Update 24th June – The Coronavirus and marriage in the Church of England – Guidance to clergy

The full text of the new guidance is below.

 

The Coronavirus and marriage in the Church of England – Guidance to clergy

 

The Government has announced that churches can now be opened for marriages from the 4th July, subject to physical distancing and limited to 30 people being present.

There are a number of issues relating to the opening up of churches which are not wholly straightforward, each church will need to assess how it is going to do this, making arrangements as to cleaning and how to address situations where parish clergy are continuing to ‘shield’ etc.

The Registry is monitoring the situation, and the advice being issued by the Government, the national church and diocesan guidance/directions and more detailed guidance will be issued supplementing the previous advice on this website, when things are clearer.

In the meantime, couples wishing to arrange a marriage should contact their parish priest or the minister of the church concerned in the first instance.

 

Diocesan Registry

1 The Sanctuary

Westminster

London

24th June 2020

 

Additional Matters Order – COVID

In accordance with section 78 of the Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction and Care of Churches Measure 2018 (“the Measure”) and Rule 3.4 of the Faculty Jurisdiction Rules 2015 (“the Rules”), the Chancellor, having sought the advice of the Diocesan Advisory Committee and the Archdeacon of Huntingdon and Wisbech and the Archdeacon of Cambridge makes the following Additional Matters Order in respect of temporary changes to the layout of the church building or the installation of equipment which may need to be made in order to reopen the church to the public in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

You may read the text of the Order here.

New Faculty Rules

New Faculty Rules come into effect on the 1st April 2020. Guidance will be published to DACs, Registrars, Archdeacons and Chancellors in January. We will be issuing some guidance early in the New Year on the changes and how these will affect those involved in faculties, especially in the parishes.