COVID-19 Update 20 – Bishops’ Pastoral Letter

Dear Sisters & Brothers,  ‘I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel’ (Phil 1.3-5) We have been so thankful, during this Eastertide, for the many life-giving stories we...

Church of England launches campaign to help families pray together

Church of England launches campaign to help families pray together https://www.churchofengland.org/   The Church of England has today launched a new programme to make prayer a household habit once again. Bishop Paul is part of the team helping launch the initiative today in his role as lead bishop on education. #FaithAtHome which...

Shildon Church Foodbank serves record numbers

A food bank founded by a church in the Diocese of Durham has seen demand surge by 500 per cent during the lockdown as elderly and vulnerable people unable to get to shops because of shielding and self-isolating receive help. The number of people receiving support from Shildon Alive food...

COVID-19 Update 18 – Safeguarding

Domestic abuse may affect anyone at any time, but the isolation resulting from COVID-19 is particularly affecting victims/survivors of domestic abuse. The National Domestic Abuse helpline has seen a 25% increase in calls and online requests for help since the lockdown, according to the charity Refuge. Victims/survivors of domestic...

Bishop Issues Messages of Support and Prayer for Our NHS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDA02tYt7Uo As our nation prepares to come to together once again tonight to as part of the 'Clap For Our Carers' campaign, The Rt Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham has added his own thanks by issuing his own messages of support and prayer for our NHS, all those caring...

Church School Rises to the COVID-19 Challenge to our NHS

One innovative teacher from Ian Ramsey Church of England Academy in Stockton-upon-Tees has risen to the COVID-19 challenge, matching their teaching speciality to that of the front line needs of our NHS by designing and building more than 120 ‘full-face-shields’ using materials and equipment readily available within the school. Mrs...

A Prayer for our Prime Minister

Bishop Paul offers a prayer for our Prime Minister

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...

Bishop Paul’s message for Passion Sunday

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxIp8FDSRJg Today is Passion Sunday, the gateway to Passiontide where our focus turns towards the suffering of our Lord Jesus as we journey with him towards Holy Week and the cross and, in time, to the Resurrection.  In all honesty, something of the rhythm of Lent has been lost for...

Stories of Hope 1

Stories of Hope No 1 The first in a new series of good news stories show-casing what parishes are doing to combat the COVID-19 situation and keep their ministry moving forward. If you have a story you would like shared - please get in touch with Keith Blundy keith.blundy@durham.anglican.org Parishes across the...