Coronavirus Resources for Churches
There are many different aspects your church may need help with whilst dealing with the coronavirus outbreak. Keep checking these pages as more resources are added and please send us your ideas and tips so we can share them.
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 can open for individual prayer and, later on, when gatherings for public worship are once again permitted.
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.
Poster for your church front door
From 13 June churches are allowed to open for private prayer. See the guidelines here
Is your church reopening for private prayer? Download the poster here
Help people to pause and pray by displaying a Prayer Stations Poster
Is your church remaining closed from 13 June? Download the poster 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
Can our church livestream?
Advice about churches which livestream services and how to livestream yourself can be found 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.
Helpful guidance for joining services as an online guest is here
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
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.
During this time there are likely to be people in your area who are self-isolating and who need assistance getting food or medicine, receiving phone contact, or even help with animals.
If able to do so, we encourage people to join an existing local group, or via the new NHS ‘volunteer army’; or to help set up a new group. Likewise, we encourage people who need to self-isolate to consider using a group, if it exists in your area, as one way to make self-isolation possible. Being ‘mutual aid’, of course self-isolating people can also often volunteer to give phone or admin support. These are new and vital ways to love our neighbour!
Please learn more about Community Support here for 1) details of how to find groups that already exist – whether to request and/or receive support; and 2) resources about how to set up a new group if there isn’t already one near you. This page includes downloadable leaflets, process documents, health and safety requirements, and our safeguarding guidance which should be read before undertaking any new initiative.
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