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Coronavirus advice

Get our latest advice, updates and resources on the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Recent updates

Advice and guidance

A quick guide: Covid-19 and Safeguarding - advice on safeguarding during the pandemic.

Read the latest advice from the United Reformed Church,听Emerging into the New Normal (PDF | 970kb). This resource provides the basis for further local discussion and some clear church policy. Download the new Personal Risk Assessment (PDF | 156kb) mentioned in the document. Download an example of the Personal Risk Assessment (PDF | 136kb).

Resources for churches and individuals

The URC has produced a range of practical resources for churches and individuals to use during the Coronavirus pandemic.

  • 罢丑别听听has signs, banners, badges and floor tape you can buy to remind people to keep to social distance rules and to watch their hands

Church guides听The URC has produced a series of free guides with advice for churches and church organisations to help them stay in contact with and support their local community during and after lockdown. From a guide to Zoom etiquette to information about online and contactless giving听 - there are more than 20 resources available for you to read or download.

Free resources to help you get your church online and stay in contact with your congregation and the local community using social media. The guides cover a wealth of topics - from livestreaming church services to using social media to connect with people and much more.

  • Digital church听-听 from advice on using Zoom, WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook to a guide to livestreaming your church service, the 成品视频 has published numerous听free听resources to help your church on its digital journey
  • 顿辞飞苍濒辞补诲听补 hints and tips infographic from Matt Collins (JPG | 205kb) about how to get the best results when filming sermons. There is also an illustrated hints and tips guide about using Zoom for meetings (JPG | 182) from Naomi RW

If you're using Zoom for church purposes, and would like others to stop looking at the walls behind your head, why not use these backgrounds instead? Optimised for Zoom, there is a plain background with a URC logo, or a background with multiple URC logos, in either JPG or PNG formats:

A range of risk assessments and risk assessment advice for you and your church.

  • The Methodist Church has produced a much needed resource,听
  • The Joint Public Issues Team has produced a list of resources to help听

Worship, prayers, hymns and reflections

A regularly updated list of churches offering live streamed services, sermons as podcasts, recorded services on YouTube, Facebook and Zoom, audio files of services, sermons and other worship and Bible study resources.

You can also find out how you can add your church activities to the list.

Families on Faith Adventures at Home is a听free听resource to help families worship and pray together and develop their faith听during lockdown and beyond.

There are plenty of resources on the internet to support faith at home, but we wanted to provide something specifically URC in nature.听These resources draw on the materials from Pilots and Friends on Faith Adventures as a starting point and are a 'pick and mix' selection of activities, prayers and challenges based around a different Bible reading each week.

  • Download and print off a听leaflet about prayer for children (PDF | 303kb), written by the Revd Jenny Mills. If you're a bit older and would like a similar leaflet, download this daily prayer cycle (PDF | 107kb) from the Revds Ian Fosten and Phil Nevard

  • A prayer for uncertain times 鈥 in March 2020, the then Moderators of the General Assembly offered this prayer as the UK and the rest of the world began dealing with the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic

Here are a selection of reflections to help you through the pandemic.

  • Catch a glimpse of God's light this Christmas听The Revd Dr John Bradbury, General Secretary of the United Reformed Church, compares the change in Mary and Joseph鈥檚 plan for their firstborn to the havoc wreaked by the coronavirus pandemic, and God鈥檚 presence through it all in this reflection for Christmas day
  • Christmas Eve: what's the point?听As the wait for Christmas reaches its end, Simon Peters, Project Manager for听Walking the Way 鈥 the 成品视频's focus on lifelong, missional discipleship 鈥 considers what we have to look forward to during, what for many will be, a very strange Christmas
  • URC Minister the Revd Carla Grosch-Miller, who is involved in the听听project, has written a blog on the Coronavirus pandemic:听Are we there yet?听(Word document)
  • URC Minister the Revd Carla Grosch-Miller, who is involved in the听听project, has written a new downloadable reflection on the Coronavirus pandemic:听Easing out of lockdown - what next?听(Word document)
  • Church Related Community Worker Jo Patterson's reflection reminds us that as we embrace technology to reach out to people during lockdown, we must be careful not to exclude those who don鈥檛 have access to technology. Read Jo's reflection and advice

Prayers during the pandemic from the United Reformed Church to help bring you comfort and spiritual support during the Coronavirus pandemic. Please use these devotions in your private prayers, prayer groups or sermons

Helping the community

Here are some additional materials which might be useful to you and your local church as you explore mission and community engagement in light of the pandemic:

  • (PDF) 鈥 A practical document from think tank , stemming from the听听which can help your church grapple with the challenges of connecting with your neighbourhood in meaningful ways.
  • 鈥 A helpful resource from听听for organising effective partnerships with other churches, denominations and organisations which can be applied to partnerships for mission in your local neighbourhood.
  • Organisations recommended by the CRCW network 鈥 A list of organisations and agencies, recommended by the 成品视频鈥檚 Church Related Community Work network, with resources and support for mission in your local neighbourhood.

罢丑别听听website aims to support the work that churches are doing to be good neighbours in communities across the UK during the coronavirus crisis. It听aims to offer support via a coordinated national response.

New Reality, Same Mission

New Reality, Same Mission began as an initiative in response to the Covid pandemic, but it is being broadened to include responses to other issues, including the cost of living crisis.

Give thanks for our vaccines by donating to the 成品视频's fudraising campaign with Christian Aid and help vulnerable communities around the world who don't access to the healthcare they need to protect themselves from the COV-19 virus.

The Joint Public Issues Team has produced a list of the different ways听听during the Coronavirus crisis.

 

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