A range of resources are available below to help churches as they consider how and when their buildings may carefully re-open, following the coronavirus lockdown.
Since mid-June, it has been permissible for churches in England to open for private and individual prayer. Far wider opening of churches in England will be permitted from 4 July 2020, including public worship, weddings and baptisms (though not by full immersion).
Official government guidance 'COVID-19: Guidance for the safe use of places of worship from 4 July' was released on Monday 29 June. This covers most activities that churches are likely to engage in, and emphasises the importance of a local risk-assessment.
The United Reformed Church and The Methodist Church have now issued updated guidance for churches. You can access the latest advice by clicking on the links below or by clicking on the PDF links.
N.B. Guidance from the national churches is under constant review to remain in line with the current government guidelines. Please check the websites on a regular basis for the latest information.
Click on the links below to access the latest information from the National Church Governing Bodies;
The United Reformed Church, has produced a helpful guidance document encouraging churches to consider key questions for when the lockdown starts to ease, including: what must resume, what shouldn't resume, and what might we do differently?
This second booklet from the United Reformed Church aims to enable individuals and local churches to explore, in more detail, questions of community presence and engagement and social justice in the new reality which we all face. It was produced by members of the URC's Church Related Community Work, Mission and Discipleship teams, along with Church Action on Poverty.