Church of England’s Anti-racism Taskforce launches

A Taskforce set up to make bold changes to ensure greater racial equality in the Church of England has got underway, with the Archbishops of Canterbury and York joining its meeting today. The Anti-Racism Taskforce will carry out preparatory work ahead of the launch of the Archbishops’ Commission to address...

Announcement – Realignment of Archdeaconries in Durham

Following a period of consultation, the Bishop of Durham has signed a Bishop’s Pastoral Order (copy attached) which re-aligns the archdeaconries in Durham diocese as per the Order’s terms. The Order became effective 1 October 2020.

General Synod By-election – Durham – One Proctor in Convocation

We are pleased to announce that The Ven Robert (Bob) Cooper, has been elected to serve as a clergy representative (formally known as a “proctor in convocation”) for the Diocese of Durham on the General Synod. We look forward to Bob joining our other General Synod members to represent...

Safe Spaces Launched

A new service providing vital support for survivors of abuse has become operational today Tuesday 29th September 2020. https://www.safespacesenglandandwales.org.uk/ Safe Spaces: an independent service supporting survivors of church-related abuse  offers support to survivors of church-related abuse whether or not a report has been made. This independent service is run by the charity...

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...