Coronavirus messages

We write regularly to clergy and church officers and whenever there is a significant change to Church or national guidance. Follow the Diocese of Oxford on social media for updates (Twitter | Facebook), or sign up to eNews to receive a weekly email.

Guidance notes

Note: some of the information in the links below may have been superseded, please check for updates.

  • Technical guidance – 30 March
    Hospital visiting suspended, new funeral rites, register your C-19 community activities with the local authority, keeping your church building safe.
  • Parish treasurers email – 30 March
    A note on income, parish share and practical steps for PCCs to take.
  • Technical guidance – 26 March
    New resources and guidance published this week, including volunteer hub contacts, Parish HR guidance and a brief message from +Steven to all clergy.
  • Lambeth Conference rescheduled – 23 March
    The Lambeth Conference due to take place this summer has been rescheduled to Summer 2021
  • APCMs and meeting of parishioners – 20 March
    The Diosec writes to PCC and DCC secretaries concerning APCMs, includes signed instrument allowing changes to the current Church Representation Rules.
  • Keyworkers – 20 March
    Clergy and other ‘religious staff’ have been included in the Government key worker list. This email explains how to be authorised by your bishop.
  • Technical guidance – 19 March
    Detailed information for clergy and church officers about weddings, safeguarding, APCMs and PCC meetings.
  • eNews – 13 March
    Suspend direct physical contact as part of a blessing or “laying on of hands”. Prepare contingency plans for parishes and deaneries.
  • eNews – 6 March
    Challenge disinformation. How to sign the Peace.

From the Bishops

  • Save lives – 27 March 2020
    As we move towards Passiontide, The Archbishops and Bishops call upon all our churches and church leaders, clergy and lay, to follow government advice to stay at home.
  • Cure of Souls – 24 March 2020
    Detailed guidance, pastoral support and a call to read Psalm 23 together each day. A letter from the four bishops to the whole Diocese.
  • Stay at home – 23 March 2020
    The Archbishops and Bishops of the Church of England have urged everyone to follow the instructions given by the Prime Minister to stay in their homes in a national effort to limit the transmission of the coronavirus
  • A very great crisis – 18 March 2020
    A pastoral letter from the four bishops, includes information about what can still happen while public worship is on hold.
  • Public worship put on hold – 17 March 2020
    Bishop Steven writes to confirm public worship has been suspended.
  • Dunbars number – 14 March 2020
    Bishop Colin reflects on how the church might reach out to all.
  • Suspension of the common cup – 10 March 2020
    Bishop Colin writes to confirm the suspension of the common cup.
  • Parish continuity plans – 9 March 2020
    Bishop Colin asks parishes and benefices to prepare continuity plans