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Bulletin no.30 - Friday 20 November

1 week, 4 days ago

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

  1. Halfway through Lockdown Two

We are now halfway through the second lockdown and extremely thankful that our churches have been able to open for private prayer and also that services can be streamed safely from behind closed doors. There has been no major change in Government guidelines since the last bulletin, but please go to the CofE website for any updates and information you may need. The link is here: https://www.churchofengland.org/resources/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches

  1. Looking ahead - preparing for Advent and Christmas

The spread of the virus in London is holding fairly steady and it looks as if we will go into the three-tier system from 2 December. In which case, public worship will resume.
To ensure safe distancing at all times, numbers will need to be carefully assessed. As we approach Advent and the Christmas season, we are mindful that more people will want to visit their local churches. We are therefore advising that you may well need to consider increasing the number of services, especially if you think that you will have larger numbers attending than usual. Here is a link to Eventbrite should you wish to issue tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/l/sell-tickets/

  1. Liturgical Resources for Advent

The Bishop’s Advisory Group for Liturgy (BAGL) has produced some beautifully creative Advent liturgy resources to help parishes during Advent. These resources have been prepared at the request of Bishop Christopher in the hope that they may be of help to parishes in entering into the season of Advent in this unique year, in which penitence and hope need to be held together. 

  1. Cathedral Advent Procession

Southwark Cathedral will be premiering its Advent Procession on Advent Sunday, 29 November at 6pm. All are welcome to join this special service online to mark the beginning of the season of Advent. The Cathedral Lay Clerks will lead everyone from darkness to light, in the candlelit Cathedral as we celebrate the biblical figures heralding the birth of the Messiah. The service will be available online at this link: https://cathedral.southwark.anglican.org/worship-and-music/worship/live-service-stream/ should you wish to use it for your own online Advent devotions.

  1. Sermons from the Bishops and Archdeacons

The Bishops will be providing sermons for Sundays during Advent, which are offered as a resource should clergy wish to use them.
The Archdeacons will be providing a full service for Sundays for the Christmas through to Candlemas season. These should be available at least a week in advance of the Sunday they are provided for so that parishes have the option to embed them into their own streaming routine.

We will, of course, be in touch again if there are further announcements and changes.

With our continued thanks and prayers for all that you do.

The Coronavirus Task Group

(Bishop Christopher, the Very Revd Andrew Nunn, the Venerable Alastair Cutting, Ruth Martin and Sophia Jones)