On Tuesday 17th March 2020 the Archbishops of Canterbury and York are calling for Church of England churches to put public worship on hold and become a “different sort of church” in the coming months to face the challenge of coronavirus.
This has certain implications for baptisms, weddings, and funerals. We understand this can be very difficult, so please do be in touch if you need to talk.
We are now following these guidelines:
- Our church buildings are closed for public worship and 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.
- There can be no weddings in church buildings until further notice.
- Funerals can only happen at the Crematorium or at the graveside. Only immediate family members can attend (if the crematorium allows) – that is, spouse or partner, parents and children, keeping their distance in the prescribed way.
Baptisms: We are not currently making new bookings until we have a clearer sense of how long the current provisions need to last.
Weddings: Banns can't currently be published, so if you are getting married in the forseeable future, you will need instead to apply for a Common Licence from the Diocesan Registry. Please contact Beverley Mightly – 0113 280 2241 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements for a Common Licence.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.