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Coronavirus: Guidance for Parishes

This page was last updated Wednesday 9 September 2020.

On Tuesday 23 June the government announced that, from Saturday 4 July,  places of worship were able to re-open for public worship - subject to social distancing rules.  The latest guidance from the goverment and the Church of England on how this can be achieved in as safe a manner as possible and further information was shared by the Coronavirus Task Group in Bulletin no.17, Thursday 2 July.

As with re-opening for private prayer, this announcement is permissive and there is no assumption that everyone will be able to move at the same pace. Parishes should make contact with their Area Dean or Archdeacon if they have any concerns.



As information and guidance has been updated and revised in line with the latest situation, some of the advice in earlier pastoral letters and bulletins has been superseded. We have gathered together the latest infomation (with links to the relevant communication) under useful headings for your convenience.


The Coronavirus Task Group can be contacted on ctg@southwark.anglican.org

Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for parishes

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A prayer in lockdown

The doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked. (John 20.19)

Ever present God,
be with us in our isolation,
be close to us in our distancing,
be healing in our sickness,
be joy in our sadness,
be light in our darkness,
be wisdom in our confusion,
be all that is familiar when all is unfamiliar,
that when the doors reopen
we may with the zeal of Pentecost
inhabit our communities
and speak of your goodness
to an emerging world.
For Jesus’ sake.

Please pray for all who are involved in the response to this crisis worldwide.

Loving God,
source of healing and comfort,
fill us with your grace,
that the sick may be made whole,
that those who care for us may be strengthened,
that the anxious may be calmed,
and those most vulnerable be protected
in the power of Spirit
in the faith of Jesus Christ our Lord.


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