Coronavirus Guidance

Recent updates to this page

30 March 2020

  • Latest guidance from the Archbishops (linked at the bottom of this page and on the news section of the website
  • Updated links for those looking after church buildings
  • New section linking to safeguarding guidance
  • New contents section to help users navigate to the section they are after.

This page directs you to guidance, particularly for the Church of England, around what churches and church workers can do in relation to coronavirus.


Click on the links below to navigate quickly to the appropriate section on this page.

A Prayer about Coronavirus

Father God, as people and nations of the world, help us to realise our dependenceBishop Dagmar, Bishop of Huntingdon

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


For more coronavirus prayer and liturgy resources, please visit the Church of England pages here.

Your health and the health of those around you

If you have any health concerns, you can find the latest health advice on the NHS website. Similarly, the Government's website here provides a wealth of advice.

Latest Government Advice

The Government is continually revising its plans in light of the changing circumstances, you can see the latest plans and guidance on their dedicated webpages here.

Resources from the Church of England – Guidance,  Prayer and Liturgy, including funerals and grief

The central Church of England team have been putting in enormous efforts to provide parish, clergy and church specific guidance on what do in light of the changing Government advice on coronavirus.

This Guidance is updated regularly on a dedicated page on the Church of England website and includes areas covering the following:

Keep an eye on both the Government advice and the advice coming from the Church of England as it is likely to be updated frequently in the coming weeks and months.

What is the Diocese of Ely doing?

The Bishop's Office has been taking the lead in the Diocese to ensure messages and updates from the Archbishops' are circulated to our parish teams. Those messages that have been issued by email.

Through our Diocesan website and social media channels we will be sharing the advice issued by the central Church of England team to help ensure it reaches the widest possible audience.

  • Churches are supporting their local communities in many different ways. It’s important to work in partnership with others and is there to assist local churches in this way – do sign-up to this ecumenical support network that seeks to connect churches with the broader community network in order to maximize effectiveness for the benefit of those most vulnerable.

Messages from the Bishops' Offices

Due to the ever-changing  advice being offered, only the most recent correspondence from the Bishop's Office is included below so as not to inadvertently share material that is now out of date.

For the latest Church of England advice, visit the website here.

  • 27 March 2020 - Updated Guidance on Coronavirus
  • 24 March 2020 - URGENT Update from the Bishop's Office - 24 March 2020 - Letters from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, and from the Bishop of Huntingdon
  • 23 March 2020 - URGENT: From the Bishop of Huntingdon - 23 March 2020 - THE PRIME MINISTER’S ANNOUNCEMENT TONIGHT
  • 20 March 2020 - Update from the Bishop of Huntingdon - 20 March 2020 - Incumbents/priests-in-charge and PCC secretaries should note particularly the instrument extending the deadline for APCMs until the end of October.

Worship at Home: Accessing Services online

It is important to note that many churches will simply not be able to 'live-stream' their service or offer video or sound feeds, just like many seeking a service won't be able to access this type of video resource.

Live Streaming of services from our Diocese

Resources from the National Church

Guidance for working with Youth, Children and Families

Safer Working Online (materials appropriate for those working with young people aged 13 years+). Working online is a valuable way of supporting and engaging with young people. However, it is paramount that this is done in a safe and appropriate way. You can access documentation to support your engagement online by clicking the links below.

Guidance for mental well-being, working from home and self-isolating 

There are many resources that seek to support those who may now find themselves self-isolating or working from home. This section 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.

Mental health and wellbeing

Staying at home and self-isolation

Other useful websites

Safeguarding Guidance

Guidance for looking after your church buildings

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.

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