Cornwall Bereavement Network

Cornwall Bereavement Network began at an initial meeting of bereavement services at Penhaligon’s Friends, a charity to support bereaved children and their families. From the outset, it was well-attended by many professionals who either provide support or services to those bereaved.

It became clear that there was a requirement, across Cornwall, for a central resource where professionals could cross-refer and learn more about the bereavement services available in the region.

NHS professionals, emergency services, hospices, funeral directors, and coroners are often amongst the first points of contact for those recently bereaved. For them, being able to direct the local community to support services means that those who have lost a loved one can source the help they need at a time when they are most vulnerable.

You are not alone. There is assistance out there – you just need to know where to find it.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) liturgy and prayer resources

This page contains prayers and intercessions for personal or group use, special prayers for use when it isn’t possible to meet in church, and a simple form of prayer for the morning and evening, which can be downloaded, printed, and shared with those remaining at home or who are unable to access the Internet.

These resources are offered to help those who are struggling to find words at this difficult and stressful time, and to enable Christians to worship in solidarity with one another even when it is not possible to gather in a church building.

The main coronavirus guidance for churches can be accessed here. Building on existing resources, this also includes an overview of the considerable expansion in digital content planned in the days and weeks ahead.

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Call to Church Leaders: A Pledge This Easter

With Easter this weekend, we want to get the message far and wide that the Church is here for the nation. This Easter we are asking 1000 UK Church leaders to publicly commit to supporting their local communities, to bring a message of hope, so that no-one will be alone, without the help they need, during the COVID-19 crisis.

We are working with press and media to publish this pledge this weekend.
Join us in spreading good news this Easter. Sign the Pledge and Share!

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Barnabas Coronavirus Emergency Network (BCEN) Launched

LAUNCH OF THE BARNABAS CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY NETWORK (BCEN)

The needs of the poor and persecuted church are urgent and must be met now. Coronavirus is creating a humanitarian disaster, especially for persecuted Christians, in many parts of the world.

And the reason for this disproportionate effect on the Christian community?
Persecuted Christians are on the margins of society, discriminated against in daily life, and often discriminated against when general aid is distributed. Many are desperately poor already because of discrimination. They have no savings, and with lockdown they have lost their meagre incomes.

Many pastors and clergy have no means of support if their congregations cannot meet.

Barnabas Fund, the leading aid agency for persecuted Christians, has launched the Barnabas Coronavirus Emergency Network to urgently meet these needs. We are joined by over 85 partner organisations. These include global church denominations, representing thousands of congregations worldwide and some are theological institutions with close links to rural pastors caring for their vulnerable flock during this time. Associations such as GAFCON, EFAC, the Communion of Reformed Churches, and Pentecostal Networks are all part of the Barnabas Coronavirus Emergency Network, giving us direct access to our brothers and sisters at the grassroots. Our objectives are to monitor the effects of Covid-19 on persecuted Christians, and learn how to support those Christians better.

BCEN is obtaining reliable up-to-date information which Barnabas Fund will share with supporters to inform their prayers.
BCEN is guiding Barnabas Fund’s response in terms of practical support for coronavirus-affected Christians, thus ensuring that funds given are used as effectively as possible in this unprecedented and fast-changing global emergency.

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Coronavirus: Missional & Theological reflections

This page is updated every Thursday – last update: 2 April 2020 Go to latest version

This week we have seen the continuing theological reflections on COVID-19 growing steadily. We have tried to categorise them in some way to make it easier to navigate.

For a number of years Christians have been considering how we re-imagine church in a post-Christendom landscape. The rupture to our normal lives has been dramatic. The way in which normal life is being changed and shut down provides an opportunity for the church to practice the two greatest commandments.  

During a crisis there are both dangers and opportunities. In a national emergency we have the chance to counter fear with peace and panic with the reassurance of God’s presence and love. In the last few days new blogs, prayers and reflections have been produced that might help us in an era of social distancing and isolation to start rethinking the mission of the church in these strange new times.

A new resource for churches dealing with Coronavirus, with three focuses: Prayer, Prepare and Proclaim has been produced by Hope1315.

More reflections on isolation and trauma

The SCM blog continues the series of theology in isolation this week with an article from Florence O’Taylor on a view from the middle trauma theology and covid-19. There are also interesting reflections on creativity and paralysis from Grant Stewart in South Africa and Emily Scott muses on how our brains don’t work as well during a time of crisis and trauma. On Tuesday Lucy Peppiatt (Principal of Westminster Theological Centre) wrote on charismatic Christians and coronavirus reminding us that ‘good habits that can become bad habits when exaggerated in a crisis.’ We shouldn’t underestimate the degree of trauma this will bring to us all.

Lament, judgement and moral challenges

CMS have created an excellent virtual lament space which is being added to on a daily basis and can be found here. Intended, perhaps, for lent initially this is a good place to browse. The heavy weight theologians have begun to offer reflections this week. New Testament scholar and former Bishop of Durham N T Wright’s article for Time magazine entitled Christianity offers no answers about the coronavirus: it’s not supposed to has been widely hailed. Wright says, ‘the mystery of the biblical story is that God also laments. Some Christians like to think of God as above all that, knowing everything, in charge of everything, calm and unaffected by the troubles in his world. That’s not the picture we get in the Bible.’ Ian Paul (Premiere Blogger of the year in 2017 and 2018) offers a longer treatise on plagues, judgement and the book of Revelation and Luke Bretherton reflects on how coronavirus presents a moral crisis not just a medical one.

Finally, the first online academic conference has been announced for the 17th June led by Professor Neil Messer from the University of Winchester. Titled Christian Theology in the Midst of COVID-19 it aims to be, ‘an attempt to stimulate some initial theological reflection on the global COVID-19 pandemic.’ Offers for papers until the 30th April.

Preliminary Biblical reflections

One theme that is cropping up in the blogs of Ruth Gee (Assistant Secretary of the Methodist Conference) and Stephen March (Pioneer Development worker in the diocese of Leicester) is the subject of Babylonian Exile. Ruth reflects on a people in exile and a people of hope. Stephen’s blog fuel for pilgrims asks whether the coronavirus may be the saviour of the church? James Fox Robinson (Prayer and Spirituality enabler from the Diocese of Bath and Wells) has started a series of corona reflections based on the book of Jonah that are worth investigating and Kiwi missiologist Steve Taylor has a short vimeo clip on Reading Luke 10:1-11 in a COVID lockdown

Being isolated and alone

Other bloggers have been reflecting on the idea of being isolated and at home. A great post from Evangelist Canon J John is on being home alone can be found here. Theologian Karen O’Donnell has blogged on doing theology from a place that hurts and is worth a read from the perspective of trauma theology. It reminds us not to rush towards resurrection. Again the reflections produced by tragedy and congregations is helpful is the unfolding of trauma for larger groups like congregations, charities and other organisation. The Methodist church blog on mental health is also worth checking out. Finally the Revd Inderjit Bhogal has reflected on self isolation or sanctuary.

General theological reflections

There are a growing number of general theological blogposts around coronavirus that help us think about the issue in broader brush strokes and the kind of questions we might be asking. Israel Olofinjana (Baptist minister in Woolwich and leader of the Centre for Missionaries from the Majority World) has blogged around 6 responses to Coronavirus. Clive Marsh (Vice President of the Methodist conference) writes that God is in control of his wonderful and fragile world even in these strange times. Steve Latham’s (Baptist Minister in King’s Cross) Corona Theology post is helpful too. CTE’s Ben Aldous has blogged a general reflection on coronavirus and Acts 17:28. Paul Bradbury (Leader of Poole Missional Communities) has blogged on the parallel between our atomised society and the virus and finally Philip Yancy looks at the issue of suffering and plague times in relation to the unfolding situation.

Being a Good Neighbour

We already know the government has called on up to 250,000 NHS volunteers to help those who are older or frail and self-isolating to pick up shopping and medicines and we have seen a spectacular response of 405,000 people in 24 hours. Details of that here. An excellent blog on being neighbourly during coronavirus from The Life Beyond the Breadline Research Team at Coventry University.  Also a helpful page by MTAG (Mission Theology Advisory group) which includes thoughts on being a good neighbour.

Young people

A great blog from Youthscape Dangerous hope explores the challenges of Youth work in the coronavirus pandemic. Youth For Christ have created some materials to guide youth workers on moving their work online find out more here. And South West Youth Ministries have a great link to all sorts of useful tools here.

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HelpTogether

Help together against Covid-19

If you are in isolation or in need of help due to the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak, this site can put you in touch with local volunteers.

You may be stuck inside and in need of some extra help to get essential groceries and prescriptions, or perhaps you could just do with a chat with someone to pick you up when you’re having a down day.

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Together Apart: A rural church response to coronavirus

a resource from the Arthur Rank Centre

During its almost fifty years of existence, the Arthur Rank Centre has supported Christians, churches and communities through many of the joys and  challenges of rural life. From outbreaks of foot-and-mouth and BSE to the ongoing challenges of extreme weather, we have sought to provide both practical resources and pastoral care for those living, working and ministering in rural communities.

Now we are seeking to respond to the coronavirus outbreak which has so quickly impacted life across the world.

In light of the current ban on public worship in the UK, we will be providing resources for rural Christians and churches to use in their own homes and communities, as well as signposting to a whole host of advice and expertise around many of the range of practical issues we will face over the next few weeks and months.

Our resource hub includes:

Farming and agriculture support, information and resources

Government and denominational advice and guidance

Practical action and providing support

Practical resources, guidance and advice

Resources for children, families and all-age gatherings

Weekly reflections

Worship resources

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A Time for Pastoral, Prophetic and Practical Christianity

A Joint Statement from the World Council of Churches and Regional Ecumenical Organizations

26 March 2020

This statement is also available in French, German, Spanish and Arabic (pdf)

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ…who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which we ourselves are consoled by God.
(2 Cor. 1:3-4)

As representatives of Regional Ecumenical Organizations and the World Council of Churches, we share the challenges that our communities around the world are facing due to the coronavirus, COVID-19.

We urge people everywhere to give highest priority to addressing this situation and assisting in whatever ways we can in our collective efforts to protect life. This is a time to touch each other’s hearts, by what we say, share, and do – and by what we are unable to do—to protect the life that God created out of love.

For the sake of that love, it is important and urgent that we adapt our modes of worship and fellowship to the needs of this time of pandemic infection, in order to avoid the risk of becoming sources of viral transmission rather than means of grace.

Our faith in the God of life compels us to protect life by doing all that we can to avoid transmitting this virus. Let us manifest God’s unconditional love in safe, practical ways that protect life, alleviate suffering, and ensure that churches and public services do not become hubs of transmission of the virus.

Physical distancing does not mean spiritual isolation. This is an opportune time for the churches all over the world to review their role in society by safely ministering to, providing for, and caring for the poor, the sick, the marginalized, and the aged –all those who are most at risk due to COVID-19.

People in many parts of the world have become homebound these days. Being homebound does not mean that we cannot experience a deep spiritual solidarity with each other, by virtue of our baptism into the one body of Christ. We can pray at home. We can give thanks to God and pray for strength, healing, and courage. We can show our love for God and our neighbour by not gathering in person for public worship. Many congregations can share their worship gatherings online or digitally.  Members and pastors can also stay in touch with each other and provide pastoral care by telephone.

The novel coronavirus pandemic has reached all the regions of our planet. There are fear and panic, pain and suffering, doubt and misinformation, about both the virus and our response as Christians. Yet as a global community of faith, we affirm that, even in the midst of our vulnerability, we trust in God as God is our hope.

Amid stories of suffering and tragedy, there are also stories of simple kindness and extravagant love, of solidarity and the sharing of hope and peace in innovative and surprising ways.

During this Lenten season, our pilgrimage takes us through the desert of hardships, difficulties, and temptations, from death to resurrection, into a new life with God.

This desert is made more hostile and fearful by COVID-19, but we are called to join our hearts in solidarity with each other, to mourn with those who mourn, to share peace with those who are anxious, and to restore hope through solidarity in faith.

That human solidarity is eroded and anxiety is heightened when we are in panic and concentrate on shopping and hoarding the basics. In so doing, we fail to be instruments of God’s grace in this season.

We recognize the need for responsible leadership by the state, communities, and faith leaders alike. Governments at all levels must ensure access to correct and timely information, address the situations due to loss of livelihood and employment, especially to provide access to clean water and sanitizers and soap, to safe shelter, and to compassionate care for the most vulnerable, while aware that some of these remain challenges for many across the globe. This is also a time for profound reflection on the common good, good governance, and ethical values rooted in our traditions.

In the midst of this grave crisis, we lift up our prayers for those providing leadership and for governments around the world, urging them to give priority concern to those who live in poverty, as well as to the marginalized and refugees living in our midst.

As religious leaders, we raise our collective voices to highlight the necessity for greater attention to the needs of the homeless, the incarcerated, the elderly and those already suffering from social isolation. We remember, too, those people, especially women and children, who face abuse and violence, who are not safe at home and may suffer additional abuse and violence as stress increases.

Finally, let us continue to pray for those infected with COVID-19, for their families, and for the medical staff and health workers who risk their lives to provide treatment and prevention for us. And let us pray also for public health officials, who, we hope, will be able, with God’s help and our cooperation, to contain the spread of the virus and prevent grave social, economic, and environmental consequences.

God’s love is all-embracing, and the God of life is with each of us, even in our suffering.

26 March, 2020

Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary, World Council of Churches
Dr Souraya Bechealany, General Secretary, Middle East Council of Churches
Rev. James Bhagwan, General Secretary, Pacific Conference of Churches
Dr Mathews George Chunakara, General Secretary, Christian Conference of Asia
Gerard Granado – General Secretary, Caribbean Conference of Churches
Rev. Dr Fidon Mwombeki, General Secretary, All Africa Conference of Churches
Pastor Peter Noteboom, General Secretary, Canadian Council of Churches
Dr. Jørgen Skov Sørensen, General Secretary, Conference of European Churches
Jim Winkler, General Secretary, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA

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Online Services

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These are links to publicly-accessible collections of services, mostly YouTube channels. Many churches are streaming services via Zoom or Facebook, for which you may need separate links for each service – these may be distributed by email, so contact your local church to see what’s available.

National

Church of England National Virtual Services

Church of England Daily Hope: Free Dial-in Worship Phone Line available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044

Hillsong Church UK

Methodist Central Hall, Westminster

Methodist Church Dial-a-Prayer Free Phone Line: Listen to a prayer: 0808 281 2514 Listen to news: 0808 281 2478

Cornwall-wide

Church of England Streaming Services in Truro Diocese

Daily Reflections from Revd Steven Wild, Chair of Cornwall & IoS Methodist District

God Stories Today

Mass in Polish from Christ the King Plymouth

Roman Catholic Diocese of Plymouth

Truro Cathedral

Truro Diocese

Penwith: Penzance/St Just/St Ives

Hayle area

Hayle Light & Life Church

Penzance area

Breathe Communities

Chapel Street Methodist Church

Discovery Church Penzance

Penlee Cluster

Penzance Baptist Church

Kerrier: Camborne/Redruth/Helston/Lizard

Camborne area

Camborne Cluster

Camborne Community Church

Revive (Elim Camborne)

Helston area

Helston Baptist Church

KingsGate Church, Helston

St Michaels Church Helston

The Lizard and Mount’s Bay Methodist Circuit + Bible Sudies on Facebook

Redruth area

Grapevine Community Church

Parish of St Illogan

Redruth Churches

St Andrew’s Church, Redruth

The Engine House Church, Redruth

Carrick: Truro/Falmouth/Penryn/St Agnes

Falmouth/Penryn area

All Saints Church Falmouth

Anchor of Hope

Emmanuel Baptist Church

Falmouth and Gwennap Methodist Circuit

Falmouth and Penryn Churches Together Care Home Services

Falmouth Light & Life Church

Falmouth Salvation Army Church And Community Centre

Falmouth Vineyard Church

Firm Foundations Elim Church

The Harbour Church Falmouth

Highway Church, Penryn

Life Church Falmouth

New Street Church, Falmouth

St Budock Church

St Mawnan

Roseland area

St Just and St Mawes

United Benefice of St Gerrans and St Philleigh

St Agnes area

Atlantic Coast Cluster Telephone dial-in service: 01872 308750

Truro area

All Saints Church Highertown Telephone dial-in service: 01872 306996

Eight Saints Cluster

Grace Church Truro

St Kea Church

Truro Baptist Church

Truro Cathedral

Truro Methodist Church

Restormel: St Austell/Fowey/Newquay

Fowey area

Anchor Anglican Church Fowey

Fowey Church

Newquay area

Blaze Church Newquay

Lann Pydar Benefice

Newquay Methodist Church

Wave Church Newquay

St Austell area

St Augustine of Hippo St Austell

St Austell Baptist Church

St Austell Light & Life Church

St Austell Parish Church

South Coast Church, St Austell

Caradon: Liskeard/Looe/Saltash/Torpoint

Liskeard area

Light & Life Church Liskeard

St Martin’s Church Liskeard

Looe area

Grace Community Church

Looe Churches Together

Saltash area

Callington Cluster online toddler sessions

Saltash Churches Together

North Cornwall: Bodmin/Wadebridge/Launceston/Bude

Bodmin area

Bodmin Catholic Parish

Bodmin Light & Life Church

Bodmin Road Worship

Bodmin Team Ministry

New Life Church Bodmin

Bude area

Bude Methodist Church

Oceans Community Church, Bude

Launceston area

Launceston Parish

St Cuthbert Mayne RC Parish, Launceston

Wadebridge area

North Cornwall Cluster

Parish of Wadebridge

Souls Harbour Church, Camelford

Tubestation Polzeath

Wadebridge Christian Centre

Archbishops and Bishops: 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 vulnerable, and build our communities, even while separated.”

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