THERE has never been a time when the Church Times’s factual, accurate news reporting was more important than the present coronavirus crisis.
In addition to our weekly round-up in print, the news team here will produce a daily update for the foreseeable future, to be posted on our website, with additional stories as soon as they break. As well as official announcements and advice, we’ll cover human-interest stories, the effects of the virus shutdown on all the Church’s activities, and stories from overseas.
All can be found on the Church Times website; and there’s a round-up on our special topic page.
Make sure that you follow the Church Times on Twitter and Facebook for alerts about the latest stories. And let us know of anything newsworthy in your parish or diocese, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Getting your copy:
Every effort will be made to print and distribute the Church Times as normal.
If readers cannot get to a newsagent to collect their usual copy, or if people have relied up until now on a second-hand copy passed on to them, we have a special offer for them. A one-off ten-issue subscription deal now exists alongside the usual Direct Debit introductory offer (details below). This costs just £10: a huge saving on the normal cover and subscription price. There will be no pressure to continue at the end of the ten weeks — although we would be delighted if readers chose to, of course.
Anyone wanting to take out this offer, or switch from being a newsagent subscriber to a postal subscriber for any reason, can go to www.churchtimes.co.uk/10-weeks; email email@example.com; or phone Tracey on 01603 785911.
Our Classified/Jobs desk will remain staffed unless circumstances dictate otherwise, and can be reached by email or on 020 7776 1010.
Other advertising staff will be working remotely, but can be reached via email and on the usual phone numbers.
We are conscious that the virus is likely to introduce delays in the recruitment process for some of our clients. Our “Until Filled” option allows recruiters to repeat advertisements for posts, with altered application and interview dates, until the post is filled satisfactorily. There is every reason, therefore, to carry on advertising jobs as normal.
Church House Bookshop:
Our sister organisation, Church House Bookshop, in Westminster, is now closed to visitors, and all book sales are online. Until further notice, books will be delivered to customers in the UK completely free of any postage & packing charges. The same offer applies to books bought direct from the Canterbury Press, Church House Publishing, and SCM Press sites. Service might be a little slower than we would like.
Church House Bookshop has also compiled a list of suggested titles for these troubled times. This can be found on its website.
Finally, the Time to Pray app, produced with Church House Publishing, is being made available to download for free.