Public worship will have to stop for a season.
Our usual pattern of Sunday services and other mid-week gatherings must be put on hold.
But this does not mean that the Church of England has shut up shop.
Far from it.Archbishops of York and Canterbury, 17 March 2020
Last updated Monday 23 March 2020 at 21:30
The Archbishops and Bishops of the Church of England have urged everyone to follow the instructions given by the Prime Minister to stay in their homes in a national effort to limit the transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
- Public Worship Suspended; letter from the Archbishops of York and Canterbury 17 March 2020
- Go to latest guidance for churches from the Church of England at
- this page includes FAQs and many resources, including information on streamed and publicly-broadcast acts of worship
- The Church of England offers a range of liturgical and prayer resources for the present situation on this new page:
- this page offers:
~ Prayers about the outbreak
~ Prayers with children
~ Personal prayers when you can't attend church
~ Worship at home.
- Latest advice from the National Health Service: www.nhs.uk/coronavirus
Please follow the links above for the fullest current guidance, which draw on advice about best practice from the NHS and Public Health England, and be sure to scroll down the page for next steps and Frequently asked questions (FAQs).
24 March 2020