News and events Stories Becoming a "different sort of church" As our bishops have said, it has been hugely encouraging to see 'the ways church was able to change over the weekend, enabling the Body of Christ to gather and care for each other through the use of social media, live streaming and people phoning to check on each other'. As you may have seen, helpful information and resources have been published on the diocesan website, and our bishops now have a Facebook page (both platforms feature an initial short film featuring Bishop David). In addition, the Church of England website also has some very helpful online content relating to worship (please click on this link). As part of our efforts to remain in touch with one another around the diocese, here are details of what some churches and parishes are offering. If you would like to send us details of what is being offered through your church or parish, so that we can continue to share ideas and resources more widely, please contact us via email and we will add the details to this page. (We welcome photos, logo, etc as long as they are approved for publication.) The Lincoln Cathedral website offers some resources for worship at home (see here), together with a list of acts of worship that are broadcast on the radio (see here). The diocesan website has a news story that looks at how St Swithin's Church in Lincoln is embracing technology at this time. The piece includes a list of helpful resources for communication. The article is available here. Graffoe Parish has set up a 'Coronavirus Care List', offering daily telephone support for the vulnerable. More details are available here. Waddington Parish Council and local churches are working together to help and support local residents. Details may be found here. St Peter in Eastgate and St Peter in Carlton in Lincoln have become 'St Peter in Your Home'. On Sunday, 22nd March 2020, a service was live streamed from the church, with a downloadable order of service for use by those tuning in from home. Details on this and supporting information is available here. The Revd Canon Andrew Vaughan has been streaming services from home on the Facebook page for North Scarle Church. Andrew has been making use of the free Time to Pray app, which may be downloaded from the Church House Publishing website. The Parish Church of St Wulfram, Grantham, has published some information detailing its planned response (here), which is to include streamed services on its Facebook page. Sleaford Parish Church has some helpful links on its website, including a link to streamed services on YouTube. The latest information from the Parish of Boston is available on the News section of the parish website. The parish church of St Mary Magdalene, Lincoln, has been updating its congregations and visitors via telephone, email and the news pages of its website, and on Sunday it live streamed two offerings of worship on its Facebook page, including a response to the Archbishops' call for a national day of prayer and action. The Childrens and Families Minister at St George's Stamford has arranged some online Children's church lessons. In addition, a series of reflections are being offered via the church's YouTube channel. More information on St George's may be found here. All Saints Bracebridge, Lincoln has been working in partnership with the City Council and Lincolnshire Coop to support those who are vulnerable and in need of certain items. In addition, the church has provided reading lists and copies of Morning Prayer with a commitment to pray together on a regular basis. A telephone support network is in place, offering people an opportunity to talk and pray together. Also, a reminder that information on the Church of England's Lent resource, #LiveLent: Care for God’s Creation, may be found here. The daily prayer from the Church of England, in text and audio format, is available here. This page was updated on Tuesday, 24th March 2020.