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
UPDATE 25 MARCH
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.
- Please keep up to date with the Church of England guidance.
- FAQs: In response to questions from Parishes across the Diocese, we have published a Diocese of Chelmsford Frequently Asked Questions
- For medical advice including advice on symptoms and self isolation, please visit the NHS website
- Resources for worship and ministry during the Coronavirus can be found 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.