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Grapevine 9th April 2020
Text of letter from the Bishop of Salisbury on 24th March
To all clergy who are licensed or hold a Permission to Officiate and to Licensed Lay Minsters
Dear sisters and brothers
It is with a very heavy heart that I forward the latest letter from the Archbishops and Bishops see below (with the template referred to) about the closure of churches even for private prayer. The principles behind this latest guidance are clear. As a Church, we are committed to acting together on the best advice available with messaging that will help us care for the whole community, including the most vulnerable. …
Thanks for all you are doing to care for your communities, renewing hope and enabling people to pray, serve and grow in these difficult times. The weather helps, especially if you have a garden. I have been wondering if churchyards might be a place where people are able to exercise, breathe fresh air and stand on holy ground? Maybe the encouragement of little Calvaries might be a way of marking Passiontide. People could be encouraged to place something on a mound when they are out for their daily exercise or journey to the shop, medical centre or pharmacy? The Calvaries could then turn into Easter gardens.
Whatever happens in the coming weeks this is a time of intense social, economic and political change which needs spiritual support if we are to hold on to whatever is true, honourable, just, pure, pleasing and commendable if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise - which there most certainly is - in the ways most people, think about these things.
God bless, Bishop of Salisbury
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Archbishop's message to us (13th March) - read by Rev Hilary Bond. Click the mp3 icon to listen to it or download it.
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