Coronavirus guidance

Coronavirus: Latest guidance for parishes

Guidance on bereavement and funerals (27 March 2020)

The latest advice, links to guidance, and answers to FAQs are available on the Church of England website:

>> Coronavirus guidance from Church of England - information and FAQs

>> Download our handy 'Church Building Closed' poster template

From Bishop Libby

In the light of the Government’s measures announced by the Prime Minister,
we urge everyone to follow the instructions given, without exception.

Please see the Letter from the Archbishops and Bishops - 24 March 2020.

In the meantime, let us continue to pray, to love, to care for the vulnerable,
and build our communities even while physically separated.

‘But now the Lord, says, do not be afraid, for I have redeemed you.
I have called you by your name: you are mine … You are precious and honoured in my sight, and I love you.’ Isaiah 43

Be assured of my continuing prayers.

Staying engaged

Ideas for community engagement

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Ideas and inspiration to help you stay engaged with congregations and communities

See also: Revd Tim streams Ockbrook Sunday service

 Other useful links and guides

>> How to live-stream your service or event

>> A guide to working from home [PDF]

>> Get the Time to Pray app

A prayer for all those affected by coronavirus

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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Bishop Jan writes

  • Bishop Jan writes

    “So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, adieu,” so sing the children in The Sound of Music. 

    Surely one of the toughest aspects of being a priest or bishop is that from time to time you have to uproot, leave behind the people and places you have grown to love so much, and move to pastures new. As you say your farewells, you’re reminded of the privilege of having been a part of so many people’s lives, often sharing the sorrows as well as the joys, and knowing the stories behind the smiles.

    For me, the most important symbol of my ministry is my pastoral staff. Not a beautifully decorated, bejewelled work of art in precious metal, but a real wooden shepherd’s crook. It’s a reminder that Jesus calls himself the Good Shepherd and calls his priests and bishops to tend his flock. When I arrived in Derbyshire as a shiny new bishop in 2016, I carried a shiny new shepherd’s staff. Recently I said to my husband that I ought to give it a good polish as its beginning to look very scratched and battered. Andrew wisely said no and reminded me that every scratch and imperfection is a reminder of a pastoral encounter. 

    Baptisms, confirmations, licensings; sermons preached from lofty pulpits and lowly steps; the Lord’s Supper celebrated in cathedral and front room; joys and sorrows, confidences shared; stories received of the very many ways in which God is working in people’s lives; I have loved it all. 

    Thank you for the cards and heartfelt messages received following the announcement of our departure. We will miss you all very much indeed.

    So many expressions of farewell invoke God’s blessing; from goodbye (Godbwye - God be with you) to adieu (short for ‘I commend you to God’). May God bless you all in all that lies ahead. 

    And pray for us, as we will surely pray for you.    


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