Today sees the official launch of our Area Partnership, Finchale, named after the 12th-century Benedictine priory that was the home of St Godric. The Finchale Partnership includes 9 parishes and 11 churches, currently served by 5 priests. The Partnership Dean is Fr Andrew Downie. In his Pastoral Letter for today, Bishop Seamus encourages us to “leave behind whatever fear we might have and trust in the Holy Spirit,” as we plan to work together more closely.
The Partnership Development Group, including representatives from all of the parishes, and the local schools, will meet over the next two years to put in place and implement a plan for our Partnership. Our parish is represented on the PDG by Margaret Doyle.
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