REOPENING OF CHURCH BUILDINGS FOR PUBLIC WORSHIP

Responding to the Government announcement that church buildings will be able to reopen for public worship from 4th July, providing physical distancing remains in place, The Rt Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham said:  “I welcome the announcement that permission for public worship in our church buildings has been agreed...

Announcement: Passing of Revd Margaret Parker

It is with deep sadness that Bishop Paul wishes to inform you that the Revd Margaret Parker (93) died on Saturday 6th June 2020. Margaret was a well-loved member of the life of the Church in the Northeast having been one of the first group of female priest to be ordained...

Spring Harvest Goes Digital

Like many events and activities, Spring Harvest is having to do things differently this year. It is putting together ‘Spring Harvest Home’ which will be free and accessible through their YouTube channel in the week after Easter (13th-17th April) and will include teaching, live worship, all-age activities and fun for all...

COVID-19 Update 16 – HOLY WEEK & EASTER

Dear Sisters & Brothers, As we prepare to journey with Jesus and each other through the eventful days of Holy Week and Easter we want to begin with thanksgiving. Thank you once again for all you are doing to serve God’s people the impact of which is clearly being experienced...

COVID-19 Update 12

COVID-19 UPDATE No. 12 ARCHBISHOPS LETTER 24th MARCH 2020   Dear Sisters & Brothers, Please read carefully the attached letter from the Archbishops. In the light of last night’s announcement by the Prime Minister, we are clear that church buildings must now all be closed. Please do not ask for or look for exceptions...

COVID-19 Update 11

Dear Sisters & Brothers, We share with you the statement agreed by the Archbishop of Canterbury and all Diocesan Bishops. THE STATEMENT In the light of the Government’s measures announced by the Prime Minister this evening, we urge everyone to follow the instructions given. We will give a fuller statement of advice...

Bishops Pilgrimage Walks Postponed

Four inaugural Pilgrimage Routes walks by the Bishop of Durham have had to be cancelled due to the current Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic.  Today, St Cuthbert’s Day, March 20th should have been the day that Visit County Durham were to launch the six new Northern Saints Trails and the Diocese of...

COVID-19 Update 8

Dear Sisters & Brothers, Please read carefully the letter from the Archbishops & Prayer in Church Guidance and follow appropriately. +Paul and +Sarah Our contact numbers +Paul 07939213795 +Sarah 07785549800 Archdeacon Bob 07384510731 Archdeacon Rick 07384511671 Keith 07900 583131 Links Archbishops' Letter: https://drive.google.com/open?id=16VFQu_nynuLPWb1QKDOd-RZmoESCr37g Prayer in Church Guidance: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1j8gIMcY1TnF_8XrddLczvMvBVnfl3CqS CofE Website COVID-19 Page: http://bit.ly/cofecovid19 Diocesan Website COVID-19 Page: https://durhamdiocese.org/covid-19/  

COVID-19 Update 5

Dear Sisters & Brothers, The Archbishops’ Pastoral Letter yesterday contained advice that we know many will struggle to take in. However, the suspension of all public worship for the next three months is the clear advice from the medical experts advising Government so has to be followed for the sake...

COVID-19 Update 3

Dear Sisters & Brothers, Please read carefully the letter from the Archbishops and follow appropriately. We will write again tomorrow with further local reflections. Take this opportunity to reimagine being the Church of England in a whole new way - a great opportunity in very tough times In Christ +Paul The Archbishops' letter is...