Latest advice to churches about coronavirus

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Get the latest advice, updates and resources on the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic from the United Reformed Church.

Visit our Coronavirus resources page on the URC online store for a range of practical resources including signs, banners, badges and floor tape to remind people to stay apart and to wash their hands. 

You can also download free Coronavirus resources for churches from this page on our website

Latest Coronavirus updates

Here's the latest government advice for churches and places of worship. 

For more information visit the GOV.UK, or GOV.Wales websites.

A regularly updated list of churches offering live streamed services, sermons as podcasts, recorded services on YouTube, Facebook and Zoom, audio files of services, sermons and other worship and Bible study resources. 

You can also find out how you can add your church activities to the list.

Weekly prayers from the United Reformed Church to help bring you comfort and spiritual support during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Please use these devotions in your private prayers, prayer groups or sermons. 

The URC has produced a series of free guides with advice for churches and church organisations to help them stay in contact with and support their local community during and after lockdown. From a guide to Zoom etiquette to a guide for online and contactless giving  - there are now more than 20 resources available for you to read or download.

A range of risk assessments and risk assessment advice for you and your church. 

These free resources will help you get your church online and stay in contact with your congregation and the local community using social media.The guides cover a wealth of topics - from livestreaming church services to using social media to connect with people and much more. 

  • Digital church -  from advice on using Zoom, WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook to a guide to livestreaming your church service, the URC has published numerous free resources to help your church on its digital journey

  • Download a hints and tips infographic from Matt Collins (JPEG) about how to get the best results when filming sermons. There is also a new illustrated hints and tips guide about using Zoom for meetings (JPEG) from Naomi RW. 

The United Reformed Church is trying to raise £5,000 for its ‘Give Thanks for Your Vaccine’ fundraising campaign, developed with Christian Aid.

So far, £1,300 has been raised.

The URC has produced a range of practical resources for churches and individuals to use during the Coronavirus pandemic. 

  • The URC Book Shop has signs, banners, badges and floor tape you can buy to remind people to keep to social distance rules and to watch their hands

  • You can also download free resources including posters, badges and stay safe seat cards from our Coronavirus resources page 

All churches should generate and display an official NHS Test & Protect QR code poster from 24 September. Currently, the governments in England and Wales are strongly encouraging places of worship amongst others to display the QR code poster, rather than requiring them to use it. The United Reformed Church strongly encourages churches in England and Wales that are open for any purpose to comply with this.

In Scotland, the Protect Scotland contact tracing app is part of the NHS Scotland Test & Protect system.

Updated advice on safeguarding during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Church Related Community Worker Jo Patterson's reflection reminds us that as we embrace technology to reach out to people during lockdown, we must be careful not to exclude those who don’t have access to technology 

Families on Faith Adventures at Home is a free resource to help families worship and pray together and develop their faith during lockdown and beyond.

There are plenty of resources on the internet to support faith at home, but we wanted to provide something specifically URC in nature. These resources draw on the materials from Pilots and Friends on Faith Adventures as a starting point and are a 'pick and mix' selection of activities, prayers and challenges based around a different Bible reading each week.

The Methodist Church has produced a much needed resource, Mental Health and Wellbeing for ministers 2020. Ministers are supporting people through all kinds of difficulties, challenges and unprecedented anxieties. Used to being with and alongside others in illness, bereavement, the end of life, and amid mental health difficulties, the scope and scale of Covid-19 is new, challenging and potentially overwhelming.

The Joint Public Issues Team has produced a list of resources to help support for church leaders responding to COVID-19

Visit Together Apart - a digital hub for rural churches created by the the Arthur Rank Centre. Supporting rural Christians and churches during the pandemic, it has a range of resources including farming and agriculture support, practical resources, guidance and advice, resources for children and families, and weekly reflections.

Here are a selection of reflections and prayers to help you through the pandemic. 

The Joint Public Issues Team has produced a list of the different ways you can help support your local community during the Coronavirus crisis. 

The website aims to support the work that churches are doing to be good neighbours in communities across the UK during the coronavirus crisis. It aims to offer support via a coordinated national response. 

Read the latest advice from the United Reformed Church, Emerging into the New Normal (PDF). This resource provides the basis for further local discussion and some clear church policy. Download the new Personal Risk Assessment (PDF) mentioned in the document. Download an example of the Personal Risk Assessment (PDF).

A free booklet, New reality, same Mission, has been produced to enable individuals and local churches to explore questions of community presence and engagement and social justice in the new reality which we all face.

Church Action on Poverty has launched a campaign calling for a fresh start for families in Britain swept into debt by Covid-19

The new Moderators of General Assembly, Claire Downing and Peter Pay, have joined 75 other faith leaders to call for a ‘debt jubilee’ for the 77 poorest nations as they deal with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Updated: 07 April 2021
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