Coronavirus Resources

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.

Poster for your church front door

Now that our church buildings are closed, print off a poster for your church door.

Websites and Social Media

Please keep your church website, A Church Near You page and social media pages as up to date as possible. They are a great way to keep people connected and share important information. If you would like advice about how best to do this please contact our Communications Team

Worship Resources

Simple Acts of Worship For Those Unable to Attend Church

Prayers for Sundays @ 7pm candle lighting

We are encouraging people to light a candle in their window every Sunday at 7pm and read through this simple reflection and prayers

Grass Roots is a great resource to do at home

Digital worship resources 

BBC Radio Devon Sunday Service  (0630 Sunday and then on BBC Sounds) and daily Pause for Thought (0635 weekdays, 0735 weekends) Available here

The Diocese of Exeter will be broadcasting a weekly Sunday ‘Prayer and Worship’ and a daily Pause and Pray video via our Youtube and Facebook channels. We will also broadcast a ‘service’ on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. View services here

Devon churches who livestream services or other content

St. Matthias Plymouth via Facebook and their website on Sundays at 10am and 6pm

St. Matt’s Exeter via YouTube on Sundays at 11am

St. Swithun’s Church, Sanford via Facebook on Sundays at 10am and Wednesdays at 9.30am

St. Peter and the Holy Apostles Plymouth via Facebook each day at 12pm

Fr. Daniel French, Vicar of Salcombe Holy Trinity Church via Facebook and YouTube with a morning Eucharist service and an evening prayer each day.

St. Andrew’s Church, Cullompton via Facebook and Twitter with a ‘Thought for the Day’ video posted each day.

Can our church livestream?

If you have decided to have a go at live streaming or doing a video recording to replace your regular church service that is great news! Please bear in mind that the number of people gathered in the church or other location should be in single figures and you should visibly be observing the social distancing guidelines of a two metre separation between people.

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

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

Keeping in touch with the youth in your church

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.

Reaching out to people in self-isolation

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.

Combating holiday hunger and poverty

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.

Prayers to download

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

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

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