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Our articles in this section are intended to be a guide for clergy and parish officers to conducting regular services and occasional offices according to Canon Law, diocesan polices and regulations – as well as English law.

If you are looking for information about attending a church service, getting married, christened or confirmed then the Life section of this site will be more useful to you.

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Audio and Video Recordings of Weddings and Baptisms

Copyright law concerning recordings of wedding and baptism services.


Authorized and Commended Services

Public worship in the Church of England is a matter governed by law. This article outlines the services which may be used in public worship.


Baptism guidelines

Guidelines for clergy, concerning good practice when carrying out baptism services.


Commissioned Lay Ministers

Information about the work of Commissioned Lay Ministers.


Communion guidelines

This page sets out for ministers of Holy Communion the policies they may need to refer to in special cases. They concern who may receive Communion, the commissioning of lay assistants, and gaining permission to reserve the Sacrament and to conduct a service of Communion by extension.


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