Clergy Well-Being and the Reopening of Church Buildings: A Pastoral Letter from the Bishops of the Diocese of Southwark

Please follow the link to read a Pastoral Letter from the Bishops of the Diocese of Southwark and The Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, Bishop of Southwark, on Clergy Well-Being and the Reopening of Church Buildings .

Extract from letter dated Friday 3rd July 2020 (Feast of St Thomas the Apostle):            Now we are moving toward a phase where we can once again, step by step, open our church buildings for worship. This is a cause for rejoicing, but we want to say clearly that whilst some parishes will be ready to re-start public worship in the coming days, we fully realise that for others it will of necessity be a longer journey to reopening.  Above all, our commitment is to ensure that our churches re-open as safely as possible.

The letter from +Christopher follows government guidance which technically allows churches to reopen for services of worship from 4th July, subject to a requirement for social distancing and certain other strict measures and precautions being in place.  The safety of clergy, church staff and worshippers is paramount.  Consideration of local conditions in the case of each church will prevail when deciding when and how to reopen for formal services.

Read the full text of the letter here.

Windrush Day, Monday 22nd June 2020

The Bishops, Archdeacons and Dean of the Diocese, together with our Area MEACC leads, are calling the people of the Diocese to observe two minutes silence at 11 am on Windrush Day, Monday 22nd June 2020.

Bishop Christopher writes:  “I rejoice and take pride in the diversity within the Diocese of Southwark which I see as God’s gift and blessing.  We have stood strongly with the Black Lives Matter campaign and we want also to lament past and present injustices and wrongs, celebrating the gifts and talents of people of Caribbean heritage and the many ways they have enriched our churches and parishes”.

The full text of the letter from the Rt Revd Dr Richard Cheetham, Bishop of Kingston; the Ven Simon Gates,  Archdeacon of Lambeth; and the Ven John Kiddle, Archdeacon of Wandsworth, can be read here:  Monday 22 June – Windrush Day – 2 minutes’ silence

The Bridge – April 2020 (Vol. 25 No.3)

The Bridge, monthly newspaper of the Anglican Diocese of Southwark, will be published in PDF format for online distribution only until July 2020.  This is to safeguard the welfare of distributors and parishioners.

The April edition can be viewed here: The Bridge – April 2020

The Bridge continues to provide news from, and for, the parishes within the Diocese of Southwark.  The editors particularly welcome news on how you are coping in the new and very different world we are living in.

For general enquiries, please contact Steve Harris, Communications Officer, on  For social media or website-related queries, email Daniel Stone, Social Media Manager, on

Online communications continue as usual.  Please get in touch via Twitter@SouthwarkCofE or Facebook at  You can also read weekly updates via the blog, Hearts on Fire, at