THANK you to those readers who have been in touch to say how welcome the Church Times has been in these past weeks. All the extra effort by the staff and contributors seems worth it when we hear that the paper contributes something helpful and reliable in these troubling days.
It is good to hear, too, that “Lift Up Your Hearts”, this week featuring Jane Williams, an old friend of the paper, is proving popular. Once again, an A4 version is available on our website as a free download, which can be printed and circulated as readers wish. The copy can be read here.
This week, a little in anticipation of Easter Day, we publish our second cover poster: a resurrection image from the walls of the Vatican. Readers might wish to display it on a wall or in a window, or simply use it as an object of contemplation.
We went to press a day early this week in the hope that the Royal Mail will get your copy to you by Maundy Thursday. Remember to include postal workers in your Thursday-evening applause.
For anyone without a postal subscription, we have introduced a one-off introductory subscription: ten issues for just £10. This is a limited offer for the simple reason that it is costing us money, and one day we will run out. There will be no pressure to continue at the end of the ten weeks — although we would be delighted if you chose to, of course.
Or look at our special Easter offer.
Our Classified/Jobs desk remains staffed, and can be reached by email or on 020 7776 1010. Other advertising staff are working remotely, but can be reached via email and on the usual phone numbers.
Remember: the “Until Filled” option allows recruiters to repeat advertisements for posts, with altered application and interview dates, until the post is filled satisfactorily — at no extra cost each time. There is every reason, therefore, to carry on advertising jobs as normal.
Church House Bookshop
Our sister organisation, Church House Bookshop, has now been closed for three weeks, but staff go in twice a week to process and dispatch customers’ orders. They still aim to do this swiftly, but orders have been taking much longer than usual, and they are very grateful for your patience.
Supply of new titles might get more difficult as wholesalers and distributors close down, leaving them with very few ways of sourcing new stock. They will, of course, say if they cannot get hold of a particular title. On top of this, the Royal Mail and couriers, while still going, have also been much slower than usual.
Books will continue to be delivered to customers in the UK completely free of any postage & packing charges; similarly, books bought direct from the Canterbury Press, Church House Publishing, and SCM Press sites.
Please consult www.chbookshop.co.uk for the latest information, or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any queries.