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 wish to thank the licensed clergy of the archdeaconry of Lincoln for our gathering online yesterday. To see the familiar faces across two screens was a source of encouragement and greatly appreciated along with the reflections and thoughts of those attending. We now look forward to the meetings for Stow and Lindsey tomorrow and Boston on Monday. We aim to be in touch on a Tuesday and Thursday when there is information for you. In this email is information on Vocations Sunday as well as an initiative from the national church for family prayer and a phone line for resources for those without internet. 


Vocations Sunday 

This Sunday is Vocations Sunday and the following is from Sonia Baron - our Diocesan Director of Ordinands and Vocations.

Whilst we may not be able to gather in our churches to mark Vocations Sunday, we can still encourage people to consider their vocation. Vocations Sunday recognises 


that all Christians have a call from God – none of us is beyond it.  Vocation includes callings to ordained ministry and the formal lay ministries of the gathered church as well as callings to many other jobs and tasks, to social roles and to development of character.  Vocational discernment forms an essential part of discipleship.

Since vocation is discerned in community, it is also a day to pray that we would recognise and call out vocation in each other. Please see below a link to the Vocations website of the national church where we are reminded “it is the task of all those serving in ministry to help identify and nurture the gifts and callings of every member of the Church.”

This link takes you to liturgical resources for Vocations Sunday 

National Initiatives 

There are two initiatives from the national church you may wish to use and also pass onto the parish and wider community.  

The first was launched today and is the initiative called Faith at Home (link to website). The aim is to  encourage families to talk about faith and prayer in our challenging context. 

There is also a new service to provide prayers, music and reflections to those without internet access. Daily Hope is a free telephone line with hymns, reflections and prayers aimed particularly at those aged 75 and over who do not have internet access. In the past week since being launched the phone line has had 12,000 calls. There is a poster (see here) that can be distributed with the information about the phone line - 0800 804 8044. With our thanks to you and with our prayers  

With our thanks to you and with our 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