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eNews 19 February, 2021

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          £250,000 Cathedral Grant


Carlisle Cathedral’s Fratry Project has been awarded a £250,000 grant from the Culture Recovery Fund, it has been announced today (Friday 19 February).
The money is part of a multi-million pound package of support issued through the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to safeguard cultural and heritage organisations across the UK from the economic impact of COVID-19.
The grant will support the long-term future of the Fratry Project at the Cathedral. Work was completed on the project – which includes a new exhibition and events space, café, meeting point and dedicated space available for work with schools and special interest groups – just as the country went into the first lockdown.
The Dean of Carlisle, the Very Rev Mark Boyling, said: “We are delighted to hear that the grant application has been successful. This is the result of a lot of hard work undertaken by members of the Cathedral team; my thanks go to them and to the funding body.
“No one could have foreseen the impact that the coronavirus pandemic would have on all manner of things; indeed that impact continues today. Like so many others, the Fratry Project was affected by the various lockdowns and restrictions we have experienced. I give thanks that this money secures its long-term future and ensures it will remain an important cultural and faith setting for our county for many years to come.”
The grant is one of 22 to be made to heritage organisations in the first round of the Culture Recovery Fund.

Bishop Emma's Lent Recordings
Click above to view Bishop Emma's Lent Sermon - Week 1.

Bishop Emma is recording a series of special God for All Lent sermons, to offer up to churches for use.

The first two sermons have been recorded and shared with all clergy via a downloadable link, allowing them to use the films in forthcoming services. All five sermons will also be uploaded to the God for All YouTube channel - the first two are available now.

Each sermon is
 based on the lectionary Gospel reading for that Sunday, and introduces the four themes of the refreshed vision: follow daily, care deeply, speak boldly, tread gently.

The sermons/sermon notes and some simple discussion materials/Bible study notes that follow up on each sermon (or could stand alone), and that could be used as part of a similar Lent course, are also available on the God for All website.

              Vision Refresh Hymn

Our thanks go to the team at Carlisle Cathedral who have penned a special God for All Vision Refresh hymn.

The words can be sung to one of two tunes: St Clement (The day thou gavest Lord is ended) or Spiritus vitae (O breath of life come sweeping through us ).

The six verses draw heavily on the refreshed vision's four key themes. A wordsheet for the vision refresh hymn can be downloaded here.

Other Lent Resources

A reminder that there are also a large number of resources available from the national church through the #LiveLent: God's Story, Our Story campaign.

It is based on the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent book for 2021, Living His Story by Hannah Steele, published by SPCK.

Both the book and the accompanying daily reflections encourage all Christians to think about their calling, how to share their faith and reflect on the difference Christ makes in our lives.  

From Ash Wednesday (17 February) to Easter Sunday (4 April), there are six reflections for each week - including a short passage from the Bible, a brief exploration of the reading, and a prayer. Additionally, each week has a unifying theme and an action to be taken during the week.

The reflections are also available as a free app, emails, audio and through the Church of England’s social media accounts. The app version includes a daily Family Activity, offering a simple way to explore a story or a theme from the day’s reflection. Click here for all the details.

      Internship Programme Latest

IX12, the Diocese's Internship Programme, has now been running successfully for more than a decade.

Each year we have enthusiastic, energetic and passionate young adults come to Cumbria to serve in mission and ministry across the diocese.

Not only do they act as an extra pair of hands, so that certain types of events and activities can take place, but they are also creative sounding boards and ideas banks, offering great benefits to the various placements' vision, resources, current projects and geographical location. 

If you feel like an intern could benefit your mission and ministry, and if you want to help invest in and equip a new generation of Church leaders and disciples, do check out the internship website or email IX12 here

It's Not As Scary As It Looks!

Part of what the Northern Mission Centre has been offering is the Certificate in Pioneer Mission.

The last weekend covered Reading the Bible and was led by the amazing John and Olive Drane. One exercise asked people to look at the lenses they wear when they approach the bible and then write these on to masks.

The picture above might look frightening and indeed you might think trying to work out how to use the bible in the pubic space missionally is a daunting prospect. However the creative learning experiences used help us all uncover that mission is for everyone and pioneering isn’t the thing that happens over there.

If you want to find out more about the Certificate do click here or drop Lori Passmore a line to find out when the next taster session is. 

            A Digital Helping Hand

The Church of England's Digital team is set to run two new digital webinars next month.

Digital in a Rural Parish explores the opportunities and challenges of digital media for rural churches, in partnership with Hereford Diocese. Up for discussion - tips on how to live stream, the essential basic equipment, and exploring how to simultaneously manage in-person and online services. Date: Wednesday, 3 March 2 - 3.45pm. Click here to register.

Digital Evangelism on TikTok includes input from the Rev Anne Beverley, who in the last year has grown her church TikTok channel to more than 50K followers (take a look here). Up for discussion - channel growth, content creation tips, secrets to going viral, and how to pastor to a christian and non-christian audience through the platform. Date: Friday, 12 March 11am - 12pm. Click here to register.

New Wine Leadership Conference 

Bishop Emma is set to be one of the speakers at the New Wine Leadership Conference next month. 
The theme, Beyond the Storm, will address the shifts the Church is called to embrace to bring a message of hope and healing to a changed world. Shifts towards more effective discipleship, deeper dependence on prayer, digital engagement and renewal.
This online conference - from 15 to 17 March - is not just for church leaders, but for any person in the local church who finds themselves leading in ministry. From prayer ministry leaders to food bank volunteers to youth and kids’ teams - all those faithfully serving others in their communities at this time. Click here to find more info and to book tickets. 

         Political Forum Invitation

Invitations are being offered up to a special political forum to be run by the Diocese which will consider how to build communities post COVID.

The Zoom event will be chaired by the Archdeacon of Westmorland and Furness, the Ven Vernon Ross, and includes the following speakers: 

  •          The Bishop of Carlisle
  •          Tim Farron, MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale
  •          Simon Fell, MP for Barrow and Furness
  •          Neil Hudson, MP for Penrith and the Border

The online forum will take place on Wednesday 3 March from 11am and will include time for questioning and break out groups.

If you would like to attend please email Sarah Mackie here by 25 February and she will provide log in details.

Online Passion Play

The Riding Lights Theatre Company is offering churches access to a new virtual Passion Play, filmed during lockdown.

Breaking Day by Les Ellison casts a surprising light on the death of Jesus from inside the Governor’s household, immersing the audience in the decisions that led to crucifixion.

The play will be available for viewing from 15 March and is available to pre-order now. The cost is based on a sliding scale, based on the number of households it is viewed in. Click here for more information.

A Zoom Retreat At Home
Join together for a time of practical reflection and prayer as part of A Handful of Dough - a Zoom Retreat at Home.

It will be hosted by Lesley McCririe, from Stillpoints, the Rev Becca Gilbert , Pioneer Minister and bread maker, and the Rev Pauline Steenbergen, from Maranatha Yoga.

Click on the film above to find out what's planned for this retreat on Saturday 27 March, during Lent

Email here or phone 015396 21789 to find out more or to register.

      Engaging Theology In Cumbria

Engaging Theology in Cumbria  is running 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 8 March, as the Rev Canon Dr Edmund Newey, Rector of Rugby explores 'This metaphor is no way out': Some Poetry of Hope, drawing on Norman Nicholson and others

To book please visit the Events Page on the ETC website and complete the form. 

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