The speed with which things are changing means that any detail I might write about re-opening our churches & buildings could be out-of-date within days (hours?)…
However, the main CofE Covid-19 page contains links to all the relevant guidance (church and government) and is updated very regularly. In the meantime, a few key links to note and use:
- Weddings : I have written a one page guide on the legal preliminaries for marriage to go alongside CofE and Government guidance. It contains contact details for the Kensington Area Surrogates, plus up-to-date information on fees.
- Government guidance : on opening for worship; use of community (including church) halls and keeping records for ‘Track and Trace’ are all of particular note.
- CofE guidance on risk assessments is crucial as the main way in which we can ensure that we mitigate the risks of opening when the virus is still around and by which we can keep within the bounds of Health & Safety legislation.
If in doubt, do contact your Area Dean Sarah Guinness and/or me – between us we’ll find a sensible way through the complications and questions that we’re all dealing with.
Praying for wisdom, energy, and grace in the coming days.