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:

 

 



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 it exist?

 

The principal role of the Partnership Group is to establish a strategy which facilitates the development of the partnership.  Although already in a very strong position and working collaboratively in various projects, the first step was about evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of each individual parish, developing a shared vision, agreeing strategies and objectives to help align our people across the various communities and exploring ways of streamlining the administration of our parishes. They will also communicate the desired direction of the respective parishes and monitor progress to that end, so keep an eye on this page for regular updates and information.

 

You can see the website for all of our Partnership Churches here or you can find further information regarding partnerships on the Diocese page here

 

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Tynemouth Priory Partnership

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Partnership Development Group - RECENT UPDATES

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."


Summer/Autumn 2018

The Partnership Finance Team and PDG met and 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.

They met again in September 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 via our collaborative website. There are also 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

After the successful Advent programme held across our partnership churches, we are now currently exploring ways of streamlining the administration of parishes.

The PDG is also 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.


Second Quarter of 2019

Small groups of parishioners from all of our partnership parishes attended an information evening in June facilitated by Amy Cameron, the Diocesan Discipleship Co-Ordinator. There was lots of lively discussion as the participants were led through what we have achieved already in a variety of settings, and also the areas that we need to develop and explore as time goes by.


Third Quarter of 2019

Tynemouth Priory Partnership has been chosen to take part in a pilot programme to complete a Property and Community Review along with six other partnerships across the Diocese. This will be completed over the next 8mth to allow us to look ahead and consider what our future property and community needs will be and to undertake a full assessment of all of our buildings and land so that a flexible plan can be developed, allowing us to maximise their use and sustainability to meet the needs of the worshipping and wider community.