Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance

Updated: Friday 10 December, 15:11

Updated: Thursday 9 December, 17.20

Updated documents:

The Bishop of London, Sarah Mullally, who leads the Church of England’s Covid Recovery Group, said: "As we look forward to celebrating again the coming of Jesus into our world, we can do so with hope.
"Few of us imagined when we first heard of the coronavirus at the beginning of last year that we would now be approaching our second Christmas of a global pandemic.
"The recent emergence of the new Omicron variant and the evidence we’ve seen already of its rapid spread is a cause of real concern.
"And while we are hugely thankful for the rapid development and mass rollout of the vaccines - and the current booster programme - there are important steps we should take now to protect ourselves and each other.
"As Christians we have a duty to care for one another, especially those who are most vulnerable, and the latest measures announced by the Government should offer some extra protection and reassurance for people.
"Caring for one another, sharing, hope, faith and most of all the knowledge that God is with us are at the heart of Christmas.
"This Christmas we will be coming together – whether in person or online – to worship God and celebrate his coming into the world as a human being like us.
"Amid all that we have been through together in the last two years that hope is as strong as ever."

The information and guidance below is produced to help churches navigate the current situation in relation to the Covid-19 virus. It reflects regulations and Government guidance as well as that from public health bodies and will be updated as that evolves. 

The circumstances in each parish will inform local decision-making and the aim of this guidance is to help with and support that process.

We've created a page on What to expect at church this Christmas answering some frequently asked questions to help people attending church, onsite or online, over the Christmas period.

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Documents

Current Guidance

Current Resources

The below Marking our communities resources have been prepared by The Liturgical Commission:

 

 

Previous guidance/resources

If you need further information on the Church of England's current or previous Covid-19 guidance please contact [email protected].

 

    Digital resources

    Father Andrew taking Holy Communion.

    Access our digital resources including our weekly services

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    Prayer and worship resources

    A page has been created containing prayers and intercessions for personal or group use, special prayers for use if it isn’t possible to meet in church and a simple form of prayer for the morning and evening, which can be downloaded, printed and shared with those remaining at home or who are unable to access the Internet.

    A new Daily Hope phone line is now available, free of charge, to those unable to access online resources.

    These resources are offered to help those who are struggling to find words at this difficult and stressful time and to enable Christians to worship in solidarity with one another even if it is not possible to gather in a church building.

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