Stories and features

Read a selection of stories from churches across the country on how they are serving communities at this challenging time.
  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. A priest stands at the foot of a cross

    ‘They could hear the sound of the women singing in their cells’ how online prison services brought hope


    An unprecedented national online service from a prison was broadcast by the Church of England earlier this year bringing prisoners, their families and prison staff together during lockdown.

  5. The Eucharist is consecrated by a vicar

    “I’ve got this sense in my soul the best is yet to come” - how a church saw people find faith as it adapted to lockdown


    A church has seen 12 new people come to faith - and a family seeking baptism - after the coronavirus forced it to develop an online presence.

  6. A service is conducted with trees in a church

    How one island parish took on climate change and grew by making simple changes to monthly services


    A church on the Isle of Wight has taken on climate change as a community after monthly services focussed on the environment – and found its congregation growing in the process.

  7. Streaming from a local church

    How digital services brought me to faith during the Covid-19 lockdown


    People are exploring faith during lockdown through Facebook comments and the Church of England’s national services streamed online.

  8. Cars are told to tune their radios to a FM frequency on a big cinema screen

    Hymns beamed into car radios at cinema-style church service


    Churches continue to test drive new ideas for socially distanced services during the pandemic.

  9. Man holding child in his arms on a beach

    Churches run Staycations for those unable to holiday this summer


    Churches are running summer staycations and holiday-at-home experiences for people of all ages unable to holiday due to the coronavirus pandemic.

  10. Members of the group are trained in a circle

    Primary school pupils given targeted mental health assistance in pilot church project


    Children of all age groups are receiving mental health support after churches came together to provide counselling services in schools.