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
Our Lady & St
Our Lady & St
Our Lady & St
St Cuthbert, North
St Edward, Whitley
St Joseph, North
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
Tynemouth Priory Partnership
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."
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.
Winter/Spring 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.
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
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.
First Quarter 2020
Bishop Robert has suspended the Property and Community Review project across all Partnerships pending further consultation, however, we will use the information gathered in the initial assessment to help us in making plans for the future.
Tynemouth Priory Partnership continue to work together to explore ways of further optimising the gifts and expertise of each parish as well as to share good practice and move toward our vision for the future.