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 

Greetings to you for the Feast of the Ascension!  Thank you to those who joined us for the diocesan service this morning. There were about 300 'gathered' through zoom and it was good to see so many faces. The service will be available on line this afternoon through the diocesan website and social media sites.  (please note that because of a slight technical hitch the recording doesn't show the different 'zoom' participants, but is Bishop Nicholas' 'backup' version).

Please find attached to this an offering designed to help clergy and others who are entering buildings. We hope this could be a template for you that may be kept as a record of checking a church building. We do realise each church will have its own requirements but want to thank our diocesan secretary David Dadswell, and the staff who assisted with this document. The link below is also a handy way to be able to keep up to date with the latest version of the Church of England Guidelines with an FAQs section. We hope this may be of assistance to you alongside our own communications.

For those of you who may have some time put aside for leave during what would have been half term we do encourage you to be kind to yourself and enjoy that space for some other activities. Next week Bishop Nicholas will be on leave and Bishop David is intending to have a planning and reading week but would be available for emergencies through email. Our chaplain can be contacted on mobile which is 07 487 242912 for urgent matters.

With our thanks and prayers to you  

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


Bishop Nicholas
The Right Reverend Dr Nicholas Chamberlain
Bishop of Grantham