Stories and features

Read a selection of stories from churches across the country on how they are serving communities at this challenging time.
  1. 'Love your neighbour as yourself'


    Volunteers in Hampshire join together to ensure no one in the area goes without essentials through the coronavirus lockdown.

  2. An embroided cope showcasing the usual work of the group

    Exeter Cathedral Tapisers Swap Vestments For NHS Scrubs


    Exeter Cathedral needle workers have swapped vestments for NHS scrubs in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

  3. Ascension Church Food bank

    ‘An opportunity to share the message of the gospel’


    Ascension Church in Newham, East London, started a food bank within days of the lockdown which now serves around 100 people a week, and is growing

  4. Food Basket - Diocese of Chichester

    Community rallies during crisis


    A vicar has spearheaded a rapid response to the coronavirus crisis, leading a major community effort to support those isolated or housebound because of Covid-19.

  5. Demand rises at city food banks


    Micah Liverpool, the social justice charity based at Liverpool Cathedral, has seen demand at its food banks rise by around 40% since lockdown 

  6. A helpline for those who cannot leave home


    A parish church office in North Staffordshire has become a hub of community coordination after launching a helpline for those who can’t leave home.

  7. Food bank serves record numbers


    A food bank founded by a church has seen demand surge by 500 per cent during lockdown as elderly and vulnerable people unable to get to shops because of shielding and self-isolating receive help.

  8. A Home safe parcel sitting outside the front door of someone's house.

    Home Safe from Hospital


    A team of church volunteers from Hereford is helping elderly and social isolated people discharged from hospital to settle back at home during coronavirus.

  9. The Reverend Mia Hilborn.

    A chaplain’s view – the Coronavirus pandemic


    The Rev Mia Hilborn, Senior Brigade Chaplain at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, writes about her experience of the Coronavirus pandemic. 

  10. A cross with flowers on at Easter

    How is the Church of England adapting plans for Holy Week and into Easter to meet the challenges of coronavirus?


    We have become ‘a different sort of church’ in ways we couldn’t have imagined several weeks ago. While worship in our churches is suspended, our joy in the resurrection is not to be silenced.