Coronavirus Guidance and Resources

This page contains key guidance and resources for churches, church-run groups and individuals as church buildings begin to reopen.

Read this helpful guide on how to re-open safely.

See the latest Church of England Guidance here

For more detailed guidance including information on weddings, funerals, baptisms and church meetings go to our Coronavirus FAQs page.

Marking our Communities: Liturgical Resources

The resources below are designed to mark the different stages of the journey out of lockdown.

Opening the doors: re-entering our church buildings has suggestions for when our church buildings open for individual prayer and public worship.

Prayers of Lament, Thanksgiving and Restoration has guidance on how we can support people over the weeks and months ahead, in whatever situation they find themselves.

When we meet again: remembering and memorials focuses on bereavement and the future opportunities for thanksgiving and remembering in differing ways and different contexts.

Posters for churches

The CofE have produced posters for churches who are reopening. These include instructions on using hand sanitiser, staying 2m apart and one way systems.

Is your church reopening for private prayer only? Download the poster here

Help people to pause and pray by displaying a Prayer Stations Poster

Is your church remaining closed? Download the poster here

There are also posters with QR codes linking people to prayers. Download the QR Prayer Poster for the: Outside of your church or the Inside of your church

Track and Trace posters with the NHS QR code are available here

Websites and Social Media

Read our Online 10 Point Checklist to help your church be as accessible as possible during the current situation.

Please also make sure basic clergy contact information is easy to find, ideally on the home page.  How will someone who needs pastoral support or help arranging a funeral get in touch with you?

If you would like advice about your website or social media please contact our Communications Team. They will be pleased to help you.

Free Phone Line of Hymns, Reflections and Prayers

The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up by the Church of England particularly with those unable to join online church services in mind. Read more

Advice about how to livestream or record services

The Church of England has put together a useful blog about digital tools and resources you might find helpful.

If you missed our webinar all about livestreaming, you can watch it here

More information about live streaming and song licensing in churches can be found here

For a list of digital communication tools for church leaders, communications teams and church staff to refer to during the coronavirus outbreak see here

Christian Publishing and Outreach (CPO) has put together some great digital guidance for churches.

Click here for a live streaming hardware guide, listing kit requirements at various levels. This guide about what equipment you might need is also helpful.

Here is a quick start guide to web streaming on YouTube.

Helpful guidance for joining services as an online guest is here

If you are thinking of investing in equipment such as a sound system, projector, loop system or live streaming equipment,  Church Sound Systems could help you. To see an example of a church who do livestreaming really well, see Rediscover Church.

Faith Online was set up to help churches livestream and provide phone recordings of their services.

Please also join our CofEDevon Comms & Digital Group on Facebook to share ideas and advice about how to effectively reach our communities during this time

If you would like a one-to-one digital workshop with a member of our Communications team please email here

Children and young people in your church

Watch this webinar on how churches can run children and youth work in a Covid-compliant way.

If you don’t feel ready to start offering this in church, there are so many ways to engage with children, young people and families in their homes. We have complied a list of some of the best resources available. Find out more

Advice on how to set up video conferencing for the youth of your church is here.

Using phone conferencing to lead services (or have meetings) 

Online streaming of church services is great, but what about those who don’t use the internet, or who have poor connection? Phone conferencing is a brilliant alternative.

Read / hear about one rural mission community leading Sunday services in this way to 100+ now, including a whole ward at the RD&E! News article / radio interview here.

Another rural vicar has kindly put together very helpful instructions on how to set up and run phone conference services (or meetings). The facility is free to use, and generally also free for landline callers, though see details. Instructions here.

Combating holiday hunger, poverty and supporting rural areas

Consider setting up a Family Fun Cooking Club in your area.

Give to your local food bank – find details of where your nearest one is, where and when to donate supplies (currently preferred) or money, here.

For information on helping farming and fishing communities click here

Giving and Fundraising

How can churches encourage giving and continue to raise funds? For advice on digital giving, online donations, applying for grants and fundraising ideas, click here.

Prayers to download

Church of England Coronavirus Prayer Book

Handwashing Lord’s Prayer (courtesy of Rev’d Andy Dodwell)

Main coronavirus prayer

For those who are in isolation

For those who are ill

For medical staff and researchers

Prayers to have by the phone (for clergy/readers)

Further resources

Further resources from the Church of England

10 Ways to Keep Your Church Healthy and Discipled During the Outbreak

Liturgy and Prayer Resources

Songs for difficult times (with copyright waived)

If you would like further communications advice please contact a member of the communications team

If you would like advice about church life please contact The Venerable Andrew Beane, Archdeacon of Exeter, 01392 425577 or email

“The LORD is good,
a strong refuge when trouble comes.
He is close to those who trust in him.”
Nahum 1:7