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Coronavirus: Guidance for Parishes

This page was last updated Sunday 29 November 2020.

On Monday 2 November, following the Prime Minister's announcement of new national restricions in England beginning 5 November, the Bishop of Southwark issued a pastoral letter.

Parishes should make contact with their Area Dean or Archdeacon if they have any concerns. 

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.

The Advisory Group on Liturgy have prepared some materials for the forthcoming season. Bishop Christopher commends them to your use - whether your services are in church, at memorials, online, or mixed ‘mode’, they are a valuable resource for our communities.

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

Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for parishes

Other Resources 


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.