Coronavirus guidance and resources

Church of England guidance updated: 9 April 2021

The Diocese of Bath & Wells, as part of the Church of England, is following all the guidance for holding public worship and opening churches set out by the national church. Guidance to churches is continually updated as the government restrictions are changed and updated. You can find all the latest guidance in the links below. As we emerge from lockdown, many churches in the diocese are reopening for public worship and offering Easter services. From Palm Sunday, congregational singing is allowed outside, only. Though we rejoice at the progress made in combatting COVID 19, we remember in prayer those who have died during the pandemic, those still ill, and those tending them. 'Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep'. Romans 12:15

9 April 2021: Following the announcement from Buckingham Palace about the death of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, advice on the current Government guidance on condolence books has been added as as well as details of an online book of condolence which is now open. See New FAQ What is the guidance for churches wishing to offer condolence books for HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh? on the Church of England website.

New Documents:

Updated Documents:

Update FAQS:

  • 'Is singing permitted?' in the Prayer and Worship section
  • 'Is there any guidance concerning our APCM meeting?' in Finance and governance section

Read about VaccinAid, a campaign launched by Unicef and Crowdfunder, which aims to deliver 2.5 billion vaccines globally and which the Church of England helped to bring about.

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