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Tuesday 5th May
Guidance on moving forward
House of Bishops backs phased approach to revising access to church buildings
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Thursday 2nd May 2020

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

 

FORMAL COVID-19 UPDATES
COVID-19 Update 16 - HOLY WEEK & EASTER
https://mailchi.mp/durhamdiocese.org/covid-19-update-1349348

COVID-19 Update 15 - SAFEGUARDING
https://mailchi.mp/durhamdiocese.org/covid-19-update-1348016

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

SPRING HARVEST GOES DIGITAL
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

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

LIVE STREAMING SERVICES LISTING
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

SING-RESURRECTION
A COUNTER-INFECTION OF JOY AND HOPE FOR EASTER DAY
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.


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Published 28/3/20
https://durhamdiocese.org/sing-resurrection-a-counter-infection-of-joy-and-hope-for-easter-day


TAKING YOUR CHURCH ONLINE
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.
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Updated 28/3/20
https://durhamdiocese.org/taking-your-church-online/


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.

HELPING UK SCIENTISTS TRACK COVID-19
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.

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“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.
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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
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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)
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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.”

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


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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