READ FIRST: Life events - COVID-19

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: 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 able to take place, if necessary, but subject to strict limits on numbers present - the space available for safe conduct of these services means they must be 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.

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't call banns of marriage while there is no public worship, so setting up a wedding is more complex than normal.

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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