Our Partnership of Parishes has been approved by Bishop Seàmus.
Our Partnership includes the following Parish Communities:
At Pentecost 2017, it was announced that the above Parishes will be known as the HEAVENFIELD PARTNERSHIP.
A full description of all 18 Partnerships within the Diocese is available here.
A Partnership Development Group, consisting of the Clergy and one nominated lay member from each parish within the Heavenfield Partnership, meets on a regular bi-monthly basis. They are working hard to foster joined-up progress between all six of the parishes, so ensuring that the faith of all parishioners will have a healthy future.
A copy of the Partnership Development Group Formal Agreement is available here.
On February 9th, a ‘Great cloud of witnesses’ from across the Diocese gathered at the Lancastrian Suite in Gateshead and at Carmel College in Darlington to hear the decisions made by Bishop Seàmus following January's residential Diocesan Board meeting. A copy of the presentation delivered at these meetings is available here.
They heard how the 150 parishes in the diocese are now gathered into 18 partnerships. The message form Bishop Seàmus states that,
Bishop Seàmus is convinced that partnerships will enable formation programmes to be developed and delivered locally; that smaller communities can be supported; the gifts, talents and financial resources in a wider area can be put at the service of more people and that a thorough review of all property will need to be carried out in the near future.
A full copy of Bishop Seàmus' message can be downloaded here.