Coronavirus has resulted in many changes to our church life together.

Public Worship

All public worship has been suspended until further notice. This means that we cannot gather as Christians on a Sunday morning in church or outside. Rev Lydia will continue to say the Daily Office at home – please email prayer requests to her.

Weddings, baptisms and funerals

Inevitably these services have been radically affected by the current Covid-19 outbreak. Weddings, baptisms and funerals mark important transition moments in people’s lives, and as such are public and open occasions. Culturally we gather as family, friends and community to support people in these times of joy and sadness. Things are different for now.

Everyone attending a graveside service must adhere to Government guidance on social distancing. Please follow the directions of the officiant if you are attending a service.

While naturally those present may wish to shake hands or hug, all present should refrain from doing so in light of guidance on physical distancing.

Weddings

In accordance with Government instructions there will be no Church weddings at the moment.

If you decide to cancel your upcoming wedding, any fees paid to the church will be refunded in full.

If you wish to postpone your wedding, the church will work with you to find a suitable future date.

Baptisms

In accordance with Government instructions there will be no Church Baptisms at the moment.

Funerals

Funerals can only take place at a crematorium or at a graveside and only immediate family (up to 10 people) should attend and those aged over 70 or those with underlying health conditions are strongly advised not to attend. The church recognises how hard this is for families to bear and will work with you to find the best ways in the days round the funeral to connect with family and friends.

If you are organising the funeral of a loved one, we are acutely aware of what a difficult time this will be. We will do our best to explain any changes or delays which may be an inevitable consequence of the current restrictions – for example, to the burial of ashes – but we are here to support you and to ensure a Christian funeral and burial can still be provided.