Churches and Covid-19 survey needs your help
A major study of the impact of Covid-19 on church communities, their current needs, what they have been doing in response and how they might plan for the future is asking for churches to send in their own views and insights.
An online Churches and Covid survey has been launched and is open for responses until February 21.
The survey is a partnership between the Historic England, the Church of England, the Historic Religious Buildings Alliance, the National Churches Trust, and the University of York. An initial survey launched in September 2020 and attracted over 2,500 responses which have already helped to shape decision-making and guidance.
This new, very-focused survey is for all churches. It should only take five minutes to complete but will make an important contribution to planning for the future. It concentrates on:
Obtaining a snapshot of the levels of church and community needs and challenges at this point in the pandemic
Identifying the ways in church buildings and activities have continued to support communities
Churches' plans for the remainder of the crisis period and for recovery
The resources and support which will be needed (especially from government) if churches are to mobilise their unique assets and maximise their contribution to rebuilding lives and communities
"People value places of worship both as peaceful havens in a frightening world and as a source of lovingly-offered practical support. This survey invites them to tell us what really matters and how places of worship can help individuals and communities as we recover from the pandemic," said Historic England.
"Churches are the obvious go-to places to help with the country's recovery," said Claire Walker, Chief Executive, National Churches Trust.
“The evidence of grassroots need and experience is making a really significant contribution to decision making, providing food for helpful guidance and enabling the sharing of creative responses to Covid-19,” said Dr John Inge, Bishop of Worcester
Please visit the Churches and Covid website to find out more and take the survey. The survey will run until February 21.