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.


In light of the Government guidance around non-essential contact, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued advice that public worship is suspended until further notice. 

All churches should now be closed to all, as outlined in this letter from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York. A template poster that can be placed on churches to mark closure can be found here.


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.


Bishop Nick

Bishop Nick has written a recent message to all of our clergy, offering guidance and advice in light of the current coronavirus situation. Follow this link to read it.

A news bulletin containing complete information on all resources and advice from the Diocese of Leeds has been sent to all of our clergy, liaty and parishes together. Support for those considering furloughs from work can also be found here.

You can find more information in this letter to all parishes from the leadership team at the diocese.


Health Resources

The Church Of England has a constantly updated webpage offering advice on best practice to parishes, clergy and worshippers. This can be viewed here.

This link includes an FAQ with advice, including for occasional offices such as funerals, weddings and baptisms.

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