Stories and features

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Alston Delivery Van

    Churches deliver essentials to hundreds of families across the North Pennines during lockdown


    Parish churches on Alston Moor have been delivering essentials to residents across the North Pennines since the coronavirus pandemic lockdown began in March.

  7. Church serves 200 meals a day during pandemic


    A church in Eastbourne has become a radically different kind of church since the UK lockdown.

  8. A Foodbank in Exeter

    Devon churches host community foodbanks


    Several Devon churches have become busy hubs despite being closed for public worship after stepping-up to host foodbanks.

  9. Newcastle Foodbank

    'The feeding of the multitude'


    Churches in Newcastle-under-Lyme support vulnerable families during lockdown

  10. 'Demand went through the roof'


    All Saints in Highertown, Truro, has hosted an ecumenical food bank for the past decade, working alongside the local Methodist Church as a venue.