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.


Poster for your church front door

Now that our church buildings are closed please consider how you can positively communicate with your local community. Print off a poster for your church door. You might like to print a poster advertising online services and meetings or a weekly prayer reflection which people can read if they are passing the church.

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.


Free Phone Line of Hymns, Reflections and Prayers

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?

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!

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


Children and young people in your 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.


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, poverty and supporting rural areas

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.

For information on helping farming and fishing communities click here


Prayers to download

Church of England Coronavirus Prayer Book

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

Prayers to have by the phone (for clergy/readers)


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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