Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Outreach as Mission

What is Outreach as Mission?

"The Church is called to come out of itself and go to the margins not only geographical, but also in human terms, where the mystery of sin, pain, injustice and ignorance dwells."

Jorge Mario Bergoglio, immediately prior to his election as Pope Francis.

Without the preferential option for the poor, “the proclamation of the Gospel, which is itself the prime form of charity, risks being misunderstood or submerged by the ocean of words which daily engulfs us in today’s society of mass communications.

Evangelii Gaudium, 199

"The first means of evangelization is the witness of an authentically Christian life… given over to one’s neighbour with limitless zeal."

Evangelii Nuntiandi, 41.


The Outreach as Mission group meets to raise awareness about social outreach in the Diocese, support Partnerships in developing what they do in this area, and to foster fruitful collaboration between different organisations.

The group is made up of people from a variety of groups, all of whom are involved in social outreach within the diocese in a variety of ways. It is supported by Jeremy Cain who has been appointed by the diocese as Mission Facilitator, to help Partnerships, parishes and individuals to develop their understanding and practice of mission in the north-east of England. Following the lead of Pope Paul VI, he believes that the gospel must be shared by both word and action.
You can find out more here or email the Faith & Mission Team.

Ways to get involved with Outreach as Mission

Millie at SVP, Blackfriars at the Ouseburn

If you’re part of a Partnership Development Group, and are looking to grow this area of your ministry, please get in touch with us. We can offer practical support as well as expertise, ideas and resources.

If you have a great idea for Outreach as Mission that you think should be shared, please let us know.

If you have a great story we can use to encourage others to get involved, please let us know.

Subscribe to the Justice and Peace newsletter by contacting or follow @SVPBlackfriars and @CAFODHN on Twitter or Blackfriars at the Ouseburn and CAFOD Hexham and Newcastle on Facebook.

Contact: Faith & Mission Team by email or tel: 0191 243 3316.

Ways You Can Develop Your Social Outreach


HeartEdge is a network of over 60 churches in the UK and overseas, facilitated and resourced by St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Its aim is to revitalise the Church by bringing people and churches that are looking for creative ideas together with people who are already practicing them. It’s ecumenical and focuses especially on helping churches to develop their:

  • CONGREGATION: liturgy, worship and common life

  • COMPASSION: social outreach

  • CULTURE: cultural offering to the local community

  • COMMERCE: ability to generate finance through commercial activity (e.g. social enterprises)

Read the full article here.