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Oakworth Church

Coronavirus Measures in the Parish

Parish of Oakworth

Incorporating the churches of Christ Church Oakworth and St John’s Newsholme

Government and Diocesan Advice Updated 28th March 2020

In the rapidly changing situation regarding the current pandemic, what follows is the information and advice as we know it:

This will be updated and clarified on a regular basis as we are advised by Government and Diocesan sources.

Summary of the main things which affect our communities of Oakworth, Newsholme and Oldfield:

  • Public services of worship will cease.
  • Our church buildings can not remain open.
  • Baptisms and Confirmations must be postponed.
  • Weddings can not take place.
  • Funerals will not take place in church.
  • Banns avoided as they require the presence of a public congregation. A “common licence” could be applied for from the Diocesan Registry.

More specific Church organisation:

  • PCC meetings, the Annual Parochial Church Meeting, Deanery Synods etc. are suspended.
  • Bishop Nick is using his powers to extend the period of office of elected representatives until at least 31st October 2020.
  • Wednesday coffee morning and Eucharist to be suspended.
  • Home groups to be suspended.
  • Monthly Parish Prayers, Mothers’ Union and Living with Loss group to be suspended.