Coming through Lockdown together

‘Coming through Lockdown Together’

Fromeside Benefice Pastoral Plan

June 2020

 

Introduction

“Let us give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the merciful Father, the God from whom all help comes! He helps us in all our troubles, so that we are able to help others who have all kinds of troubles, using the same help that we ourselves have received from God” (2 Cor 1.3-4)

 

Ruby Wax on the BBC’s Question Time (9th April) warned that we would be hit by a tsunami of mental health issues when the ‘fight for life’ phase with Covid 19 was over. The Royal College of Psychiatrists has given a similar warning and this was echoed by Professor Bruce Hood from Bristol University on the BBC News (26th May). This great wave that we may face could manifest itself in: the exacerbation of existing conditions, the levels of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder suffered by frontline workers and others, whilst also unleashing higher levels of anger and fear.

 

The biggest mental health challenge in our communities however is likely to be the level of increased anxiety. Pre-Covid one in four people in our country suffered from anxiety, much of which is dealt with by primary care. This statistic will have been fuelled by the impact of the crisis and the effects of the lockdown. Loneliness has doubled in the population, there has been considerable disruption to normal life with loss of routines, compounded by fears of future financial insecurity, loss of work and the threat to health and life which the virus brings. Mental Health workers are warning that the effects of all of this will be with us for years to come. We could see varying levels of anxiety effecting over 50% of the population in our community and it is by helping people through this, by easing them into re-engagement with our world and each other, that it would seem the Church is well placed to provide appropriate pastoral care and support.

 

Poppy Zak stated that the Church needs to be at the heart of looking out for people, “Because of its work in caring for families who have faced bereavement, as part of its everyday ministry, the Church is far better equipped to do this than it thinks it is.” Its experience will greatly aid the work of caring for those who face loss in its varying guises and the resulting anxiety, it is well placed she states, to help people come through the ‘Lockdown Era’.  

 

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in his article in The Sunday Times (24th May), highlighted these mental health issues and called for the legacy of the Covid 19 Pandemic to be, “a society that heals itself”. He affirmed that God is with us in our darkest moments of fear and isolation and showed pride in the Church of England’s online ‘virtual’ contribution to keeping people connected. Whilst calling for the rebuilding of a society founded on kindness, on truly loving our neighbour, whilst stating we could become a country that reflects and looks a bit more like the ‘Kingdom of God’, he sadly, perhaps a reflection of the Church of England’s lack of confidence in itself and role, overlooked the opportunity of placing the Church at the heart of this future transformation.

It is clear that many of those who work in ‘Health Care’ have been somewhat surprised even disappointed by the Church of England’s focus on playing it safe rather than bringing its ministry and ‘Key Workers’, their pastoral and spiritual gifts, to the fore in the same way those working in the Health Service, Care Homes and Education have done. This period of coming out of lockdown allows the Church opportunity to once again place itself at the heart of care in the community and re-establish a confidence in its role and place in society.

The Church has never in the past been afraid to minister at the cutting edge of crisis, with many instances recorded going right back to the Christian Communities’ actions in the third century plague in Alexandria, whereas others fled they stayed on at massive risk to themselves to care for the sick and dying. In truth the Church’s willingness to do so on many occasions throughout history has transformed others’ lives as they have witnessed God’s love in action. Where is God in Crisis? “Where he always is in the centre of things, always in the acts of love and generosity that people give to one another in times of crisis.” (Dr Rowan Williams 2001)

 

Paul Wilkinson stated in his article in the Church Times (1st May) that the challenge for the Church is: “As we transition out, just how can we keep this care going for the community, this love for each other effectively loving our neighbour as much as we love ourselves?”  This report and its ‘Pastoral Plan’, alongside our strategy for ‘Returning to Church’ seeks to lay out a clear, proactive and responsive pathway for us as a Benefice to best serve the pastoral and spiritual needs of our communities.

 

Howard Stone Professor in Pastoral Care and Pastoral Psychology points out that the whole church ordained and lay is called to care in a time of crisis, “The entire priesthood of believers is called to a ministry of caring for neighbour. The empathy warmth and concern of both ministers and laypeople are both necessary and sufficient in supporting others through a time of crisis.” Likewise, Howard Clinebell states, “in times of crisis and loss people often confront their spiritual hungers, the emptiness of their lives and the poverty of their values and relationships.” Given our experience as church in dealing with these ultimate questions of meaning and value, we can in the face of the potential emptiness and anxiety people will face as a result of this crisis, help them re-engage with others and assist them in rediscovering that living in relationship with a loving and faithful God provides meaning even in the midst of tragedy.  

 

I am hopeful that our ‘Pastoral Plan’ and our ‘Strategy’ for the opening up of our churches for prayer and worship (when it is permitted by Government guidance), will enable us to support and help others as a visible and tangible expression of God’s love and will place us back where we are called to be, taking responsibility for the ‘Cure of Souls’ in our parishes by providing them with the best possible pastoral and spiritual support that we can, working safely within guidelines of course, but being visible and clearly standing alongside others at the cutting edge of need.

 

Process  

The ‘Pastoral Plan’ has evolved on the back of a consultation held with key parishioners in our Benefice who are involved in a wide variety of areas of care and who bring a considerable expertise and experience to the table. The initial consultation took place on the 20th May with a follow up on 3rd June and the following areas of discussion were covered:

  1. Pastorally meeting the well-being of those isolated
  2. Signposting those who are really struggling to where they can get appropriate care
  3. How can we best support those who have been on the frontline, in the ‘Post Lockdown Era’
  4. Helping the bereaved
  5. Supporting Schools in working through with staff and children the impact and effects of lockdown
  6. What spiritual resources could we best offer both the Church and the wider community
  7. The place of story in helping the healing process
  8. Communicating and promoting the strategies emerging from the plan.

 

On top of this, conversations were held with other professionals in the area of Psychology and Crisis Mental Health Care. Appropriate reading has been undertaken by the Rector to more widely understand the issues we might face.

 

Discussions have also taken place with both our Benefice Pastoral Leaders and our Ministry Team, both helping to formulate the strategy for both the ‘Pastoral Plan’ and ‘Returning to Church’ documents. All this has been invaluable in helping to put together this report and in the identification of the strategy we need to implement as we move forward.

 

Pastoral Plan and Strategy.

As a Benefice throughout the Covid 19 crisis we have followed the mantra of ‘Less is More as long as Less is done well,’ this has enabled us to provide truly helpful care, both spiritual and pastoral, despite the limitations which have been imposed upon us by both the Government’s and Church’s guidelines.

 

The standard of the worship online has been outstanding and has helped feed, to a greater degree peoples spiritual need, through the teaching, prayer and act of ‘spiritual communion’. This has been supported by a number of spiritual on-line resources alongside our provision for young families through our Messy Church website, all of which has been extensively valued and used by the community. Our support of the schools has continued with regular pastoral contact with Heads and the provision of ‘Virtual Assemblies’ for all five schools in the Benefice (the latter of which is now being used by the Diocese as a resource for all its Church Schools).

 

The WhatsApp groups, Zoom Study groups and virtual meetings have enabled people to keep connected virtually. Pastorally, regular phone calls, emails, letters, zoom meetings with wedding couples and service DVDs for those with no digital capability, have all enabled us to keep in touch with well over 400 families on a weekly basis. Funerals have been taken by the clergy, providing the best quality pastoral support in the circumstance, the sick have been visited, the dying have been anointed and lovingly prepared for their death.

 

There is much we have learnt, much to be grateful for, much to build upon as we help take this ‘Virtual Love’ into the world, as we live out our next primary focus and role to provide opportunity for the re-engagement of people within our community. Coming through the ‘Lockdown Era’ is a very fluid process, subject to the constant potential for change and the following strategy will always need to be reviewed and Risk Assessment amended appropriately to allow for that change.

 

Fromeside Benefice Pastoral Plan:

As this report is being written, the Government are now allowing families to meet in groups of six outside, but those who are in the ‘High Risk’ (clinically extremely vulnerable) group are still primarily having to shield, only being allowed to meet one designated person. The process of easing the lockdown has begun but will clearly be in proportioned stages and timings are not at this moment clear. This does not, however, negate us from beginning to formulate our plans so we can be proactive, acting swiftly and effectively as things ease.

 

One thing we must be acutely mindful of in both our ‘Pastoral Plan’ and ‘Strategy for Return to Church’, there will be a significant proportion of people some 5% (this could be higher in our local context) who may not be in a position to return to mainstream Church activity until well into 2021, if ever. We still need to meet their needs and will need to continue to provide a number of our virtual supports and even create new ones. Those who have to remain ‘shielding’ must in no way be felt to be second class as others return to worship and social interaction.

 

Equally as we work pastorally in our communities we must not let go of the needs of those we were supporting pre Covid 19. We need to strike a balance right across the board and be very aware of our pastoral and spiritual band width. It will be crucial for the Ministry Team to identify, from the potential strategic options listed in each stage of the ‘Pastoral Plan’, those areas which we focus on first, prioritising our initiatives and objectives in respect of both need and what we can realistically deliver.

We must not lose sight of the mantra ‘Less is More’ and if we are to protect the wellbeing of our team, we need to ensure all have appropriate structured support and that a ministerial balance is encouraged which includes time for reflection, spiritual nourishment and recreation. 

 

The care and support needed in our communities is likely to be long term and staggered as needs evolve, with the possible consequence of delayed reaction impacting upon people as they move out of survival mode and begin to face their suppressed feelings.  Resources and skills in the Benefice will need to be clearly identified, especially amongst the laity, to help us support people through our pastoral strategy, with volunteers encouraged sensitively to become involved in sharing our ‘Christlike’ care for the wider community. There may well need to be a redefining of the roles of Ministry Team members so that people are not taking on more, but redirecting their gifting. In other words, identifying what has to be let go of to enable a different ministerial focus and function to develop. We need to ensure that we have an appropriate Ministerial band width in place which is sustainable in the long term.

 

The strategies and ideas laid out below are not limited and equally will not be fixed in stone, we must remain fluid to respond and adapt to changes in the situation. Equally they are not laid out in any order of priority or specific fixed timeframe, implementation could easily take 12 to 18months and whilst some initiatives will be short term, others may become permanent features of our pastoral care provision. There is an attempt within the ‘Pastoral Plan’, to lay out the strategic points within each of the stages in the following order; organisational, pastoral and spiritual.

 

The Rector and Ministry Team will need to take the lead and co-ordinate in a number of areas, but we will need the support of other key skilled members from amongst our laity and our trained ‘Pastoral Visitors’. On top of this we will also need to open up the opportunity for others in the parishes to volunteer to help as we initiate our pastoral support plan and provide appropriate care in our communities.

 

 

Stage 1 (Likely June to Sept)

  • Ministry Team to clearly split into two groups (Ministry Bubbles), North and South
  • Ministry Team to discuss who is taking the lead in specific pastoral and spiritual areas (including those members who are shielding and working from home)
  • Ensure all those involved in visiting and pastoral contact are aware of the caring agencies people can be signposted to. ‘Referral’ has to be our mantra for those who are in acute need.
  • The Rector to look how appropriate supervision can be put in place for all those working in a voluntary capacity.
  • Create a ‘Resource Pack’ and a 'Help in Troubled Times' booklet, to help and assist people in our Benefice area to be signposted to appropriate support groups to meet specific need (ie Citizens Advice, Mind, Food Banks etc).  This could be done in collaboration with our Mission Area Partners 
  • Ministry Team in liaison with Mission Area partners to explore setting up of support group/support activity (when guidelines allow), for ‘Frontline Carers’ in our community.  This could be done in collaboration with our Mission Area Partners
  • Ministry Team in liaison with Mission Area partners make themselves available for one to one listening support for ‘Key Workers’. This could be done in collaboration with our Mission Area Partners
  • Rector to write article/letter putting parishioners in the picture and seeking volunteers to help
  • Establish regular pastoral contact with our Care Homes, looking towards the re-introduction of worship probably in the autumn
  • Rector to liaise with Laura Hoynes, and members of the Communications group to discuss and develop the communications strategy
  • In Partnership with Yate constantly share learning, through quarterly ministry meetings and possibly with ‘ministerial buddies’.
  • Explore with the Diocese the implementation of appropriate structured support for all Ministry Team members (Who Supports the Supporters!). The Rector will seek a conversation with the Archdeacon about what realistic structured support can be provided by the Diocese to Ministers at the cutting edge, as we move into this significant stage of care for our communities.
  • Continue the production of ‘virtual assemblies’ for the Benefice and the Diocese
  • Rector and Pastoral Family Liaison Minister to make regular phone calls to the Heads and other staff who may be struggling
  • Rector to visit schools as allowed in the guidelines to offer appropriate support, after consultation with the Heads
  • Rector and PFLM to offer appropriate support as directed by Heads to staff and parents who may be anxious
  • Visiting for pastoral offices (Funerals) to be done by zoom, telephone or garden visit as appropriate
  • Establish a ‘Garden Visiting Team’ as soon as possible to enable one to one interaction, by visiting people in their gardens (social distanced) as already modelled by the Rector. This is not cold visiting, must be by appointment with total approval of person visited with all safeguarding guidelines in place
  • Pastoral Team members to be approached about willingness to join ‘Garden Visiting Team’ and appropriate training given by the Rector
  • Establish the ‘’Walk Buddies Scheme’ as soon as possible, to enable face to face interaction whilst engaging in a socially distanced activity. Both these activities do not appear to break guidelines as long as, at this stage, it is one on one. (Links could be made with the existing Running Scheme for those who are interested and fit enough!)
  • Ministry Team to all share in pastoral telephone calls (reallocation from ‘Pastoral Leads’)
  • Praise and Play Team to have Face Book contact with Praise and Play attendees
  • Email, Letter and DVD drops to be continued
  • Set up Virtual Café in all four parishes 
  • Encourage WhatsApp groups continuation to help those ‘Shielding’ to still feel connected and part of all that is going on
  • As we meet all the government criteria for a ‘Business’ where people are allowed to work together. The Rector to speak with the Diocese to seek their Blessing for the establishment of two designated teams (of ministers not self-isolating) to enter Church for prayer, filming and preparation for the staggered return of our ‘Sacred Spaces’ for private prayer and public worship
  • Messy Church to continue in ‘Virtual’ Form
  • Virtual Youth Sessions (Inspired Group) to continue
  • Virtual Study Groups to continue. Perhaps set up a Zoom Prayer group as well.
  • Open the four churches for private prayer as soon as government guidelines allow, with allocated area, social distancing, votive stand available for lighting candles. One day midweek and possibly Sunday afternoons. Team of volunteers to help with the supervision of the church, including member of Ministry Team or one ‘Trained Listener’ from our pastoral visiting team
  • Ensure all four churches are cleaned and appropriate safeguarding, health and safety criteria are met and risk assessment is in place
  • Explore the possibility of ‘Outdoor Services’ (with social distancing) to bring people together (given that the chances of becoming infected in this context are almost zero)

 

Stage 2 (Likely Sept to Nov)

  • Explore with Frome Valley Medical Centre the introduction of ‘Listening Ministry Support’ for our local surgery
  • Work with our Mission Area partners and other churches in developing support for those struggling financially as a result of Lockdown (i.e. linking in with existing food banks, support in accessing social services and benefits system, support in helping folks to navigate the supports system, provide appropriate signposting).
  • Set up possible drop in clinic to help those struggling for whatever reason.
  • The Rector and PFLM to resume ministry in schools
  • Ministry Team and Visitors to maintain one to one visits
  • Pastoral office visits to the home, garden visits to begin with, moving to the home as guidelines allow.
  • Establish a series of socially distanced creative activities or clubs
  • Set up regular coffee mornings or similar activity one in each Parish
  • Hopeful reintroduction of Inspired Group Meetings (Young People)
  • Hopeful reintroduction of study groups and prayer groups making sure guidelines are met.
  • We will need to use churches buildings and resources for these activities so appropriate distancing and guidelines can be conformed with
  • Begin to facilitate ‘Memorial Services’ for bereaved if guidelines on numbers in Church allow. (Be prepared at least to make the two larger churches available for this pastoral support)
  • Introduce proposed ‘Mindfulness Service’ to enable space for people to spiritually reflect on what they have been through. (Rector to liaise with Becky Lunt over this)

 

Stage 3 (Likely Late Autumn into 2021)

  • Other Ministry Team members to join the Rector and PFLM in supporting schools through delivery of assemblies and in other ways as required
  • Reinstatement of Repair Café
  • Possible re starting of Men’s and Ladies Groups (may have to limit attendance levels to 20/25 depending on guidelines at the time)
  • Hopeful reinstatement of ‘Messy Church’ and ‘Praise and Play’ in some form, making sure guidelines are met and appropriate safeguarding is adhered to.
  • Hold ‘Remembering Services’ in all four churches to provide spiritual comfort for all those who have been bereaved through the loss of loved ones or friends not only this year but in years past.
  • Maintain virtual ‘Pastoral and Spiritual Ministry’ as appropriate

 

As a Ministry team we believe strongly that you cannot divorce the ‘Pastoral’ from the ‘Spiritual’ so included below is our detailed plan for returning to our church buildings and worship. I have also attached as an appendix our developing ‘Risk Assessment’ documents.

 

‘Returning to Church’

Our Clergy and Ministers are designated as key workers and what we are proposing to deliver is clearly helping to meet the spiritual and pastoral needs of those in our care. To enable the beginning of the process of returning to church the following 5 requirements have been established and met.

1) We have completed a full and detailed 'Risk Assessment', more than is required in fact for a small business.

2) We plan to work initially in small teams of no more than three/four (plus a cameraman for streamed/filmed worship), with no face to face cross working between the groups and with other key workers contributing from home, again very much in line with what is expected by the Government.

3) Rigid social distancing is proposed, in fact greater than the Government requirements, with a minimum of 3 meters being set and staff not sitting opposite each other but staggered in a large space

4) The size of our buildings means there is very good ventilation, thanks to the drafts, for what is in essence a very large work space, complemented by further ventilation and hygiene/cleaning procedures highlighted in our risk assessment.

5) Areas of each church used will be cleaned appropriately.

 

 

Stage 1 (Private Prayer)

Proposed start soon after 15th June

  • Each church opens on a designated day and possibly a Sunday for a limited period allowing people to use the church for prayer and reflection. Designated areas will be roped off and these areas sanitised appropriately (Prayer Time supervised by members of Ministry Team and possibly other lay volunteers).
  • Service filmed at church Saturday morning, shown Sunday at 11am (Those Ministry Team members not isolating are split in two groups), full social distancing etc,
  • Initially services to be filmed at St Michael’s and All Saints by the Southern Team, with members of Northern Team contributing as before with inserts filmed from their churches.
  • Morning Prayer 9am

Monday, Friday, St Michael’s:Tuesday, Thursday, St James

  • Evening Prayer 4.30pm

Monday Wednesday Friday St Peter’s:Tuesday, Thursday, All Saints

(Covered by the two teams)

  • Single bell can be rung to let communities know prayer is taking place

Possible Liturgical Pastoral Provision

  • No Baptisms or Weddings in Church
  • Funerals at graveside, limited numbers and at Crematorium limited numbers

 

Stage 2 (Limited Return)

Possible earliest Start for Worship in Church July 4th, most likely Mid July to August

  • One Sunday Service, hopefully in August (alternating around Benefice) full social distancing in place, possibly communion in one kind or continue with spiritual communion, full Priestly hygiene as before with sanitizers, no peace, no coffee/tea
  • One Service filmed at church Saturday morning, shown Sunday at 11am possibly alternating around the Benefice
  • Morning and Evening Prayer continues as before
  • Ministry Team remains split into two groups (North & South): one group leading Sat (filmed) and one Sun

Likely Liturgical Pastoral Provision

  • Baptisms, Weddings, and Funerals limited numbers, social distancing with no choir
  • Initial limits 50 St Peter’s and St Michael’s, 35 St James, 25 All Saints
  • No home communions only in emergency (full PPE to be worn)

 

Stage 3 (full return to new-normal prior to / if no vaccine available)

Possibly end of August or September 2020

  • Moving towards full Ministry Team engagement
  • One Sunday service in each church, full social distancing in place, communion in one kind also spiritual communion, full Priestly hygiene as before with sanitizers, no peace, no coffee/tea unless social distancing can be guaranteed in the way it is served and laid out
  • Social distancing will still be in place, attendance limits remain in place and limited choirs only (no more than eight people socially distanced)
  • Reintroduce Benefice 8am Holy Communion at St Michael’s on Sundays
  • Reintroduce midweek eucharists with social distancing etc
  • Morning and Evening Prayer continue
  • Major festivals we may have to run two services in all churches.
  • Care Home Services reintroduced if required with PPE worn
  • Fr Bob Latham to explore streaming of service from one of our churches for those who are shielding or are not yet ready to come back to church. (This will also provide a missional opportunity for the future and may well become a permanent feature)

Likely Liturgical Pastoral Provision

  • Baptisms, Weddings, and Funerals limited numbers social distancing with no choir
  • Limits 60 St Peter’s 50 St Michael’s, 40 St James, 30 All Saints
  • Some Home Communions re introduced depending on health condition of communicant. (PPE may still need to be worn)
  • Likely to be number of over 70s/80s who do not want to return to church. Streaming of Sunday Service will need to continue with DVD’s for those with no digital capability
  • Reintroduce regular home communions but wearing PPE and social distancing to protect those shielding

 

Stage 4 (full return if vaccine available / Covid-19 virus loses pathogenicity)

Timing uncertain possibly some point in 2021

  • New Worship Plan to be introduced after discussions with Ministry Team, Wardens, PCC’s and Benefice Council
  • Spiritual Communion phased out at this point
  • Choirs return, full capacity
  • Coffee fully reintroduced
  • Baptisms Weddings and Funerals normal numbers choir etc
  • Care Home Services fully reintroduced
  • Full Home Communions reintroduced

 

Communications Strategy

To enable the initiatives from the ‘Pastoral Plan’ and ‘Return to Church’ to reach not only the Church Family, with whom we have excellent communication, we will need to consider who are our target audiences in the wider community and how best to reach them.

 

We need to think about key messages for those groups (3 max for each group) and identify the best channels through which to speak to them, digital or non, both have a place.  Zoom has brought a new audience to the digital world, but some prefer the telephone or hard copy.  This mix needs to be considered fully, identifying the best form for each audience, for example, Facebook is appropriate for Messy Church but not so good for older generation.

 

We need to Identify existing resources e.g.  Podcast, and use things that already work.  We must not be afraid to reuse and repurpose the content we already have and share in various channels. A blog or a podcast can maximise across different channels for all the various audiences. It could also be a good idea to have a flyer or something on the website, to help signpost people to what we are doing. What is key is that we allow people to choose how they digest what we are offering.

 

Our Communications Plan will have the three traditional parts:

  • Planning
  • Posting
  • Tracking

 

Prior to this we need to appoint someone to be our ‘Post Lockdown Communications Lead’ and set up a small working group.

 

Planning

  • Target Audiences (perhaps no more than 5 groups to keep it manageable)
  • Key messages for each group (up to 3, again to ensure it’s manageable)
  • Think about the more appropriate channels to communicate with them and have a mix of channels for each as people receive information in different ways. Whilst the use of digital has come into its own and nearly everyone is now getting online, regardless of age, the more traditional forms of communication are also seeing a resurgence (flyers/newsletters through the door, the telephone, post, etc.)
  • Think about what resources are already available (can these be recycled, reused, adapted for different audiences or channels),
  • Think about the limitations/blocks to people receiving the information and then how those might be overcome
  • Develop a Communications Plan template

 

 Posting

  • Put together an editorial calendar, dividing up the work needed to create/post materials and resources.
  • Get input, buy in and commitment from those involved at the start, as it will mean it’s more likely to get executed. 
  • Decide on the frequency of new content, how often to post/update someone, this will be different on each channel and for each resource item
  • Decide how often you’ll catch up and review progress. This way we can come up with smaller milestones for delivery that people can achieve each week.

 

 Tracking (This is about how we measure ‘effectiveness’ and ‘success’,

  • Record number of views of Sunday Services/Messy Church/Podcasts which we already are doing
  • Monitor increase in number of people joining Sunday Services ‘live’
  • Monitor Increase in number of Facebook group followers
  • Anecdotal evidence of connections being made e.g. increase in WhatsApp messages of people saying they’ve met up for walk/have a social distanced cuppa, etc.
  • Reflect on and assess regularly the effectiveness of communication streams

 

Concluding Comment

I firmly believe that if we can deliver all this well and appropriately, we will make a considerable contribution to the well-being of both those in the church and wider communities. As we care for people’s pastoral and spiritual needs in these coming months and years, not only will we be vehicles of God’s grace, we will also restore our confidence as ‘Church’ to be at the very heart of our local communities. In so doing, this will enable a fresh and exciting missional encounter with all those whom we are called to serve and care.

 

“The Purpose of the Church is to increase and promote among all people the love of God and each other. The Church helps to communicate this love in a real and concrete way to individuals, so that they can respond to it with increased love for God and for one another.”

                                                                                                                                           Professor Howard Stone 1995

 

Fr Malcolm Strange                                                                                                                            4th June 2020

 

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Acknowledgements

 

My profound thanks go to all those who participated in the Consultation on the 20th May:

 

Dr Monika Blackwell – GP, Attends All Saints,

Dr Deb Marriage – Bristol Children’s Hospital & School Governor

Kirsty Robson – Head at St Michael’s Primary School, Winterbourne

Karen Evans – Chartered Accountant – Attends St Michael’s,

Laura Hoynes – Marketing & Communications – Attends St Michael’s

Gill James – Trained Counsellor – Attends St Michael’s

Becky Lunt - Student Masters Music Therapy (Trainee Psycho Therapist) – Attends St Michael’s

Kathryn Nichols – Fromeside Benefice Administrator

Geoff Potter – Retired Lecturer & School Governor – Attends St Peter’s

Jo Strange – Pastoral Family Liaison Minister, Lay Minister & School Governor

Revd Bob Conway - Priest with Pastoral and Missional Responsibility for St Peters

Revd Bob Latham Priest with Pastoral and Missional Responsibility for All Saints

Revd Dave Jones Minister with Pastoral and Missional Responsibility for St James

Revd Ian Wallace Rector of Yate Team Ministry and Mission Area Lead

Revd Joanne Hodge Curate Yate Team Ministry

 

My thanks also to Dr Rachel Coats Lecturer in Psychology at Leeds University and Poppy Zak Mental Health Nurse (Crisis Team) Portsmouth NHS for the wonderful contributions they gave from their enlightened experience and subject knowledge, plus their wonderful encouragement to us in this enterprise.

 

To members of our Ministry Team who I have held various conversations with in past weeks, the writers of various articles and books which have helped greatly in focusing our work.

 

Thank you also for the many resources that have been shared this will be crucial to our work as we move forward

 

Finally, to Ruby Wax whose passion and desire on ‘Question Time’ started me reflecting on how we could respond to meet the needs of all those effected in our community by impact of Covid 19 and the lockdown.