A few weeks ago, we announced that the new Area Partnerships would be officially launched at Pentecost and that Fr. Andrew Downie will be the Partnership Dean for our area.
On Tuesday evening, Fr. Andrew met with for the first time with the Partnership Development Group, a group which will meet regularly over for the next 2 years to establish how our partnership will work. The group includes the 5 priests who serve the 9 parishes in our partnership, and a lay representative from each parish. This parish is represented by Margaret Doyle. We will also be asking our local schools to join the development group.
Our first priority is to get to know each other, by meeting socially and for prayer. Each parish will be inviting people from across the partnership to events they have planned – Durham Martyrs have already invited us to join their Family Fun Day on Sunday 18 June. We are also planning our first partnership event, an afternoon at Finchale Priory on Sunday 16 July, with activities and vespers.
Over the next few months the Partnership Development Group will be looking at the questionnaires each parish completed in 2015, to identify where we can help and support each other, and we will keep you up to date with our plans, and how you can get involved, through our newsletters and websites. If you have any questions, comments or ideas, please get in touch with Margaret on 0191 3783660 or firstname.lastname@example.org