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 

Today we want to invite you to join with us and colleagues to celebrate Ascension Thursday next week with a service led by Bishop Nicholas at 11am. We are very mindful, particularly after the archdeaconry meetings, of the symbolism of joining together even if it is virtually. We are also wanting to be able to reach as many people as possible using different forms of communication. While the service will be at 11am, using the Zoom platform, it will be available later in the day through the website or Facebook. We will come back to you next week with details of how to join the service with the necessary links.

The archdeaconry meetings also highlighted questions about resources on streaming technology and funerals. There are a number of webinars being provided by the national church which we have listed below. 

Also a reminder that each week on the bishops' Facebook account, Lincoln - Bishops Office,  there is a reflection from one of the bishops. 

With our ongoing 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


Tuesday 19th May

11am – 12 noon “Funerals: an immediate concern” a live repeat of the very popular webinar held on May 1st. (Sandra will be reflecting on the latest guidance and there will be an opportunity to ask questions. https://zoom.us/webinar/register/1215886950949/WN_Vco9t97IRG-sYBoCgDsquw

Wednesday 20th May 

2pm - 3pm “Reimagining Church: Sharing wisdom from fresh expressions” with Revd Heather Cracknell, National Head of Development: Fresh Expressions and special guests https://zoom.us/webinar/register/8515881669073/WN_cvFWJJMBST2iA5hovpDVrA

Friday 22nd May

11am -12 noon, “Using technology to support funeral ministry” with Revd Canon Sandra Millar https://zoom.us/webinar/register/7715877393193/WN_pL5ZLAaAQ3adBd2SAhVdiQ

Thursday 28th May

2pm - 3pm “Culture after the virus: Anticipating our new context” with Revd Dr Stephen Hance, plus special guest the Rt Revd Simon Burton-Jones, Bishop of Tonbridge. https://zoom.us/webinar/register/7715882518353/WN_ptCiHC-wRz6x73nGgSEGWg

Thursday 4th June 2020

2pm - 3pm “Leadership in the time of Covid 19” with Revd Canon Dave Male, Director of Evangelism and Discipleship https://zoom.us/webinar/register/8215882661816/WN_MsPocYJETkiR0rW35mp47A