Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals

Covid 19 (Updated Wednesday 23rd September 2020)

In brief, these are the guidelines we must all follow for the time being:

Baptisms:

Emergency baptisms: can take place in hospital or at home, though subject to strict hygienic precautions and physical distancing as far as possible.

Baptisms in church: Baptisms are possible providing appropriate steps are taken to minimise risk. If the baptism is taking place as part of a regular act of worship the usual requirements for public worship apply. From the 28th September, standalone life events will be subject to the ‘rule of six’ limits. The CoE are seeking Government clarification on this and will update our guidance once detailed documentation is published.

 

Funerals:

The House of Bishops has advised that funerals may be carried out in church buildings. (As well as at Crematoria.)

There is a specific exemption that covers funeral services. This allows a maximum of 30 people to attend church premises for a funeral without observing the ‘rule of six’. This is subject to the church carrying out a risk assessment and taking all reasonable measures to limit the risk of transmission of coronavirus. Until otherwise advised, we consider the maximum of 30 to include everyone participating in the service.

 

Weddings:

Following the announcement by the Prime Minister , the maximum number attending is to be reduced from 30 to 15 from Monday September 28. The CoE will be studying any detailed documents when they are available and will be amending advice to churches accordingly.

 

I am here to support you in the changes to your plans and (I hope) finding suitable date in the future. I am sorry that we are all having to consider these things and change the plans we had been working on. If you have any questions regarding getting married in church, please contact me and I will do my best to answer them.

 

Keep well. Keep safe. God bless, David


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