Welcome to our COVID-19 section
Here we will provide you with all the latest CofE information about the coronavirus, plus we will give you examples of churches in action across our diocese – be that their livestreaming of services or stories of positive community action. Please come back often as we will update this section on a very regular basis.
The Government, on Tuesday, December 1, published its new Places of Worship guidance including rules applicable from December 2.
The Church of England has released and updated its guidance in accordance with this. Their FAQ can be found here, and includes answers to questions about can carol singing and carol services, what is permitted in the different tiers, who can attend church as part of a Christmas Bubble, Holy Communion and life events in church.
Our Parish Admin Resources section has been updated with all the new and updated documents.
If you cannot find an answer to your Covid-19 questions on this section of the site, please email covid-19help [at] leeds.anglican.org (subject: Covid-19%20questions) . Your question will then be directed to someone who can provide you with a more detailed answer.
A prayer about the coronavirus outbreak, offered by the national church.
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The latest advice and guidance from the Diocese and the Church of England can be found here.
The Church of England have recently been involved in conversations with charities and other organisations during this challenging time who are producing constructive advice/reminders about safeguarding for those they work with and support. Here is a short advice note to this effect that your parishes, PSOs and clergy may find useful. This will sit on the national website alongside other information that we are regularly updating.