Church worship is still allowed under current lockdown rules in England and Wales, contrary to the first national shut down last March, when congregations had to gather online or not at all.
Now Shrewsbury bishop Mark Davies has urged church goers to maintain the highest standards of safety.
Bishop Davies said: “We recognise the seriousness of our responsibility to help ensure the continuance of public worship and the safety of all. I ask you at the beginning of this New Year and a renewed state of lockdown, not to assume we have yet returned to ‘normal life’ in our parishes; nor to give way to any sense of complacency, especially whilst a new variant of the virus is spreading rapidly.
“The continuance of public worship into Lent and Easter will, in large measure, depend on our vigilance and all our efforts to follow the measures which have already made our churches among the safest places in society.”