Coronavirus Guidance and Resources

This page contains important advice for churches, church-run groups, schools and individuals about the Coronavirus (COVID19) outbreak and recent changes to church practices.

In the face of the spread of the Coronavirus, the health and well-being of everyone connected to our churches and schools is a priority.

The Church of England has now called for all churches to close completely following the Government’s new health guidance urging people to stay in their own homes.

It is important that our churches continue to help those in need and provide community support while following the current health guidelines. The way we do ‘church’ will have to change for a while but the church family is still at the heart of every community. For advice about using the internet and social media please go to our resources page.

Information about weddings, funerals, baptisms and church meetings are covered on this Guidance and FAQ page.

Advice for individuals:

If you are concerned about your health please phone NHS111 – the number is 111.

Public Health England guidance is here:

Advice for churches:

As a diocese, we are following the official guidance of the Church of England on Coronavirus.

Please read the latest updated guidance here

Parishes are encouraged to download and complete a Parish Continuity Plan template 

Letters from Bishop Robert

Read the latest guidance from Bishop Robert

Useful Resources

For advice on live streaming, prayer and worship resources, helping people in your area and more, click here.

If you would like further church advice please contact: The Venerable Andrew Beane, Archdeacon of Exeter, 01392 425577

If you are a member of the media or would like communications advice please contact: Chloe Axford, Director of Communications, 01392 294905

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

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