Please find attached a pastoral letter from Bishop Stephen. Please share this with your parishes. A video version will also be posted on our social media channels and website in the coming days.
Letter from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York providing detailed guidance on worship
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have written to all clergy to provide detailed guidance on worship and prayer during the Coronavirus Pandemic. The letter is attached to this email. Also attached is a document setting out detailed guidance on prayer in church. Tomorrow we will publish resources on our website to support prayer and worship in your own parishes.
Thanks to your feedback via your Area Deans and your emails to email@example.com, we have been able to compile some answers to your Frequently Asked Questions. These FAQs will continue to be updated and grow over the coming days and weeks as we work to support you with the issues you face. At present the FAQs deal with:
– What do we do if people turn up for services this Sunday morning?
– Should we have a continuity plan for our parish?
– Should meetings continue?
– What about APCMS and PCC meetings?
– What about weddings?
– What about the publication of banns of marriage?
– Can funerals still take place?
– Do I need a license to live stream services?
– What do we do about groups and individuals hiring church buildings?
There will be further updates to the advice in the next 24 hours and an additional set of FAQs relating specifically to clergy is being circulated to Area Deans via Archdeacons.
Training, Coaching and MDR provision
Please find attached a letter from Andrew Griffiths regarding training, coaching and MDR provision in light of the Coronavirus.
Thank you once more for the work you are doing and your helpful engagement. Archdeacons are now speaking with Area Deans on a daily basis and these conversations are being fed into the Diocesan Communications Group, so please do stay in touch with your Area Dean.
Yours in Christ
The Diocesan Communications Group.
Rt Rev Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford
Rt Rev Peter Hill, Bishop of Barking
The Venerable Ruth Patten, Archdeacon of Colchester
The Venerable Chris Burke, Archdeacon of Barking
Rev Canon Dr Roger Matthews, Dean of Mission and Ministry
Joel Gowen, Diocesan Secretary and Chief Executive
Keith Baggs, Chelmsford Cathedral
Tom Geldard, Diocesan Director of Communications and Media
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