We continue as a Vicariate to work faithfully with the Synod submission, praying that all of the efforts across the diocese bear fruit. It is clear from all that has been written and shared that we are a Church that cares deeply for our faith and our communities. You may be pleased to hear that there has been a huge amount of synergy in the thoughts that have been expressed, with many themes repeated and expressed with conviction and courage.
At present, the core group is working and praying with Bishop Robert to synthesise the submissions to form the Hexham & Newcastle Diocesan report for the National Bishops Conference of England and Wales. We have been committed to transparency throughout and all the finalised documents will be on our website over the coming weeks. We will have diocesan synodal gatherings to share the themes and to continue on this journey – watch this space and the website for further details.
Despite needing to condense our diocesan submission to just ten pages, none of the conversations that have taken place will be wasted. They have significance at parish, Partnership and diocesan level, and as we commit as a diocese to being a Synodal Church, we will take seriously hearing the good, the bad and the painful experiences of the people of God.