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eNews 2 April, 2020

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Coronavirus - Holy Week Resources

The Church of England has published a comprehensive set of resources to support churches and worship during Holy Week and the Easter period.

A new blog also considers how the Church of England is adapting plans for Holy Week and into Easter to meet the challenges of Coronavirus.

The national resources include:

Daily and weekly services - the Palm Sunday broadcast will be recorded by the Bishop of Manchester. Watch it here. On Easter Day the service will be led by Archbishop of Canterbury and will be available here at 9am as well as from 8.10am on BBC Radio 4. The Church will continue to share audio of Prayer During the Day and Night Prayer, You can join in these services by downloading the free Time to Pray app from Church House Publishing.

Stations of the Cross
A series of five podcasts will take people on the Holy Week journey by exploring and reflecting on five of the biblical Stations of the Cross. Links to listen to the audio will be shared through the Church’s social media accounts and on the website in the coming days.

Find your nearest livestream of Holy Week and Easter services
Through a Church Near You, click here to find details of some of the services being live streamed in Cumbria. Churches are encouraged to register their live streaming.

From Easter Day onwards: exploring the Lord’s Prayer
40 daily reflections, with new introductions for each week and daily family challenges, will lead people to the start of Thy Kingdom Come. Content will be available through a campaign app with full audio, smart speakers, daily emails, an ebook (Kindle and iBooks), and print options are being explored.

Click here to see a whole range of online church resources from the Church of England.
Click here for latest Church of England advice
Coronavirus - Bishops' Messages

Special Holy Week messages and reflections are to be posted by both Bishop James and Bishop Emma in coming days.

People are asked to look out for a video message from Bishop Emma which she is to record at her home in Kendal. This will be uploaded onto the Diocese's YouTube Channel and shared on this eNews and via our Twitter and Facebook platforms. The message will also be shared on our website on BBC Radio Cumbria and with the county's media.

Bishop Emma is also to prepare a written reflection for Maundy Thursday, exploring the fact that the Chrism eucharist - at which clergy and lay people re affirm their commitment to ministry - won’t be happening.

Meanwhile Bishop James is to lead two special live stream reflections  - both at 11am - on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Today Bishop James has live streamed a short message to promote the events on our Facebook page.

Further details of the live streams are to be shared here and on all our social media channels and website in the coming days. Please make sure to make a note to tune into the live stream sessions.
Coronavirus - Resilience Forums

Bishop James has written to all clergy asking that they ensure each of their parishes provide a point of contact for the County Council's Resilience Forum.

The Forum and its associated local resilience hubs provide means by which agencies can actively draw alongside the vulnerable and those in need in communities at this time.

The Diocese is looking to draw up a co-ordinated process through which all of our local churches - right across the county - can actively engage with these hubs, to support people with such things as food deliveries and medical prescriptions.
Coronavirus - Domestic Abuse

As provided by Charles Proctor, the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser.

Many of you will have seen the article in the latest edition of The Way (Page 4) in which the Rev Eleanor Hancock talked about raising awareness of Domestic Abuse.

Eleanor reminds us that the current situation of lock down can make already abusive situations much worse.

This recent post from Restored (the Christian charity working to address this issue) is an important reminder that working from home can have negative consequences. 

The article in The Way signposts many of our local resources and Restored also offers resources and ways to access support.
Coronavirus - Hourglass Helpline

A newly-launched charity, Hourglass (formerly Action on Elder Abuse) is warning of a significant increased risk of abuse and neglect to the nation’s older population as widespread lockdown and self-isolation takes effect.

They say that their services and programmes - including the only helpline for those experiencing or concerned about the abuse of older people - are in greater demand than ever before.

The Helpline is 0808 808 8141 and is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. It’s entirely confidential, free to call from a landline or mobile and willnot appear on your phone bill.
Coronavirus - Together Apart 

The Arthur Rank Centre has launched a resource hub to support rural Christians and churches during the coronavirus outbreak.

Named ‘Together Apart’, the hub has a range of resources covering many aspects of rural Christian life.

Different sections include: farming and agriculture support; practical resources, guidance and advice; resources for children and families, and weekly reflections. 

The team at the Arthur Rank Centre are continually adding to the hub, if you have something that you would like us to include please email us here.
Coronavirus - Prayer Diary

Please do continue to use and share as widely as possible the prayer which has been composed for Cumbria, as follows:
Loving God, as your Son healed the sick
And brought good news to the needy
Be with us this day.
Loving Jesus as you taught us to
‘Do unto others as you would have them do to you’
Be with all the medical staff this day.
Loving spirit, your gift is healing,
Bring your healing fire to our homes, our hospitals and our county,
But most of all, be with us this day. Amen
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