Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance

Updated: Wednesday 22 September, 10:20

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  • What guidance is there for pastoral visiting now to individuals homes and care homes?

Tuesday 14 September, 14.00

Publication of Government's Autumn and Winter plan:

We welcome the publication of the Government's Autumn and Winter plan, recognising the very positive effects of the vaccination campaign and also the ongoing risks posed by Covid-19. We note the Government's commitment that communal worship, weddings, funerals and other commemorative events would not become subject to vaccination certification, even under 'Plan B'. We will continue to monitor the situation as we move towards Christmas.

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

    The Government has removed most coronavirus legislation continues 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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    Documents

    Current Guidance (from 19 July)

    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.

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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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