Being Church during Covid-19 - An Introduction


A Prayer

Father God, as people and nations of the world, help us to realise our dependence upon one another.

We pray for healing among the sick, wisdom among our leaders, protection and effectiveness for health workers, and responsible behaviour by each of us as individuals.

Most of all, Lord, we pray that you dispel our fears, for you ‘did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline’ (2 Tim 1:7).

For Jesus’s sake. Amen

Where to start

There is a lot of material available to support you and your church during social distancing, much of this can be found on the pages listed below.

To help you effectively reach your church community and maintain the health of your church, we believe the following highlighted pages are a good place to start exploring.

  • Bishop's Advice - the essential first port of call to see the latest advice issued by the Diocesan Bishop Office.
  • National Church Covid-19 Page - a wealth of information from the Church of England to support you and your church. (please note specific advice may vary between dioceses so you should always act on the advice local to the Diocese of Ely from the Bishop's Office.
  • Safeguarding Guidance - reflecting specific changes to ways of working for the team.
  • Children, Youth and Families - a great deal of advice for those working in these areas.
  • Financial Guidance and Resources - Ongoing guidance updates from the Parish resources Team


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Communication from the Bishop's Office
First published on: 28th April 2020
This page contains links to the various public communications from the Bishop's Office. Due to the ever-changing advice being offered, only the more recent correspondence from the Bishop's Office is included below so as not to inadvertently share material that is now out of date.
Open Communication from the Bishop's Office

Financial Guidance and Giving
First published on: 28th April 2020
Now more than ever is the time to reflect on how well placed your church is to receive online donations. This page provides links and some advice for what your church might be able to explore to support its financial health during this challenging time.
Open Financial Guidance and Giving

Taking care of Church buildings
First published on: 28th April 2020
The guidance on the care of church buildings at this time is changing as government advice changes around the rules on self-isolation. However, materials are available to help support you, which are updated frequently, so please keep an eye on the following websites if you are in a position of supporting your church buildings.
Open Taking care of Church buildings

Resources from the Church of England
First published on: 28th April 2020
The central Church of England team have provided resources for parishes, clergy and church workers to help support them during this time. This page summarises some of the main elements of this advice.
Open Resources from the Church of England

Helping you be a digital church
First published on: 28th April 2020
This page offers guidance and useful links to support your church to best use the digital tools available to help you reach your worshipping community. This includes practical guidance blogs on how to live-stream services and some FAQs around typical problems you might encounter such as permissions, technology limitations and matters of copyright.
Open Helping you be a digital church

Prayer and Liturgy
First published on: 28th April 2020
This page contains links to various Liturgy and Prayer Resources from both the National Church, Diocesan teams and Ely Cathedral. It also provides guidance on where to access prayer and services that might be available through your local church.
Open Prayer and Liturgy

Youth, Children and Family Resources
First published on: 28th April 2020
This page contains links to a variety of guidance and resources aimed primarily at those working with Children, Young People and Families. This includes links to prayer and liturgy resources, as well as guidance notes on the use of digital communication, social media tools and resources to support your work with young people during times of bereavement.
Open Youth, Children and Family Resources

Safeguarding Guidance
First published on: 28th April 2020
This page provides links to safeguarding guidance for particular support during times of social distancing, It also provides links to National Church of England Safeguarding resources and local partnership bodies.
Open Safeguarding Guidance

Mental well-being, working from home and self-isolating
First published on: 28th April 2020
There are many resources that seek to support those who may now find themselves self-isolating or working from home. This page links to a few of these that you might find helpful. It is not expected that all the guidance is appropriate to you in your current role, simply that you might find elements helpful.
Open Mental well-being, working from home and self-isolating

Community Action and your Church
First published on: 28th April 2020
This page provides some links and general advice on how your church might support your local community during times of social distancing. It also includes links to FAQs on matters of church hall use for food-banks and donating blood.
Open Community Action and your Church

Government and NHS Advice
First published on: 28th April 2020
This page contains links to the Government and National Health Service advice pages. It also contains links to pages highlighting the government's ongoing plans in relation to Covid-19.
Open Government and NHS Advice

Please tell us about a church project
First published on: 6th May 2020
We are really keen to learn about what our church communities are doing to reach people at this time of social distancing.
Open Please tell us about a church project

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