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Funerals are permitted in church. At the moment, the absolute maximum size for a funeral congregation (at any venue) is set by law at 30, and no congregational singing is permitted.

A minister is - of course - available to take a funeral, and will be happy to talk to you both about what is likely to happen, and about the deceased themselves. In these difficult times, it is quite likely that the conversation will have to be by telephone or other electronic means, or outdoors: if you find it helpful to provide information by email, the minister will provide you with an address by which you can contact him/her. We would particularly recommend that you do not make firm choices about musical matters until you have been able to speak to a minister: some things are much simpler to arrange than others.

The Government advises that Weddings should only take place where absolutely necessary, and are subject to a maximum of six people (not including minister, other professionals and staff) - but the law currently restricts any kind of "gathering", so households must not mingle in church or outside.

Christenings/Baptisms are only able to take place before 17th May at the earliest if they are part of the main scheduled worship. Because of that, we need to apply strict limits on numbers present during that period - the households of parents and godparents only, with an absolute maximum of 15 people including children. The minister can talk about what might be involved. The situation after the step change currently scheduled for 17th May will be more flexible, but we will not know final details until close to the time.

We will try to honour the intentions of wedding couples, baptism parents, and others seeking baptism/confirmation, but we can offer no guarantees while the situation around us keeps changing. We can call banns of marriage in public worship now, but there way still be complications if, for example, you also need them calling somewhere else. The clergy will help you steer the best course as quickly as they can.

We very much wish these things were otherwise, and that we were able to return soon to the normal celebrations of life - but hope that all can recognise that it is only by maintaining physical separation that we will be able to stem the repeated spread of COVID-19. We look forward to the day when normal service (and normal services) can be resumed.

Christenings at St Neots Parish Church and at Eynesbury

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