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An update on visiting Bradford Cathedral

Dear Friends

From Thursday 5th November, we begin a second lockdown until 2nd December. Covid-19 is having a huge impact on our communities and hospitals again. Our thoughts and prayers are for all hospital staff, key workers, the vulnerable, sick and grieving. There will be more about prayer further down this message.

Parliament has now voted on this and we await the detail of the changes and the impact that they will have on our Cathedral and its operation.  Guidance from the Church is not expected until late Thursday or even Friday and it will not be possible to completely understand the implications on the Cathedral and its operation until then.  However, this is what we do know.

From Thursday 5th November until Wednesday 2nd December (inclusive), we cannot welcome a congregation on site to share in worship. This means that neither of the proposed new midweek services, on Wednesday 9th November at 8.00am or Tuesday 24th November at 12.15pm will happen. 

We can, and will, livestream and broadcast worship through our usual digital channels. We hope you will join us. You can find out details of our upcoming services on our Advent and Christmas webpage.

 

How to Watch

There are a variety of ways you can watch our services at home.

 

On your computer, laptop or smartphone

All you need to do is head to our Facebook page or YouTube page and you can view the streams from there.

Alternatively, if you have the Facebook app, type 'Bradford Cathedral' in the search box to be taken to our page and scroll down to the video marked 'live'.

In the YouTube app search 'Bradford Cathedral to find our page and look out for a video marked 'live'.

 

On your television

You can also watch our services through your television.

If you have a smart TV head to your apps page and locate the Facebook or YouTube apps.

If you have a device such as an Amazon Fire Stick you can also download a YouTube app and view it from there.

Please search for 'Bradford Cathedral' within the app to find our channel.

For further instructions please consult your device's help page or instruction manual

 You can also view YouTube through Apple TV and some other providers.

You may also be able to 'cast' your computer laptop or smartphone to your television to watch the service on your bigger screen.

 

On your games console

You can also download the YouTube app on Sony Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch as well as some older consoles.

 

FAQs

How do I view the stream?

You should be able to start streaming the service from around 15-20 minutes before the service begins. If you can't see it please refresh the page. If it still doesn't appear please go directly to our YouTube page and look for a video marked 'Live'. We will also post links on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

I can't hear any sound!

Though the stream may be live the sound / music may not begin until a few minutes before. If you still can't hear anything please check the settings on your device. If you can't hear anything still please leave a comment on the video and we will check the stream.

Can I leave comments during the stream?

Yes, you can do this, with comments, prayers or similar.

 

Morning and Evening Prayer

In addition, Morning and Evening Prayer are both online and on the phone. This is not only a great way to begin and end the day in prayer but it is a supportive community experience as well. Here are the details. This arrangement is now for Monday to Saturday.


Morning Prayer at 9am
Online             https://meet.google.com/gzg-wryi-fof
Phone             020 3957 3722 then, when prompted, key in 255851314#

Evening Prayer at 5.30pm
Online             https://meet.google.com/zyx-hmcz-xeu
Phone             020 3937 2140 then, when prompted, key in 186694145#

 

Offering a sacred space

We will continue to offer a sacred space for prayer and stillness for anyone to access.  Our opening times are 14:00 - 16:00, Wednesday - Saturday, and 13:00 - 15:00 Sunday.  We operate in a covid secure way and ask that if you visit us for personal prayer, you adhere to covid precautions as per the signage or instructions from the team. Thank you.

 

We are unable to confirm anything else until we receive further guidance.  We understand that this is frustrating however it is beyond our control and we believe speculation is unhelpful in this situation. As soon as we are able to provide detailed guidance we will do so.

 

Prayer for the NationSo, to prayer

On Wednesday 4 November, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York and the Bishop of London called the Church of England to prayer for the nation throughout the month of November. Every day at 6.00pm they are inviting us to pray. Churches are to ring a bell to remind the community that prayers are being offered for them. You can find more details about this initiative as well as the letter to the nation from the Archbishops on the Church of England website.

May I encourage you to be part of this movement of prayer to hold this nation, indeed all nations, before the transforming presence of the one who is the Light of the World.

Click here to download the 'Prayer for the Nation' booklet.

 

Dean Jerry

 


 

Visiting us

You can visit us from 2-4pm Wednesday - Saturday or 1-3pm Sunday for personal prayer.

 

Measures to keep people safe will include:

  • limiting the number of people allowed inPublic WorshipPublic Worship  side at any one time
  • a 'one way' system
  • much reduced seating
  • hand sanitisers at appropriate points
  • new signage to remind people of the health and safety around social distancing
  • the shop and the toilets will not be open at this time
  • some areas of the cathedral will be inaccesible

Please note that further details will be forthcoming and that the Cathedral office will remain closed.

 

Face coverings

Face coverings are currently mandatory on public transport and in a range of indoor venues including places of worship and church halls. While there are exemptions, outlined on the document linked to below, this is a legal requirement.

Please see the latest guidance from the Church of England in full via their website.

 

Caring for each other

If you would like prayer please email us at prayer@bradfordcathedral.org or leave a message on the phone – 01274 777720.

If you would like to be in touch with the clergy please call 01274 777720 and leave a message or email us. Our contacts are on the website.

 

Volunteering Opportunities

Bradford District is a place where the people band together. We help each other in times of need, we are a close knit and supportive community. Now especially is a time when people can get through this tough time together. Bradford Council are encouraging people to join their growing band of brilliant volunteers, helping and supporting everyone across our district so that people can get through tough times together.

 

While we are staying home and staying safe, people can still make a difference. If you are in need of urgent help or support, please call 01274 431000.

 

Click here to find out more.

 

Being a good neighbour

People Can have created a helpsheet all about being a good neighbour. Click here to download.

 

Facebook support group

We have set up a support group on Facebook to help our community, as a place to offer support, ask for advice and to ask for prayers at Bradford Cathedral.

 

 

Phone Calls

From Friday 20th March when you call the cathedral you will automatically come through to our answer phone. We will be back in touch with you as soon as possible if you leave a message.

 

 

For further information

For the latest advice please visit the following sources: