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Bulletin no.14 - Friday 12 June

5 months, 2 weeks ago

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

  1. Government Guidance for the safe use of places of worship during the pandemic

Further to Wednesday’s Bulletin the Government has now issued its advise concerning places of worship being open for Individual prayer.   The Guidance can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-during-the-pandemic/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-during-the-pandemic

In this advice there in no compulsion for the individual prayer to be supervised as had been suggested in earlier statements and we are pleased therefore to be able to say that churches do not need to have someone in attendance during the time that they are open for prayer.   Please do, however, consider whether it is safe to leave them open and unattended.  We know that this will be different in different places in the Diocese.   

You may also have heard that churches can now be open for individual prayer as from June 13 i.e. tomorrow.  If you are ready and prepared and want to open tomorrow then please do so but we do, once again, want to emphasise that there is no compulsion to do this or to open on June 15.  It is of vital importance that your church is properly prepared for re-opening and so please do not feel pressured into rushing into this. 

  1. Work to facilitate the re-opening of Churches for Prayer

We also spoke about faculties for hand sanitisers and digital communications work, etc. in our last bulletin and we are happy to attach advice from the Chancellor which can also be found on the Diocesan Website at:  https://southwark.anglican.org/downloads/WORK%20TO%20FACILITATE%20THE%20RE-OPENING%20OF%20CHURCHES%20FOR%20PRAYER_12th-Jun-20_final.pdf

We know that re-opening our churches is a really important and special moment for many of us but we are also aware that a great deal of hard work is involved in enabling this to happen.  We want to thank everyone who is involved in any way in this work and all the other work that has been happening throughout the pandemic around the Diocese. This has ensured that we have been able to continue to worship and to share the love of God in Christ with those around us in a wonderfully creative way and we want to offer our grateful thanks to you all for this as we enter a new phase in our life together.

With our very best wishes,

The Coronavirus Task Group

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