Lavant Churches and Coronavirus - our response
On 17th March 2020, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York said it was now necessary to put public services on hold until further notice. On 24th March 2020, following the Prime Minsters announcement the previous evening, the Archbishops further instructed that the church buildings must remain locked and not be available for private prayer.
No weddings can take place until further notice.
Funerals can only be at the graveside and should be for immediate family only. Crematoria funerals can continue, but only immediate family members can attend (if the crematorium allows). We are advised that immediate family means: spouse or partner, parents and children. All must keep their distance in the prescribed way.
Baptisms will not be undertaken with the exception of baptism in extremis.
These are unprecedented times and our priority must be to have regard to the sanctity of life.
Church is changing...the ministry and the service of the church will continue, but we must now do so in different ways. Our priority will be prayer and service to those in our community.