Churches join forces to celebrate shared history

Darlington and Stockton Times: Elizabeth Baker, Andrew Duff and Peter Biggers at Sunderland Minster Elizabeth Baker, Andrew Duff and Peter Biggers at Sunderland Minster

MORE than 100 churches are taking part in a project to celebrate the North-East’s Christian heritage.

Spirit in Stone will involve 125 churches from various denominations and feature displays, heritage trails, art and craft workshops and more.

The project covers an area stretching from the Scottish Borders to the River Tees and is based around eight hubs: St Cuthbert’s Church in Darlington, Sunderland Minster, St Hilda’s Church in Hartlepool and St Thomas the Apostle Church in Stanhope, plus four more in the Newcastle Diocese.

Project co-ordinator Elizabeth Baker said: “Everyone has been galvanised by the visit of the Lindisfarne Gospels to the region and it seemed a good opportunity to tell the story of the North-East’s remarkable Christian heritage and of some amazing people.

“I do not think a lot of visitors to the region know about the story and this project will help churches to recount the area’s great Christian heritage.”

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