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 write to you today with this being the last of our regular pattern of Tuesday and Thursday communications before the summer break. Thank you for your ongoing dedication to minister to others and we hope if you are having time off that there is the chance for refreshment and a change in routines. Most importantly be kind to yourself.

Following on from the government advice on facemasks, we wish to draw to your attention the guidance issued this afternoon by the Church of England. The guidance is  permissive rather than prescriptive and so like other guidance requires some judgement according to each context. A number of other documents related to worship have also been updated and can be accessed on this link https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches

We would also encourage you to watch the Presidential address given by Bishop Nicholas at the diocesan synod that is on Facebook and the diocesan website.  Attached to today’s email is also a resource from our CMD and Wellbeing Officer the Revd Jackie Johnson. This is simply an offering that you may find useful or pass onto others.

As mentioned on Tuesday we do intend to keep the pattern of Monday videos as a way to stay in touch with you and if there is some information of significance we will send it out using email when required. During August the Bishops' Office remains as a point of contact both during and outside of business hours with support always available. While on leave we will check emails for urgent matters and our chaplain can be contacted on 07487 242912 if support is required.

With our prayers and our appreciation,
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