Following the Prime Ministers announcement on Saturday, we learnt late yesterday evening that from 5th November places of worship must close for the duration of the restrictions.
We expect Bishop Alan to issue further advice on Monday, but it is our present understanding that public worship at this church will cease from 5th November for four weeks.
During this time, funerals will be permitted and churches can open for individual prayer. With the help of volunteers, arrangements for opening the church for private prayer will be looked into and details will follow shortly. Unfortunately, weddings will not be permitted.
For the duration, Sunday worship will move online with a choice of regular webcasts from All Saints or St Albans Abbey.
For updates and information please regularly check the website as we move through the next few weeks.
5. Weddings, civil partnerships, religious services and funerals
Funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people, and it is advised that only close friends and family attend. Linked ceremonial events such as stone settings and ash scatterings can also continue with up to 15 people in attendance. Anyone working is not included. Social distancing should be maintained between people who do not live together or share a support bubble.
Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies will not be permitted to take place except in exceptional circumstances.
Places of Worship will be closed, unless they are being used for:
To broadcast acts of worship
Formal childcare or where part of a school
Essential voluntary and public services, such as blood donation or food banks
Other exempted activities such as some support groups
Revd Tim Warr
1st November 2020