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Faith in lockdown: Experiences of rural Church of England clergy and laity during the Covid-19 pandemic

Village, Andrew ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2174-8822 and Francis, Leslie J. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2946-9980 (2020) Faith in lockdown: Experiences of rural Church of England clergy and laity during the Covid-19 pandemic. Rural theology. (In Press)

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Abstract

An online survey examined the experiences of clergy and lay people in the Church of England during the lockdown caused by the Covid-19 pandemic from May to July 2020. Comparison of 1,001 people who received ministry in rural areas with 1,823 who received ministry elsewhere suggested fairly similar experiences in terms of accessing online worship and support from their churches. Rural worshippers were slightly less likely to access worship from their own churches. Comparison of 274 rural stipendiary parochial clergy with 507 counterparts ministering elsewhere suggested their churches were equally busy in offering online worship. Rural clergy offered more Services of the Word, and fewer communions, which may have reflected the greater prevalence of Anglo-catholics in urban areas. Although the support and care offered by clergy was similar in both sorts of area, rural clergy seemed better place to serve their local communities and to offer occasional offices. They felt better supported by the public, the national church, and funeral directors than did clergy in towns and cities.

Item Type: Article
Status: In Press
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BV Practical Theology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BV Practical Theology > BV598-603 The Church
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BX Christian Denominations > BX5011-5207 Church of England
School/Department: School of Humanities
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/4784

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