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.

New Church of England guidance for Lent, Holy Week and Easter has been issued today, Tuesday, January 19, and contains details on Ash Wednesday, Chrism Services and how palm crosses may be distributed safely, but footwashing may not take place. The new guidance can be read here 

On Monday January 11, 2021, the Government published updated guidance for the use of places of worship, including guidance on singing. This can be found here, while the Church of England's FAQ including guidance on singing can be found here.

On Monday January 4, 2021 the Government announced a new national lockdown. Government guidance for this can be found here.

The Church of England has published two new documents regarding worship during lockdown and legal requirements, which can be found here and here.

Bishop of Leeds, the Rt Revd Nick Baines has written an explanatory letter of support to all parishes which can be read here

Bishop Sarah Mullaly, Bishop of London, has issued a statement on behalf of the Church of England, which can be read here. Further guidance from the Diocese and the Church of England will be provided when available.

If you cannot find an answer to your Covid-19 questions on this section of the site, please email covid-19help [at] (subject: Covid-19%20questions) . Your question will then be directed to someone who can provide you with a more detailed answer.


A prayer

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.


Diocesan Information

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.

Scroll to Top