Bishop of Jarrow to Chair National Young Vocations Scheme

The Bishop of Jarrow is to take on the role of chairing the Church of England's 'Ministry Experience Scheme' (MES). In the Dioceses of Durham, the scheme is helping young people from all walks of life across the North East find their way to ordained and lay ministry by...

Bishop Paul’s – First Sunday back in Durham Cathedral

Bishop Paul was at Durham Cathedral today (Sunday 19th July 2020) for the first Sunday in the Cathedral following the releasing of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions. He presided at the earlier service and preached at the 11.30 am service. A full transcript of his sermon follows. POST CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN First Sunday back in Durham...

Churches Across Durham Diocese Get Going Again

Churches across the Diocese of Durham have started to open their doors for Public Worship and for Private Prayer following the changes in lockdown on the 4th July. On the first Sunday (July 5th), after the restrictions were loosened, several churches in the diocese reported bigger congregations than had been...

Durham Prison Chaplain to Feature in first CofE National Prison Service

The Revd Sarah Parkinson, The Anglican Chaplain at HM Prison Low Newton in Durham will feature in the first service to be recorded in prison and broadcast this weekend by the Church of England.  Recorded at three sites – Stocken prison in Rutland, Low Newton in Durham and Pentonville in...

COVID COMMISSIONINGS 2020

Twelve people from varying walks have life were commissioned as lay workers ahead of their being ordained as Deacons in September. The special commissioning service, the first of its kind in the diocese to be held on Zoom, was lead by Bishop Paul to allow the twelve to start their...

COVID-19 Update 25 – Bishops Pastoral Letter Recommencement of Public Services...

Dear Sisters and Brothers, The announcement from the Prime Minister today of the permission to recommence public services of worship in our church buildings, from July 4th, is deeply welcome. It brings some joy after times of weeping. It is a positive sign of returning life to our communities.  It...

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...

Bishop Paul’s Thoughts On Racism

Bishop Paul has written publicly of his response to Racism in The Northern Echo & The Church Times. In both pieces, he says that his life has been very privileged adding: "I did not think this in my early years. I did not realise for quite some while. Now that I...

GOD’S PEOPLE ON THE MOVE TOGETHER

GOD’S PEOPLE ON THE MOVE TOGETHER A brief theological reflection on the Coronavirus Crisis Dear Sisters & Brothers, Over the past 18 months facilitated by the Waymark process, we have found ourselves drawn together to see ourselves much more clearly as God’s people, travelling together alongside one another as God’s pilgrim people....

Bishop Paul speaks in HoL COVID related debate

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6NtvSaVruc Bishop Paul speaks on the Debate on the case for increasing income equality and sustainability in the light of the recent health emergency. House of Lords via https://parliament.tv DRAFT SPEECH TEXT My Lords, I congratulate it is a privilege to the right reverend Bishop of Derby on her moving maiden speech....