The Right Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham, led a dawn service of Initiation and Communion at Durham Cathedral today in which he Baptised five people.
The dawn service, often called the Dawn Vigil, was the first service of Easter Day at the cathedral.
In his first Easter Day service since being enthroned as Bishop of Durham, Bishop Paul gave a sermon in which he spoke of fear and what makes us afraid saying:
"We live in a world where there is much fear. So too on the streets of our communities like Jarrow, Hartlepool, Stockton, Sunderland, Easington and the farms of the Dales there are people who live with deep fears."
"Fears of domestic abuse and violence; fears of long term illness; fears of failing to be able to heat the home and feed the children adequately; fears of no job on leaving school or college; fears of loneliness and hopelessness.”
Bishop Paul concluded by saying: “But there is a fear that takes us forward; it is the 'fear of the Lord'. This is not being afraid of God but it is, in Eugene Peterson's words, 'living responsively and appropriately before who God is, who he is as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.'
Were you one of those captured by our camera on the annual Easter egg run?
Anthony Reay organises the annual Easter Egg Run through Northumberland
Hundreds of bikers have taken to the roads of Northumberland as part of the annual Easter egg run.
Motorcyclists gathered at the Woodhorn Museum near Ashington before setting off on a 60 mile route.
Each biker bought an Easter egg with them, which are then distributed to children across the region.
It also raises hundreds of pounds for the Great North Air Ambulance.
North East vet, Claire Hinchcliff, warns that Easter treats are not for pets, especially dogs.
An animal charity is reminding pet owners not to give their dogs chocolate over Easter, or at any other time, because it can kill them.
The PDSA surveyed thousands of pet owners. In the North East, more than a fifth owned up to feeding their dogs the treat.
A wooden cross erected on a remote moor in County Durham ahead of an Easter service was removed to protect a site of special scientific interest, a council has said.
It had been believed that thieves stole the 10ft cross from Waskerley Moor above Consett, which had been erected during Lent.
Methodist minister Rev Les Nevin told the Northern Echo he would collect the cross from whoever had taken it, adding:
However, it later emerged that Durham County Council removed the cross as it had been concreted into the moor which is a site of scientific interest without permission.
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has recorded a video message for Easter Sunday.
The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu has led Easter baptisms in a pool on the steps of York Minster.