Churches risk being ‘engulfed by a crimewave’, campaigners warn

Churches risk being ‘engulfed by a crimewave’, campaigners warn, after more than 5,000 offences were recorded last year An average of 13 crimes a day were committed between July 2019 and July 2020 This was despite a four month lockdown and offences included arson and rape Items stolen included 300-year-old brass bell from England’s smallest … Read more Churches risk being ‘engulfed by a crimewave’, campaigners warn

More than 100 UK churches are renting out their parking spaces to drivers

Some churches in the UK are earning an average of £200 a month by renting out their parking spaces to drivers, it has been revealed. A website that allows property owners to hire out their vacant parking facilities says that over 100 churches are now registered online – and making a tidy sum out of … Read more More than 100 UK churches are renting out their parking spaces to drivers

Churches across England throw their doors open for public Sunday services

Churches across England have thrown open their creaking doors for the first time in 104 days as they welcome the public back for Sunday services. Westminster Abbey, York Minster and Canterbury Cathedral were all lit up as congregations arrived this morning, alongside cathedrals and churches across a patchwork of parishes. But services took place under … Read more Churches across England throw their doors open for public Sunday services

Reverend wears face shield as churches reopen for socially-distanced private prayer

Places of worship across the UK reopened for private prayer on Monday with worshipers and clergymen wearing personal protective equipment. The government gave approval for church buildings to open up for supervised individual prayer for the first time since they closed their doors on March 24, while non-essential shops have also been allowed to reopen. At … Read more Reverend wears face shield as churches reopen for socially-distanced private prayer

Churches can reopen for individual prayer in June but worshippers will be banned from singing

Churches will be allowed to reopen for individual prayers from mid-June, though singing and mass gatherings will remain banned to stop the spread of coronavirus. Places of worships were expected closed until July 4, alongside hairdressers, cinemas and pubs.  However, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick told today’s Downing Street briefing that the plan was to allow … Read more Churches can reopen for individual prayer in June but worshippers will be banned from singing

Coronavirus UK: Christian leaders says mass closure of churches is ‘unlawful’

Prominent UK church leaders today branded the mass closure of churches ‘unlawful and unnecessary’ as they threatened a judicial review into keeping them shut. A coalition of Christian bishops and reverends has urged the Government to prioritise churches in its exit strategy from the coronavirus lockdown. They said it was unfair for churches to be … Read more Coronavirus UK: Christian leaders says mass closure of churches is ‘unlawful’

Churches plan to allow witnesses to observe weddings virtually under government proposals

Saying iDo: Churches plan to allow witnesses to observe weddings virtually on mobile phone video calls under government proposals Officials are considering changes to law so small weddings can take place Move would be a boon to people with relative abroad who cannot fly to UK  Reforms would allow witnesses to attend wedding ceremonies virtually  … Read more Churches plan to allow witnesses to observe weddings virtually under government proposals

Donald Trump says he is designating churches as ‘essential’

President Donald Trump on Friday staged a dramatic unscheduled news conference to proclaim that he would require governors to reopen churches and other houses of worship and exempt them from coronavirus lockdowns.     Trump issued a brief statement – and avoided questions – in the White House briefing room, as more and mores states are reopening … Read more Donald Trump says he is designating churches as ‘essential’

Bishops plan to safely reopen Catholic churches in Scotland

Bishops plan to safely reopen Catholic churches in Scotland in bid to ease ‘painful and difficult’ coronavirus restrictions on worshippers Bishops are forming a working group to examine ways of limiting infections They want to form a plan to allow worshippers to return ‘early and safely’ Bishop Hugh Gilbert said that the coronavirus impact is … Read more Bishops plan to safely reopen Catholic churches in Scotland