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 again thank you and encourage you for the ways in which so many of you are seeking ways to be church in these challenging times. So you are aware there is planning at the present time about the shape of Holy Week and how that will be resourced and observed online. We also encourage you to look ahead and plan times of rest as at the moment we are in what a number of people are calling the first phase of this pandemic and so we need to pace ourselves through what we model and assist others to do the same.

Today there is a new message on our Facebook page which is 'Lincoln - Bishops' Office'.

Please find attached today a resource from the national church that highlights key themes that many of us confront at this time that can impact on mental health. The resource with a series of reflections aims to provide comfort and hope and could be distributed within parishes and friends. (This resource may be found here.)

The following advice may also be useful providing perspectives and guidance for ministers during the first phase of the coronavirus. 

https://tragedyandcongregations.org.uk/2020/03/24/guidance-for-ministers-as-the-coronavirus-crisis-deepens/

 

With our thanks and prayers,

Bishop David and Bishop Nicholas


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

The Right Reverend Dr Nicholas Chamberlain
Bishop of Grantham