In July 1997 Embleton PCC and the Diocese approved that Newton Mission Church should be dedicated to Saint Mary the Virgin. Saint Mary was chosen for two reasons.

    1. Records tell us that in the fourteenth century, in the nearby township of Brunton, a Chapel in an unknown location was dedicated to the Mother of Jesus.
    2. The Haven at Newton is known as either Saint Mary’s or Newton Haven.

At a service on 13th September 1998 the Church was dedicated to Saint Mary the Virgin by the Bishop of Newcastle. This was a very memorable occasion attended by some 84 people.