Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance and Resources For Churches

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Last Updated 20/05/20

Please see below updates of important directives and guidance in this fast moving crisis. We trust that these new arrangements will be part of the support for all those serving Jesus Christ in church and society.

Your three key sources of up-to-date advice, guides and instructions:

For Government Updates click here

For NHS Updates click here

For National Church of England Updates click here


Latest Updates

 

A statement from Bishop David in regard to the continued national lockdown situation - 26 May 2020


 Dear Co-Workers in Christ,
 
As the COVID-19 Crisis develops and Government continues to identify processes for the Stages of lockdown, we look to the next week together, in our continuing journey as the Church.
 
During the coming days, national CofE teams will provide guidance to assist with our careful planning as various changes are made by Government to the restrictions we live, worship and serve under.
 
Further Property guidance, issued in today’s Update, will also be available on the CofE website from tomorrow. Please consult these documents and amend your own procedures for accessing your church buildings, keeping uppermost in your minds the clear Government policy to save lives and protect the NHS.
 
Over this week, as our high streets make preparations to reopen in selected ways and other businesses are re-starting, I expect to write about further guidance covering Funerals, Weddings and Individual Prayer.  All our guidance, procedures and policies must continue to be founded in social distancing measures. Let us also be wise in our judgement of the Press and Media habit of grabbing at dates and short phrases out of context. 
 
In circumstances requiring clarification, please continue to consult the Archdeacons or your Area Dean, prior to making any significant changes.
 
As Government defines our next steps for a nation in lockdown, continue to go prayerfully, step by step, alongside all who will be affected by our actions.
 
Be assured too of my continued prayers. 


 

Church of England - churches guidance webpage

The National Church of England team have made a number of key updates to their online guidance pages, including advice about caring for church grounds, and guidance when using online platforms. All amends are endorsed by the Church of England Birmingham and the updated measures should be put into practice.

The CofE Guidance webpage can be accessed directly, please click here

 


Related links and documents

+ Government Financial Measures

+ The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

+ The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme FAQs

+ Finances: Loss of Incomes

+ National Lottery Heritage Fund: Emergency Coronavirus Response

+ Multilingual Hygiene & Prevention Posters

+ Easy-to-read Coronavirus Advice: for those with learning disabilities

Pathways for accessing support in Birmingham

+ Access to church buildings during lockdown: advice for incumbents

Property guidance on construction work resuming | 13 May 2020

A statement from Bishop David regarding the recent national CofE announcement about church building access  |  6 May 2020

A statement from Bishop David in regard to the continued national lockdown situation | 26 May 2020

Access to church buildings during lockdown: advice for incumbents | 26 May 2020

Keeping church buildings clean | 26 May 2020

Towards re-opening Church Buildings: COVID-19 Risk Assessment Checklist for Parish Churches | 26 May 2020

Access to church buildings during lockdown: general advice for incumbents, churchwardens and PCC members | 26 May 2020

Click here and here for details of organisations and offered funding support in relation to the COVID-19 Crisis

+ Response to questions regarding Gift Aid Small Donation Scheme

+ Letter to faith groups regarding the pressures placed upon faith communities as a result of social-distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic

Safeguarding: Engaging with children online