Coronavirus

Up-to-date as of 10th July

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.

We will be recommencing Sunday Worship on the 19th July at 10.30 with a service of Holy Communion.

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 and midweek services are suspended.

Edward Bear, Parish Lunches, Breakfast church and Ossie's kitchen have all been postponed.

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.

At such a time as this, and during this holy season of Lent, we remember the Good Shepherd, who laid down his life for his sheep. We are holding all who are anxious, all who are unwell, and all who are grieving in our prayers, asking that the presence of the risen Christ may be near to us, wherever we may be, throughout the difficult months ahead.

On the evening of Monday 23 March 2020 the Prime Minister advised that churches should close, and all social contact and all unnecessary travel should cease. Weddings and baptisms/christenings have been postponed, and funerals restricted to strictly only very close family members attending.

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. However, the date, time and other arrangements are, legally speaking, for the minister to determine. All Weddings will be postponed. Any fees already paid will be refunded.

Some couples (for example those with wedding insurance) may need a letter from us informing them that their wedding ‘as arranged’ cannot proceed at this time.

Funerals

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.