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The Forward Together in Hope website is no longer being updated but is still accessible.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

A partnership is a group of parishes agreeing to work together, to share resources, both human and material, to become stronger and better equipped for furthering the Kingdom of God.’

At Pentecost, Sunday 4 June 2017, Bishop Séamus confirmed the names of the 18 new partnerships across the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle. In his Pastoral Letter he indicated that, ‘Today we come together throughout the Diocese to affirm that we are indeed moving from parishes to partnerships.’ and that ‘We are now faced with new opportunities to use our God given gifts to serve one another and the world we live in as disciples of Jesus.'

This website is one of the ways in which partnerships will be supported in their early days of development. Please help to improve it by contributing information and providing feedback.

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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.