Lockdown Ordinations Are A 2020 Success

The weekend of the 25th - 27th September will forever go down in history for the Oridantions of Priests and Deacons in the Church of England with a variety of Lockdown restrictions to the gathering, liturgy and process. But in the Diocese of Durham, the Lockdown Ordinations were a massive...

Ordinations To Be Live Streamed

This weekend the ordinations will be live-streamed. The Deacon ordination services will be live-streamed on the Diocesan Facebook Page and YouTube. 2020 - Deacons - Order of Service is here so you can follow along. DIOCESAN STREAMS Priests Saturday 26th 11 am Barnard Castle St Mary's Youtube  | Facebook Deacons Sunday 27th 10 am Youtube ...

Inspiring Stories Of Ministry Lie Behind Ordination Ceremonies in 2020

Twenty-Two people from diverse walks of life and all ages from twenty-four to seventy will be ordained as Priests and Deacons in the Diocese of Durham at ceremonies to be staged across the Diocese of Durham this coming weekend September 25th - 27th. Breaking with the tradition, this year, the...

Lay Ministry Celebrated After Lockdown

Readers and Lay Ministry Assistants were celebrated in Durham Cathedral and online on Saturday 19th September. In two radically different services designed to ensure that social distancing was maintained and following the heightened resurgence of COVID-19 in the NE, Bishop Sarah celebrated the work of Lay Ministers in the Diocese. Four...

Community of St Cuthbert Gets New Prior

The community of St Cuthbert in Durham City has appointed a new Prior to lead the newly formed Christian community. The Revd Dr Richard Briggs who is Director of Biblical Studies and lecturers on the Old Testament at Cranmer Hall (part of St John’s College, Durham University) will take up...

Bishop Paul Gives Presidential Address

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcnqPf_BT4E Bishop Paul gave his first virtual presidential address to Diocesan Synod this week when it met on Zoom for the first time. In his address, Bishop Paul talks of the challenges that lie ahead, the learning from the lockdown period and the new opportunities that the emerging post-COVID-19 world offers. Full transcript...

Vicar’s Chopstick Communion is the House Special

For one Church of England Diocese of Durham Vicar, applying her Chinese cultural heritage to the task of keeping parishioners safe during COVID is proving to be something of a house speciality. Reopening churches for public worship within Covid-19 safety protocols has challenged clergy to adopt innovative ways to deliver...

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...

Sunderland Vicar Becomes Archdeacon of Durham and Director of Mission, Discipleship...

A Sunderland based vicar has just been appointed as the next Archdeacon of Durham and Director of Mission, Discipleship and Ministry in the Diocese of Durham. The Rt Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham is delighted to announce that Revd Canon Libby Wilkinson has been appointed as the next Archdeacon...

Archbishop of Canterbury launches free dial-in worship phone line during coronavirus...

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has launched a free national phone line as a simple new way to bring worship and prayer into people’s homes while church buildings are closed because of the coronavirus. Daily Hope, which is available from today, offers music, prayers and reflections as well as...