The Bishop of Durham is encouraging people to attend meetings about food banks at Churches across South Shields.
Justin Welby gives his last Christmas message before becoming Archbishop of Canterbury.
The Bishop of Durham, Justin Walby, has announced his Christmas message for the year.
The Bishop of Durham is moving to take up his new role as the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The outgoing Bishop of Durham has spent his last day of official engagements in Darlington, before he leaves to become the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Bishop Justin Welby will officially move to his new role at the beginning of February. He spent the day visiting school children and apprentices who have benefitted from the Foundation for Jobs, which he helped launch in Darlington when he took up his post only a year ago.
He spoke to Julia Barthram, who asked if he had enjoyed his time in the North East.
The Bishop of Durham Justin Welby has been in Darlington for his last day of official engagements before becoming Archbishop of Canterbury in February.
Church services taking place throughout the festive period are set to be tweeted for the first time.
Right Revd Justin Welby, Bishop of Durham and Archbishop of Canterbury Designate, has welcomed the initiative and believes that it is a new way of reaching out to the community.
– Right Revd Justin Welby Bishop of Durham and Archbishop of Canterbury Designate
"I will be fully support this campaign and encourage others across the Church to do the same.
My Christmas Day sermon will be tweeted in a series of snippets, and I hope to be tweeting during the rest of the Christmas period.
I think this a fantastic opportunity to engage with existing and new communities in a way that is growing in significance and I very excited about being able to reach out to people that might not be able to get to a Church and to celebrate the joy and meaning of Christmas with them."
Bishop Justin Welby, who will be officially enthroned as the next Archbishop of Canterbury in March, has renewed his attack on the high interest rates charged by pay day lenders.
Speaking in the House of Lords in support of an amendment to try to put a cap on high interest rates, Bishop Justin said it was a moral case.
He added that it was clear that the present market in such loans was not working.
In tonight's programme, Gerry Foley talks to the Bishop of Durham, the Rt Rev Justin Welby about the challenges facing the Church of England over the issues of gay marriage and women bishops.
Bishop Justin says women bishops should have the same authority as men, and any difficulties within the Church should be overcome....
The Bishop of Durham, Rt Rev Justin Welby, says he's concerned about the number of families across the region who are turning to Food Banks to help them cope during the downturn.
But on tonight's Around The House at 11.35pm, Bishop Justin - a former financial manager in the oil industry - says he thinks it's wrong to blame all the current hardship on Government cuts.