Coronavirus Guidance and Resources
This page contains key guidance and resources for churches, church-run groups and individuals.
We are now in stage four of the Government’s ‘roadmap’ lifting of coronavirus restrictions. This means:
- There is no legal limit on the numbers in a congregation, mourners at a funeral, guests at a wedding, christening or other events and services. The responsibility for making decisions about how to proceed lies with the incumbent.
- There are no legal restrictions on congregations, choirs and bands singing in or outdoors.
- It is no longer a legal requirement to wear a face covering, though the government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded and enclosed settings to protect themselves and others.
Despite restrictions lifting it is still important that the person acting as the ‘venue manager’ carry out a risk assessment. Download a risk assessment to ensure your church building or hall is as Covid-safe as possible.
Exeter Cathedral and a number of churches across Devon still hold online church services throughout the week and you are very welcome to join them wherever you are! Find out how here.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
The resources below are designed to be used at different stages of lockdown.
Opening the doors: re-entering our church buildings has suggestions for when our church buildings are 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 has produced posters for churches. These include instructions on using hand sanitiser, staying 2m apart and one way systems.
We have created a poster saying churches are open for individual prayer but closed for public worship:
Help people to pause and pray by displaying a Prayer Stations Poster
Is your church closed? Download the poster here
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.
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 Worship Music for use in Services
Soul Survivor have made over 300 worship videos available for churches to use in their services. Find them here
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 live stream
For advice on how to live stream from your church, please visit our Live Streaming Webpage
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.
Consider setting up a Family Fun Cooking Club in your area.
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
Handwashing Lord’s Prayer (courtesy of Rev’d Andy Dodwell)
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.”