The Church of England has issued some helpful advice for Incumbents, Churchwardens and PCC members to help them with some of the practicalities of closing a church building for an extended period of time.
The document, published on the Church of England website via the Coronavirus FAQs page, will be updated on a regular basis and will always be available to download.
This version was correct as of the 28 March and covers the following areas:
- Telling the local community what's happening
- How to close the church building
- Building works and public notices
In addition to the Church of England advice, Ecclesiastical Insurance have also issued their own guidance for managing temporarily closed churches and other church properties. They have highlighted five top priorities for temporarily closed churches and church properties:
Church Buildings Missioner in the Diocese of Chester, Emily Allen, has just written a blog reflecting on the decision to close church buildings. She also provides practical tips and thoughts on how your church building can be a blessing, even when the doors are shut.
28 March 2020
By Emily Allen, Church Buildings Missioner
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