Church of England Diocese of Guildford Dunsfold


3 May 2020, 12:45 p.m.
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A quarter of the adults in the UK have watched or listened to a religious service during the Coronavirus lockdown.

Journalist Harriet Sherwood has also revealed in the Observer of May 3 that one in 20 adults have started praying during the crisis, according to a new survey.

The Church of England has said that unexpectedly high numbers of people are tuning online for broadcast services and 6000 people phoned a prayer hotline in its first 48 hours of operation.

The survey commissioned by the Christian aid agency Tearfund, fund that a third of young adults aged between 18 and 34 had watched or listened to an online or broadcast religious service, compared with one in five adults over the age of 55.

One in five of those who have tuned into services in the past few weeks say they have never gone to church.

The most frequent subjects of prayers since the lockdown has been family (53%), friends (34%), thanking God (24%), the person praying (28%), frontline services (27%), someone unwell with Covid-19 (20%), and other countries with Covid-19 (15%).

A separate poll conducted by Christian Aid found that the Vicar of Dibley, the Revd Geraldine Granger and played by Dawn French in the BBC series, would be the public's choice from television characters to lead the UK through the coronavirus crisis.

On this website our prayer for the day is updated daily and you can access services posted by our priest Revd Ian Maslin and also recent sermons by Bishop Andrew Watson and Bishop Jo Bailey Wells.