In February, the Bishop announced 18 Area Partnerships, covering the whole Diocese. Our partnership covers Durham, Langley Moor, Coxhoe, Sedgefield, Trimdon and the West Durham family of parishes – 9 parishes with 11 churches and a weekly Mass attendance of about 2000. The partnership arrangements will start formally at Pentecost (4 June) and Fr. Andrew Downie will be our Partnership Dean. Fr Andrew and the other Partnership Deans met with the Bishop last week, for a briefing on the next steps in the implementation of the Partnership.

The next step is to set up a Partnership Development Group. This group will meet before Pentecost, and our priorities will be to look at how we communicate across the area, how we make clear links with the schools and to identify opportunities to join together for prayer and outreach.

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