Stories and features
As lockdown continues to ease, churches across the country continue to innovate to keep their congregations as safe as possible.
Children and young peoples’ mental health has been supported by a ground-breaking, large-scale project from the Diocese of Manchester.
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:
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.
“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.
A Durham City-Centre Church is celebrating after six members of its congregation were recommended to train as clergy this year.
A community café run from a church in Leeds has been named a #LocalLegend thanks to an award from the Leeds Civic Trust.
Opening the Doors is about generating resources for churches as their buildings reopen to the public.
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.
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.