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The latest news from across the Diocese of Durham. 

Contact the Communications Team regarding a news story or press release.  

Venerable Bede pupils lead Diocesan Synod worship

First published on: 30th May 2023

Earlier this month, Diocesan Synod returned to Venerable Bede CE Academy. With ‘Engaging with Children and Youth’ a Diocesan priority and significant theme of this Synod, it was a joy to have pupils join the event to lead worship.

Volunteering at St Barnabas church leads to Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award

First published on: 26th May 2023

Jack Willougby, 14, recently completed a section of his Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award following three months of volunteering at St Barnabas church, Bournmoor

Newly-retired Head Verger reflects on dedicated career at Cathedral

First published on: 24th May 2023

Jeffrey Hewitt was made Honorary Lay Canon Emeritus by the Bishop of Durham, the Rt Revd Paul Butler, during his final Sunday Service in February, before embarking on a well-earned retirement. 

Archbishop of Canterbury writes letter to Children's Council

First published on: 23rd May 2023

After sending the Archbishop of Canterbury letters earlier this year, Children's Council were delighted to receive a letter back from Archbishop Justin answering their questions.

Meteorites land at St Helen's Church, Auckland

First published on: 22nd May 2023

The Parish and community of St Helen's, Auckland recently got their hands on rare samples of moon rocks and meteorites.

Bishop Paul's Prayer Walk 2023

First published on: 18th May 2023

From Thursday 18 May - Sunday 22 May, Bishop Paul is undertaking his annual Prayer Walk, this year around Wearmouth Deanery. He will visit a number of different churches, schools and local landmarks on his route. This page will be updated with photos from each day. 

Diocesan Synod May 2023

First published on: 13th May 2023

During Diocesan Synod on 13/5/23, Bishop Paul speaks about the Coronation, welcoming refugees, supporting our local communities and Living in Love and Faith.

Join Bishop Paul on his Prayer Walk

First published on: 12th May 2023

This year, Bishop Paul's annual Prayer Walk will be around Wearmouth Deanery from Thursday 18 May to Sunday 21 May 2023. He would love you to join him for sections of the journey and you can find details of the route below. If you do join the group and take any photos, please do send them to the Communications Team   

Durham Diocese celebrates the Coronation

First published on: 11th May 2023

Churches and schools across Durham Diocese celebrated the Coronation of King Charles III with a range of special services and community events while Bishop Paul played a prestigious role at Westminster Abbey where he acted as Bishop Assistant to the King.

Church of England churches launch new project with Feeding Families

First published on: 11th May 2023

Feeding Families – a charity that aims to support families experiencing food poverty in the North East – is working with Church of England churches to launch a very special project

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