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Bulletin no. 26 - Friday 16 October

1 month, 2 weeks ago


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 This is Bulletin covers quite a lot of matters and has a number of attachments. We hope that it will, nonetheless, be reasonably clear and useful as we all try to navigate our way through the complexities of living with a pandemic.

 As you will have heard London moves into Tier 2 of the Government’s guidelines from midnight on Friday 16 October. You can find what this means here:  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-level-high

 The Church of England’s recovery group have just published some new guidance on what is and is not permissible at the various tiers and we have attached the guidance to this bulletin and can be found here:  https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2020-10/COVID%2019%20Permitted%20Activities%20under%203%20Tier%20System%20v1.0.pdf

Please do follow the guidelines for Tier Two very carefully from this weekend and make sure that people do not mingle after the service in the buildings and not in groups of more than six outside. We know that this will prove to be hard for many people and we urge you to look after yourselves as well as taking care of those in your congregations.

1. Resources for Remembrance

On Thursday 8 October we sent to clergy and Lay Ministers resources for Remembrance which had been prepared by the Bishop’s Advisory Group on Liturgy (BAGL). The CTG is very grateful to the BAGL who worked hard to produce these excellent materials and think that they are deserving of a wider audience. We have, therefore, attached these excellent materials as well as the pastoral letter from Bishop Christopher Remembrancetide letter, that went with them, to this Bulletin. It can be found as well on our website https://southwark.anglican.org/coronavirus/.

2. At a Loss

The materials attached from the BAGL are well complemented by the materials which are also attached from the organisation At a Loss. The Revd Canon Yvonne Richmond Tulloch, the Bishop's Officer for Clergy Bereavement, is Chief Executive and Founder of AtaLoss.org (https://www.ataloss.org/) and they have produced some useful materials for those who have been bereaved and want to mobilise church in online bereavement support through their course ‘The Bereavement Journey’. Full details of the course and their signposting service to bereavement support are attached The Bereavement Journey Course

3. Guidelines for working with Children and  Young People

The Children and Young People’s team have been working hard to ensure that our work with children and young people can continue safely. With the recent CYPG newsletter they sent out revised Government Guidelines https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2020-10/COVID%2019%20Mission%20and%20ministry%20with%20children%20and%20young%20people%20v2.0.pdf. We also attach them here for your information and guidance.

4. Ventilation in the coming cold weather

The CTG has received quite a few questions concerning questions about ventilation in church now that it is getting colder.  There have been some new Guidelines issued by the Church of England https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2020-10/COVID%2019%20Church%20Heating%20v1.0_1.pdf . We are also attaching these here for you as they might be helpful.  Ventilation is very important even in this cold weather, but we do not need to keep outside doors open if this makes our churches too cold. Please do read the Guidance so that we can all do all we can to stay safe.

The Bishop’s Advisory Group for Liturgy is working on resources for Advent and Christmas and we will send these out to you all as soon as they are available.

Thank you once again for all that you are doing to serve those in our communities and to share the news of God’s love for all. With so much continuing uncertainty surrounding the coming weeks and months please do not hesitate to come back to us or your archdeacons if you have any questions or need clarification on anything. 

With our very best wishes to you all,

 The Coronavirus Task Group

(Bishop Christopher, the Very Revd Andrew Nunn, the Venerable Alastair Cutting, Ruth Martin and the Revd Canon Wendy Robins)