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