Last reviewed: 19:09am 01/11/2020
Coronavirus – or COVID-19 – is a new virus that has quickly spread to all continents and poses risk to those older in our communities, as well as those who may have certain underlying health conditions.
- The Church of England have released guidance for churches and congregations in regards to the Coronavirus – click here to read more.
- The government also have information available for the public too; click here to read this.
- The NHS have a website giving advice here.
- The World Health Organisation (WHO) have information available here.
New National Restrictions from 5 November
Due to the national lockdown to help control the spread of Coronavirus, unfortunately worship services will not be able to take place. We will continue to stream our 10am online specific service, but sadly our 9am in building service – as well as the 8am and 11am services that neighbouring St Thomas’ church host – will not be able to take place for the foreseeable future. It is the intention of the government to review this new national lockdown in early December, and we will ensure to update through our website and social media channels as we learn more.
These new restrictions do allow for funerals which can be attended by a maximum of 30 people – although it is advised that only close friends and family attend. Linked ceremonial events such as stone settings and ash scatterings can also continue with up to 15 people in attendance, which does not include in this number any church staff assisting with leading such a service. Social distancing should be maintained between people who do not live together or share a support bubble.
Weddings and baptisms will not be permitted to take place except in exceptional circumstances.
St Mark’s will therefore be closed, only being open for the uses of:
- To broadcast acts of worship