Bringing community together in Murton with launch of new social enterprise

The village of Murton in County Durham has been graced with a new social hub, named Heart on the Terrace, aimed at welcoming and supporting all in the community. The hub, which officially opened on 9 October 2021, is hosting a number of supportive gatherings, ranging from ‘Stay and Play’...

Sunderland Minister officially titled an ‘Inclusive Church’

By Revd Chantal Noppen, Women’s Advocate for Diocese of Durham. This week I was privileged to attend a service to mark Sunderland Minster joining the Inclusive Church network. For those of you who don't know, Inclusive Church is a network of churches, groups and individuals uniting together around a shared...

Durham Diocese launches Church Planting Strategy to plant 100 new Christian...

The Bishop of Durham, the Right Reverend Paul Butler has today announced a new strategy to rejuvenate Christian communities across the Diocese of Durham. The aim, alongside a nationwide drive to engage more people with the Church of England and create a church that is younger and more diverse, will...

Introducing our new Lay Ministers and Chaplains!

Saturday 11th September will see the return of the annual Lay Ministry Service of Celebration in Durham Cathedral. In this service, which will be taken by the Bishop of Durham, the Right Reverend Paul Butler, we celebrate new members of our community who will take extra responsibility in ensuring...

New Lay Canon to join Durham Cathedral’s governing body

We're pleased to announce the appointment of Jonathan Ward as the cathedral's newest member of Chapter, the cathedral's governing body. Jonathan will also become an honorary Lay Canon working alongside existing Chapter members, including the Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett, Dean of Durham, towards the mission of ensuring the cathedral’s financial...

Inspiring Stories Of Ministry Lie Behind Ordination Ceremonies in 2021

Twenty-Eight people from diverse walks of life and all ages from twenty-four to seventy-one will be ordained as Priests and Deacons in the Diocese of Durham at ceremonies to be staged at Durham Cathedral this coming weekend July 3rd and 4th 2021. Ordinations for Priests are being held on Saturday...

Bishops Complete Final Inaugural Pilgrimage

The Rt Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham & The Rt Revd Sarah Clark, Bishop of Jarrow & David Pott, Northern Saints Trail Coordinator were amongst a group of Pilgrims completing the Way of Learning inaugural pilgrimage this weekend with a short service outside Durham Cathedral. Bishop Paul along with...

The 1st Anniversary of George Floyd’s Death

from UKME Advisor Rev’d Eileen Harrop Friends, we thank God for the life of our brother George Floyd whose death heightened our awareness of the grave injustice of racism, which is grievous to God. Drawing on initiatives from several organisations, we are invited to join in remembrance and prayer on...

Bishop Paul’s Presidential Address to Synod May 2021

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpoqJwSt5mI PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS 15th May 2021  Durham Diocesan Synod – online   INTRODUCTION   We were a small group but quite diverse. We stepped out together, in groups of 6, from St Hild’s Hartlepool on The Way of Love. Some walked for a short while; a core of us walked the whole route. Along the...

Sermon for the installation of Canons 2021

INSTALLATION OF CANONS Durham Cathedral 25th April 2021 Exodus 16.4-15 & Revelation 2.12-17 Libby Wilkinson, Arun Arora, Remi Omole, Anna Brooker   INTRODUCTION ‘It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat.’ It is a real joy to have installed Libby, Arun, Remi and Anna today. It is in God’s overruling providence that this...