Bulletin no.4 - Wednesday 1 April
4 months ago
We hope that you and your families are staying well and staying at home and making sure to take all the recommended precautions.
- Job Retention Scheme
We are pleased to be able to attach materials from David Loft, our Director of Human Resources, concerning the Government’s Job Retention Scheme. We hope that these will help you to become familiar with the process for furloughing staff who can no longer work in the current situation. As the material explains these processes will also apply to those who might hire your buildings and how they can deal with the staff and it might be that you could point them to the government material on this. Please contact your Archdeacon or David if you have any queries.
- Building security
Our attention has been drawn to an increase in break-ins in churches, especially in rural areas, during this time. Perhaps you could use your daily exercise to check on your buildings to ensure that all is ok. It is helpful to keep a log of when you visit the church so that, if there should be an incident, you can tell your insurance company when you last visited the building and all was well.
We sent some material out from EIG in our last bulletin which we attach again here along with a letter from the Archdeacons and some information concerning ‘Caring for Church buildings during the pandemic – advice for parishes’. We hope that you will find this information helpful.
- Being church in this new environment
As you will have realised there are many clergy now streaming services from their homes and we are really pleased that so many are working at this way of making sure that their congregations are able to join them in worship and are also attracting new worshippers. We want to say thank you to all those that are doing this and to remind you that help on how to get started can be found on the Diocesan website at https://southwark.anglican.org/churchonline/.
However, as we look ahead to Holy Week and Easter, it is important that each parish serves its community in ways that they can, as we all work together to ensure that we find new ways of being church. For example, it might be that it would be good for you to signpost others to those who are already streaming services either from churches near to you or the Bishop who is livestreaming from his Chapel – he celebrated the Eucharist for the Diocese on Passion Sunday, 29 March and you can watch that service via his twitter page at twitter.com/BishopSouthwark
The Cathedral is livestreaming Morning Prayer and Compline daily from the Dean’s house – you can watch their services via their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/southwarkcathedral They are also streaming their Sunday service and will be streaming throughout Holy Week.
Diddy Disciples are streaming Compline bedtime prayers for over 8’s and adults on their Facebook page every night at https://www.facebook.com/diddydisciples/ Other parishes who are streaming can be found on the Diocesan website at https://southwark.anglican.org/churchonline/
We each have different gifts and skills and will find our own ways in which to keep the church and our Christian community alive in our parishes. It is good that we all do those things which we do well and that we do not feel that we must be able to do everything. Our priority must be to make sure that the word of God is alive and well in our parishes through caring for the people within our parishes in the best ways we can.
May we ensure you of our prayers for you and your parishes in all that you are doing to share the Good News at this challenging time.
The Coronavirus Task Group
(Bishop Christopher, the Very Revd Andrew Nunn, the Venerable Alastair Cutting, Ruth Martin and the Revd Canon Wendy Robins)