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Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Séamus Cunningham

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About Partnerships

Our 18 Partnerships were formally established by Bishop Séamus at Pentecost 2017. You can learn more about them, or visit our partnerships directory.


Guidelines and other resources developed for use by partnerships.


Have a look at the questions being asked about partnerships and the answers offered. You might have some of your own too.

Sharing Area

Why reinvent the wheel? This area will include ideas and developments from partnerships. Send yours in too!

The Forward Together in Hope website is no longer being updated but is still accessible.

All of the resources developed over the last 3 years will be available here until further notice.


A Message from Bishop Séamus

In his recent Pastoral Letter Bishop Séamus quotes from St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians - “In your minds you must be the same as Christ Jesus.” He adds ‘To do this we must not think of our own interests first but those of others; those of the community as a whole. This is especially important for us in the Diocese as we look forward to putting in place education and training for the development of our new partnerships.’

The Pastoral Letter highlights the document Developing Discipleship that sets out some far-reaching plans and opportunities for formation as we move forward in renewing our Diocese.

The Bishop concludes: ‘Our mission, the ultimate goal of all our work is nothing other than St. Paul’s final words today: so that, “every tongue should acclaim Jesus Christ as Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”


Partnership Guidelines:

We are committed to providing advice and support to the 18 Partnerships as they get up and running.

Partnership Guidelines - First Steps’ (pdf - word) was published at Easter 2017. It contains information about establishing a Partnership Development Group as well as initial information on a range of other topics.

More detailed guidelines on key aspects will be provided over the months ahead. We have already issued 'Some Thoughts about Producing a Partnership Development Plan' (pdf - word), which offers planning principles and an example Partnership Plan.


Supporting the development of partnerships is a shared responsibility. In particular Partnership Deans, Lay Chairs of Partnership Development Groups and Episcopal Vicars have key roles to play locally.

In addition, Tony Sacco and Nancy Gash will act as a first point of contact for general information and advice.

Contact us by email or 0191 243 3304.