Weddings during COVID-19 lockdown
We are now allowed to conduct Weddings under the Church of England and Government Guidance regarding COVID-19.
From 4th July the government strongly advises that numbers are restricted to 30 for public health reasons. This maximum number includes all those at the ceremony, including the couple, witnesses, officiant and guests. It also includes any workers who are not employed by the church such as photographers. It does not include staff or volunteers employed by the church such as vergers or churchwardens.
Apart from the bride and groom, who join hands as an essential part of the marriage ceremony, a physical distance of 2 metres should be observed between individuals as far as is possible. Please note that the minister does not have to touch the rings at the Giving of Rings, nor does he or she have to touch the couple’s hands as part of a prayer or blessing.
Where rings are touched by anyone other than the bride and groom alone, hands should be washed or sanitized before and after. The rings should be handled by as few people as possible.
During the service, those participating should not project their voices to minimise risk of droplet spread. Hymns and singing are not advised as this may encourage droplet and aerosol spread. The organist may play for the ceremony.
If the bride is to be ‘walked down the aisle’ she should only be accompanied by a member of her household, while bridesmaids should be careful to observe physical distancing unless also from the same household.
All those signing the register should sanitize their hands before signing, complete all the signatures necessary for them and then sanitize them again. Apart from the bride and groom, all those signing should maintain physical distancing if practicable and, where available, individual pens for each signatory can be used.
Good public health hygiene should be observed throughout with hand sanitizers available at the door.
Large wedding receptions or parties should not take place after the marriage ceremony. Small celebrations should only take place if physical distancing and Public Health hygiene guidelines can be observed.
Given the on-going uncertainties about how COVID19 will progress during the coming months it would be prudent to remember that when booking weddings for later in 2020 or 2021 there may still be a possibility that their wedding may not be able to take place or that it may be subject to restrictions which are imposed at some future time.
For up to date information from the Church regarding Weddings please click here: C of E Advice on Weddings during COVID-19 or for the latest Governement information please clicke here: Government Guidance for Weddings & Civil Partnerships during COVID-19
Who can marry in church?
You're welcome to marry in the Church of England whatever your beliefs, whether or not you are christened and regardless of whether you go to church or not. It's your church, and we welcome you!
A complication will only arise if one of you has been married before, or, if one of you is a foreign national, but there may still be a way forward. Talk to a vicar.
It is your vicar's duty to marry you, but also their privilege. When you choose to marry in a church, you are the hosts and the church is your guest. If you invite us to be part of your wedding, we would be delighted to accept and make the service a special part of your day.
We're here for you
When you get married, you make a public declaration of life-long commitment to love each other faithfully and take on a whole new legal status as husband and wife.
It's a considerable commitment to make. Around 85% of married couples agree: marriage is the most serious decision of your life!
The Church of England believes in marriage for the wellbeing of individuals and society. If you've found 'the one', and you are committed to each other in every respect, there's so much more adventure ahead. We'd be thrilled to be part of that adventure too.
Special day, special place
We want to make your wedding personal and memorable for you. Churches are special places and there are some things about a church wedding that you just can't get anywhere else:
• A spiritual dimension to your marriage.
• Amazing vows (or promises).
• The outstanding beauty and history of church buildings.
• For some people, a church simply seems like the proper place to get married.
Thanks to a new law, you've now got more choice about which church to marry in. You can be involved in making lots of choices about your ceremony too.
To enquire about weddings, please contact our United Benefice Administrator at email@example.com. We are more than happy to chat to you and answer any questions you may have. We look forward to welcoming you, together with your family and friends to Feering and Kelvedon Parish Churches.
Find out everything you need to know about a wedding or blessing in the Church of England at www.yourchurchwedding.org.
Please remember our changed Sunday service patterns for January and February, with all services at 10.00 am. Here are the dates::
We are back to our usual pattern of weekly services at both churches from the first Sunday of March.
Please do continue to pray and work for a better New Year for all - and by means stay safe and well.
Monthly Night Prayer (Compline)
Every First Wednesday of the Month at 8.30 p.m.
Night Prayer is our short, quiet, reflective service on the first Wednesday of the month. An ideal way to finish your day, especially if you don’t feel you can come to church at the moment.
We are currently setting up a new Compline prayer and will post the link here once this has been done.
ST MARY'S TEDDY BEAR CLUB
Term Time Only - Every Wednesday at 9.30 a.m.
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