READ FIRST: Life events - COVID-19

Funerals are permitted in church. At the moment, the maximum size for a funeral congregation is determined by the size of the venue, and no congregational singing is permitted. There isn't an exact mazimum figure for either of our churches: a rough rule of thumb would be that Eynesbury can accommodate around 50, while St Neots can take around 100. The exact capacity depends on how large each household gathering is, and St Neots can usually take more than 100 if many of the households are 3 or 4 people.

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. An initial telephone conversation is likely to lead to an in-person meeting, either outdoors, or in a church room, or possibly at home: 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.

Weddings can also now take place, subject to a maximum of 30 people (not including minister, other professionals and staff). We are able to publish banns of marriage both for services in this parish and for services elsewhere. If for some reason banns are not appropriate, we can advise on how to take matters forward.

Christenings/Baptisms can also take place a free-standing events subject to a maximum of 30 people. 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 are glad that these permissions allow some measure of return to the normal celebrations of life - but hope that all can recognise that it is only by maintaining physical separation and continued wearing of face-coverings in church that we will be able to stem the repeated spread of COVID-19. We look forward to the day when fully normal service (and normal services) can be resumed.

Christenings at St Neots Parish Church and at Eynesbury

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