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Page updated 25 March 2020

Prayers for those affected

The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Chelmsford Diocese are with those affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak around the world. We pray for those who care for the sick, for those who are combatting the spread of the virus and for those who are worried about friends and loved ones.

Guidance for Parishes


On 24 March, The Archbishops of Canterbury and York wrote to all clergy asking them to close church buildings not only for public worship but also private prayer. This was in response to the Government's announcement about further measures to slow the spread of Coronavirus on 23 March 2020. You can read the text of their letter here.

On 25 March, the four BIshops in Chelmsford Diocese wrote to all churches to provide further explanation of the Church of England's guidance. You can read their letter here.



Keeping up to date

The Diocese of Chelmsford is sending regular updates about Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our email bulletins. Please sign up here.

Clergy, Church Wardens and Lay Chairs receive additional advice and guidance by email.

In addition, our Archdeacons speak daily with Area Deans about the the implications of Coronavirus in their own areas. These meetings then feed back to a central Diocesan Communications Group who are overseeing the diocesan response, communications and support for parishes.

For more information please contact The Diocese Communications team
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