Although this will be very difficult for everyone, numbers of those attending the funeral will have to be kept to a minimum – we advise immediate family only.
This should also be communicated to anyone in the wider circle of friends, family or colleagues in advance. Sadly, those over the age of 70 and those with an underlying health condition are strongly discouraged from attending in the present circumstances.
Any changes to the normal service will be explained by the officiant to the family.
Where family relatives or friends are unable to attend a funeral service, clergy can still take a funeral at the graveside or crematorium, even if those present are limited to clergy and funeral directors.
Consider whether a memorial service could be held at some point in the future, which is an opportunity for more people to come together once Government guidance permits.
Those who are self-isolating may be offered the opportunity to join the service via a system such as Skype or another audio link. Failing this, a recording could be made which can be sent to anyone unable to attend after the service.
Where no audio link can be achieved, officiants may be able to provide an order of service, either by email or post.
No additional people should be expected to attend the service, such as an organist, verger, sound system operator etc.
Everyone attending the service must adhere to Government guidance on social distancing. Please follow the directions of the officiant and funeral director if you are attending a service.
While naturally those present may wish to shake hands or hug, all present should refrain from doing so in light of guidance on physical distancing.
In keeping with the recommendations to limit social gatherings, there should not be a wake or other gathering after the funeral, although it may possible to hold a gathering at a later date
If you are organising the funeral of a loved one, we are acutely aware of what a difficult time this will be. We will do our best to explain any changes or delays which may be an inevitable consequence of the current restrictions – for example, to the burial of ashes – but we are here to support you and to ensure a Christian funeral and burial can still be provided.
Following the Prime ministers Speech weddings in the next few weeks are now cancelled. Weddings after that may be able to go ahead but the situation is unclear
If you wish to rearrange your day, we will do everything we can to help you do so. The following advice is provided for those planning weddings, either who wish to go ahead, or to find an alternative date in the future.
This advice will be updated as soon as we have more information
No Public worship services or other meetings will take place at St Peter's church during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
But St Peter's is however not closing down We are producing weekly video services in English and BSL from the Parish of St Peter Rawdon together with Leeds Diocesan Deaf Churches.
This is a rather different format but our first service has proved popular not only in our parish & local community but has been viewed by Deaf Christians across our Diocese and indeed across the country. They are hosted on my new You Tube channel - Rev Mark Smith at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC58Dhkrtr-LEYwtQDNvl-Ng/
(I'll give it a sensible name once I hit the qualifying number of subscribers)
You can watch the first video for Mothers Day at https://youtu.be/HzfqRPw6zu4
Next week we will have 2 videos
1) A short service containing a Reflection the Painting "The raising of Lazarus" by Sebastiano del Piombo on the lectionary readings for Sunday (voice commentary with in vision sign language interpreter in the onscreen box as we zoom in on parts of the painting) to bring out the spiritual significance of the weeks Gospel reading. (the Gospel reading is also being signed to the camera by a deaf man from Halifax) which will be edited in alongside a reading of the scripture in St Peter's Church