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/ 5 June 2020

Documents on weddings, funerals, baptisms plus liturgical resources

Planning documents

Updated Friday 12th June 2020.

The government has now published its guidance for Places of Worship and individual prayer. Click here to read the government guidance.

Below are some planning resources. They have been written in line with recent Government thinking.

Please note, these documents are to help churches continue to prepare for the phased reopening of our buildings.

01 Re-entering our church buildings (version 1, 3rd June)

02 Lament, Thanksgiving and Restoration (version 1, 3rd June)

03 Remembering and Memorials (version 1, 3rd June)

COVID 19 advice for Clergy Conducting Baptisms (version 1, 3rd June)

COVID 19 advice for Clergy Conducting Weddings  (version 2, 3rd June)

COVID 19 Advice on Conducting Funerals (version 2, 3rd June)

COVID 19 Advice on Individual Private Prayer (version 2, 3rd June)

COVID-19 Advice on the Administration of Holy Communion (version 1, 9th June)

COVID-19 Advice on Ordinations (version 1, 9th June)

Permission for temporary changes to cathedral and church buildings (version 1, 8th June)

Access to church buildings for construction professional contractors (version 2, 8th June)

Guidance for use now

Below are four other documents for parishes which can be put into use now, relating to more technical aspects of the current restrictions affecting buildings:

The current version of the above documents will always be available to download from the Church of England website via the Coronavirus FAQs page.


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