Pat
Pat Hardy was described as 'an inspirational woman who touched the lives of many people, not least in her roles as Head Teacher and Ordained Local Minister in the church'. And in, what Revd John Barron, Curate of St Mary’s Church, Whickham, says was 'a moment of m ... Read on

16th Century Chalice Saved for Cathedral
Quick action by Cathedral's Friends secures unique 16th century artefact The Matthew Chalice and Paten On Friday 8th May, the Curator of the Bowes Museum alerted the Librarian of Durham Cathedral to the fact that a pewter chalice that had belonged to a Bishop of Durha ... Read on

First for Hartlepool Deanery
In a first for Hartlepool deanery, St Hild’s Church of England school hosted the annual confirmation service on Sunday 10th May. Nineteen candidates were confirmed by Bishop Tom and these included members of staff: English teacher, John Wild and the school’s ... Read on

Trauma Teddies
Did you know that the fifth object of Mothers' Union is to help those whose family life has met with adversity? MU members around the world take this very seriously and spend a great deal of time, effort and money to help those in need. One of the particular pr ... Read on

St Andrew's Church reordered at last
St Andrew's Church, Haughton le Skerne has also been undergoing some reordering. The new dias and furniture were dedicated at a special service in January, followed by a champagne reception. With such an ancient and historic building, dating back to the 12th century, ... Read on

Sowing the Seeds
Sheila Bamber reports on various aspects of the Sowing the Seeds project. We have had a very positive response from across the diocese as we continue to explore what outreach and contact with young people may look like in your setting. Not only have we been involved in ... Read on