Raising God’s tent over Bishop Auckland, written by Catherine Knights

First published on: 17th May 2024

On Rogational Sunday (5 May), over 20 people representing different churches and denominations in Bishop Auckland engaged in Kingdom Prayers. Here, Catherine Knights talks about how God’s tent covered a wide area.

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Another lambing season draws to a close

First published on: 23rd April 2024

When Samantha isn’t helping parish treasures with their cashbooks, she works on the family farm with her husband and two young daughters. They breed pedigree Swaledale sheep and Limousin cattle high up in the Yorkshire Dales. As the lambing season draws to a close for them, Samantha reflects on old and new testament offerings.

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A reflection for Lent

First published on: 27th February 2024

In his latest blog, Paul reflects on giving things up for Lent. Not eating cakes or staying off the beer is only really a Lenten discipline if we use the time and resources we receive from doing it in to deepen our relationship with, and build our trust in, Jesus.

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Finding racial hope in an election year

First published on: 27th February 2024

No Time To Wait report was published recently by North East Child Poverty Commission, and as the title suggests, there is no time to wait. Over one third of babies, children and young people in the region are growing up in poverty and one tenth are living below the very deep poverty line.

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Put God at the centre of your New Year's resolutions

First published on: 24th January 2024

It’s the time of year to make New Year’s resolutions! The Giving team has put together some ideas for lasting and meaningful resolutions that will last past February. In his letter to the Philippians, Saint Paul writes: “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength”. If God is the centre of our goals, we have a better chance for success.

A Christmas reflection from Revd Paul Child, Generous Giving Advisor

First published on: 13th December 2023

Paul reflects on the powerful role of music at Christmas time, from Christmas pop songs playing in shops to popular carols and one of his favourites - Bleak Midwinter. Carols help Christians, as well as those who don't go to church, understand something about the reason for the season – Jesus Christ, God incarnate, the word made flesh, given as the greatest gift to us over 2,000 years ago. 

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Bishop Paul's visit to Burundi and Rwanda

First published on: 16th August 2023

Bishop Paul and his wife Rosemary have recently returned from a two week visit to Burundi and Rwanda where they have longstanding links.


Who needs a holiday?

First published on: 13th July 2023

Who needs a holiday? As those of us whose households run on term-time anticipate the joys/challenges of the six-week summer break, as the sun finally breaks through after a long cold and lonely winter, many of us will be planning a getaway. But will you need cash or debit?

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Samantha Amsden, Finance Resources Co-ordinator, reflects upon our generous God

First published on: 2nd May 2023

When Samantha isn’t working as part of our generous giving team, she is raising lambs in the Dales!

Easter Reflection

First published on: 29th March 2023

A reflection about sacrifice and giving at Easter, written by Revd Paul Child, Parish Giving Advisor

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