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This page contains important advice for parishes in Lancashire in relation to Coronavirus (Covid-19).
This overview section guides you through how to navigate to the the advice you need, please read it carefully so you can engage with the advice as swiftly ans easily as possible.
As of February 25 the government is in the early stages of beginning to ease restrictions very slowly and carefully.
Lockdown is still the norm for now but from March 8 changes such as schools returning in full will begin to happen. There will be a phased programme of lifting all restrictions and the Government has laid out a 'roadmap' for this from now until into the summer.
As advice becomes available on all aspects of these restrictions being lifted your Coronavirus Task Group will continue to keep you up to date.
As well as the compendium page on the website (quick link in panel at top of page) information is also regularly disaggregated to additional Covid-related pages across this site and located under the relevant page headings to make it as easy as possible to engage with. These Covid-specific pages often appear in the 'Resources' section but also appear elsewhere.
Please note however, disaggregation of information to these pages is designed to be a helpful additional service for parishes. It happens when time and resources allow and less frequently than the updates to the compendium.
So please make the compendium and the briefings your first port of call for the latest advice at all times. Any doubts just email email@example.com
Please also note that in addition to links below to other parts of our website, other links already featured here (such as to the Church of England national website and Government website) are to sites that are reliable sources of information and which are also being updated regularly but please contact the owners of the sites we link to directly if you have a specific question related to them. We can't make alterations to externally provided information.
The Task Group to manage our response to Coronavirus is still meeting regularly and the Briefings are sent to all clergy, churchwardens, licensed lay ministers, treasurers, PCC secretaries and Vision Champions via email.
The briefings appeared daily in the early part of the pandemic and are currently at least once or twice a week although more will appear if and when crucial updates are necessary.
Below are the very latest briefings that can be downloaded and printed. Advice on certain topics changes regularly so please note this when looking back at previous briefings.
We will always update on the latest advice on any particular subject in the next available briefing and the advice on the rest of the website, including the compendium will also be updated as soon as possible as well.
A compendium of the advice and resources contained initially in the daily briefings can be found in the Resources section of our website. It includes a 'latest situation summary' which will be updated as often as we can.
All guidance given will continue to reflect appropriate current Public Health advice and is kept under constant review.
This page on the national Church of England website provides further advice as well as digital resources for worship and prayer.
Via the link above (and also linked to in the compendium) there are a suite of documents on key topics such as the following:
*(This combines Access to church buildings for building maintenance and Church and cathedral building access for construction work into a single guidance document)
Also via the link above and via the compendium and in the FAQ section of the CofE national website, you will also find guidance on:
You are advised to follow daily updates from official government sources including this regularly updated Coronavirus page on gov.uk. Other helpful links to related websites can be found below.
Please note that some media coverage can be alarmist. Try to ensure your information is coming from consistently reliable media sources such as the BBC.
Meanwhile, on social media, trust only official updates and try to avoid deliberately or accidentally spreading gossip and rumour where possible. See more about social media in the digital section below.
As the Coronavirus crisis continues there has been a significant expansion of digital resources and advice locally in the Diocese and from The Church of England digital team: including audio, video, online webinars for churches and other relevant materials.
Whatever resources there are available currently, we aim to ensure we overlay this national material with digital resources suitable for our Diocese specifically.
Live streaming: search the clickable map on A Church Near You' and watch livestreams of people from your own parish (or perhaps the nearest parish to you). Here's a handy guide to the basics of livestreaming from the Church of England.
Using social media:
It has been good to watch how social media platforms have been used in new and exciting ways to engage with communities recently.
Social media can also be used for harm and we want to advise against any use of social media which may promote upset, angst or discord at this time. Social media can be good for maintaining connections, but it can also be a terrible source of anxiety, fake news and angst.
Think carefully not just about what you choose to read, but also what you write and put out in the public domain. If the powers and authorities make decisions which you disagree with, you should be able to voice your concern, but please remember to always do it in a way that is factually accurate (remembering that they too are under extreme stress and strain) and above all is loving and kind.
More detailed advice is available here.
The Department of health has launched a public information campaign. Germs can live on surfaces for hours. To protect yourself and others:
With the ongoing raised level of public health messaging nationally, we are also reflecting this as a Diocese in relation to what parishes should do in the context of the coronavirus lockdown.
This page you are now reading on the Diocesan website will be updated as regularly as required and features links to reliable websites which are also being regularly updated. There are also the regular briefings sent to all parishes (clergy, lay leaders and parish officeholders) from Bishop Philip and the Coronavirus Task Group (see above).
More information to support and help parishes during the coronavirus outbreak can be found across the website under the relevant subject headings - and mainly in the 'Resources' section.
Our Parish Update ebulletin has now returned every second Wednesday after we initially funneled all our communications into the regular Task Group Briefings when the pandemic began.
Sadly, The See magazine, which was initially suspended due to the pandemic has now been cancelled permanently for a number of key reasons; many connected with the pandemic itself. For more information about this news click here.
Ronnie Semley; page currently updated regularly - last on February 25, 2020