Coronavirus

On this page, you will find an archive of key announcements, statements, pastoral notes, and changes to diocesan policy. We will also update the page with an archive of a regular bulletin, Coronavirus Briefing (sign up here), to help churches and schools respond to the coronavirus crisis.

Information is organised under the following headings: 

Practicalities
Policy
Risk Assessment Church House
Pastoral notes
Prayer; and
Coronavirus Briefing

The Archbishops and Bishops of the Church of England have urged everyone to follow the advice given by the Government. As restrictions are lifted and church buildings begin to open again, we will share information here to help parishes understand the changes that have come into effect. 

The Church of England is providing guidance, FAQs and digital resources to churches on its dedicated Coronavirus webpage. This page is updated regularly.


Practicalities

16 October: Updated Advice for Clergy Conducting Baptisms
16 October: Updated Advice for the conduct of Confirmation services
16 October: Updated Advice for Conducting Funerals
16 October: Updated Advice on the Conduct of Public Worship
16 October: Updated Advice on Ordinations and Consecrations
14 October: Updated Advice for clergy conducting weddings
14 October: Permitted activities under the three-tier system (New)
01 October: Church Heating
24 September: Guidelines for Fresh Expressions of Church
24 September: Guidelines for a Parish Continuity Plan
23 September: Updated Test and Trace
11 September: Statement from the Church of England re new "rule of six"
27 August: Updated Baptisms document
24 August: Updated Mission and ministry with children and young people document
19 August: Updated Conducting public worship document
17 August: Updated Weddings document
17 August: Updated Funerals document
17 August: Updated Holy Communion document
17 August: Updated Confirmation services document
17 August: Updated Ordinations and Consecrations document
07 August: Updated Individual private prayer document
07 August: Updated Opening cathedral and church buildings to the public document
07 August: Face coverings (New)
07 August: Updated Test and Trace document
August: Safer Churches – Helping public places to reopen safely (New)
August: Holy Communion and the distribution of the elements (New)
01 July: (Updated V4) Template risk-assessment for parish churches
01 July: COVID-19 Advice on Individual Prayer by Members of the public in Church Buildings
01 July: COVID-19 Advice for the conduct of Confirmation services
01 July: COVID-19 Advice on the Administration of Holy Communion
01 July: COVID-19 Advice for Clergy conducting Baptisms
01 July: COVID-19 Advice for Conducting Funerals
01 July: COVID-19 Advice for clergy conducting weddings
30 June: COVID-19: opening cathedral and church buildings to the public from 04 July
30 June: COVID-19 Restarting public worship: some legal questions and answers
30 June: (Updated V1.1) COVID-19 Advice on the Conduct of Public Worship
30 June: COVID-19 Advice on the Conduct of Public Worship 
29 June: Government guidance for the safe use of places of worship from 4 July
23 June: Church of England statement with regards to the reopening of buildings for public worship
12 June: (Updated V3) Template risk-assessment for parish churches
12 June: Recovery Group: Using church buildings for individual private prayer and funerals
12 June: Anticipated Government guidance on the safe use of churches
11 June: From Ecclesiastical Insurance: Opening places of worship after lockdown
09 June: Advice on the administration of Holy Communion
09 June: Advice on ordinations
08 June: Permissions for temporary works in churches and cathedrals 
08 June: (Updated) Access to a church building for construction
08 June: (Updated V2) Template risk-assessment for parish churches
03 June: Advice on conducting funerals
28 May: Latest advice from the Central Council for Church Bell Ringers
23 May: Update on Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme
22 May: Updated advice for clergy accessing church buildings
22 May: Keeping church buildings clean
22 May: Access during lockdown
21 May: Bereavement resources
20 May: Guidance on using professional contractors
20 May: Guidance for churches and cathedrals on construction work
19 May: Encouraging online donations
02 May: Historic England COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund
02 May: Music for streaming
01 May: Caring for your church building
30 April: Daily Hope phoneline
22 April: New guidance on closed church buildings
15 April: Virtual PCCs now permitted
03 April: Caring for your church building
01 April: Safeguarding and DBS factsheet
27 March: Securing and caring for your church building
27 March: Archbishops reiterate their guidance
27 March: Latest safeguarding advice from the National Safeguarding Team
26 March: New resources to support good mental health
24 March: Archbishops and bishops respond in detail to PM's announcement
23 March: Archbishops and bishops urge everyone to follow instructions given by PM
23 March: Financial measures for parishes
19 March: Archbishops clarify their advice on church gatherings in a letter
19 March: Archbishops provide guidance on prayer in churches
19 March: Guidance on weddings and baptisms in light of coronavirus
19 March: Guidance specific to clergy re weddings and banns
18 March: General guidance to ensure funerals can continue despite coronavirus restrictions
18 March: Guidance specific to clergy about conducting funerals
17 March: Archbishops call for Church of England to become radically different
13 March: Parishes to take urgent continuity planning
10 March: Guidance on the Common Cup and other practicalities

Policy

19 October: Services in the Christmas Season
10 September: Provision for online APCMs
27 July: Church House Risk Assessment
14 July: Banns of marriage and changes to fees
26 June: Banns for forthcoming weddings
22 June: Clergy, Lay Ministers and Volunteers over 70: Revised Guidance
07 May: "Very limited access" to church buildings permitted
05 May: Funeral fee change reminder
04 April: Letter to all Treasurers re advice on parish finances
03 April: Ministerial Development Review for Clergy
03 April: Funeral fees should continue
01 April: Funerals and ministers over 70
31 March: Public notices for faculty petitions
30 March: Guidance on public notices of faculties
24 March: Letter to all Treasurers re advice on parish finances
21 March: Guidance on who qualifies as a Key Worker following the closure of schools
20 March: Use of church halls in the Diocese of Chester
20 March: Changes to 2020 APCMs in the Diocese of Chester
20 March: Support for clergy housing in the Diocese of Chester

Pastoral notes

26 June: The light shines in the darkness, with Ian Bishop
11 June: St Barnabas, Son of Encouragement, with Archdeacon Mike
05 June: Trinity Sunday, with Archdeacon Ian
30 May: Pentecost Sunday with Bishop Keith
21 May: Archdeacon Mike on Ascension Day
13 May: Archdeacon Ian: "Develop an attitude of gratitude" 
07 May: Bishop Keith on VE Day 2020
01 May: Eastertide with Archdeacon Mike
15 April: Easter Week reflection from Archdeacon Ian
12 April: Bishop Keith's Easter Day sermon
11 April: Holy Saturday with Archdeacon Mike
09 April: Maundy Thursday sermon from the Dean of Chester
08 April: Bishop of Boga's message to the diocese
05 April: Palm Sunday with Archdeacon Ian
28 March: Bishop Keith: "What does a good day look like?"
24 March: Bishop Keith: "The church of Jesus Christ is never closed"
24 March: Bishop Keith and the Dean say church building closure is "regrettable" but "necessary"
20 March: Bishop Keith writes open letter encouraging prayer
19 March: Bishop Keith writes to all headteachers on eve of school closures
17 March: Bishop Keith writes to clergy to highlight Archbishops' letter
11 March: Bishop Keith writes to thank clergy in the diocese

Prayer

15 October: Diocesan prayer sheet 16
23 July: Diocesan prayer sheet 15
26 June: Diocesan prayer sheet 14
20 June: Diocesan prayer sheet 13
05 June: Diocesan prayer sheet 12
21 May: Diocesan prayer sheet 11
13 May: Diocesan prayer sheet 10
08 May: Diocesan prayer sheet 9
02 May: Diocesan prayer sheet 8
24 April: Diocesan prayer sheet 7
17 April: Diocesan prayer sheet 6
17 April: New coronavirus prayer resource from CofE
11 April: Diocesan prayer sheet 5
07 Apil: Diocesan prayer sheet 4
04 April: Diocesan prayer sheet 3
01 April: Diocesan prayer sheet 2
01 April: Bishop Keith: "Share a prayer, pray a prayer"
28 March: Diocesan prayer sheet 1
26 March: School children encouraged to take part in the #prayerjarchallenge
25 March: Prayers from Chester Cathedral for this time of Coronavirus
22 March: Archbishop Justin to lead first national virtual Church of England service
22 March: National day of prayer and action led by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland
20 March: Chester Cathedral announces its new YouTube channel for live-streaming services

Coronavirus Briefing

Below is a list of archived Coronavirus Briefing bulletins. Sign up to receive the next one here


Page last updated: 19th October 2020 4:46 PM