Tuesday 12 May

Thought for the day from Archdeacon Barry

In the middle of doing what we think we are experienced at, even though we may experience difficulties; it can be a real challenge to receive advice and instruction from someone without any prior art. We might still hear a faint echo of the supressed sighs of Simon Peter, James and John, at the instruction of Jesus to put out into deep water and let their nets out  in full day light, when any potential catch would be cautious and deeper below the surface. Today we are putting out onto 'deep water', doing some of the familiar things of mission and ministry, with a sense of pushing our boat out further and deeper into uncharted waters. Doubts may emerge about how we are to 'fish for people' and we may fear the future. As we listen to Jesus today, may our fears be calmed as we respond again to his words. 'Do not be afraid, from now on you will be catching people'. And finding the safety of shore, may we follow with a fresh sense of call. (Luke 5.1-11)

Barry Dugmore is the Archdeacon Missioner 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.

In response to the latest govenment guidance, the Bishop of London, Sarah Mullally, said:

"We note from the Government’s COVID-19 Recovery Strategy that churches could be open from July as part of the conditional and phased plan to begin lifting the lockdown. We look forward to the time when we are able to gather again in our church buildings.

We are examining what steps we will need to take to do so safely and are actively planning ahead in preparation. We strongly support the Government’s approach of continuing to suppress the transmission of the virus and accordingly, we recognise that at this time public worship cannot return in the interests of public health and safety.”


Best wishes,


Revd Graeme Pringle
Director of Communications