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eNews 7 May, 2021

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            Latest Covid Guidance

The Bishop of Carlisle has written to all clergy and chaplains this week, with further updates around the continued lifting of Covid restrictions. 

In particular Bishop James draws attention to the fact that from May 17 the maximum number of 30 mourners at a funeral will be lifted and the number of people allowed to attend weddings will rise form 15 to 30.

However, the national Church of England guidelines make it clear that the numbers attending will continue to be governed by each church's Covid-secure limit, to ensure suitable social distancing. 

Meanwhile, the Church of England's national website coronavirus page includes updated and new FAQs:
Updated FAQs

New FAQs
  • What resources are available to support mental health and emotional well-being? new resource which lists relevant organisations and support structures and has been issued by the Church of England

Bishop James's letter to clergy and chaplains can be read here.

Northern Mission Centre
How can we go to the other side of the lake together?

Learn more about the vision for the Northern Mission Centre and the Pioneer Certificate course which has been run over the last 12 months.

Find out what the focus is for the next year ahead as those at NMC continue to discern what God has in store for our pioneers.

Northern Mission Centre Director Richard Passmore explains more above.
Thy Kingdom Come

A reminder that next Thursday sees the launch of this year's Thy Kingdom Come.

It runs from 13 to 23 May and represents a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus.

It's the sixth year for TKC, having started as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Church of England, which has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer.

There are lots of new resources available for churches, with a particular focus this year around children and young people.

We'd love to hear from churches about their plans. Why not send a quick email here to explain what you'll be doing? 

And whatever you may have organised for this years's Thy Kingdom Come, please consider sharing events on social media using the hashtag #thykingdomcome.

‘We Seek Your Kingdom’, a whole-life worship song to the tune of much-loved hymn ‘Abide With Me’, inspires us to see our daily tasks through God’s eyes – and live out the prayer ‘your kingdom come’ in every part of life.

Commissioned by LICC and Thy Kingdom Come, it’s an encouragement and a call to action – a declaration that each of us can join in God’s kingdom work where we are.

And a prayer that through ordinary Christians, God would transform, revive, and heal our society.

Churches are encouraged to download the video here.

             Marriage Registration

From 4 May, 2021, the way in which marriages are registered has changed. It means the paperwork will be a little different for clergy and administrators.

The new registration process will enable all marriages to be recorded and stored online which has many practical benefits. As the changes were being considered, it was also an opportunity for the General Register Office (GRO) to enable the details of mothers to be included on the marriage certificate for the first time. 

The Church Support hub provides lots of helpful resources and support around this and new documents have also been uploaded for clergy on the diocesan website.

Click above to watch awebinar presented by the Revd Canon Sandra Millar, Head of Life Events, and Neil Turpin, Chief Clerk at the Faculty Office, which explores the new marriage registration process and includes Q&As.
Church Care Webinar

More than 140 delegates and contributors gathered last Friday for a special digital conference with a focus on Caring for Cumbria's Churches.

The webinar was organised by the Churches Trust for Cumbria and keynote speakers included:
  •        The House of Good Report – Lord Inglewood, National Churches Trust
  •        'The Long View' – Trevor Cooper MBE, Historic Religious Buildings Alliance
  •        Caring for Cumbria’s Churches Project – Jayne Potts, CTfC
  •        Statements of Significance - Marion Barter, Historic Buildings Advisor
  •        Church Insurance - Heather Ford, Ecclesiastical Insurance
  •       nbsp; ‘Going Forward’ - A conversation between Revd Richard Teal, President of the Methodist Conference and Peter Aiers, CEO Churches Conservation Trust
Click above to view the Caring for Cumbra's Churches online conference.

       Christian Aid Week Support

Bishop James is throwing his support behind this year's Christian Aid week (10 to 16 May) by filming a special tea-time prayer to be shared on social media next week.

Across the country people are encouraged to grab a cuppa, say the CA tea-time prayer and post a picture or video of themselves and their brew at 11am every day during CAW using the hashtag #AmentoClimateJustice. 

This year's campaign looks to support those people affected by climate change, particularly tea producers in Kenya, hence the tea-time prayer.

Click here for a full set of Christian Aid Week resources and for more information about a 300,000 step fundraising challenge for May.
A Towering Feat!

Huge congratulations to South Lakes curate Rev Craig Bentley who has raised thousands of pounds by climbing a church tower 500 times, the equivalent of scaling Mount Everest.

Craig completed the challenge at St Mark's Natland on Sunday morning before then presiding at the 10am communion and being given a standing ovation by the congregation.

He'd twice before been forced to postpone the climb due to Covid lockdown restrictions.

And Craig has smashed his fundraising target of £5,000, having raised more than £7,000 to be split between the International Nepal Fellowship and St Mark’s. Nepal is suffering from Covid as badly as India but without the extensive news coverage.

                 Rydal Hall Latest

It's wonderful to know that Rydal Hall, our Christian retreat and conference centre in the Lake District, will open again to guests from 17 May, as Covid-19 restrictions are further lifted.

To mark this, some special deals are available up to 21 June, to stay at the hall, with dinner, bed and breakfast. Click here for more.

Meanwhile, there are some seasonal and permanent vacancies to fill. These include front of house, campsite warden, bar person and gardener, The hall offers accommodation, meals whilst on duty and a highly attractive rate of pay among other benefits.
Please do pass on the latest news about Rydal Hall with family and friends.

And for more information on any of the vacancies contact Alyson Rhind on 015394 30833 or email Human Resources

Pastoral Principles Resources

The Pastoral Principles invite church communities to examine afresh their life together, seeing our many differences as gifts that can build us up in trust and mutual affection. Using them could be transformative for your church community and for the church as a whole.

The Pastoral Principles course encourages us to find creative ways to grow and learn together in the love of God. It identifys six 'pervading evils' that hinder our growth as Christians, hurt other people and create barriers that stop our churches from growing into Christian communities of welcome and belonging. Each session focuses on one or two of these 'evils' and includes resources for Bible study, refection, discussion and worship.

The Pastoral Principles cards are for you to use in your church community to examine afresh your life together. The focus relates to LGBTI+ people, but they apply to all sorts of difference and diversity among God's people. Each of the six principles has a card that describes the principle, offers some reflections and suggests some questions to ponder.

               Free CPAS Webinar

As things open up, so churches are working to find ways to embrace the opportunity for change brought about through the pandemic.

But for many, there is a lag time until we have the resources, energy and clear steps to do that.

James Lawrence, Leadership Principal at the Church Pastoral Aid Society (CPAS), will reflect on ways that churches can navigate this interim stage well at a free webinar 'Lead Forwards or Slip Back?'.

Spaces will be limited for the online event which takes place on Wednesday 19 May (10 to 11am) or Thursday 20 May (2 to 3pm).

Engaging Theology in Cumbria

Engaging Theology in Cumbria  continues a series of talks by eight theologians exploring hope and fear in mission, theological education, the arts, the climate crisis, education, and more.

These are a Zoom-based series of talks and group discussions that are inclusive, accessible, mission-focused, and, above all, hopeful.

  • The next takes place at 7.30pm on 10 May, as the Very Rev Dr Frankie Ward explores 'Fear, Lament and Hope in the Face of Climate Crisis'
Click here to book a place.  

             Get Your Spiritual Fill

People are invited to join Richard Fothergill – Director of the Filling Station network – and others for an exploration of spiritual gifts at a special event in the South Lakes next month.
Ulverston Parish Church will host the day on 22 May from 10am to 4pm. The staging of the event will be in line with the further easing of Covid restrictions for permitted events as from May 17.
To ensure social distancing can be maintained it is essential that people book a place via email or 01229 588081/07584 495918.
Numbers will be limited to ensure Covid compliance. People are asked to bring their own lunch.

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