Adventuring with God At Home

What were your plans for the summer? What are your plans now? Why not spend your holidays adventuring with God? We are setting sail on a cruise but there is plenty of hiking and climbing and of course a picnic too. This ‘Holiday at Home’ has been created by the Growing Faith team in the Diocese of Coventry (with many people contributing to it). We realise that many churches will not be able to run their normal holiday clubs this year and that creating something virtual or for the home can be a huge amount of work. Whether you are a church looking to run something or a family looking for a way to connect as a family, this has everything you need and is completely flexible to adapt.

This resource is free to use and to adapt.

Do send us photos, reflections and highlights because it would be lovely to see how your summer goes and what you do! The ‘Keep in touch’ page makes it very easy to contact us.

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How to Run a Holiday Club Online

The aim of this guide is to help you think through the why/when/what and how of running a successful church holiday club online. It may be helpful to work through the headings below as a planning group, so that your vision for doing this is clear and shared by those involved. For many of you, you may have anticipated doing your Holiday Club as per normal, but the Covid-19 pandemic has forced you to rethink your plans. Lots of things around the ‘Why’ remain the same, but the ‘How’ will naturally differ significantly.

Holiday Clubs or Holiday Activity Days, whether done face to face or online can be a great way to connect with children but before you dive in, here are a few questions to think through:

  • Why do you want to run an online holiday club?
  • When will you run it and for how long? Online will need to be thought through carefully.
  • What kinds of things do you want to include in the programme?
  • Who will you need and how will you gather a team?
  • How much will the online holiday club cost to run?
  • How will you tell children and their families about the online holiday club, plus get any necessary resources to them?
  • How could you make sure the whole church feels involved?
  • When the online holiday club is over, what might be the next step?
  • What platform/s might you use to run the online holiday club?
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COVID-19: guidance for the safe use of places of worship during the pandemic: Updated 17 Jul

Contents

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Purpose of this guidance
  3. 3. Key principles for safely opening places of worship
  4. 4. Adapting practices to reduce the spread of infection
  5. 6. How can places of worship communicate this guidance to visitors?
  6. 7. Protective security
  7. 8. Enforcement
  8. Annex A: Risk assessment for protective security – factors to consider
  9. Annex B: Template form for collecting consent and contact details for attendees at places of worship
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Guide to help local groups build community

Together for the Common Good has published a free Guide to help local groups build on the great community spirit that emerged during lockdown.

Let’s Continue to Build Community helps local groups consolidate neighbourly relationships.

The Guide includes four short sessions that lead to a simple action plan agreed by those involved. These sessions can be run online or in person and are designed to bring together people who despite different backgrounds, life experiences and opinions are prepared to collaborate for the good of the neighbourhood. Everyone participating has an equal voice and leadership of the group can be shared, so there’s no need for one person to do it all.

Framed around ‘Common Good’ principles, the sessions provide an opportunity to encourage open conversation and mutual responsibility, building on goodwill already existing in the community.

For each session, the Guide has a short piece to read in advance, and questions to prompt discussion and action. The sessions are not a series of lectures nor a set of neat and tidy answers, but a framework for constructive conversation and practical action. There are full instructions and tips on preparing for and running the sessions.

‘During the crisis, you have probably been connecting with many people and organisations across your community. Why not gather a group to take that energy forward?’, asks Alison Gelder from Together for the Common Good.

‘We saw great community spirit emerging during lockdown and we don’t want to lose it. As the fallout of the pandemic unfolds, we’ll need to continue to work together to strengthen our neighbourhoods. This is a new resource we are offering to help people at this time – please try it’, said Jenny Sinclair, director of Together for the Common Good.

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Back to Normal? Or care for Creation, Justice, Human Dignity and Peace?

A reflection by Ian Linden, former Director of the Catholic Institute for International Relations (CIIR), in the July/August issue the Pax Christi newsletter JustPeace

We are in another Kairos time – an opportunity for radical change. The impact of COVID-19 was a stark revelation of the gross inequality in our nations…

We face choices. We can cling to little-England nationalism or be inspired by scientists who promote a global vision based on international cooperation. We can pay our key workers a respectful living wage, or just applaud them on Thursday evenings. We can root our economy in the shifting sands of financial services, and promote arms sales, or invest in sustainability and a high-tech manufacturing economy reducing emissions.

In short, post-Coronavirus, we can continue with unfettered competition and growing inequality, or we can rebuild our societies based on care for creation, justice and human dignity, building peace. The pandemic has highlighted options that once would have seemed utopian…

Today, in a world irrevocably transformed by COVID-19, proposing an ‘economy of enough’ instead of an ‘economy of no-tomorrow’, advocating concern for workers’ rights, scrapping Trident, and ending the arms trade, isn’t utopian either. It’s necessary.

A politics centred on justice and respect for human dignity does not drop fully formed from heaven.


The work for Peace and for non-violence is multifaceted. Peace is possible. Injustice can be broken.

With the the prayer of St Francis let us work and pray:

Make me a channel of Your peace
Where there is hatred, let me bring Your love
Where there is injury, Your pardon Lord…

Where there’s despair in life, let me bring hope
Where there is darkness, only light…

submitted by Mary Bradley, Falmouth

Pax Christi members live by biblically inspired values of Peace, Reconcilaition, and Non-violence. These values are supported by the witness of peacemakers down the ages, and the experience of the Pax Christi community. Pax Christi is rooted in Catholic Christianity but is open to all who are in sympathy with its values and work.

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Hopes for a post Covid 19 world

Members of the Progressive Christianity Network Britain were polled for their top priorities for Christian action in a post Covid 19 world. These are the top 10:

1. Urgently attend to the climate change crisis and learn from what less road and air traffic and hence less pollution and carbon emissions has taught us.

2. Remember all those ‘key workers’ who care for us in so many ways – nurses, care home staff, refuse collectors, supermarket staff and so many more and ensure they are all paid a fair wage.

3. Urgently work to eliminate poverty and consider a universal basic income

4. Focus more on mental health and resource this sector properly

5. Reform the whole Health and Social Care system so that it becomes properly integrated and funded

6. Create a just taxation system, abolishing tax havens and capping extravagant salary payments

7. Rebuild our public services on all fronts

8. A greater transparency in government and less centralisation of power

9. Urgently work for a more equitable share of the earth’s resources

10. Work for sustainable food security across the globe

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CTE Presidents’ statement on the Hagia Sophia

14 July 2020
 
Presidents of Churches Together in England, representing the full breadth of Christian traditions in England, are saddened at the decision of the Turkish Government to change the status of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.

For a long period of time Hagia Sophia has been a unique centre symbolising a co-existence of people of faith. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and, as a place where the rich history of Istanbul is told visually, can be a living example of religious tolerance and respect. The decision to alter the status quo in this way is a powerful, symbolic change that is lamentable and painful for many people of faith the world over.

Presidents of Churches Together in England:

Archbishop Justin Welby, The Archbishop of Canterbury
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, The Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster
Revd Dr Hugh Osgood, The Free Churches Moderator
Archbishop Angaelos of London, Archbishop of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of London and CTE President for the Orthodox Churches 
Pastor Agu Irukwu, head of Redeemed Christian Church of God UK and CTE Pentecostal President

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Engaging Locally: A Toolkit

Churches across the UK are asking the question: how can we work well with our local authorities and other local agencies as our localities look to recover from Covid-19? Communities benefit when LAs and churches have strong working relationships. However, many churches find the world of local government difficult to navigate and get alongside. This toolkit shines some light on this world in simple terms, and offers practical advice to churches to enable them to strengthen their relationships with their local councils. We have also included case studies of where churches are working well locally – often in partnership with charity partners.

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New Bishop of St Germans, the Rt Revd Hugh Nelson, is consecrated at Lambeth Palace

By Richard Best, Truro Diocese

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Bishop Sarah lays her hands on Hugh Nelson during his consecration at Lambeth Palace.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby, heard the oaths of the new Bishop of St Germans as he was consecrated in a joyful service at Lambeth Palace Chapel this morning.

The Rt Revd Hugh Nelson was consecrated by three bishops laying their hands on him – the Bishop of London, the Rt Revd Dame Sarah Mullally, who led the service; the Bishop of Dover, the Rt Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin; and the Bishop of Guildford, the Rt Revd Andrew Watson. In normal times this would be done by many more bishops at a bigger service, usually in a cathedral.

Archbishop Justin also preached at the service and presented Hugh with his symbols of office – his ring, cross and staff. In his sermon, Archbishop Justin spoke of the dangers of the abandonment of humility for grandeur, and also urged the new bishops to lead a non-anxious church.

Because of changes to the date of his consecration stemming from Covid-19 restrictions, Bishop Hugh officially started in his new role on July 1. He is greatly looking forward to beginning his role more fully, though, and to meeting people throughout the diocese.

There are two opportunities for people to ‘meet’ Bishop Hugh in the next week. On Sunday (19.7.20) morning, he will be making a guest appearance at the all-age worship live event hosted by Bishop Philip and Ruth Mounstephen, which you can see on the Diocese of Truro Facebook page starting at 9.30am, and later as a recording.

And on Sunday afternoon at 4.00pm, Bishop Hugh will be live on the diocesan Facebook page again, this time in conversation with Richard Best from the communications team. He’ll be there to answer questions and would love to hear from as many people across the diocese as possible. If you have any questions you would like Richard to put to Bishop Hugh, please email them in advance to him richard.best@truro.anglican.org.

There will be many opportunities for people to meet Bishop Hugh over the coming weeks and months, and it is hoped to hold a service of welcome in Truro Cathedral once health guidance permits.

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Truro Cathedral: New Booking System for Sunday Eucharist Services

Since Sunday 5 July, Truro Cathedral has been glad to offer public worship once again, albeit within the framework of strict new guidelines. In response to the experience of the first two Sunday Eucharists that have now taken place, from Sunday 19 July, two key changes are being introduced – a new advance booking system for Sunday Eucharists and the introduction of an additional Sunday Eucharist.

Please note, the booking system is for Sunday Eucharist services only. There is no requirement to pre-book for any other cathedral services.

A NEW BOOKING SYSTEM FOR SUNDAY EUCHARIST SERVICES

The first change is the introduction of an advance booking system to reserve a place at one of the two Sunday Eucharist services. This has been introduced to assist the cathedral team with managing attendees and their safety and will ensure there is a record of attendees to help facilitate track and trace. From Sunday 19 July, it is essential that everyone wanting to attend a Sunday Eucharist service books their place in advance.

To reserve a place at either of the Sunday Eucharist services, please email the cathedral on worshipbooking@trurocathedral.org.uk and provide the following information:

a.  Your name

b.  Your address

c.  A contact phone number

d.  Which service you wish to reserve a place or places at (10:00 or 11:30)

e.  The total number of people in your group

The cathedral team will email you back to confirm your booking. Please note that emails received after 16:00 on Fridays will not be answered until the following Monday.

If you do not have access to email, you can call the cathedral team on 01872 303117 between the hours of 09:00-17:00, Monday to Friday. Calls outside of these hours will not be connected.

You can also click the ‘book now’ button on your chosen service event on the ‘What’s On’ section of the cathedral website to reserve your place. These individual service events are also where you will find the order of service for each Sunday Eucharist service – available from the Thursday prior to the Sunday services.

Knowing what size groups greatly helps the cathedral as grouped chairs can be set out in advance. The cathedral team will ask for your contact details as part of the required track and trace system – the gathering this information in advance will save significant time at the point of entry to the cathedral. The information will be used for track and trace purposes only and held securely for the minimum government requirement of 21 days before being securely destroyed.

All wider or general enquiries or questions should still be directed to info@trurocathedral.org.uk.

A SECOND SUNDAY EUCHARIST

The second change is the addition of a second Sunday Eucharist service at 11:30 each week. This means that from Sunday 19 July, the cathedral’s Sunday pattern of worship each week will be:

  • 08:00: BCP Holy Communion – takes place at the High Altar (Choir Stalls)
  • 09:00: Morning Prayer – takes place at St Samson’s Chapel
  • 10:00: Sunday Eucharist – takes place in the Nave
  • 11:30: Sunday Eucharist – takes place in the Nave
  • 15.00: BCP Evening Prayer – takes place in St Mary’s Aisle (the cathedral closes after this service)

Due to social distancing restrictions, numbers of attendees at services remain limited. This additional service, which will be a direct replication of the 10:00 service, has been introduced to ensure as many people as possible can join for worship on a Sunday.

All chairs used for the 10:00 service will be cleaned ahead of the 11:30 service starting.

Please note that the existing limits on the nave services remain at 51, with 30 of these seated, and due to the addition of this service, general visiting times for the cathedral on a Sunday will change to 12:30 – 15:00.

WORSHIP GUIDELINES

All pre-existing guidelines for worship in the cathedral remain in place and the team extends sincere thanks to everyone who plans to attend worship for familiarising themselves in advance with the new rules and processes which can be found in the Open for Worship news item.

We ask anyone who has symptoms associated with Covid-19 or has been around someone who has symptoms associated with Covid-19 not to visit any part of the cathedral until fully recovered and to have observed the appropriate government isolation period. Anyone displaying symptoms will be asked to leave.

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