Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

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.

Continue to share your ideas and approaches through one of the following contacts:

Cleveland and South Durham: Andrew Gillingham

Newcastle and North Tyneside: Amy Cameron

Northumberland: Fiona Standfield

South Tyneside and Gateshead: Jeff Ledger

Sunderland and East Durham: Katherine Nugent

Latest Items:

Pontop Partnership – Confirmation Course

Bishop Robert confirmed 43 of the young people of the Pontop Partnership in a packed St. Patrick's Church, Consett, following on from their participation in the Partnership Confirmation Programme and we are about to launch a joint Programme for the whole Partnership for the third consecutive year. We mostly draw candidates from our local Catholic Secondary School, St. Bede's Catholic School and Sixth Form Centre, Lanchester, but anyone Year 9 or above from any school is welcome.

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December 2019

Jesmond St. Mary – Confirmation Course

The Confirmation Course has begun with an excellent start and a large number attending. The first session was looking at Baptism and the second session held recently explored five key questions – How do I see God? How do I see the church? What is good and bad about the Church? Who do I belong to? What gifts do I have? The next session is on Sunday 8 December at St. Teresa’s Catholic Church, Heaton.

November 2019

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).



Partnership name Date Topic
John Ingram Juy 2019 Garden Party
Finchale June 2019 Partnership Event at Ushaw
Seaton Delavel June 2019 Partnership Mass
Blackfriars June 2019 Pentecost
Finchale June 2019 Open Afternoons
Escomb June 2019 Day of Recollection
St. Mary the Virgin May 2019 Partnership Day
Blackfriars May 2019 Day for Readers and Eucharistic Ministers
Blackfriars April 2019 Partnership Progress Report
Blackfriars March 2019 Being the Prodigal Son
Blackfriars March 2019 Space for Grace – Our Call to Holiness
Jesmond St. Mary March 2019 Liturgy of Mercy Service


Partnership name Date Topic
Benedict December 2018 Celebrating Partnership
Seaton Delavel December 2018 Partnership Reflection - 18 months on
Benedict December 2018 WWI Centenary Poppy Memorial
Brinkburn November 2018 Spirituality and Art - Visio Divina
Hilda November 2018 Our Progress so far
Benedict October 2018 October Newsletter
Finchale October 2018 Bringing People Together
Ovingham October 2018 Logo, Mission Statement and Prayer
Monkwearmouth September 2018 Development Plan Progress
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
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


Partnership name Date Topic
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.