Church "will come out of the virus stronger"
"Justice and dignity" must be at the heart of society's attempts to rebuild after the pandemic, the Archbishop of Canterbury said in an interview on Channel 4. Last Friday, he said that the pain and expense must be borne by them the broadest shoulders, not with another ten years of austerity. He also spoke of being moved when he volunteered to visit coronavirus patients at St. Thomas' hospital in Lambeth as a chaplain.
The designated Archbishop of York, Rt. Rev. Stephen Cottrell, said in an article for The Daily Telegraph Monday that the church would emerge "even more" from the corona virus. He defended the Church of England's policy of closing churches, saying that it "followed government leadership" but that the Church was not absent. He pointed out how the Church had run food banks, worked with asylum seekers, and streamed virtual services; it would emerge from the crisis with a growing spirit of service to the country.
The Bishop of London, Rt. Rev. Sarah Mullally, led a national service online in honor of Florence Nightingale's 200th birthday. The Chief Nursing Officer for England, Ruth May, joined her on Sunday. In her homily, Bishop Mullally said: “For us, hope is stored in heaven and breaks like the sun's rays into our present.
"We saw that hope break through during this storm. We saw it with the nurse, who despite her fears goes back to work every day to take care of the sick. It looks like the doctor has left his field to support his colleagues under stress. But it also shows up at the shopkeeper, who puts together bags with wrists and antiseptic towels and distributes them free of charge to the vulnerable in their community. "
Lichfield cathedralA picture of Florence Nightingale is projected onto the west end of Lichfield Cathedral to mark her 200th birthday and International Nurses Day on Tuesday
On Tuesday, face masks with Florence Nightingale were worn by the managing director and secretary general of the Royal College of Nursing, Dame Donna Kinnair, as well as paramedics and hospital chaplains to celebrate the nurses' contribution. In his speech on International Nurses' Day on Tuesday, Pope Francis also praised the “fundamental role nurses and midwives play” and called them “guardians of life”.
On Thursday last week, Bishop Mullally announced that clergymen in London could enter their own churches for private prayer and streaming services. The services were broadcast live again by the churches in the diocese on Sunday.
She announced her announcement shortly after the House of Bishops decided that the guidelines prohibiting clergymen from entering their churches could be changed by individual dioceses (News, May 8). The United Reformed Church also expressed its belief that churches should remain closed except to provide emergency services such as food banks and to persuade a person to record or perform live stream worship.
Other religious leaders have highlighted their support for the NHS and other key staff by holding “virtual pilgrimages” to pray for them. Priests and rabbis run and run from their homes to various hospitals, schools, nursing homes, bus stops and food banks over the next few weeks, stopping at every landmark to pray for key workers at these locations.
St. Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square has started an emergency call: Keep Our Doors Open. The money from the program is intended to provide emergency grants to help the homeless and vulnerable during the Covid-19 outbreak. The church has also set up an emergency number for the homeless and those at risk of eviction, and offers a take-away lunch every Sunday from the steps of the sacristy.
Similarly, Christ Church, Eastbourne, offers a food bank and meal distribution service. The Matthew 25 Mission distributes more than 200 meals a day and numerous food packages. The west end and north aisle of the church have been reconfigured to store groceries donated. Take-away meals are served in the parking lot.
St. Mary & # 39; s Church, WeaverhamBob Hough helps prepare food at St. Mary's Lighthouse Community Center in Weaverham
The pastor, Rev. David Charles, confirmed: "The queuing system with seats at intervals of 2.5 meters ensures that the social distance is maintained and the hygiene and safety standards are strict."
The churches in the Chester Diocese also work together to provide food for vulnerable and isolated people. More than 60 people receive between one and four meals a week from a team of volunteers from Stronghold Church, St. Mary & # 39; s Ecumenical Church and St. Bede & # 39; s RC Church in Weaverham near Northwich, as part of a pastoral team calls isolated people and helps others while shopping, and pray for the community.
The Cornwall-based charity, which offered free vacation to those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire (News, April 12, 2019), is doing the same for caregivers. Cornwall Hugs Grenfell has asked hotel and resort owners and vacation rental owners to protect caregivers who need to isolate themselves from their own families to stop the virus from spreading while they care for vulnerable adults.
The inspiration of the Toc H movement, Talbot House, Poperinge, in West Flanders, has launched an appeal to prevent their permanent closure. It was founded in 1915 by army chaplains as "Every Man’s Club" and was a place where soldiers who were stationed in Belgium during the First World War could meet friends, write letters home, play the piano and explore the garden . It has been a "living museum" for tourists since 1931, but it has had to be closed now and its income has shrunk. It offers donors benefits such as story tours and free nights.
Project beaconsSolar powered lights at the entrance to a churchyard as a sign that God is still present
The UK all-party faction for international freedom of religion or belief has drawn attention to the overcrowded conditions that make prisoners of conscience particularly vulnerable to Covid-19. The group has urged the British government to press for the worldwide release of those detained for their belief in Iran, Russia, Vietnam, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Eritrea and elsewhere.