Coronavirus

Up-to-date as of 7th November

When will our Churches open?

St Oswald's is now open for private prayer and contemplation on Wednesday and Sunday afternoons, from 2 to 6pm.

For the time being (until 6th december) the Government regulations means that our churches are closed for Sunday worship. However, we are currently devising plans for Advent and Christmas celebrations, so please keep an eye on notice boards.

You can find the risk assessment here.

We are closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and its impact upon our church life and activities. In particular, we are following all advice given by the Church of England daily. This information can be found here.

Church Services and Events

Our Sunday Worship takes place every Sunday morning at 10.30am - unfortunately, at the moment the 8am and 6:30pm services are suspended.

Breakfast Church, Edward Bear and the Parish Lunches have both been suspended, but Breakfast Ossie's kitchen Hot Meals continue as normal.

To join in with Lynda, one of our Readers, as she leads Daily Prayer, click here.

To listen to a meditation on the Seven Owords from the Cross, click here.

To help to think through the Christian faith and your own spiritual growth, try Grass Roots. For Prayer resources for use at home, clirck here.

For our parish continuity plan, click here.

Public Worship and Gatherings

All church services and gatherings for public worship will no longer take place. This includes regular Sunday services and weekday services, as well as occasional offices. Study groups and other parochial events that gather people together will also no longer take place: we are urgently investigating the use of video conferencing software to enable us to continue our work as church. We are awaiting further information from the government, which will help us all to measure and reflect upon the gravity and potential duration of this cessation. 

PCC, APCM and Synod Meetings will not take place for the time being. Detailed guidance will follow as soon as possible.

Baptism

Baptism (Christening) the Church’s hope-filled sign and seal of new birth in Christ.at this time, however, the advice from the bishops is that all Baptisms are postponed.

Weddings

Unless the government changes the law, the common law right of parishioners and those with a qualifying connection to be married in a parish church remains.We are celebrating Weddings, but under government regulations we have to restrict the congregation to 15.

Funerals

We are conducting funerals in St Oswalds church, and, after risk assessments, in the village churches. The present regulations require the congregations are limited to 30. Clergy will continue to take a funeral service at the graveside (in accordance with their common law duty to bury the dead of their Parish) and at crematoria (adhering to such guidance as the crematorium authority may give). Physical distancing (currently 2m) should also be observed.

Once the wider situation makes it safe so to do, the family will be offered opportunities for remembering their loved ones in church at a future date.