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 

During this Holy Week we warmly encourage you to engage with each day - be that in your local setting as well as with the resources and worship from the diocese. We are seeking to respect the change of pace that normally marks Holy Week, so if we have important information to share, eg from the archbishops, we will do so, but otherwise we may not be in contact each day by email. Please, however, keep an eye on our Facebook page and the diocesan website. 

Attached to today's email is the order of service for tomorrow, Tuesday. You are invited to join us at 11am on Facebook on the bishops' page - Lincoln - Bishops' Office. The service will be a time for us to renew our commitment to ministry and will take about half an hour. 

Updated Information on Weddings from our Registry

The Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury has provided some advice on marriages following the Government's decision not to allow any further marriages to take place until further notice due to the spread of Covid-19. 

Screen Time 

At this time when so many of us are using screens, here are some tips in regard to your diet of news and social media:

  • Limit the news and be careful what you read.
  • Having long periods away from news websites and social media can help manage anxiety.
  • Limit the amount of time you spend reading or watching things which aren't making you feel better. Perhaps decide on a specific time to check in with the news
  • There is a lot of misinformation swirling around - stay informed by sticking to trusted sources of information such as government and NHS websites and the Church of England
  • Have breaks from social media and mute things which are possible triggers
  • Try to have time away from social media, watching TV or reading books instead.
  • Mute key words which might be triggering on Twitter and unfollow or mute accounts
  • Mute WhatsApp groups and hide Facebook posts and feeds if you find them too overwhelming

With our prayers and thanks 

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