Pathways Mission Weekend

6th - 9th September 2018

Read the Pathways Mission press coverage here

About Pathways:

Over the weekend, the Bishops of the Northern Province and their teams, led by Archbishop Sentamu, will be joining us to assist us in our mission of growing church bringing hope. Though the initial vision started here on Holy Island in 2013, the Diocese of Newcastle will be the fifth Diocese to welcome the Northern Bishops for a mission weekend.

The weekend will begin on the Thursday afternoon with a Welcome and Commissioning service on Holy Island where invited deanery representatives will meet with the visiting Bishops and their teams before being sent out to their host Deaneries.

Each parish is being asked to organise mission activities, large or small, where the visiting teams can engage with people in our communities who would not usually attend church events. During past mission weekends there have been a wide variety of activities from knitted angel-bombing a village, simple meals in homes, grill-a-Bishop evenings and prayer walks to youth barbeques and talent nights. All of the activities had a moment where people could hear a simple and engaging explanation of the Christian faith. For our Pathways mission we are hoping for some equally creative activities that will allow people to explore what faith in Jesus might mean to them.

The weekend will conclude with three celebration services in Alnwick, Hexham and Newcastle, where we invite family, friends and neighbours to gather and hear more about our faith.

But the weekend is only one moment in our ongoing mission of growing church bringing hope. Our mission is already happening before the weekend and will continue after as we carry forward our commitment to sharing faith with those around us.

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What's on in Morpeth?

Friday 7th September

Meet Bishop Chris Edmondson, the Mayor of Morpeth, Cllr Jack Gebhart, and dance the night away to the North's premier Funk and Soul band. Tickets are free, and we will be collecting for the Mayor's Charity (Northumberland and Tyneside Mind)

Funk, soul and disco classics by Prince, Luther Vandross, Chic, Stevie Wonder and many others.

Where: Riverside Lodge, High Stanners, Morpeth

When: Doors open 7pm. Band on at 8pm. Disco till midnight.

Tickets: Free from Riverside Lodge, The Town Hall and Mighty Oaks Coffee Wagon, or Dave Pope 01670 519520 ( (Or ask a churchwarden)

Saturday 8th September

  • Men's Breakfast with the Bishop (8:30am at the Waterford Lodge)
  • Morpeth Monks - A family event with loads of activities (10am - 4pm Carlisle Park)
  • Prayer Walking along the Wansbeck to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 2008 flood. (Meet at Low Ford Bridge, at 10:30am)
  • Sing-a-long film "Grease" (7:30pm St James's Church)
  • "Pub Crawl" with small groups visiting local pubs, just finding out about the people we meet (Meet 7:45 St James's vestry)
  • Bishops and Bacon Butties (11pm to 1am on the Market Place)

For your FREE ticket, contact the Parish office
Telephone: 01670 503326, or
When they’re gone, they’re gone!

Sunday 9th September

  • 8am Eucharist at St James's. Bishop Tim Dakin (Bishop of Winchester) to preside and preach.
  • 9:30am At St Mary's. Eucharist to celebrate St Mary's Patronal Festival. Bishop Chris (retired Bishop of Bolton) to preside and preach, assisted by Janet Hedley.
  • 9:30am at St Aidan's. Service of the Word led by Brian Hedley. Rob Jones, one of the visiting team, will preach.
  • 11:15am Service of the Word at St James's led by members of the congregation who have been involved in the Misiion Weekend, supported by Bishop Chris. Brunch at 10:30am and why not join in the celebration of Linda and Richard's 50th wedding anniversary after the service.
  • 4pm Tea Time Church at St Aidan's with Bishop Chris

Sunday 9th September

Pathways Prayer

God of mission,
who alone brings growth to your Church,
use our Pathways Mission to grow your Church in
 Newcastle Diocese in numbers, in spiritual commitment to you
and in loving service to our local communities.
Give vision to our planning and wisdom to our actions.
Send us, empowered by your Holy Spirit,
to bring hope to all we meet
through Jesus Christ our Lord.