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.
Prayers for the Prime Minister
Download a prayer for Boris Johnson and all who are in intensive care.
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
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 to perform the service 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
Church@Home is a brilliant resource to help parents share a short time of worship and bible reading with their children. Read 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.
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