Please find helpful documents and resources on this page for parishes, which include guidance around finances, buildings care, furloughing and funerals.
To access the national Church of England Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for churches, which includes FAQs, resources and documents please click here.
An alert from the government provides information and advice for charities about coronavirus (COVID-19) related fraud and cybercrime. Read the guidance and support here.
Documents from the Church of England (June 5th)
The Church of England has published new documents relating to weddings, baptisms and funerals, as well as new liturgical resources.
- Advice about weddings can be found here.
- Advice about funerals can be found here.
- Advice about baptisms can be found here.
- Liturgy relating to rentering our buildings can be found here.
- Liturgy relating to prayer, lament and restoration can be found here.
- Liturgy relating to memorials can be found here.
Access to Church Toolkit
The Diocese of Leeds has put out a new bulletin containing guidance on three key areas to do with church building access, as well as a parish risk assesment template. The relevent documents can be found below.
- Access during the lockdown
- Updated advice for clergy on access
- Keeping buildings clean
- A parish risk assessment template
- It is possible to carry out construction work, providing the guidance is adhered to. Guidance for opening church buildings for works to the building and interior including by professional contractors can be found here. Guidance for access to churches and cathedrals buildings for construction work can be found here.
- Follow this link to find a checklist from West Yorkshire police to assist places of worship in reviewing the current security and processes around their premises.
Finance and Furloughing
- Here is a document the Church of England which provides information regarding the UK Government financial measures in response to coronavirus.
- The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - a fact sheet from the Diocese of Leeds for Furloughing employees during the Coronavirus months.