Stories and features

Read a selection of stories from churches across the country on how they are serving communities at this challenging time.
  1. A priest performs Communion outside with a visor on and people socially distanced

    Eventbrite Eucharist and alfresco mass: churches continue to innovate as lockdown eases


    As lockdown continues to ease, churches across the country continue to innovate to keep their congregations as safe as possible.

  2. Five children sat on a bench looking out to a green park

    Church supports young people’s mental health at schools and places of worship during lockdown


    Children and young peoples’ mental health has been supported by a ground-breaking, large-scale project from the Diocese of Manchester.

  3. Outdoor service

    Drive-in worship and pew booking: how churches are adapting as lockdown eases


    Since the government announced that public worship in churches could restart after more than three months of lockdown, churches have been taking innovative steps to help keep their congregations as safe as possible:

  4. The Daily Hope telephone logo.

    COVID-19 survivor says Daily HOPE line “strengthened me”


    Daily HOPE, the free 24-hour worship phoneline launched by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby on 26 April, has received more than 170,000 calls, totaling more than two million minutes of listen time.

  5. Girl Fetching water

    COVID-19: Salisbury-Sudan Emergency Appeal Launched


    “They would rather die of COVID-19 than hunger.” 

    This distressing plea for help, delivered by Archbishop Ezekiel Kondo in Khartoum, Sudan has led the Bishop of Salisbury, the Rt. Revd Nicholas Holtam to launch an Emergency Appeal. The target is to raise £50,000 in 30 days. 

  6. zoom call of the six candidates, with the Revd Arun Arora

    Durham Church Celebrates SIX Vicars-to-be


    A Durham City-Centre Church is celebrating after six members of its congregation were recommended to train as clergy this year.

  7. Leeds Cafe

    Church community café in Leeds recognised as #LocalLegend


    A community café run from a church in Leeds has been named a #LocalLegend thanks to an award from the Leeds Civic Trust.

  8. Opening the doors logo.

    What is Opening the Doors?


    Opening the Doors is about generating resources for churches as their buildings reopen to the public.

  9. A rotary phone sitting on a desk.

    Does someone you know need a Daily dose of Hope?


    In today’s digital age whilst zoom, social media and online church services are keeping many connected during Coronavirus lockdown – those self-isolating without internet access can be left feeling forgotten.

  10. Prayer Spaces in the diocese of Salisbury

    Prayer Spaces: Symbolic reminders of hope and peace during the pandemic


    While our churches are now allowed to open their doors for private prayer, for many it has not been possible or practical to do this – yet many such churches are still a sacred space in their community.