This email communication has been sent to all licensed Active Clergy, clergy who hold the bishop's Permission to Officiate, Retired Clergy, Readers, Authorised Lay Ministers, Churchwardens, Lay Chairs, PCC Secretaries, and the members of the Bishop’s Council of Diocesan Trustees.

Dear colleagues

 
We write to you today with details about Holy Week, that are now confirmed. These include details of how people can create palm crosses to place in their home windows to indicate their participation in the story of Holy Week. Thanks to the Revd Dr Sarah Lawrence, our IME2 officer, we have a video and written instructions - thank you Sarah.
 
Looking ahead, tomorrow we hope to be able to also give advice about Holy Communion from the national church; advice about the streaming of communion services from homes as well as the obligation to receive communion on Easter Sunday.  
 
Holy Week
We are now able to confirm our plans for Holy Week. We hope these will complement and add to those arrangements you are making yourselves locally. With the palm crosses, and also the candles,  we would encourage you to share what you are doing in your homes with the wider diocese - a way to do this is to email our chaplain with pictures and a brief paragraph. 
  • There will be a brief daily video message from different members of the bishops' staff, posted on the website, beginning on Palm Sunday with a focus on the gospel reading of the day 
  • You will see attached to this email is a video (featuring Revd Sarah Lawrence) about how to make palm crosses as well as written instructions. We would love you to encourage as many as possible to place these in windows from Palm Sunday, or use larger branches at a door, to indicate their house has entered the story of Holy Week
  • There will be a simple service on Tuesday for the renewal of ministerial commitment for all God’s people which will be on Facebook live at 11am and accessible to all via the internet. Simply search for Lincoln - Bishops' Office. 
  • There will be a Eucharist online at 5pm on Easter Sunday evening using the diocesan website with the invitation to light a candle in a window each evening from Easter Day as a sign of new life.
We wish you well in your preparations for Holy Week as we continue to minister online and through the phone. Thank you for all you are doing.

With our thanks and prayers,

Bishop David
The Right Reverend Dr David Court
Bishop of Grimsby
Acting Bishop of Lincoln

and

Bishop Nicholas
The Right Reverend Dr Nicholas Chamberlain
Bishop of Grantham