Tynemouth Priory Partnership
We don't just belong to our parish; not only are we are linked very closely with the Diocese but also with the newly formed partnership. Each partnership is made up of a group of existing parishes agreeing to work together to share resources, both human and material, to become stronger and better equipped for furthering the Kingdom of God into the future. As of July 2017 we are now part of the Tynemouth Priory Partnership comprising of:
- Immaculate Heart of Mary, West Monkseaton
- Our Lady & St Aidan, Wallsend
- Our Lady & St Columba, Wallsend
- Our Lady & St Edmund, Backworth
- Our Lady & St Oswin, Tynemouth
- St Bernadette, Wallsend
- St Cuthbert, North Shields
- St Edward, Whitley Bay
- St Joseph, North Shields
- St Mary, Cullercoats
Meetings of the Partnership Development Group take place regularly with lay representatives from each parish community, the clergy and our schools, but what, I hear some ask, is that group all about? Why does
The principal role of the Partnership Group is to establish a strategy
which facilitates the development of the partnership. Step one then is about agreeing
and developing a shared vision, strategies and objectives to help align our people
across the various communities. They also have to communicate the desired direction
of the respective parishes and monitor progress to that end. As this group has
a time bound existence—two years, they have a mountain to climb!
Keep an eye on this page for regular updates and information.
Further to the announcements in both of our churches in December 2017:
Wallsend Sunday Mass times will be as follows:
- St Columba’s - 9.00am,
Aidan’s - 10.00am,
- St Bernadette's - 11.30am
This effectively means that one
priest can cover the three Masses in an emergency. All three parishes therefore
have been affected as a result of the Mass time changes. The hope has
to be that the respective congregations will really pull out the stops and make
these changes work.
For further information please see Fr John
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In March 2018 the Partnership Development Group met for a half-day session with the Dioscesan Co-Ordinator Amy Cameron to discuss the next steps for moving forward. As part of this they have produced a Partnership Mission Statement to help us all work together with a shared vision for the future:
"We aim to be open to the Holy Spirit in prayer and humble trust, creating a vibrant Church for the future, a welcoming faith community called to grow in the love of God.
We aspire to bring Jesus into the community, providing opportunities for all to find their way in the Church, to belong, to participate and to thrive."
The Chairs of the Partnership Finance Committees met at St Edward’s church, which was immediately followed by a meeting of the Partnership Development Group. Our partnership group, comprising of the Wallsend and Coastal parishes now has a much clearer idea of what is happening on a regular basis in each of our parishes and what activities and expertise could be shared. To avoid it becoming a “talking shop”, the hope has to be that more and more of our people will grow in the awareness that working together in partnership with each other is not only a good idea but an effective way of being church today.
The partnership representatives met at St Aidan's this month to discuss further plans for Tynemouth Priory Partnership and how we can move forward, working together effectively for the future. In the coming months there will be more information from all of our churches available through new/improved Partnership communications. There are also new plans being finalised to hold a Partnership-wide Advent programme, including a Penitential Service, a Service of Readings & Hymns, a Prayer Service and a Celebration of Family.
First Quarter of 2019
Our partnership is currently exploring ways of streamlining the administration of parishes.
The PDG is planning an open meeting in the near future for all parishes to look into our strengths and resources and to explore opportunities for parishes and parishioners to be active and involved in collaboration.
from your abundant grace,
pour out afresh your Holy Spirit upon our Diocese.
As we build on the deep foundations of faith
laid by the countless saints of these Northern lands,
by Aidan and Cuthbert, Hilda and Bede,
may our Partnerships continue the mission
of building your Kingdom on the earth:
to give living witness to your love,
and to your compassion and hope for our world.
We pray in trustful confidence
that your power working in us
can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.
Through the same Christ our Lord.