It was announced by the Government on Sunday that places of worship can be expected to re-open for private prayer from 15 June. We understand that there are many who are eager to be able to enjoy CCT church buildings in line with current Government announcements and we continue to actively plan re-opening as many of our church buildings as possible from early July. Our priority is to protect the health of our volunteers, staff and members of the public. All of our 356 churches are unique and this means that we will have to open church buildings on a site by site basis and only when we can provide assurance that we are able to do so safely.
In the meantime, you can continue to enjoy the beauty of CCT churches from the outside. Many of our churchyards have open access to the public and can be enjoyed as part of a walk. Take a look at our walking guides here for some route suggestions, which include a Dickensian stroll in the North Kent Marshes and stunning coastal views at Robin Hood's Bay.
If you are out and about and entering churchyards, please remember that these are going to look more like a wild flower meadow than a village cricket green. Please take care over rough and un-even ground.
Please remember to follow the Government’s guidance on social distancing. Please also take care around frequent hand contact points, such as gates and stiles.
We appreciate many people will be unable to get outdoors to enjoy the exterior of our churches and the peace of our churchyards. You can still enjoy the beauty of CCT churches online and have a go at some of the activities from our Resources for Life in Lockdown pages.