Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance

Updated: Thursday 22 July, 16.35

  • New Q&A added "What is the Church of England's position on 'vaccine passports'?"


Monday 19th July, 14.00

Following the lifting of the majority of legal restrictions, guidance and documentation have been updated and streamlined. Non-current documents are still available for reference. 

Please also see a statement from the Bishop of London

The information and guidance below is produced to help churches navigate the current situation in relation to the spread of the Covid-19 virus. It reflects Government guidance as we move to step 4 of their roadmap as well as that from public health bodies and will be updated as that evolves. 

The approach taken by the Government in this step is to remove most coronavirus legislation but to promote guidance that emphasises the personal and corporate responsibility of individuals and organisations to protect others and themselves. 

As a body we now need to move forward without legal restrictions and as churches decide how best to manage the risk to ourselves and others, recognising we are many members within one body that are called to be responsible to and for one another, respecting the more vulnerable whose suffering is our suffering. 

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

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Current Guidance (from 19 July)

Current Resources

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



Previous guidance (non-current or awaiting review)

The documents below are non-current as of 19 July but remain accessible for reference.

Previous resources/awaiting update


    Digital resources

    Father Andrew taking Holy Communion.

    Access our digital resources including our weekly services

    Church online

    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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