Funerals and Coronavirus

From the Church of England's guidance page - check for any updates at https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches#na, and contact us if you have any questions or concerns. 


If you've recently been bereaved, please accept our condolences and give us the chance to pray for you - you can send an email to our prayer chain and we'll pray in confidence, or ask for someone recently departed to be prayed for by name through our pewsheet.

Despite the pandemic restrictions, we can arrange funerals in church, though numbers are currently limited to 50 mourners and the service has to be slightly simpler than usual. Please do contact us so we can discuss what is possible - either email usor call him on 01902 731 462.

Please note that we will require contact details for those attending the service, which will be kept in line with our data protection policy and destroyed after 3 weeks if not required for purposes of Test and Trace.

It is vital that no-one with symptoms of Covid or a positive test, or sharing a household/support bubble with symptoms or a positive test result, may attend church, even for a funeral. 

It is strongly advised that no-one considered 'extremely vulnerable' for health reasons should attend church, even for a funeral. If someone in this category must attend the service, please consult the minister taking the funeral before making any arrangements.

It is possible to livestream services from church, though we will ask a member of the family to set this up and use their own phone over the church's wireless network. Please ask the minister for advice.

We are always happy to arrange a funeral for anyone from the parish or with a strong past connection, either with the main service in church or straight to the crematorium or cemetery with a minister from the parish. If you'd like to check whether you're in the parish, you can find out at the A Church Near You website.

You might also find some helpful information and resources at the Church of England's website

May God be with you in difficult times.

Rev'd Nick Watson