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 

As we all know, the Prime Minister spoke to the nation on Sunday, following which there have been statements to Parliament and much media comment, including many requests for greater clarity.  We would like you to know that the House of Bishops is meeting tomorrow.  The House will discuss how the Church of England might respond to the Government's plans as set out in the document 'Our Plan to Rebuild:  The UK Government's Covid-19 Recovery Strategy'.  

After the House has met, we will share with you as quickly as we can our best understanding of what this might mean for us locally in Greater Lincolnshire.  At present, the government report states that it is moving towards the possibility of some 'public spaces' (possibly including some churches) being opened in some way in July.  The quest and the request for clarity is one that concerns us as bishops alongside you our colleagues with different roles and we will do all that we can to distill as clear a way forward for us all as possible.

What we actually do is clearly going to require much thinking and talking together over the next weeks and we would like to thank you for engaging with us in this process.  We do understand the importance of sacred space, as we also understand the importance of trying to keep people safe.

In the meantime please find attached to today's email further advice from from the St Luke's Virtual Clergy Welbeing Programme with insights on how we live long term with a pandemic.

Should you have any questions or need to seek advice please contact our wellbeing officer Jackie Johnson on either 07590 950040 or [email protected]​coln.anglican.org

With our thanks to you and 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