Diocese of

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The Forward Together in Hope website is no longer being updated but is still accessible.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

Partnerships Sharing Area

We are members of one Diocesan family accompanying each other on the same journey of renewal. As we move forward together we have the opportunity not only to develop our own partnerships but to contribute ideas and approaches that might be helpful to those in other areas too.

This section contains various ideas and approaches that we get to hear about from partnerships. However, we can only get to hear about them if you tell us, so please provide us with anything you feel might be suitable.

Contact us by email or 0191 243 3304.

Sharing Your Ideas

One year on from the establishment of the 18 Partnerships in our Diocese, it was felt to be timely to provide every Partnership with the opportunity to review the year. Each Partnership completed a short review and the responses make for a very rich source of information about what is going well and what are the main challenges going forward. A document has been produced as a compilation of the ideas and approaches that Partnerships offered in their responses. Entitled ‘Sharing your Ideas’, it is available here (pdf - word).

Latest Items:

Finchale Partnership – Bringing People Together

During our first year, we organised two major events to bring people together. The first was a Partnership afternoon at Ushaw, with the chance for a look around the college, activities for children and vespers in St. Cuthbert’s chapel. The second was an open meeting at St. Leonard’s school, to discuss priorities for our partnership.

From this meeting, we formed six sub-groups, giving people the chance to get involved in Building our Community, Outreach, Communications, Formation, Prayer and Spirituality and Young People.

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October 2018

Ovingham explain their Logo, Mission Statement and Prayer

The Ovingham partnership is named after an Augustine priory from the fourteenth century. Two stone carvings from this are now located in St. Mary's church, providing a link to our heritage. One carving bears a ring of eight circles linked by arms to a central rosette or flower.

Our church names in the logo show our individuality as parishes as well as our common identity in the new partnership. The maroon colour and the symbol in the centre echo the Forward Together in Hope logo and reflect our continuing journey.

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October 2018

Monkwearmouth share their Development Plan progress

During the Monkwearmouth Partnerships first year, the Partnership Development Group (PDG) met regularly and is currently working towards completing a Development Plan for the Partnership. Their Chair, Adrian Brookes provides a summary of some of their progress made so far.

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September 2018

Past items:

Partnership name Date Topic
Jesmond, St. Mary July 2018 Sharing Their Vision
Brinkburn July 2018 First Year Reflections
Pontop July 2018 Youth Development Group
Bede July 2018 Patronal Feasts
John Ingram July 2018 Inclusive About Development Planning
Lindisfarne July 2018 Day of Reflection
Monkwearmouth July 2018 Summer (quarterly) Newsletter
Benedict July 2018 Celebration Mass
Benedict July 2018 July Newsletter
Heavenfield June 2018 Partnership Pilgrimage Masses
Hogarth June 2018 Partnership Play
Blackfriars May 2018 Partnership Vision
Blackfriars May 2018 Ministers Annual Day of Reflection
St. Mary the Virgin May 2018 Partnership Mission Statement and Prayer
Escomb May 2018 Partnership note (weekly) example
Hogarth May 2018 Day of Prayer and Reflection for Women
Blackfriars Sept 2017 Partnership early planning stages
St. Mary the Virgin August 2017 Partnership early planning stages

Some Food For Thought

During our Forward Together in Hope journey we gathered from Parish Questionnaires some of the many ideas and activities that were put forward as examples that might be of interest to others. These were collated and published in June 2016 as a 20-page booklet under the title ‘Some Food for Thought’. It is made available again here (pdf - word) as a reminder of the approach and a resources that can be dipped into.