A website has been set up allowing volunteers to register their help in supervising and cleaning churches in an effort to make them safe for public opening.
Those who wish to become volunteers are being asked to register their details online, including their name, email address, diocese and their parish. These details will then be passed on to the individual’s diocese and parish so they can be contacted to help.
However, the website does stress that those with health conditions should not volunteer.
‘If you have a health condition which makes you particularly vulnerable to Covid-19, please don’t volunteer, we’ve
got this – but please keep us in your prayers,’ reads a note alongside the volunteer form.
The website also includes a message to the bishops of England, Wales and Scotland, thanking them for working with the Government to find ways to re-open our churches in a safe way.
‘We know you recognise that access to the sacraments is of vital importance to all the faithful,’ reads the message.
‘We understand that reopening churches safely is not going to be easy, so we would like to help in any way we can: disinfecting churches, maintaining social distancing procedures, arranging access timetables, and anything
else that might be necessary.’
To find out more and volunteer (if you have no health conditions) see: https://opendoors.church