Following Step 3 of the Government’s road map on May 17th, we have received new guidelines from the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales. These require us to take the local prevalence of the virus and the church layout into account. We are proposing the following changes for now and will keep the whole situation under constant review. Just because we are now allowed to do something once more, this does not mean that we have to. Caution, and everyone’s confidence, will always be the key. Track & Trace, Face Masks & Social Distancing still remain.
The Lectionary Book will be used at the lectern again from this weekend (22/23 May)
Full Bidding Prayers will be reintroduced from this coming weekend.
The Offertory procession is restored. Hands sanitised their hands before and afterwards.
At the administration of Communion, the priest or minister again says “The Body of Christ” to each communicant.
Singing – allowed at outside celebrations.
Baptisms – 30 people at a stand-alone celebration.
Confirmation – capacity of church.
Sacrament of the Sick – permitted, with guidelines.
Marriage – 30 people.
Funerals – capacity of church. Pall, Christian symbols and incense permitted once more.
These may resume. Over 18s limited to no more than 30. No limit on number for groups of those under 18s.