September 18th 2020
Public worship can continue. There is an exemption that covers places of worship making it possible for more than six people to gather for acts of communal worship. However, it is not a blanket exemption. People must not be part of a group of more than six unless they are from the same household or support bubble.

September 9th 2020
Following indications that the number of people permitted to take part in a social gathering is to be reduced from 30 to six in England, we understand the new regulations will not apply to public worship or individual prayer in church buildings.

July 2nd
From 4th July, the Government has allowed resumption of public worship with maximum 30 people

St John’s church

Opening for private prayer on Saturday’s has now been suspended.
Wednesday’s will continue 1.30-2.30pm.

This Sunday 5th July, a simple half hour Holy Eucharist will resume at 9.45am.
Hand sanitizing and social distancing of 2 metres must be observed,
plus a one way system in the church.
If you come to worship please note the signs and further instructions.
Many will not feel ready to return to our church buildings just yet and
this is very understandable.
The over 70’s and the clinically vulnerable are to be aware of the risks,
whilst the final decision to attend remains with them.
The Holy Eucharist by Zoom has proved to be popular during lockdown.
This will continue for those who would prefer this and will take place
on Sunday’s at the later time of 11.45am. Invites as usual will go out.
>> Sermons will continue to be on the website and Facebook <<


June 9th
All parishes can now complete a risk assessment to help them prepare to re-open their church building(s).

May 22nd Durham Diocese Covid 19

Tuesday 5th June

Whilst some Government guidance has been revised, it is still vital that the necessary hygiene and social distancing precautions are kept in place in order to protect the NHS and save lives.

Thursday 2nd May 2020

PLEASE SEE HERE - https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches




Palm Sunday Reflection and resources.
• You can download the VIDEO for today’s reflection here.
• You can download the AUDIO for today’s reflection here.
• You can download the text here: Palm Sunday talk only.docx

Monday of Holy Week Reflection and resources.
• You can download the VIDEO for today’s reflection here.
• You can download the AUDIO for today’s reflection here.
• You can download the text here: Monday in Holy Week.docx

Like many events and activities, Spring Harvest is having to do things differently this year.
It is putting together ‘Spring Harvest Home’ which will be free and accessible through their YouTube channel in the week after Easter (13th-17th April) and will include teaching, live worship, all-age activities and fun for all the family.
The theme this year is ‘Unleashed: The Acts Church Today’. Whether or not you have been to Spring Harvest, this promises to be a great event to engage with – from your living room! Introduction.

video https://www.youtube.com/user/SpringHarvest

This page contains the latest information and resources regarding the COVID-19 situation and our Churches.

Here you will find resources for :
• Clergy
• Children & Young People
• COVID-19 letters and communications

Updated 28/3/20
https://durhamdiocese.org/covid-19 - copy & paste

A list of services, prayers, reflections being 'Live Streamed' by churches across the Diocese. If you want to add yours, please get in contact with details of What, When and Where they are being streamed including links.

Updated 06/04/20
https://durhamdiocese.org/covid-19/live-streamed-services - copy & paste

A Durham Diocese parishioner had an idea to promote a counter-infection of joy this Easter as a vaccine to the effects of COVID-19 during this coming Holy Time of Year.
David Pott mentioned it to a few people including the Rt Revd, Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham and others – all of whom thought it was a great idea and shared it further. What emerged was an idea that Christians everywhere step outside their homes and singing Jesus Christ is Risen Today at precisely 10 am on Easter Sunday morning, followed by Thine Be the Glory.


Published 28/3/20

The Church of England regularly publishes and updates a series of guides and links to resources that churches can use to be more proactive online.
The 'A Church Near You' portal is a window to every single parish church in the Church of England and gives parishes an excellent and free opportunity to publicise their church, services and events. You can even add a link to the services you are live streaming whilst we are amidst the COVID-19 crisis.

Updated 28/3/20

A series of videos on using your phone for making online videos, simply, effectively and without fuss.

Also covering the use of a ProCamera APP to improve the functionality of your phones video camera. More content to follow. Please let me know if there is any subject re video/audio you would like me to cover.

Throughout the last couple of weeks, I have been looking at the statistics and data released by the government and other research units such as Kings College London. I have also been helping them track the virus by taking part in a daily return of my own progress using their APP COVID Symptom Tracker. One of the challenges that we face is knowing when the population has gained herd immunity and this is one of the ways the scientist are trying to understand the situation.

Maybe this is something you might want to get involved with? As they say, 'Every Little Helps'!

More details here: https://covid.joinzoe.com

What should I do about my PPC or APCM meeting?

Bishops are extending the period for holding annual meetings.


“And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art,
and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply.
Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows.
And the people began to think differently. And the people healed.
And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.
And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.”
- Kitty O’Meara.

24th March 2020 - The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said he would join Pope Francis
and “millions around the world” for a united recital of the Lord’s Prayer at noon on Wednesday.
“Please join us wherever you are. Prayer unites us in testing times,” he wrote on Twitter

Archbishops and Bishops say: stay at home but continue to pray, to love, to care for the vulnerable The Archbishops and Bishops of the Church of England have urged everyone to follow the instructions given by the Prime Minister to stay in their homes in a national effort to limit the transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19)

But they called on the Church to “continue to pray, to love, to care for the vulnerable”.

It follows the announcement by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson
of sweeping restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the virus.
It means all Church of England churches will close with immediate effect in line with the Government’s instructions. there will also be no Church weddings or baptisms.
Funerals at the graveside or in crematoriums can still take place,
but only in line with the Prime minister’s Statement.

In a joint statement the bishops said: “In the light of the Government’s measures,
announced by the Prime Minister this evening, we urge everyone to follow the instructions given.
“We will give a fuller statement of advice as soon as possible. Let us continue to pray,
to love, to care for the ulnerable, and build our communities, even while separated.”


Although churches have been ordered to close for now due to the Coronavirus,
Father Carl will will be praying for everyone

o The Archbishop of Canterbury – The service will be broadcast on all BBC local radio stations in England at 8am and will premier online at 9am on Sunday 22nd March 2020.
o Follow the Church of England’s Facebook page to be notified about the upcoming broadcast.
o The Archbishop of York – will be streaming live on his Facebook page a short time of prayer this Sunday 22nd March.
o The time of prayer will include the Lord’s Prayer and two Taizé Chants ‘Kyrie Eleison, Christe Eleison’ (Lord have compassion, Christ have compassion)’, and ‘Frieden, Frieden hinterlasse ich euch’ (my peace I leave, my peace I give you’). It will be around 10 minutes long and will be streamed from www.facebook.com/archbishopofyork at 10am, 12 noon, 4pm and 6pm.
John Sentamu