THE first female Bishop in Durham will be formally welcomed to the diocese this weekend.

The Rt Rev Sarah Clark, Bishop of Jarrow will start her ministry in the diocese from Monday.

Before that, she will be formally welcomed by the Bishop of Durham Paul Butler with a service at Durham Cathedral on Sunday, April 7 at 3.30pm.

Bishop Sarah was consecrated as Bishop of Jarrow in York Minster on February 27.

At Sunday's service, she will also be installed by The Dean of Durham into the customary stall of the Bishop of Jarrow in the Quire (choir), becoming a Supernumerary Non-Residentiary Canon of Durham Cathedral.

Through this, Bishop Sarah will become a member of the College of Canons and the wider Cathedral Foundation.