About Forward Together in Hope

Forward Together in Hope is a three-year journey of renewal across the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle. It is about all of us working together to explore and discern God's will for our diocese.  Using information held centrally by the diocese and carrying out a thorough self-assessment, each worshipping community will look in detail at how best it can flourish into the future.
A key strength of the approach is that it will take place in the same way across the whole of the diocese.  The entire process will be firmly rooted in prayer and a real openness to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Resources will be provided to help worshipping communities to reflect prayerfully on the future challenges and opportunities.

A Development Group, consisting both of ordained and lay members has been meeting since January 2014 shaping the framework for Forward Together in Hope.  Chaired by Vicar General, Fr Martin Stempczyk, other members include Kathleen Smith (Chief Operating Officer), Bill Dryden (Board Member), Kathryn Turner (Head of Spirituality) and Fr Jim O'Keefe.

Fr Jim is now heading up the work of the project and is supported by Tony Sacco, Diocesan Development Officer.

The success of Forward Together in Hope depends on all of us playing our part and thinking beyond existing boundaries. Please respond to this invitation to join the journey of renewal for our diocese by praying and offering of your skills and talents.

The work of Forward Together in Hope is funded by grants from external organisations; we are very grateful for their generous support.