Friday 26 June

Thought for the day from Ruth Marlow

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” Philippians 2: 3-4 (NIV)

The stresses and strains of the coronavirus pandemic have affected us in different ways. For some of us there has been tragedy and loss – of friends and family, for some tragically permanently, and for others temporarily, though no less keenly felt. For others there has been the revelation of unexpected free time or “different time” once filled by paid work and now with the demands of caring for children or other dependants.  And for others, there seems to have been unending busy-ness and the stresses of just too much to do. Whatever our own circumstances, as human beings, we long for what it is that we are doing to be seen and be valued.

Although we may want others to see and understand our particular challenges and difficulties, Paul reminds us that even when times are difficult we should strive to be like Christ:

“In your relationships with one another, have the same mind-set as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God,  did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing  by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.” Philippians 2:5-7 (NIV)

Ruth Marlow is the Diocesan Secretary and a member of the Bishop's Core Staff Team

National guidance from the Church of England

The Church of England website has a dedicated page for the latest national requirements and guidance.

There have been no updates since Tuesday, however, they have added the following statement:

"Following the Prime Minister's statement on 23 June, we are awaiting publication of the detail of the Government's guidance before updating our advice. 

Read a statement from the Bishop of London welcoming the reopening of church buildings for worship from 4 July, and a follow-up statement from the House of Bishops."

Please note that the above mentioned statement from the House of Bishops included the following:

"The House welcomed clarification from the Government that a limit of 30 people in total applied to weddings, and that numbers for worship would differ depending on the context."


Best wishes


Revd Graeme Pringle
Director of Communications