Bulletin no.16 - Tuesday 23 June
2 weeks, 1 day ago
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
- Re-opening of churches for weddings and public worship
The CTG was meeting as news emerged of the announcement by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, concerning the re-opening of our churches for weddings and public worship.
You will have seen the Bishop of London’s statement concerning this which can be found at: https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/news/reopening-church-buildings-public-worship
Bishop Christopher very much endorses what Bishop Sarah has said. New guidance on the way forward will be published shortly and the CTG will send out another bulletin once it has had time to digest this guidance.
- The 72nd Anniversary of the NHS
Sunday 5 July is the 72nd anniversary of the founding of the NHS and the Liturgical Commission has produced some materials that you might find helpful if you wish to give thanks for the NHS and its work, especially at this time, in your service on that day.
The Cathedral will be making the NHS the focus of their service on 5 July and it may be that you would like to at least mention it in your services. We hope that you will find the attached material helpful in this.
The Revd Canon Jay Colwill, the Canon Missioner, writes:
YourNeighbour.org is a UK-wide church response to the Covid-19 crisis working with churches, the Government and the NHS. They host a national call centre and email support line, 7 days a week, 9am – 5pm that enables those in need to connect with churches and congregations who can help. YourNeighbour.org also functions as a portal for information and events regarding COVID-19 that can equip the Diocese of Southwark to respond collaboratively with others.
Southwark Diocese is one of the partner organisations, along with our neighbours in London and Rochester. Parishes are encouraged to sign up to the network individually and offer ministries and services that can help those who are most at need at this time. (These ministries may already be happening so YourNeighbour.org will help you connect this with those in your community who could benefit from them.) Please consider signing up as partner parishes and join the network to serve the needs of others during the COVID-19 crisis.
Tania Bright, Deputy Director of YourNeighbour.org and CEO of Capital Mass says “there’s a real sense of joy that the Dioceses of Southwark, Rochester and London are partners together with YourNeighbour.org, the national & ecumenical church response to Covid-19. Together, we are discussing projects around food poverty (particularly vulnerable children during the holidays), homelessness support and debt advice, to name a few – and we are thankful for the joy of sharing and supporting each other”
As we move into this next phase in our live together please be assured of our prayers and support as we enter this new stage in recovery from the pandemic. For many the news that we can re-open for public worship will be a cause for great celebration but we realise that for some this will feel like yet another pressure and we want to assure you that, as with opening for private prayer, this announcement is permissive and we do not assume that everyone will be able to move at the same pace. Please do make contact with your Area Dean or Archdeacon if you have concerns.
We look forward to being in touch with you again soon.
The Coronavirus Task Group
(Bishop Christopher, the Very Revd Andrew Nunn, the Venerable Alastair Cutting, Ruth Martin and the Revd Canon Wendy Robins)