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Bulletin no.9 - Friday 1 May

7 months ago

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

  1. VE Day Friday 8 May 2020

A Diocesan Service for VE Day will be available on Diocesan and Cathedral social media platforms at 12 noon on Friday 8 May.  The Dean of Southwark, The Very Revd Andrew Nunn will officiate and the Bishop of Southwark, The Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, will preach and lead an act of Recommitment to Peace. 

We are inviting people from across the Diocese to send in wartime photographs either of those who were soldiers or of civilians as we remember those who lived through World War II. Alternatively, we invite photographs of people from across the Diocese holding up cards saying ‘Love’ or ‘Peace’ to symbolise our commitment to a peaceful future in which people care for each other.   Please send the photographs to communications@southwark.anglican.org by Tuesday 5 May. Please remember that these photos will be used in the service which will be available online, so we ask that you consider this and the implications for safeguarding if you send in pictures of children, young people or vulnerable adults.

  1. Thy Kingdom Come
    Thy Kingdom Come will be going ahead from 21-31 May, although there will be a change of focus owing to the Coronavirus crisis. New materials aimed at an online audience will be e-mailed to clergy, lay ministers, Churchwardens and PCC Secretaries to help inspire and encourage. Please circulate these as widely as you can. They will also be available from the Diocesan website at: https://southwark.anglican.org/tkc

In preparation for Thy Kingdom Come, the Venerable John Kiddle, Archdeacon of Wandsworth, will be writing daily Reflections on the Road to Emmaus story.  These will be shared every day on our social media channels daily at around noon from 4 May until Ascension Day, except Sundays. They will also be found at: https://southwark.anglican.org/prayer.

The Bishop of Southwark is also encouraging people, who are not already doing so and where it is safe, to light a candle in their windows at 7pm every Sunday evening until Pentecost, as a symbol of Christ’s light in our world at this dark time, and to say the Lord’s Prayer.

  1. Safeguarding matters

The National Safeguarding Team has issued the attached Think Safeguarding document which is a useful one side of A4 to help us to maintain our focus on safeguarding during this period.   It will also be sent to Parish Safeguarding Officers.

In addition, Bishop Christopher and the CTG is very aware that this period can be a difficult one for some households and the Metropolitan Police have asked us to share these numbers which we are pleased to do.   The message from them, as from the attached document from the National Safeguarding team is that we should all be vigilant in our care for others at this time.

  • The 24/7 National Domestic Abuse helpline, which offers support to victims and people affected by domestic abuse, is free to call on 0808 2000 247.
  • The Respect Phoneline provides confidential advice and support to help perpetrators stop being violent and abusive, and is free to call 0808 8024040
  • Men’s Advice Line: 0808 801 0327 a confidential helpline for male victims of domestic violence and those supporting them www.mensadviceline.org.uk
  • Karma Nirvana: 0800 5999 247 Mon to Fri 9am–5pm supporting victims of honour based abuse and forced marriage www.karmanirvana.org.uk
  • Hour Glass: 0808 808 8141 challenging the abuse of older people in all its forms www.wearehourglass.org
  • Galop LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0800 999 5428 www.galop.org.uk
  • Childline: 0800 1111 If you’re a child or young person and domestic abuse is happening in your home or relationship.

For more information about support services that are available, go to https://www.met.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/daa/domestic-abuse/
In addition, the National Safeguarding Teams Guidance on Domestic Abuse can be found at https://www.churchofengland.org/safeguarding/promoting-safer-church/domestic-abuse-and-covid-19

  1. Maintenance of complex and large organs

There has been further guidance from the Church of England’s Church buildings and Cathedrals Commission on the maintenance of complex organs during the period that we are not entering our churches.  Here is what their guidance now says.

    • Can I access the church for organ practice?
      Organ practice cannot be considered as essential activity under the government guidance and does not justify a separate journey.  Please be aware that a building in which someone who may have the coronavirus has been is considered ‘dirty’ (i.e. may contain infection) for 72 hours afterwards. This means multiple keyholders must not access the space, even if this is done one at a time. In any event, surfaces and door fixtures need to be sanitised in line with Public Health England guidelines
    • Can I perform weekly maintenance of the organ when the church is closed?
      For a cathedral or church with a larger or mechanically complex organ prolonged lack of use will result in long-term problems with its performance. If an organist is available in the neighbourhood to keep all the action parts moving it is appropriate for them to do so. The purpose of this is to run through all the stops on all keyboards, and the pedalboard to keep leatherwork from sticking and keep electrical contacts clean. .  Please be aware that a building in which someone who may have the coronavirus has been is considered ‘dirty’ (i.e. may contain infection) for 72 hours afterwards. This means multiple keyholders must not access the space, even if this is done one at a time.  In any event, surfaces and door fixtures need to be sanitised in line with Public Health England guidelines
  1. Ramadan

Please find attached a letter from the Christian Muslim Forum concerning connecting with our local mosques during Ramadan.

Bishop Richard writes: ‘We have been through a very intense period of adjustment in our parishes and chaplaincies to the new situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic.  Of course, this pandemic affect people of all faiths and none. The month of Ramadan gives an opportunity for us to engage with our local mosques and to share experiences.  The accompanying letter from the co-chairs of the Christian Muslim Forum gives some good advice on how to do this. This is an important part of our long-term commitment to good engagement in relationship with all our neighbours. The church mosque twinning scheme developed by the Christian Muslim Forum was first piloted in the Kingston Episcopal area of the diocese of Southwark and then developed nationally, with the help of our former interfaith adviser Siriol Davies. It gives a good framework for local church and mosque engagement’http://christianmuslimforum.org/

With our best wishes to you at this time.

The Coronavirus Task Group

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