Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals

Covid 19

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

Our church buildings are closed for public worship but (as from 15 June) open for private prayer.

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

Funerals can only happen at the Crematorium or at the graveside. Regrettably, only immediate family members can attend - and that is if the crematorium allows. "Immediate family" is: spouse/partner, parents and children of the deceased; keeping their distance in the prescribed way. It may be possible to stream the Committal service live to family who cannot attend.

Weddings: Right now, all public worship is suspended; it is, therefore, not possible for weddings to go ahead in church at present – even with the legal minimum number of people (4 + the priest) attending. Depending upon when you are planning on getting married, and whether the restrictions have been lifted, you may have to rearrange your day; I will do everything to help you do so. You will also need to decide what to do regarding any plans you had immediately following the service. You would need to speak to your venue about this.

If you have already paid any church fees, and are cancelling your wedding, then those fees will be repaid in full. If you are postponing your wedding we will work with you regarding a new date and the fees

Depending upon when your wedding is, you may need to apply for a Common Licence rather than have Banns read. We have received this notification from our Registrar:

  • As a gesture of goodwill to those couples who have been or will be unable to have banns called in time and who will therefore need to obtain a common licence, the Chancellor has agreed to reduce the statutory fee from £200 to £100 for those affected by the period of closure of churches for public worship. If fees have already been paid to the parish for calling Banns, the parish will refund those fees.
  • Where a couple would have required a Common Licence in any event (because Banns could not be called due to the circumstances of the couple) or where Banns will be able to be called once churches are open again for public worship, the normal statutory fee will apply.

To find out if you need to apply for a Common Licence, please contact me and I can talk you through the process.

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. You remain in my prayers at this testing time.


Keep well. Keep safe. God bless, David

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