Stories and features

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

    Faith on the frontline


    A series of video diaries from key workers in the South West offers an insight into how people’s faith is motivating their work during the coronavirus pandemic.

  2. Volunteers at #Feedbirmingham

    Thousands of items donated through street collections as demand rises at food banks


    Amid a sharp rise in demand at food banks and other distribution organisations, Thrive Together Birmingham began piloting food collections in five streets in the Kings Heath and Hall Green areas of Birmingham.

  3. Two wedding rings are balanced on a bench.

    Celebrating 80 years of marriage


    Nancy Kingston, who will be 100 in October, and her husband Eric, 98, celebrate their 80th wedding anniversary today, on 1 June. They have been part of their church community since they were married at Saint Mary And All Saints Church in Meare.

  4. A pencil on top of an open notebook on a table.

    Help for children to recover emotional well-being after COVID lockdown


    New resources have been developed to help schools working with bereaved children and young people

  5. A lady holding her phone in her hand as she walks.

    1,000 answered calls for help in Shropshire town


    In a Shropshire town, a young church member’s idea to help people with shopping has seen more than 1,000 answered calls for practical support for the vulnerable and isolated.

  6. Church launches emotional health and well-being line during Mental Health Awareness Week


    A rise in stress levels as a result of the coronavirus pandemic was a key factor in setting up an emotional health and well-being phone line for people aged 18 years and above at St Germain’s Church in Birmingham.

  7. Mental Health Awareness Week Logo

    Mental health: a hospital chaplain's view


    During Mental Health Awareness Week, Revd Jeremy Law, Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care Coordinator at the Greater Manchester Mental Health (GMMH) NHS Foundation Trust, reflects on the impact that the coronavirus emergency has had on the mental health chaplaincy there.

  8. St Albans Cathedral

    St Albans Cathedral turns turquoise in support of Mental Health Awareness Week


    St Albans Cathedral has pledged its support for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week by illuminating the West End in turquoise.

  9. Mike Haslam, chaplaincy adviser

    Emotional support for COVID-19 anxiety


    A new phoneline run by 90 lay and clergy chaplains has been set up to provide emotional support for those suffering from COVID-19 related anxiety in the Avon and Somerset area.

  10. Meals being prepared in Gloucester

    30,000 homemade meals in eight weeks


    A Gloucestershire mission project has provided more than 30,000 home-made meals to people in need and NHS staff across the county since the outbreak of the coronavirus.