New member of the team is passionate about church buildings

The Diocese of Durham has appointed a new officer to look after its places of worship and ministry. Daniel Spraggon (38) has recently taken over from Bill Heslop (63) who has retired from the role of Care of Churches Secretary after 18 years in the role and 38 years...

Durham Children Feature In Presentation To The Queen

The work of the Diocese of Durham’s Children’s Council was presented to The Queen at a celebration service to mark the 150th Anniversary of Scripture Union on Wednesday 6th at St Mary's Islington. Children’s Ministry Adviser for the Diocese, Sharon Pritchard, was invited to attend the service and to meet...

Archdeacon Takes On New City Role

The Venerable Stuart Bain is stepping down from his role as Archdeacon of Sunderland to become Provost of Sunderland Minster where he will focus on growing its presence in the heart of the City of Sunderland. After nearly 16 years as an Archdeacon, and more than 37 years of ordained...

Washington Clergyman Becomes Queen’s Chaplain

The Revd Canon David Glover has been honoured by being appointed as a Chaplain to the Queen (QHC). Revd Glover who is Rector of Holy Trinity Washington in the Diocese of Durham said he was shocked but honoured to learn that he had been appointed. He added: “It came as a...

Networking Matters

One the joys of the Diocese of Durham is the richness of its diversity. Some churches find great value in connecting with a particular network, enabling them to be part of something beyond themselves and to receive fresh insight from outside their immediate situation. The mission and ministry support team...

Shildon Youth Are Burning Bright This Autumn

A good idea, an entrepreneurial vicar, funding from within the community and a lot of inspirational testimonies from the youth of Shildon has resulted in a publication of ‘Burning Bright’ a book that celebrates in their words, their role models. Young people of Shildon were invited to write, in not...

Stanley Family Confirm Four into One is Possible

Four generations of the same family have confirmed their faith in a service conducted by The Rt Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham at St Andrew’s Church Stanley this week. Four generations of one Family have been newly confirmed into the Church of England. Great Gran - Iris, Nan...

Vicar plans Beer & Hymns session at her own local

The Revd Chantal Noppen had a good idea of combining her love of real ale and her day job as team vicar of the parish of North Wearside in Sunderland by holding a Beer & Hymns evening on on Saturday 21st October at her local - St Cuthbert’s Church, Red...

Sherburn lad licensed at Durham Cathedral

Readers, parish clergy and their congregations gathered at Durham Cathedral on Saturday 23rd September for the annual Reader Licensing and celebration service.  The occasion was also marked by the licensing of Stephen Martin as a Reader in the Diocese of Durham the latest to take on this important work of lay...

Bus Trip Licensing

It's not every day that a new incumbent is licensed let alone in three locations in the space of one afternoon, moving between sites courtesy of a minibus! That was the case for the Revd Barbara Hilton when she was licensed as Priest in Charge of Croxdale St Bartholomew, Tudhoe...