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December 2020/January 2021

Front cover of The Bridge December 2020/January 2021

Sutton pupils learn the power of art with recycled Remembrance display / A view from The Bridge / News in brief / Diocesan adviser joins board of Churches Conservation Trust / Making a nation grateful – one conversation at a time / “We must work together to combat this terrible challenge”: Synergy Network launches website aimed at tackling youth violence / Nine Elms Arts Ministry launches song of hope / St Leonard, Streatham choir closes local arts festival / Crane does the heavy lifting for St Barnabas, Eltham / Marking Remembrance Day: a selection of stories from around the Diocese / Watching, waiting, and hoping / Let Us Pray / Sharing the Christmas message in a shop window / Camel-wrangling at Good Shepherd, Lee / All Saints, Sanderstead to brighten Advent with virtual calendar / St Margaret, Putney shares Christmas cheer with local families / Advent ideas to try / Robes SleepIN helps those forced to sleep out / Managing expectations: essential advice for clergy / ‘My church’s support got me through’ / Lockdown lessons in preaching the Gospel / “It is an exciting time for lay ministries”: report from the Lay Council / What's on / Watching the lockdown months go by in St Peter, Walworth / Vicar’s Covid Chronicle to be published by PM programme / Dean of Women’s Ministry appointed Queen’s Chaplain / Diocese marks 20 years since Damilola Taylor’s death / Bishop Christopher introduces new SPAs in Commissioning service / Dioceses of Southwark and Jerusalem to sign Covenant Agreement

November 2020

Front cover of The Bridge November 2020

Ten Readers licensed to serve in Southwark / Southwark pupils stitch together a response to the refugee crisis / A view from The Bridge / Bishop Christopher installs four new Honorary Canons / First impressions of the Diocesan Clergy Study Day / Mourning the passing of a great servant to Southwark / “Sometimes God honours ordinary people”: Gerie Knights steps down after 10 years as Diocesan SPA / Limpsfield school brings “human connectivity” to acts of worship / National Lottery grant helps to reveal St Alfege’s rich history / Surrey’s Lord-Lieutenant visits St Matthew’s food bank / St Mark, South Norwood celebrates parishioner’s centenary / Raising money for Glass Door, whatever the weather / Harvest in the Diocese: a time for giving / Coming up: Robes’ sponsored SleepIn / In the midst of life, remembering those we have lost / A new sign brings history to life on the church site at St Philip, Cheam / Remembrance resources / Preserving parish history at St Anne, Wandsworth / Let Us Pray / Parish giving made simple with access to new scheme / Diocese welcomes a new Communications Director / A new face in the Diocesan Giving Team / New head of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation department appointed / MBE recognition for Southwark Honorary Minor Canon / “We were determined to carry on supporting local young arts professionals” / How North Lambeth overcame COVID for Christian Aid / Concertgoers tune in for charity at South Beddington / “Our brothers and sisters
need us to wake up now” / Get Involved... / “Christians should imagine a better future, and then make it happen”: a report on the Green Christian Festival / What's On / Andrew Zihni appointed Precentor / Archbishops’ Council rewards Southwark with sustainability funding / Four bishops, five services and two dozen curates: ordinations to the priesthood in Southwark Diocese / Bishop Christopher licenses two new chaplains for Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust

October 2020

Front cover of The Bridge October 2020

Deacons ordained in Southwark after three-month delay / A view from the Bridge / Cathedral institutes and installs new Honorary Canons / Southwark’s Children and Youth Team relaunches Diocesan Resource Exchange / New faces, new roles, new-look Trinity House / A farmer’s eye view of Creationtide: encouraging nature for all to enjoy / Harvest in Limpsfield and Tatsfield / “We wanted to thank those working against the odds” / Chaplaincy volunteers honoured for work during COVID-19 / A trip to the seaside wraps up summer for St Anselm, Kennington’s parishioners / St Francis, Monks Hill lays new foundations / Taking the plunge for Macmillan Cancer Research / Letting their light shine in the community / ‘Pupils’ mental and physical well-being was a priority’: how the SDBE helped schools to keep worshipping during lockdown / “The staff worked tirelessly all summer” / Holy Trinity CE School, Sydenham / How St Luke’s and Christ Church Streatham primaries hit the gold standard for respecting rights / Foundations built on rock / Paying tribute to a hero of Tooting / A virtual hug from All Saints CE Primary, Croydon / Holy Trinity CE Primary School and Nursery, Richmond / “Black Lives Matter is one of 2020’s defining themes” / Let Us Pray / What's On / Prisons Week 2020 – United in Lockdown / Bishop pays homage to Battle of Britain heroes at anniversary serivce / Bishop for the Arts takes to a new stage in Streatham / Lancelot Andrewes’ medals awarded for COVID-19 support / Bishop appoints new tutor for curates’ ministerial training / New Diocesan Registrar sworn in

September 2020

Front cover of The Bridge September 2020

Celebrating the work of our teachers with “spa-rty” bags / Lambeth Awards honour two with Southwark connections / A view from The Bridge / Diocese bids a fond farewell to Stephen Roberts / Celebrate Creationtide / Bishop Christopher licenses new Chaplain at Southwark Cathedral / Christ Church, Brixton Road mourns long-serving Vicar / The Rt Revd Stephen Oliver joins Southwark as Assistant Bishop / New Adviser for Women’s Ministry prepares to start work in Woolwich Area / Mortlake parishioners take a holiday from lockdown / Lights, camera, action at St Francis, Monks Hill / Seeing ‘agape’ at work in Holy Trinity with St Matthew / St Mary Magdalene, Wandsworth’s cross for all seasons / Why going digital helped spread hope in Battersea / How Christ Church, Gipsy Hill took its Open Doors ethos into the community / The deacon and the “Twiddle Muff” / Life under lockdown in Zimbabwe / Matabeleland Diocese struggles to respond to illegal settlers as well as Coronavirus / Let Us Pray / Zimbabwe’s bright stars shine over London / Construction and baking: all in a day’s work for our clergy / Santa comes early to Southwark Cathedral / Bishop Christopher invites clergy to mark VJ Day / Bishop Graham Kings moves to pastures new / New head of Discipleship and Ministry appointed / St Stephen, South Dulwich reopens with a musical flourish / Despite Coronavirus, the Diocese’s work goes on / “I’m proud to say this is my child’s school”:
St Mary’s CoE Primary, Lewisham, shines during lockdown / Much-loved teacher retires from St Matthew’s Primary / Seasoning life as the salt of the Earth / St Mary, Lewisham garden bears new kind of fruit / Unravelling the mysteries of Revelation with Bishop David Atkinson / “Virtual ministry featured in my interview − but not nearly as much as it has in practice!” / 

July/August 2020

Front cover of The Bridge July/August 2020

Southwark supports Black Lives Matter / Priests and parishioners take the knee at St Peter, Walworth / A view from The Bridge / Bishop Christopher welcomes new chaplain / Parish Support Fund 2021 launches / Southwark marks anniversary of London Bridge attacks / Furzedown shocked by loss of “pastorally gifted” priest / Wendy Stephens appointed as new Diocesan SPA / St Mildred, Addiscombe choir to “visit” Guildford / The harder they fall: virtual assemblies in Wandsworth / One day, two pilgrims, three Episcopal Areas and 14 miles / St Edward, Mottingham, wins housing competition / Reigate Grammar School transforms into drive-through food donations centre / St James, Bermondsey honours the victims of Grenfell / Get ready for the new normal / “I hope people feel safe”; All Saints, West Dulwich prepares to open its doors to the public / Facing the future with hope, and God, at work /  St John, Shirley, plans its return to a new way of worshipping / Keeping our churches as safe as possible / Frequently asked questions: returning to church after lockdown / IN FOCUS... Parishes respond to Black Lives Matter / Ordinands receive a virtual welcome to the Diocese / Slow and steady progress helps All Saints, Hackbridge and Beddington to win its Eco Church Bronze Award / Farewell tributes pour in to outgoing Deputy Diocesan Secretary, the Revd Stephen Roberts

June 2020

Front cover of The Bridge June 2020

Boosting morale in Carshalton – with help from some friendly faces / A view from The Bridge / Voices from the Communion share COVID-19 experiences / A time for holding together: the annual Cathedral Iftar / Bishop Christopher licenses new priests over Zoom / Prayer and care around the world / It’s Ready, Steady, Cook at The Good Shepherd / ‘Opening their souls to the viewer’ / Walking alone but together in support of Christian Aid / Laptop donation to school shows ‘hope in the future’ / Wallington 92-year-old goes the distance for Christian Aid / Organist ‘walks’ the Camino in lockdown / Church life gets a new look at St Mary Magdalene, Wandsworth Common / Courage and challenge in a time of crisis / “Prison staff have exhibited extraordinary courage, away from the public gaze” / Let Us Pray / Diocese marks VE Day with a call for peace / St Michael’s Primary, Southfields hangs out the bunting for VE Day / St Silas, Nunhead honours vicar lost in air raid / St Michael, Barnes rings the bells for VE Day / VE Day memories from St John, Richmond / 

May 2020

Front cover of The Bridge May 2020

Sewing scrubs for the NHS at St Mary, Putney / A marathon fundraising effort in Forest Hill / A view from The Bridge / VE Day service to showcase Diocese’s old family photos / Date for the diary: activities for Ascension, Pentecost and Thy Kingdom Come / Tributes paid to a curate with “inner light” / St Peter, Norbiton mourns death of vicar of 27 years / Board of Education wins approval to build new Kingston secondary / Update from our Link Dioceses in Zimbabwe / How Emmanuel, Croydon is building a Church without walls / A call to arms: St Saviour, Crofton Park’s befriending project, Linking Lives UK, picks up the telephone / A journey from exile into hope / East Dulwich church shelters the homeless / Southwark’s hospital chaplains make national headlines / The pandemic and the planet – what next? / Your Gospel is too small – why the environment and climate change are central for Christian faith in the 21st century / Turning to technology to appreciate nature / Writing from the heart: Southwark young people submit Letters for Creation to National Church event / Transforming a wasteland into a community orchard / Green dreams at St John, Waterloo / Holy Trinity, Tulse Hill nominated for green building award / In focus. . . Easter Stories / How an Easter garden bore fruit in Mottingham / All change in Oxted as the Team Churches go online / St Mildred, Addiscombe sing out during lockdown / Redhill primary school staff support local families / The day we didn’t meet the Queen: 2020’s Maundy Gift recipients share their stories

April 2020

Front cover of The Bridge April 2020

Church isn’t closed, just the buildings: facing the Coronavirus crisis together / A view from The Bridge / Let Us Pray / Southwark chaplain joins Nurses’ League / Bishops stand up for climate justice in Parliament Square / PCC Secretaries’ Conference: the chance to refresh relationships / A message from the Diocesan Secretary / Being one Body while we’re apart / Life under lockdown: new ways of being Church / The road to the Resurrection / Follow The Way without leaving the house / Journeying into the past on two wheels / Preparing for a (virtual) prayer walk... / Connecting classrooms from London to Harare / Bishop Christopher gets behind St James, Clapham’s message of hope / St Mary, Balham gives bugs the five-star treatment / Top marks for Redhill CofE primary / Southwark schools step up to help their communities / St John, Caterham Valley choirmaster auctions paintings to raise money for refugees / St Nicholas, Plumstead parishioners awarded the Lancelot Andrewes Medal / Board of Education holds annual general meeting / Rosemarie Mallett installed as Archdeacon of Croydon in Southwark Cathedral / ‘A city on a hill that cannot be hidden’: St Peter, Woodmansterne welcomes new Rector

March 2020

Front cover of The Bridge March 2020

Angelic photo wins £2,000 for St Stephen, Dulwich / Southwark joins Cross of Nails community / A view from the Bridge / USPG stained glass gives sign of hope to the world / Southwark’s Safeguarding Adviser announces move to sports charity / Join the SouthwarkVision celebrations / Woolwich Area Study Day puts spotlight on disability inclusion / St Leonard, Streatham leads response to terror attack / Lancelot Andrewes Medal honour for St Mary, Addiscombe parishioner / “It’s Mossy Church, not Messy Church!” / In the hot seat: design prize for Southwark pupil / Southwark hosts its first Youth Forum / Southwark Diocesan Servers’ Festival 2020 / Croydon Prayer Space prompts deep thought / St Michael, Blackheath to launch youth choir festival / Southwark colleagues make a splash at General Synod / Bishop Richard presents new vicar to St Andrew, Ham / A time to rejoice and celebrate new beginnings / Burstow Church looks to the stars at Epiphany / What's On / ‘He has meant so much to so many’: Diocese gathers to honour departing Archdeacon Chris Skilton

February 2020

Front cover of The Bridge February 2020

The new eco-project that keeps people coming back for more / Welcome to your new-look Bridge / A view from The Bridge / The 2020 Bishop's Lent Call launches in parishes / PSF announcement - we've hit 99% / Grant boosts plans for St John's Brigades / St Stephen, Godstone marks 150 years...and a new life / Bishops join forces at the annual blessing of the river / 'Tree of Hope' offers beacon of light in Kennington / In Focus: Christmas in Southwark / A festival of 'alternative' Christmas trees / Festive gift brings joy to children's hospital / A fest among friends at St Mary, Mortlake / Behind the scenes at the Nativity / Sharing Christmas cheer, and coffee, with weary commuters / Tideway drops in to Cathedral Sing-In / ‘St Nicholas’ pays a visit to St Barnabas, Mitcham / Croydon Minster's starring role / Developing Southwark’s pioneering spirit / In Focus: Holy Week and Passion Plays / 20th anniversary of the Gatton Passion / Measuring up for the Cathedral’s Lent Art Installation 2020 / Artwork for all at Kew Green / ‘Come and share’ at St George Waddon / Bible Study - February / Lecture by the Rt Revd Peter Selby to discuss threat to liberalism / What's On / Science and faith project receives £3.4m grant for ministry training / “They want me to go to Southwark, and I’m going”: Bishop Ronnie Bowlby remembered / Christ Church South Nutfield bids farewell to Alison Way / ‘The resilience, depth of faith and strong hope is inspiring’ /