The largest gathering of Church of England bishops in the Newcastle Diocese, including south east Northumberland, takes place this week.
A total of 26 bishops will travel to Holy Island today (Thursday), accompanied by the Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu to launch the Pathways Mission weekend.
Nearly 300 events are taking place across Northumberland, Newcastle, North Tyneside and Cumbria over the next four days, organised by parishes and deaneries to strengthen relationships with communities.
It also gives people the chance to hear about how faith and Christianity can touch their lives.
In Bedlington Deanery there are a number of events, from a ceilidh and Men’s Breakfast to a heritage talk, messy church, and more.
The Archbishop will visit the Blyth Tall Ship Project, where he will bless a coble boat and talk to visitors on board the Williams 2.
The Tall Ship event will be held on Saturday on the Quayside at Blyth, from 10.30am to 2.30pm.
Churches in Blyth, Cramlington, Seaton Sluice, Seghill, Dudley and Cambois will also be holding events, including a sandcastle competition, exhibitions, prayer sessions and music.
Pathways Mission is part of the Diocese of Newcastle’s five-year vision of Growing Church, Bringing Hope.
The mission begins with a commissioning event on Holy Island, led by the Archbishop and attended by the bishops, including the Bishop of Newcastle, the Rt Rev Christine Hardman, and the Bishop of Berwick, the Rt Rd Mark Tanner.
The bishops then move out into the diocese to attend many of the planned events, which will offer a range of interesting, fun and spiritual concepts.
The weekend concludes with three Celebrating Hope events taking place simultaneously at 4pm on Sunday – at Newcastle Racecourse, Hexham Mart and at St Michael’s Alnwick. These events are not ticketed and everyone is welcome.