Coronavirus: Guidance for Parishes
This page was last updated Thursday 21 May 2020.
On Wednesday 6 May Bishop Christopher issued a Pastoral Letter to his clergy giving them permission, should they feel it appropriate, to return to their churches to stream/pre-record services for their communities as well as to say prayers.
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and revised in line with the latest situation, some of the advice in earlier pastoral letters and bulletins has been superseded.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 email@example.com
Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for parishes
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.
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.
- Guidance and resources for taking your church online, as well as a list of churches currently using live-streaming or YouTube, is available at southwark.anglican.org/churchonline.
- The latest NHS advice is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
- The latest information from CofE website is available at https://www.churchofengland.org/coronavirus
- Parishes should check these links regularly for updated guidance.