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The bible teaches us that times and seasons are in God's hands. We are called to trust Him, whatever happens and now, with the coronavirus pandemic making its presence felt all over the world, God calls us to stand firm and above all to pray for governments, for our neighbours and for our nation.

Our vision is to point people to God during this time so that they might trust Him and find comfort and encouragement from His word. The resources included here are intended to equip and inspire you all in these uncertain times to pray without ceasing, asking God to be merciful to our land, our neighbours and to our families.

Topic primer

In 2020, our lives have been disrupted in completely unprecedented ways by the novel coronavirus, Covid-19.

During this time, the Parliaments and Assemblies of the UK have sought to introduce measures to combat and control the pandemic.

The UK currently has different approaches to tackling the virus in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.


England

The current Government advice for England states the following:

From Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December, the Government is taking the following action:

- Requiring people to stay at home, except for specific purposes.

- Preventing gathering with people you do not live with, except for specific purposes.

- Closing certain businesses and venues.

There is separate additional guidance for households with a possible or confirmed coronavirus infection.

Places of Worship in England

Find out more about the Government's guidance for Places of Worship during the pandemic.

Under lockdown, Places of Worship will be closed, except for funerals and individual prayer.


Scotland

Scotland is currently operating a local 5-level system. You can find more details of the system here and what you can and cannot do at each level.

Places of Worship in Scotland

Different levels also have different rules regarding Places of Worship. Find out more about Scotland's guidance on Places of Worship here.



Northern Ireland

Details of current restrictions in Northern Ireland can be found here.

Places of Worship in Northern Ireland

Current guidance on Places of Worship states:

Places of worship can remain open. Religious activities can continue to take place in line with relevant guidance.

There is no restriction on numbers attending religious activities, but a limit of 15 otherwise applies in places of worship (25 for weddings and funerals).

It is mandatory to wear face coverings when entering and exiting the building. This does not apply to a couple who are at a ceremony to solemnise their marriage or to form their civil partnership. Face covering exemptions also apply.

Social distancing and appropriate protective measures are of vital importance.


Wales

Details of current restrictions in Wales can be found here.

Places of Worship in Wales

Find out more about the Government's guidance for Places of Worship during the pandemic.

During the current firebreak lockdown, Places of Worship in Wales have been closed.


NHS Advice

The NHS advise that you do not leave your home if you have coronavirus symptoms.

Do not leave your home if you have either:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

If you need medical help for any reason, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature or a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste), use the 111 coronavirus service.

If you are high risk, the NHS advice is here.


Want to continue to stay in touch with friends and church?

Whilst you may be unable to meet together in person, there are many ways you can stay connected virtually. Software such as Zoom, Google Hangouts, Skype and Microsoft Teams allow you to make group video calls.

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John Piper
The secret is this: Know­ing that the same sov­er­eignty that could stop the coronavir­us and doesn’t, is the very sov­er­eignty that sus­tains the soul in it. Indeed, more than sus­tains — sweetens with hope that, for those who trust him, his pur­poses are kind, even in death.
John Piper Founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary.

Resources

Here are some helpful resources to help you navigate through this crisis.

John Lennox on Where to Find God During COVID-19

John Len­nox on Where to Find God Dur­ing COVID-19

The Gospelbound podcast by The Gospel Coalition

In this podcast, John Lennox explores how to trust God in a world of pain, suffering, and the coronavirus.

Listen
Tim Keller: Peace in Times of Suffering and Uncertainty

Tim Keller: Peace in Times of Suf­fer­ing and Uncertainty

In this special livestream, part of Gospel in Life’s Questioning Christianity series, Tim Keller discussed how we can find peace in times of suffering and uncertainty.

Watch
Is God Judging the World?

Is God Judging the World?

Ben C Dunson

In this article, Ben C Dunson explores how the book of Revelation explains our crises and asks whether Covid-19 can be seen as God’s judgment on the world.

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For People with Special Needs, Every Church Is ‘Accessible’ Now

For People with Spe­cial Needs, Every Church Is Access­ible’ Now

Sandra Peoples

During this pandemic, many have felt isolated because of everything they’re unable to do. Recently, though, some special-needs families are actually feeling more connected to their church families. Recently, our churches have made accommodations for everyone.

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Coronavirus resources from CCEF

Coronavir­us resources from CCEF

Explore these resources from the Christian Counselling & Educational Foundation

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10 Ways to Pray for Life after Lockdown

10 Ways to Pray for Life after Lockdown

CARE

As part of our 'Ten Ways to Pray' series, here are ten prayers about life after lockdown. We hope they will encourage you to pray.

Pray with us
Guidance for the re-opening of churches from 4 July in England

Guid­ance for the re-open­ing of churches from 4 July in England

The UK Government has published guidance for the re-opening of churches in England from 4 July.

Guidance
10 Ways to Pray for Coronavirus

10 Ways to Pray for Coronavirus

CARE

As part of our 'Ten Ways to Pray' series, here are ten prayers about the Covid-19 pandemic which we hope you will find helpful and inspiring.

pray with us
Coronavirus: how to stay calm, connected and encouraged

Coronavir­us: how to stay calm, con­nec­ted and encouraged

CARE

As the anxiety and fear swells around us, it’s more important than ever that we keep ourselves connected to God, who gives us freedom from fear and strengthens us for each day. So here are five ways you can stay calm, connected and encouraged during this strange and unprecedented season in our lives.

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Devotionals & Prayers from the CARE Team

Devo­tion­als & Pray­ers from the CARE Team

At CARE, it is our heart's desire to see the body of Christ rise up and call out to Him in prayer during this pandemic. Here you will find a series of devotionals, prayers and bible verses designed to equip you and encourage you during this difficult time.

Pray with us
Praying during coronavirus pandemic

Pray­ing dur­ing coronavir­us pandemic

CARE

We are faced with real uncertainty at the present time. The coronavirus is a real threat to our normal way of life. Many are understandably anxious and afraid and at times like this, prayer will become even more important.

Pray with us
Only a Suffering God can Help

Only a Suf­fer­ing God can Help

CARE

The God who became a human being did so that he could ‘free those who all their lives were held in slavery by the fear of death’. As his body, his arms, legs, let us do good, real practical good, to alleviate the suffering of the most weak and vulnerable.

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Looking to God our shield

Look­ing to God our shield

CARE Devotional

Here are some thoughts and reflections on Psalm 3. David finds his hope and confidence in the LORD who is his shield, his glory, the One who lifts his head and the God who answers prayer.

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Coronavirus and Christ

Coronavir­us and Christ

A book by John Piper

In Coronavirus and Christ, John Piper invites readers around the world to stand on the solid Rock, who is Jesus Christ, in whom our souls can be sustained by the sovereign God who ordains, governs, and reigns over all things to accomplish his wise and good purposes for those who trust in him. Piper offers six biblical answers to the question, What is God doing through the coronavirus?—reminding us that God is at work in this moment in history.

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Covid-19: Digital Resources for the Church

Cov­id-19: Digit­al Resources for the Church

A crowdsourced index of useful digital communication tools for church leaders, communications teams and church staff to refer to during the coronavirus outbreak.

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Resources on Covid-19

Resources on Covid-19

The Gospel Coalition

The Gospel Coalition have produced a series of blogs and articles, with practical advice, personal reflections and helpful encouragements.

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Coronavirus and Christ

Coronavir­us and Christ

Desiring God

Find helpful blogs and articles from Desiring God on the Covid-19 crisis.

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God Doesn’t Want Us to Sacrifice the Old

God Doesn’t Want Us to Sac­ri­fice the Old

Russell Moore for the New York Times

Christianity teaches that every single human life is valuable, even during a pandemic.

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What Christians can learn about ethics from COVID-19

What Chris­ti­ans can learn about eth­ics from COVID-19

Andrew T Walker

Do we sacrifice the economy to save human lives or do we sacrifice human lives to save the economy? These are really challenging times, and we need to exercise caution in judging the motives of our policymakers. For who among them actually believes themselves willing the harm of those they are called to govern?

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The FAQs: Answering Tech Questions Pastors Are Asking

The FAQs: Answer­ing Tech Ques­tions Pas­tors Are Asking

The Gospel Coalition

In light of the current COVID-19 virus, churches are facing disruption in their ability to fellowship and proclaim the Word. Many pastors feel the pressure of getting up to speed on the latest tech tools and are asking for help in various forums around the web. Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) liturgy and prayer resources

Coronavir­us (COV­ID-19) liturgy and pray­er resources

Church of England

This page contains prayers and intercessions for personal or group use, special prayers for use if it isn’t possible to meet in church, and a simple form of prayer for the morning and evening, which can be downloaded, printed, and shared with those remaining at home or who are unable to access the Internet.

Read more
Watch a Christian television channel

Watch a Chris­ti­an tele­vi­sion channel

TBN UK

TBN UK is an exciting premier Christian television channel, broadcasting a supreme selection of the best UK and international Christian ministry, lifestyle, music, youth shows, children’s entertainment, documentaries, movies and much more.

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Andy Crouch
Real Chris­ti­an hope is our ulti­mate con­fid­ence, rooted in the resur­rec­tion of Jesus Christ from the dead, that the Cre­at­or of the world is also the Redeem­er and Sus­tain­er of the world, and will one day return to renew the entire creation.
Andy Crouch Executive editor of Christianity Today

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