On this page, you will find an archive of key announcements, statements, pastoral notes, and changes to diocesan policy. We will also update the page with an archive of a regular bulletin, Coronavirus Briefing (sign up here), to help churches and schools respond to the Coronavirus crisis.

Information is organised under the following headings: 

Pastoral notes
Prayer; and
Coronavirus Briefing

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).

The Church of England is providing guidance, FAQs and digital resources to churches on its dedicated Coronavirus webpage. This page is updated regularly.


03 April: Caring for your church building
01 April: Safeguarding and DBS factsheet
27 March: Securing and caring for your church building
27 March: Archbishops reiterate their guidance
27 March: Latest safeguarding advice from the National Safeguarding Team
26 March: New resources to support good mental health
24 March: Archbishops and bishops respond in detail to PM's announcement
23 March: Archbishops and bishops urge everyone to follow instructions given by PM
23 March: Financial measures for parishes
19 March: Archbishops clarify their advice on church gatherings in a letter
19 March: Archbishops provide guidance on prayer in churches
19 March: Guidance on weddings and baptisms in light of coronavirus
19 March: Guidance specific to clergy re weddings and banns
18 March: General guidance to ensure funerals can continue despite coronavirus restrictions
18 March: Guidance specific to clergy about conducting funerals
17 March: Archbishops call for Church of England to become radically different
13 March: Parishes to take urgent continuity planning
10 March: Guidance on the Common Cup and other practicalities


03 April: Ministerial Development Review for Clergy
03 April: Funeral fees should continue
01 April: Funerals and ministers over 70
31 March: Public notices for faculty petitions
30 March: Guidance on public notices of faculties
24 March: Letter to all Treasurers re advice on parish finances
21 March: Guidance on who qualifies as a Key Worker following the closure of schools
20 March: Use of church halls in the Diocese of Chester
20 March: Changes to 2020 APCMs in the Diocese of Chester
20 March: Support for clergy housing in the Diocese of Chester

Pastoral notes

28 March: Bishop Keith: "What does a good day look like?"
24 March: Bishop Keith: "The church of Jesus Christ is never closed"
24 March: Bishop Keith and the Dean say church building closure is "regrettable" but "necessary"
20 March: Bishop Keith writes open letter encouraging prayer
19 March: Bishop Keith writes to all headteachers on eve of school closures
17 March: Bishop Keith writes to clergy to highlight Archbishops' letter
11 March: Bishop Keith writes to thank clergy in the diocese


04 April: Diocesan prayer sheet
01 April: Diocesan prayer sheet
01 April: Bishop Keith: "Share a prayer, pray a prayer"
28 March: Diocesan prayer sheet 
26 March: School children encouraged to take part in the #prayerjarchallenge
25 March: Prayers from Chester Cathedral for this time of Coronavirus
22 March: Archbishop Justin to lead first national virtual Church of England service
22 March: National day of prayer and action led by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland
20 March: Chester Cathedral announces its new YouTube channel for live-streaming services

Coronavirus Briefing

Below is a list of archived Coronavirus Briefing bulletins. Sign up to receive the next one here

Page last updated: 4th April 2020 7:28 AM