Opening our churches

For all the latest guidance on opening our churches.

Last updated: 28 September

New FAQs:

  • Can we still hold a Remembrance Sunday service? in the Prayer and worship section
  • Can confirmations still go ahead?’ in the Life events section

Updated FAQs:

  • ‘Can funerals still go ahead?’ in the Life events section
  • ‘Can weddings still go ahead?’ in the Life events section
  • ‘Can baptisms still go ahead?’ in the Life events section
  • ‘Can ordinations still go ahead?’ in the Life events section

Updated Documents:

The information is regularly updated, so please check the Church of England website regularly to ensure you have the latest guidance.

Whilst Government guidance has been revised to allow certain activities to take place in church buildings, it is still vital that the necessary hygiene and social distancing precautions are kept in place in order to protect the NHS and save lives.

Pastoral encounters during Covid-19

Church of England guidance – 16 July 2020

Test and Trace guidance

In order to support the NHS Test and Trace programme, contact details for all visitors must be taken, as well as recording times entering and leaving the place of worship.

You can download the Government’s template consent form guidelines for places of worship and those handling sensitive information from their website or download the guidance and templates can be downloaded individually below.

Liturgical resources

As well as the previously available advice to clergy on access to closed church buildings, practical guidance on how to get your building ready includes:

Signage support

  • Download the Church of England printable banners and posters for use in and around church buildings
  • Church Print Hub has made posters available for  those churches who wish to publicise that their church building is open for private prayer. They will also be made available on the main Church of England website and through the ACNY Resource Hub along with a customisable video soon.The posters – one for outside the church and one to place inside, feature QR codes that take people to some simple prayers and to light a candle online directly from their phones. We know that some people will be grieving and most will have their families in mind, so these resources are designed to offer comfort when hygiene rules may prevent candles, prayer books and cards being available.You can download the posters below. Printed A3 (or larger) posters available to order from Church Print Hub. Like all the other coronavirus resources, they are free and you will only pay P&P.
  • There are also Bath and Wells editable PDF templates and signs available from the Communications support: digital and traditional page. If you would like the original publisher files to edit yourselves, please email the comms team.
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