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News from local churches and brief CTSD council meeting notes & links

CTBI Holy Week joint statement; also available from CTBI
Places of Worship closed
 - Prime Minister's address to the nation, 8:30pm, Monday 23 March (BBC News)
More info (right) and the timeline page

22 March: Most churches have closed doors to public worship following Government guidance; some offer alternatives including live-streaming an act of worship
More in right hand column ->

Church members across the area were invited to join in the National Day of Prayer on Mothering Sunday, 22 March 2020
Harvest Church moved from the scout hut to 'The Umbrella' on Westlode Street, PE11 2AE, Sunday 1 March

Flower Festivals listing (including postponements and cancellations as advised) available

St John's, Hawthorn Bank has set up a new Facebook private group in addition to the Facebook public group (26/3)

Tuesday 21 January, 7:30pm: CTSD AGM at Spalding URC; agenda included appointment of officers (Clergy chair, lay chair, treasurer & secretary), changes to CTSD bi-monthly meetings, voting at CTSD meetings & subs, Preacher exchange (19/1), Lent talks, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Pentecost, reports from Street Pastors, Food Bank & CAP (downloadable below), Finance and Julian Meetings (Peterborough)

CTSD meetings in 2020 (as amended following AGM): 21/1 (AGM, Spalding URC), 11/3 (new songs evening at Spalding Baptist), 6/5 Council meeting (Broad Street Methodist), 7/7 (fellowship at St Paul's), 7/9 Council Meeting (Lighthouse) & 18/11 (fellowship at Spalding Baptist)
18-25 January
: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Unusual kindness; CTBI resources

Ecumenical prayer meetings include Broad Street monthly gathering, dates available on our Diary page for 2020

News archives remain available, including 2019

The web address lapsed on 6 September; archives remain on Hope 2018 Archives 

Live-stream and recorded services (updated 24 March):
Coronavirus Covid-19
Spalding churches offering on-line services, messages, pauses for thought and similar:
St John the Baptist (FB - public; FB - private group)

Churches in surrounding towns and villages offering on-line services include (updated 5 April):
Baston, Langtoft & Thurlby - The Ness Group (FB)
Long Sutton (Baptist) (FB)
Moulton, Whaplode (FB)
Sutton St James - Baptist (FB)

Churches using Facebook for updates and brief messages in addition to their websites (updated 7 April) 
Gosberton (FB), Gosberton Clough (FB) & Quadring (FBThe Gosberton Group
Pincbeck Baptist (FB)
Pinchbeck (FB), Surfleet (FB) & West Pinchbeck (FBThe Glen Group

Lincoln Diocese letter and poster announcing buildings closure (24/3)
(Note: as at 24/3, there were conflicting messages concerning use of church buildings for live-stream or recordings - since clarified by diocese)

Roman Catholic, 25 March: all churches must close (Diocese of Westminster)

Coronavirus Covid-19 update - Church of England 17 March 2020
"In light of the Government guidance around non-essential contact, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued advice that public worship is suspended until further notice.
Churches should be open where possible but with no public worship services taking place. Prayers can be said by clergy and ministers on behalf of everyone and churches should consider ways of sharing this with the wider community.

National Call to Prayer
Presidents of Churches Together in England have issued a call to prayer in the light of the Coronavirus pandemic. This is for all churches and people of prayer to join on Sunday 22 March, Mothering Sunday.  Full text via CTE / article

Methodist update, 23 March: "The Methodist Church is announcing a closure of all its church buildings. The only exception will be for churches that offer essential social outreach like foodbanks, soup kitchens and night shelters, but these must be carried out within Government guidelines" (District website)

Moulton Chapel Village Parade on Sunday 3 May has been cancelled (16/3) (FB)

St Mary's, Long Sutton Flower Festival postponed to September (16/3).  Listing on this website updated (17/3)

Further postponements on the Flower Festival page

CTSD Lent series has been cancelled due to concerns over Coronavirus COVID-19 (16/3).  Talks have been uploaded to the Baptist church website

This prayer was written by Rev Frances Ballantyne (16/3):
Father God, we are aware of our global connections at this time, and our common togetherness as we face this virus in all our communities.
We pray for all peoples at this time, it’s a prayer  for strength , compassion and understanding as we all face  disruption to  our usual patterns of lifestyle.
Help us all to be aware of our neighbours, to be aware of our own well being, and to suffer with those fearful of their livelihoods and anxious in uncertain times.
We pray for your peace as you offer peace that passes all understanding. May we rest in the present, with the power of your  presence.  In Jesus Name we pray, Amen.
Ecumenical Matters,
22 Jan 2020, 01:19
Ecumenical Matters,
22 Jan 2020, 01:19