Catherine joins the Ministry and Mission Team (Picture: Keith Blundy)

The newest member of the Mission and Ministry Support team at Cuthbert House is Catherine Simpson.

Catherine joined the team at the beginning of May and will be focusing her time on the Growing Faith project working one day a week.

“The Growing Faith project aims to examine how churches, schools and families might collaborate more effectively to promote mission and ministry with and among children and young people, to help them grow and flourish as confident disciples of Jesus Christ.” Revd Nigel Genders

Catherine has spent the last five years working at St Anne’s CE Primary school in Bishop Auckland as their school chaplain and will continue to do so on a part-time basis.  Prior to that, she has had various roles working with children and young people in both church and secular settings.  Her experience of leading on welfare and pastoral care in primary and secondary schools, along with her ecumenical experience makes her ideally placed to take a lead with this work.

“My role as Growing Faith champion will be focused on supporting the Christian ethos and character in our Church of England schools and providing and signposting resources that help our children, young people and families grow together in faith and ideally ensuring that we can all work together more effectively.”

“The link between church and its local school should be a rich and mutual relationship enhancing the life of each and developing the distinctive ethos of the school.” More than caring and sharing.  John Cox

Catherine is married to Mike, Head of Year and RE teacher at Durham Johnston School and has two children – Hope who is 18 and an emerging surreal photographer and writer and Jacob who is 14 and a talented musician.  They are all part of the new congregation meeting at St Anne’s Church in Bishop Auckland as part of the Resourcing Church.