We are all very much aware of the impact on our planet, community and church of the coronavirus (Covid19). We live in profoundly unsettling times.
Bishop Sonia, Bishop Charlie and I join with the Diocesan Office staff join in praying for you and seeking to support you. I am confident that God will inspire and guide us as we express his love and proclaim his name.
The current key information for the Diocese is
- We are witnessing an extraordinary effort to ensure our work and ministry continues
- We are building our faith community in new ways
- Public worship and gatherings in Anglican buildings has been suspended
- Opportunity shops, trading and other activities have been suspended
- Anglican Care, Samaritans and the Diocesan Schools continue to adapt their work to government guidelines and expectations
- The Diocesan Office has moved to being a virtual office
- The Cathedral is streaming a service 830 each morning and 530 each evening
- The bishops and archdeacons have established a communication network with clergy
- Clergy are establishing communication networks for pastoral and spiritual care in their parish or ministry setting
- Work has begun on seeking a financial safety net for the most-impacted ministries of the diocese.
- Anglican involvement in Special Religious Education (SRE) has been suspended
You can read the latest updates from the Diocese here.
Two of the prayers I have found helpful are –
Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy in this time of uncertainty and distress. Sustain and support the anxious and fearful, and lift up all who are ill or feeling low; that we may rejoice in your comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.
We are not people of fear: we are people of courage. We are not people who protect our own safety: we are people who protect our neighbours’ safety. We are not people of greed: we are people of generosity. We are your people God, giving and loving, wherever we are, whatever it costs, for as long as it takes and wherever you call us. Amen.
Anglican Bishop of Newcastle