Coronavirus Update (31st October 2020)
As a result of the Prime Minister’s announcement on 31/10/20, the Government has published the following:
The relevant section for churches is Section 5 which says:
- Weddings, civil partnerships, religious services and funerals
Funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people, and it is advised that only close friends and family attend. Linked ceremonial events such as stone settings and ash scatterings can also continue with up to 15 people in attendance. Anyone working is not included. Social distancing should be maintained between people who do not live together or share a support bubble.
Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies will not be permitted to take place except in exceptional circumstances.
Places of Worship will be closed, unless they are being used for:
- To broadcast acts of worship
- Individual prayer
- Formal childcare or where part of a school
- Essential voluntary and public services, such as blood donation or food banks
- Other exempted activities such as some support groups
The Bishop of London, Chair of the Recovery Group, has put out a statement on the Church of England website saying,
“We have heard with others the announcement from the Prime Minister this evening of a second national ‘lockdown’ in England and how this will affect the life of our communities and public worship.
“We will study the detailed regulations and continue to liaise with Government departments to offer clarity to churches.
“This is a time of real uncertainty for everyone and the Church will continue to be central to the life of our communities in bringing light and hope.”
I suspect that many church members will ask questions… Please do reassure them that we will study the detail and give more guidance as it becomes available.
With my continued prayers,
The Venerable Phil Williams, Archdeacon of Nottingham
Churches Open for Private Prayer
Three of our churches are regularly open for private prayer each Sunday:
Caunton from 10am to 4pm
Norwell from 10am to 1pm
Sutton from 10am to 3pm
Please follow all the instructions that you will find there so we can keep each other safe.
We hope that many will draw comfort from being able to pray in our beautiful buildings as we continue through the challenges of the Coronavirus crisis.
Prayer & Support Group
We have a WhatsApp Prayer and Support Group in our Parishes. If you would like to join please send a email to firstname.lastname@example.org asking to join and we will send you a link
Beck & Trent Facebook page:
St Laurence's, Norwell
St Andrew's, Caunton
St Giles', Cromwell
Holy Rood, Ossington
St Mary's, Carlton-on-Trent
All Saints', Sutton-on-Trent