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eNews 22 May, 2020

Pentecost With Our Bishops
Both our bishops - as well as other guests - will come together for a joint live broadcast in celebration of Pentecost Sunday. 
Bishop James and Bishop Emma will lead an interactive Facebook live session on Sunday 31 May at 7pm, offering people across the Diocese a chance to join together to discuss things such as:
  • how we are coping as churches during the coronavirus pandemic
  • how as church we are reaching out to our communities at this time
  • a chance to share together our questions and comments 
  • and to pray together for our churches, communities, diocese and world.
Those people without a Facebook account can still watch the live stream by clicking here and please send in prayer requests and questions by emailing here.

Bishop Emma has also put together a filmed sermon for Pentecost based on Acts 2 - which will be available on the Diocesan YouTube channel from Thursday 28 May, and will also be shared with clergy as a downloadable file. The intention is that churches will be able to use this sermon as part of their online worship on Pentecost Sunday.

And if you missed Bishop James' Ascension day reflection on Facebook live you can still watch it by clicking here.
Thy Kingdom Come

Thy Kingdom Come 2020 -  the fifth annual global wave of prayer - is reflecting the situation around the COVID-19 pandemic.

TKC began yesterday and runs until May 31 and most notably we will be encouraged not simply to pray that friends and family, colleagues and neighbours might encounter the love of God in Christ, but that they would experience that love in action: ‘Prayer and Care’.  

A full set of resources - including prayer journals and a digital family adventure prayer map - is available here.

Also, as part of this year's Thy Kingdom Come, people across the county are invited to take part in a special day of prayer.

Individuals and groups across Cumbria are encouraged to come together from 10am on May 30 to 10am on May 31 - Pentecost - to offer up prayer for our county, our nation and our world at this time of COVID.

As part of this ecumenical initiative we are asking people to sign up for one hour prayer slots so that we build a 24 hour 'relay wave' of prayer across the county. To sign up for a prayer slot click here

And people are also encouraged to share poster and logo resources which have been created to encourage others to join. 
Click here to 'book' a prayer slot for Pray24Cumbria!
COVID-19 Worship Survey
Thank you to all those who responded to an online survey looking at how our churches, Network Youth Churches and Fresh Expressions were worshiping during the COVID-19 pandemic.

An analysis of findings from the clergy survey have been posted to the diocesan website here and show: 
  • 59% have used pre-recorded services, particularly for Sunday/weekday services,
  • 70% have promoted other diocesan services, particularly around Sunday services,
  •  44% have chosen to livestream particularly for Sunday/weekday services
  • Just over 50% have offered up non-digital synchronised services 
  • 50% have engaged via  video conferencing for services, mainly for services and small group work
  • Less than 10% have used telephone conferencing technology, mainly for services
  • Whilst 50% have engaged with video conferencing, mainly for small group/coffee mornings 
  • Video conferencing also represents the greatest engagement for PCC meetings
New Guidance - Contractors Working In Churches 
The National Church is continuing to offer up guidance for churches as lockdown restrictions are reviewed. It is now possible to carry out construction work inside church buildings, providing the following guidance is adhered to:
In terms of worship, it remains the case that only clergy may enter a church building for the purposes of their own private prayer or to stream worship.

If required, one member of the clergy's household may enter the church with the clergy member, and only where this is necessary for filming worship for streaming.
Bishop Emma's Video Message to Headteachers
Schools have rightly been the focus of our thoughts and prayers over the last couple of months, as coronavirus has brought them many unprecedented challenges.

As our church schools in the Diocese embark on their next big challenge - planning how to safely reopen to a wider group of students - Bishop Emma has sent this message of gratitude to our headteachers and school staff. 
Bishop Emma's message of support for church school headteachers and staff
Making Online Services Inclusive
The Rev Patricia Rogers, Diocesan Disabilities Advisor, shares some simple and practical tips for churches to make their online services more inclusive.

If you are currently running online services, do check our her advice by clicking here.
Stewardship During Covid Webinars
All churches have had their finances dramatically affected by church closures and lockdown. Our plate giving, envelop giving, room hire and fundraising events have all had to be halted indefinitely. 

We are holding two Stewardship webinars to explore how the local church can respond effectively and sensitively to these challenges at this time. 

The webinars will take place on Tuesday 2nd June at 1.30pm and then repeated at 3.30pm and will cover:

1. Bigger picture: why do we need to think about generosity and giving during church closures? 
2. Practical ideas of how we can do this effectively and sensitively during the covid-19 pandemic.
3. Plenty of opportunities for questions.

The webinars are particularly aimed at clergy and treasurers, but will be relevant to anyone involved in the life of their local church.

To book a place, email Please give your name, the parish you are from and which webinar you would like to attend. 
Bereavement During Covid-19
All About Loss Seminars
The final seminar in a series of three - which help people to consider funerals, bereavement and loss - is set to run next week.

The Rev Dr Allison Fenton from the God for All Team is leading the event which is open to anyone who wants to know more or who is involved in funeral or pastoral ministry in Cumbria. It takes place on:
  • Thurs 28 May, 6 - 7pm - Supporting the Bereaved
You are welcome to attend all or some of these via Zoom. Places are limited to 50 for each session. We anticipate a high demand so please book early via You will then receive your 'Zoom invitation' for each session separately.

Church of England National Bereavement Resources
Meanwhile the Church of England has just released a new bereavement resource for ministers. The video, 'what can we do to support bereaved people?', is presented by the Rev Kate Bottley and provides advice for ministers on supporting bereaved people when they can't be there physically:
What can we do to support bereaved people? Contact, Listen, Bless
Duke Joins Online Service
The Duke of Cambridge will urge people who are concerned about their mental health or that of others to reach out and start a conversation, in a contribution to this Sunday’s Church of England national online service, marking the end of Mental Health Awareness Week.

As in previous weeks, the service will be available from 9am on Sunday on the Church’s websiteFacebook page and on YouTube.

National church mental health resources are available and new resources to support clergy wellbeing have also been uploaded to the diocesan website.
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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