Lockdown and the church

Nov 3, 2020 by

New severe restrictions on freedom are causing many to question the wisdom and the legality of the government’s policies: (newer items at the top)

Cathedrals across England suspend public worship as Covid cases remain highfrom Christian Today: 

The impact of lockdowns on religious freedomsfrom Christian Concern: Following the government’s restrictive lockdown measures to try to combat the spread of Covid-19, the Joint Committee on Human Rights launched a call for evidence on the impacts of local and national lockdowns. The committee said it was seeking views on the impact that lockdown has on specific freedoms, including: “The impact of lockdown on the freedom of religion and believe, and in particular on collective worship.” READ HERE

Covid update Scotland: Church leaders write to Nicola Sturgeon about worship banBy Emer O’Toole, The National

Local councils in England accused of ‘pressuring’ churches to stop public worshipBy Marcus Jones, Premier

London Mayor Sadiq Khan urges Johnson to close places of worship as Covid cases surgeby Harriet Sherwood, Guardian

Physical gathering, online meeting and false dichotomiesby Stephen Kneale, Building Jerusalem: Some insist that not meeting is a clear violation of God’s command to gather together. Others argue that meeting online represents a ‘temporarily deficient ecclesiology’ that is adequate. Are these the only two positions we might be able to take? READ HERE

Why are more Christians “chalking the door” during lockdown and what is it? from the Church of England website

Lockdown UK: only in Scotland is public worship prohibited (except for the rich)by Archbishop Cranmer

England lockdown: Church leaders welcome continued public worship but urge cautionby Tola Mbakwe, Premier

Canadian church pens epic response after police charge six elders for holding services in defiance of lockdowns, by Joel Abbott, Not the Bee

Shutdown of churches and ban on weddings during Covid crisis has cost Church of England ‘£150MILLION’ and could trigger a cull of parishesby Steven Doughty, Mailonline

If the Church of England worships online, how can its historic buildings survive? by Simon Jenkins, Guardian

Corporate worship provides care for your soul, by George Robertson, The Gospel Coalition

2020: The year the Church was as sharp as a marshmallowby Rob Slane, The Conservative Woman


Articles from 2020:

A Christmas with Covid-19 – The Christian Legal Centre’s Rob Smith breaks down what churches are allowed to do this Christmas, in line with the new Covid regulations.

‘Let us disobey’: Churches defy lockdown with secret meetingsby Harriet Sherwood, Guardian

Communal worship ‘criminalised’ under lockdown, church leaders in England sayby Harriet Sherwood, Guardian: More than 100 Christian leaders have launched a legal challenge against the ban on communal worship in England under lockdown restrictions

Pastor who broke England’s lockdown worship rules has baptism service shut down by Met policeby Press Association

Scientists, the false idols of a faithless landby Peter Simpson, The Conservative Woman

Church leaders expect easing of English lockdown ban on communal worship by Harriet Sherwood, Guardian

Synod invited to challenge lockdown ban on public worship by Maddy Fry, Church Times

A Letter to the Nation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York

Boris Johnson doesn’t get Godby Giles Fraser, UnHerd

A pastoral statement on the proposed suspension of public worship from 5 November from The Society

Why church leaders should join me in protesting the closure of our buildings by Joshua Jones, Premier

‘No scientific justification’ for church closures, say Archbishop of Canterbury and faith leaders, Christian Today

Criminalising worship would be ‘serious overstep of power’, Christian Concern

Whitty, Vallance: ‘No evidence to back church closures’ from The Christian Institute

Banning collective prayer is an ALMIGHTY mistake, Boris – we need it now more than ever by Andrew Pierce, Mailonline

No sign of end to public worship ban in Ireland, by Sarah MacDonald, The Tablet

Archbishops join interfaith call to PM to allow public worship, C of E Website

Christian leaders taking legal action against Government over church closures, Christian Today

Communal worship banned in England by Archbishop Cranmer

Christian leaders threaten UK Government with legal action over lockdown church closure by Tola Mbakwe, Premier

Interview with Peter Sanlon on BBC Radio Kent: “We are challenging the legality of the government’s actions. We are very concerned to be careful about people’s health…but if the government passes laws to criminalise churches meeting together for worship, they will have exceeded their authority and contradicted the declaration of human rights…”

Britain has succumbed to panic – again By Fraser Myers, Spiked

‘Government by decree – Covid-19 and the Constitution’: Lord Sumption. Lecture to the Cambridge Private Law Centre


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