Church of England Diocese of Blackburn Ashton-on-Ribble, St. Michael and All Angels with Preston St. Mark

Advice for those planning baptisms, weddings and funerals during the current health emergency.

This page contains the most up-to-date information we have, as of 12th January, 2021  It may be subject to change. 

The Church calls those services which are part of its ministry but are not regular acts of worship the Occasional Offices.  These services form a vital part of the church's life and its wider role in the community; we look forward to welcoming people who may not be regular members of our church family.

The continuing issues surrounding  the Covid 19 pandemic has effected how these services can be undertaken.  Our church is run by volunteers, many of whom are in vulnerable groups.  We offer the very best ministry we can, but we are not a commercial operation.   While we always do the very best we can, we hope you will work with us to achieve the very best we can for you.

Baptisms.  

For general information please read our Baptism page.

PLEASE NOTE: We are awaiting the latest Government advice regarding Baptisms so details below may change.

Baptisms will take place at 11.15 a.m. on a Sunday morning, allowing time for the necessary preparation and cleaning after the 10.00 parish service.  Until further notice we can only hold one baptism per week because of the need for our volunteers to clean between services.

You must provide an accurate list of attendees for the NHS track and trace system or check in using the NHS QR app.

You will receive more detailed information when your baptism is booked.

Weddings.

For general information please read our Wedding page.

It is still necessary for Banns to be called so if either of a couple have another 'home' parish you must check that the parish church is open and able to call the banns.  You are able to apply for a Common License which must be sworn and presented before the wedding.  More details are available by contacting the vicar via email [email protected]

The number of people who may be present is restricted to15.  This is the maximum number allowed. Please don't ask for exceptions as a refusal may offend. If there are more people the service will not take place.

You must provide an accurate list of attendees for the NHS track and trace system or check in using the NHS QR app.

Funerals.

For general information please read our funerals, memorials and services of thanksgiving page.

We are acutely conscious of how difficult the current situation is for families who have lost loved ones. 

Funeral services may be held at St. Michael's on Monday - Thursday only after which the church is closed for the 48 hours before Sunday worship to ensure it is Covid secure.

If the family is then planning to go onto the crematorium the rules of that place will need to be followed.  You can read the latest information for Preston Crematorium here: 

https://www.preston.gov.uk/article/2351/Funeral-services-at-our-cemetery-and-crematoria-and-COVID-19

The number of people who may be present is restricted to 30.  Alongside the member of clergy, organist, verger and Funeral Director and staff, the government has stated that only the following may attend:

• members of the person’s household

• close family members

 or if the above are unable to attend, close friends.

Realistically, you ought to plan for no more 22 mourners.

Please note this number is further reduced to 15 (plus two to video the service) for mourners at the crematorium, currently. (correct at 23rd September 2020)

Please make sure you have given an accurate list of mourners to the funeral director for the NHS track and trace system or check in using the NHS QR app.