The Anglican Diocese of Newcastle
Saint Matthew’s Church
Big Lamp, Summerhill Street, Newcastle upon Tyne
Saint Matthew’s Church – Governance
Governance of the Benefice
The Diocese of Newcastle and Province of York
The Church of England comprises a network of dioceses covering the whole country. A diocese is the area governed by a bishop, who is the chief minister, responsible for all areas of the Church’s life in that diocese. The bishops are the successors to the Apostles, whom Christ commissioned to continue His Work after the Resurrection. The City of Newcastle falls within the Diocese of the Bishop of Newcastle. The Benefice comprises two parishes: Newcastle, S Philip & S Augustine; Newcastle, S Matthew with S Mary the Virgin. The benefice is located in the City of Newcastle upon Tyne.
Dioceses are grouped together into a “province”, which has an archbishop as its president. The Diocese of Newcastle is part of the Province of York.
The Bishop of Newcastle:
The Rt Revd Christine Hardman
The Archbishop of York:
The Most Revd and Rt Hon John Sentamu
The Bishop appoints to her parishes, priests to share with her the work in that place.
The Vicar of both parishes:
Fr Richard Deadman
The Parochial Church Councils
Anglican Parish Churches are governed on behalf of the Bishop jointly by the Vicar and the Parochial Church Council (PCC) within the framework of Ecclesiastical Law. Each of the two parish churches has a PCC; these routinely meet four times every year separately and four times jointly. Other meetings are called when necessary. Between meetings, the work is continued by committees and other groups. The membership of a PCC includes a number of people.
Chair of the PCCs:
The office of churchwarden is ancient, though it has changed in character over the centuries. Churchwardens are elected every year at the time of the Annual Meeting. They are the leading laypeople in a congregation. They are considered the Bishop’s lay officers in the parish and have a special responsibility for communicating with him on matters, which require his attention. They share the oversight of the parish church with the Vicar. Their responsibilities tend to be focused on the maintenance of the fabric and ornaments of the church, but the Vicar routinely will discuss all manner of matters with them.
Churchwardens of S Philip & S Augustine:
Mrs Joyce Lowery; Mr Barry Larking
Churchwardens of S Matthew with S Mary the Virgin:
Miss Anne Stewart; Ms Marion Taylor
The churchwardens sit ex officio on both PCCs
Deanery Synod Representatives
Ecclesiastical Law in the Church of England is now developed by the General Synod, a national body of representatives from the dioceses. Feeding into these at more local levels are Diocesan and Deanery Synods. These bodies cannot make law, but are used for discussion, consultation and budgetary decisions.
The Benefice sits in the Deanery of West Newcastle, which stretches from us, in the East to Ponteland in the West. Each of the parishes is entitled to elect two representatives to the Deanery Synod.
S Philip & S Augustine Representatives:
Mrs Alma Miller; Vacancy
S Matthew with S Mary the Virgin Representatives:
Mr Aidan Evans; Miss Patience Kunonga
The Vicar sits ex officio on the Deanery Synod.
The Deanery Synod Representatives are ex officio members of their respective PCC.
Elected members of the Parochial Church Councils
In addition to the ex officio members of the PCCs, a number of people are elected at the Annual Meeting to be ordinary members.
Members of the PCC of S Philip & S Augustine:
Mrs Alma Miller; Mrs Joyce Lowery; Miss Margaret Redhead; Mr Barry Larking
Mrs Alma Miller
c/o the Vicar
Members of the PCC of S Matthew with S Mary the Virgin:
Mr Godfrey Nyamugunduru; Mr Aidan Evans; Miss Andrea Black; Mrs Cath Barnab;, Mr Arthur Barnaby; Ms Marion Taylor; Ms Betty Plat;, Mrs Margaret Brain; Ms Anne Stewart; Mr Roger Mundangepfupfu; Mrs Margaret Evans
Mrs Margaret Evans
Miss Andrea Black
The Annual Report
The PCCs produce annual accounts and an annual report. If you require a copy of the most recent accounts and annual report please contact the Vicar.