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Baptisms, Weddings & Funerals

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

BAPTISMS

From the 17th May Baptism services resumed with a limit of 30 people in the baptism party, not including church staff.   If the Government’s restrictions are lifted on 21st June 2021, it is hoped that this number will increase to 50.

Please contact us if you would like to talk about arranging a future baptism and you live in the parish of St Giles by completing the following form.

WEDDINGS

Weddings are now able to go ahead, but only with a limit of 30 people in attendance, not including church staff.

There is some more information on the Church of England website, which was issued on 19th May 2021. @ https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches#na

Please contact us if you would like to talk about arranging a wedding at St Giles if you live in the parish or have a ‘qualifying connection’ (please see the form) by completing the form below.

Please contact us if your marriage is to take place at another church, but you live within the parish of St Giles and require your Banns of Marriage to be called at St Giles.

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.  Funeral attendance is no longer limited to 30 people, but is determined by how many people our COVID-secure venue can safely accommodate with social distancing.  We determine this to be a maximum of 50.

Enquiries to St Giles for a suitable date and time for a funeral service are normally made through the Funeral Director. Once the date and time have been agreed, the Funeral Director will ask the priest to make contact with the family of the deceased.

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 50 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 is requested to sanitise their hands on entry and exit to the church using the sanitiser provided, wear a facemask and adhere to government guidance on social distancing within the church. 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

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 issued on 17th May 2021

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