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This page contains important advice for parishes in Lancashire in relation to Coronavirus (Covid-19).
The latest briefings are in the pdf list below and our comprehensive 'compendium of information' page is also updated to take account of the latest developments as usual; alongside helpful further reading on other aspects of Covid-19; links to frequently asked questions (FAQs) etc
This page you are reading now and the compendium are updated regularly with new information and links to updates on other sites too, as required. In addition the latest briefings are also always sent to parishes (via email) from the Diocesan Coronavirus Task Group.
As well as the compendium page on the website (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 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.
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 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.
There are also Covid 19 pages under most areas of the Resources section of the website containing further advice and resources relevant to the specific area eg for clergy, parish administration.
These include prayer and service resources for each Sunday (and with thanks to St Laurence's in Chorley for providing them).
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 funneled all our communications into the regular Task Group Briefings over the summer.
The See magazine is also currently suspended due to the outbreak; there will be no costs incurred by parishes for the See during the suspension.
We will update about plans for The See in due course. In the meantime, any questions about The See in relation to the suspension, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ronnie Semley; page currently updated regularly