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9/11 Memorial Service to mark 20th anniversary

The American-born Mayor of Darlington will attend a memorial service next month marking the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States. Councillor Cyndi Hughes will join the congregation at Holy Trinity Church, Woodland Road, on Sunday 12 September, to remember the victims. Nearly 3,000 people were killed...

New Director Appointed for Shepherds Dene

The Trustees of Shepherds Dene Retreat House in Riding Mill, the retreat house for the Dioceses of Durham and Newcastle, are delighted to announce the appointment of a new Director. Vanessa Ward, currently Head of Enterprise at Durham Cathedral, will take over from Philip Davies who has acted in...

Bishop Auckland Passion Play Installed and Virtual

Despite the Bishop Auckland Passion Play live performance being postponed for a second year running due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, their creative endeavours remain focused on bringing a virtual and installed artist presence to the region for Good Friday. The Bishop Auckland Passion Play which is part of the national...

Stockton Church Legacy Set To Create A Sustainable Community Hub

A substantial legacy left by a parishioner of a Stockton Church is being used to develop a Community Hub with important sustainability credentials. St Paul’s Church in Stockton was the beneficiary of a £1/3 of a Million legacy left by a wealthy parishioner with instruction it was to be used...

Video series offers light in the darkness for those suffering from...

Video series offers light in the darkness for those suffering from mental illness Former Diocesan giving champion sets up a reflective video series titled ‘Light in the Darkness’ to help people combat mental illness. Rachael Philips who is now an ordinand studying for ordination at Cranmer Hall in Durham set out...

The Boldons blessed overnight with angels carrying a message of hope

Christmas came early to The Boldons in South Tyneside today, with thousands of tiny angels appearing around the community overnight. 2,000 knitted angels have been placed around schools, parks, businesses and pubs for people to find and take home. People are advised to keep their eyes peeled around West Boldon, East...

Jarrow School Gets Creative For Christmas

Christmas will be different in so many ways this year but one South Tyneside School in the Diocese is getting creative as children at Jarrow Cross CofE School have taken their inspiration from Fenwick’s Department store and created a series of brightly decorated windows. Head Teacher Mrs. Susan McBeth explained:...

Durham Cathedral to feature in new BBC One Christmas Series

We are delighted to announce that Durham Cathedral will be featured in a new BBC One documentary series, titled ‘A Very Country Christmas’ which will air over the festive period. The series marks Advent and follows presenters Ellie Harrison and Angellica Bell who travel to the North East, the South...

Youth Council take to Zoom for ‘Live Conversations’

The Youth Council has hosted its first of many 'Live Conversations' helping young people to explore key subjects affecting them in today's world. Joel & Matthew who are members of the Youth Council hosted the conversation and were joined by two special guests, Revd Danie Lindley (one of our two...

St Paul’s Spennymoor gets grant to help its digital outreach

Here is some good news that we received this week from St Paul's in Spennymoor who have been successful in bidding for a grant from the Allchurches Trust to support their online streaming plans. A County Durham church has been awarded nearly £3,000 to help improve its digital outreach after live-streamed...