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‘Growing Young Leaders’ course finishes on a high

Last Saturday we celebrated the end of this year’s ‘Growing Young Leaders’ course. 19 young people from 12 different parishes in Durham Diocese first came together last September, and have been meeting each month including 2 short residentials. A typical Saturday morning has included opening worship, a...

Hello and Goodbye at Durham Cathedral

Organisational change will be happening at Durham Cathedral in the coming weeks, with the cathedral community welcoming as well as saying goodbye to some dear colleagues from the Cathedral’s Chapter, its governing body.  Durham Cathedral is pleased to announce the appointment of the Venerable Michael Everitt...

The Greatest Story Ever Toured

Story Supplied by Hillside Church “Soon it will be Valentine's Day. For those of you who are feeling less amorous, this is the place to be”.   Perhaps not the best way to introduce hosting an event to your church but as it turned out, 200 people swapped their romantic sentimentality, to...

New Lay Canon to join Durham Cathedral’s governing body

Durham Cathedral is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Thurston as the Cathedral’s newest member of Chapter, the Cathedral’s governing body. Andrew will also become an honorary Lay Canon working alongside existing Chapter members, including the Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett, Dean of Durham, towards the mission of ensuring the...

In search of a new identity

A short article by the Rev Glen Macknight. "Let’s take a vote of which colour you think works best” The choices presented to Hillside Youth was a white logo on a red background, blue background or grey. Hands went up to mark their preference with one clear winner as Ruby,...

Bishop Paul Opens Town Nativity

Bishop Paul and Mayor David of Bishop Auckland blessed and welcomed the thousands who thronged to the Market Place to watch St John Secondary School perform the Nativity and sing along Christian Carols and contemporary songs with their Sixth Form students. Rev'd Eileen Harrop, Entrepreneur Priest and dramatist Jane...

Churches ready themselves for Armistice Centenary

Across the Diocese of Durham, churches and their communities are readying themselves to commemorate 100 years since the guns fell silent at the end of the Great War. Many churches are staging displays of poppies or other visual displays of remembrance. One such church is Hillside Church St Cuthberts Marley...

SHERBURN VILLAGE – POPPY FESTIVAL OF REMEMBRANCE

St. Mary’s Church, Sherburn Village is celebrating the award of twenty-one silhouettes funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust, under the Armistice and Armed Forces Communities programme. The silhouettes will form the major feature in our Poppy Festival of Remembrance and Celebration to remember and thank all those who...

Abolitionists descended on Bishopthorpe Palace

On the sunny day of Wednesday 24th October, a group of abolitionists descended on Bishopthorpe Palace in York, not to talk about the legacy of Wilberforce and his colleagues, but instead to ask how the church can act today to prevent and expose modern slavery. The Clewer Initiative, the Church...

Church opens new community extension

  St Helen's Church, West Auckland, 29th September. A new £250,000 community extension was opened by Mrs Sue Snowdon, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of County Durham at St Helen’s Auckland Parish Church on Saturday 29th September.  Bishop Glyn, the Northern Episcopal Visitor and Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Durham blessed...