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Baptisms, Weddings & Funerals

RESTRICTIONS RE BAPTISMS/WEDDINGS/FUNERALS IN THE LIGHT OF COVID19

BAPTISMS

It is possible to hold a baptism in church at this time, but numbers are very restricted. Please contact us if you would like to talk about arranging a future baptism in St Giles.

WEDDINGS

Weddings can go ahead, but only with 6 people in attendance.

Government guidance recommends that: “Where possible, these should only take place in exceptional circumstances, for example, an urgent marriage where one of those getting married is seriously ill and not expected to recover, or is to undergo debilitating treatment or life-changing surgery.”

There is some more information on the Church of England website @ https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches#na

FUNERALS

In this exceptional time, the Government’s guidance on social distancing and self-isolation will impact the way funerals will be conducted for the immediate future. Christian funerals continue to be held in St Giles Church  but there will be some adaptations to protect everyone.

Before the Funeral

Meetings will be held by telephone rather than face-to-face. If meetings can only be held in person, then social distancing guidance will be followed.

Planning the Funeral

Although this will be very difficult for everyone, numbers of those attending the funeral are limited to 30 excluding church staff and undertakers. Please note less numbers (see Pontefract Crematorium guidelines) are able to attend  the committal.

Any changes to the normal service will be explained by the priest to the family.

Families may wish to organise and arrange with the undertakers for a recording to be made which can be sent to anyone unable to attend. 

An organist can be arranged or use of CD’s. Sadly, no singing is permitted. 

During the Funeral

Everyone attending the service must adhere to government guidance on social distancing. Please follow the directions of the officiant and funeral director if you are attending a service. While naturally those present may wish to shake hands or hug, all present should refrain from doing so in light of guidance on physical distancing.

After the Funeral

In keeping with the recommendations to limit social gatherings,  a wake or other gathering after the funeral is not possible.

If you are organising the funeral of a loved one, we are acutely aware of what a difficult time this will be. We will do our best to explain any changes  which may be an inevitable consequence of the current restrictions, but we are here to support you and to ensure a Christian funeral and burial can still be provided.

Based on Church of England Guidelines 12th January 2021

https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2021-01/COVID%2019%20Advice%20on%20Conducting%20Funerals%20v5.6.pdf