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eNews 17 July, 2020

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Test and Trace - Latest Guidance

The Bishop of Carlisle has written to all clergy this week with further national guidance for churches around test and trace.
The NHS test and trace service allows authorities to trace the spread of the virus and isolate new infections and play a vital role in giving an early warning if the virus is increasing again, locally or nationally.
Bishop James strongly advises that churches adopt the following newly-published guidelines around test and trace to ensure that everything is done to help collect data legally: 

New guidance has also been issued yesterday (Thursday 16 July) on:

Meanwhile, the Church of England is currently considering its advice on face coverings, following the government announcement that the wearing of face masks in shops will be mandatory from 24 July.

Prayers In Lockdown
Prayers in Lockdown is a new resource of 19 themed prayers for lockdown. Published by Coffee Shop Sunday, a new expression of church as part of Coventry and Nuneaton Methodist Circuit, 1,050 hard copies have already been distributed.

Their hope is hard copies will reach vulnerable or isolated church members, especially those who cannot access online prayer resources.

The Bishop of Coventry Christopher Cocksworth said: "Prayers in Lockdown is a wonderful collection of prayers. What's so interesting about them is the way each prayer is written by a small group of people some of whom- most of them, probably- have never met in the flesh. That shows something of the reality of Christian fellowship in the virtual world we've been having to inhabit over the last months."

You can order a hard copy by emailing, for a charge of £2 per copy to cover postage and printing. An electronic copy can be found here.
With Love From The Curates' Choir
Click on the link to watch a wonderful recording of 'Abide With Me' offered up with love from the Diocese of Carlisle Curates. They said: "We did it in the hope of blessing those who are experiencing loss or uncertainty during this difficult time, and we hope that by listening and singing along, you might experience God's presence with you and dare to hope for better times."

And listen to BBC Radio Cumbria's Richard Corrie Sunday Breakfast programme this week for an interview with the Rev Alison Riley, about the Curates' Choir.
Peter Maiden - A Tribute
The Bishop of Carlisle has paid tribute to Cumbrian-born Peter Maiden, the former international director of Operation Mobilisation (OM) and former chairman of the Keswick Convention, who has died at the age of 72.

Peter, who served as an elder in his local church and on the Board of Trustees for Capernwray Hall and its Bible School, was also an ecumenical canon at Carlisle Cathedral.

The Rt Rev James Newcome said: “It is with huge sadness that I learned of Peter’s death. He had been ill for some time but had borne that with an unfailing grace, a hallmark of his tremendous faith.

“Peter’s was a life time’s ministry which truly spanned the globe. He touched the lives of so many people here in Cumbria and through his work with OM and the Keswick Convention. I give thanks for all he did to spread the Gospel message and witness to Jesus’ unfailing love." Read more here.
Meet Our New Vocations Co-ordinator
Chris Nuttall - a former Cathedral administrator and Head of Mission Enabling at Scripture Union - is to be one of the county's three Vocations Co-ordinators.

Click above to meet Chris and hear how he plans to help people in Cumbria discern God's plans for their calling and ministry in the years ahead.

Meanwhile preparations are underway for a Vocations Facebook Live which will take place on 14 September at 7pm. It's an opportunity for people to come together to consider how God is calling them or others in their churches to ministry of some kind and to offer up encouragement and advice. Bishop Emma will join other panellists on the night. Please do 'save the date' in your diary and further information will be released in coming weeks. 
PCC Charity Status

Parishes are now able to print off a certificate confirming their charitable status as an 'Excepted Charity' on their A Church Near You website. To get a copy of your church's certificate;

  • Go to your church page on A Church Near You
  • Click on the "More Information" tab on the left hand side
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page
  • Click the "Download Certificate" option
  • The certificate confirming Excepted Charity status will then be emailed to you.
Let's Talk Online
Continuing With Online Gatherings: A Collaborative Conversation
Tuesday 25 August 2020, 7.30-9pm

During lockdown many ministers, pioneers and those involved in Fresh Expressions found themselves having to reproduce or innovate in the online space.

Hosted by the Rev Mark Houston, the Rev Alison Riley, Richard Passmore from the God for All team and Dave Roberts, Diocesan Communications Manager, this online event will be a facilitated conversation between those involved in time honoured, pioneering and Fresh Expressions of church who are wanting to continue to meet in the online space.

Topics for discussion will include: sharing our online stories, who are we reaching?, reach vs connection/interaction and contextual mission online.

To book your space on this free online event please go to
Refresh Online 2020
September 5 at 10am sees this year’s Refresh online event for women go live.

All the ingredients of previous Refresh events (good food, inspiring worship, stimulating teaching) will be there, so it just needs you to join in!

If you’d like to know why women love coming, have a listen to some of the stories from those who have been before - click on the film above.

And on Sep 5, make a cup of coffee, bake a biscuit, invite a friend from another household and join us via the Refresh Cumbria YouTube Channel.
Online Lay Training Open Evening
Tuesday 21 July 2020, 7.30-8.30pm

Are you interested in learning more about lay ministry? Would you like a bit more confidence in your ministry? To develop your skills and learning? Are you keen to explore what might be next for you?

Then you might be interested in joining our Lay Ministry pathway ALTP. Join us on our online Lay training open evening to find out more. You can book a space on this free online open evening event here.
Hope Beyond Grants 

Allchurches Trust has launched a new grants programme, Hope Beyond, aimed to enable churches and Christian charities to meet changing needs within their communities as the longer term impacts of Covid-19 become clearer.

Grants of up to £50,000 are available to fund projects that will enable people, organisations and communities to flourish in life after lockdown. Further information can be found here, with guidance and resources to support your application here.

The Bereavement Journey, Cumbria
Supporting people who are bereaved, even if a long time ago, is something our culture doesn't do well. Sadly, the number of bereaved people has risen significantly in recent months, and Churches Together in Cumbria wish to offer some support.

The Bereavement Journey was developed 25 years ago by Holy Trinity Church, Brompton. Recently, this course has been delivered to small groups online, and feedback has been very positive.

CTiC is now offering this course in Cumbria using Zoom, for two groups of eight guests. The first course will be delivered on Thursday evenings, 7.30-9.30pm, beginning on 17 September for six weeks. A second course will run from Thursday 5 November.

Guests of any age, who have been bereaved at any time, are welcome. If you want to book a place, or would like more information, please email
Organ Donation Week 2020

This year, Organ Donation Week will be taking place from Monday 7 to Sunday 13 September. NHS Blood and Transplant are keen to see a wide variety of activities taking place during the week, particularly representing Faith Groups.

Whilst this year's focus is digital activities, promotional materials for informative display stands can be ordered here, before Wednesday 29 July. These materials include pull up banners, leaflets and posters.

Email, to discuss any activities you may have planned and to have events added to the Organ Donation Week content calendar.

Farm Work Welfare App
On 16 July, the Clewer Initiative, alongside partner organisations including the National Crime Agency and the NFU, launched a new Farm Work Welfare app.

Problems and pressures for the most vulnerable continue to increase in these challenging times- not least in terms of exploitation and modern slavery. Agricultural labour is of particular concern and the app has been launched to support both workers and employers.

Information on rights, good practice, spotting signs of exploitation and lines for reporting are available on the app in eight different languages, making it accessible to migrant workers.

More information is available here, and the app is available on Google Play (coming soon to the iOS App Store).
eNews - Summer Break

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who continues to subscribe to and read this eNews bulletin.

Since the coronavirus pandemic took hold we have circulated weekly eNews bulletins; indeed, as we entered lock down there were weeks in which two or three eNewses were distributed in order to communicate the rapidly-changing guidance for churches.

The plan is that this will be the last eNews before a summer break and a subsequent return on Friday 4 September, on a fortnightly basis.

Of course, we will continue to closely monitor guidelines around COVID-19 and should there be need to circulate an eNews in the interim, then we shall do. 

Our prayer is that you are able to find time for rest, after what has been an incredibly busy time for churches as they contend with challenges created by the coronavirus.

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