CHANGES AT FARLAM CHURCH DUE TO CORONAVIRUS
Unfortunately some radical changes have had to be made to the way we minister as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
All public worship has been suspended until further notice.
Funerals, weddings and christening are to be scaled back considerably:
We are sorry that it will be particularly distressing for families to have funerals for their loved ones held under certain restrictions, but the instructions we have been given are radical. Numbers attending are to be minimised. Services that would have been held in church will be replaced by graveside services.
It is suggested that families consider arranging events or memorial services celebrating the lives of the deceased which can be held later, when government restrictions have been lifted.
Again, we are sorry that weddings can only take place with extremely limited numbers: the couple, two witnesses and the priest. No organist or vergers will be in attendance.
Banns cannot be read as public worship is suspended, but a couple can instead apply for a Common License from the Diocesan Surrogate, and the fee for this will be waived.
Unfortunately it is impossible at this stage to tell when these restrictions will be lifted.
Attendance is to be limited to the candidate, parents, godparents and priest. When the candidate is an infant they will be held at the font by a parent, and the water poured with a shell.
PLEASE DON’T HESITATE TO CONTACT REVD EDWARD JOHNSEN TO DISCUSS ANY OF THE ABOVE OR ANY OTHER MATTER RELATING TO THE CURRENT SITUATION