Stories and features

Read a selection of stories from churches across the country on how they are serving communities at this challenging time.
  1. Pews within a church with people socially distant

    Tom Holland: The preacher who brought me back to church


    Tom Holland, the author and historian, recently spoke at the Church of England Conference on evangelism and discipleship. Here he has written for the Church of England website about the experiences which brought him back to church.

  2. Meals are put in take away receptacles

    ‘My dream is that no one will go to bed hungry’: food banks in churches step up support during Covid-19


    Food banks run in churches are seeing wave after wave of new clients as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to impact families.

  3. Close up of the hands of two people holding cups of tea

    ‘Covid is having a profound effect’ – a church taking on mental health issues in its community


    A church in the North West of England is pioneering mental health support as reports of mental health issues rise during the Covid-19 pandemic.

  4. Two priests drink two while smiling at one another

    Baby-loss memorial unveiled in churchyard by clergy couple who lost child


    A married couple, who are both priests, and who lost a child, have unveiled a "baby-loss memorial" in a parish churchyard. 

  5. A Bishop and vicar are joined on church steps by congregants

    Church hosts 10 services in two days amid Covid-19 challenge


    A church in London has hosted 10 services in just two days as it responded to the challenge of Covid-19 physical distancing restrictions. 

  6. Churches launch “StudentHelp” service to support young people in local lockdowns


    Churches in Exeter have launched a dedicated StudentHelp service offering emotional and practical support for university students under local lockdown restrictions.

  7. Vicar Will Hughes poses on the roof of a church with solar panels

    Let there be light – churches installing solar panels on roofs to combat climate crisis


    Churches and cathedrals are taking on the climate crisis with solar panels on their roofs.

  8. Display of flowers, fruit and wheat in cathedral for Harvest Festival

    Innovative harvest festivals planned amid Covid-19 concerns


    Churches are planning to celebrate Harvest Festival in different ways this year.

  9. People, including those in an hijab, make bread

    Refugee bakers feed people in need from church kitchen


    A bakery set up in a church kitchen to train refugee women in bread-making skills is now supplying its local food bank with more than 200 loaves a week following the coronavirus lockdown.

  10. Food bank volunteer sorting food

    Churches report rising food bank demand as a result of pandemic


    Analysis for the Trussell Trust shows that nearly 100,000 households sought food aid from its network of food banks for the first time in April and June as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.