COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 Pandemic

Whilst Government guidance has been revised to allow certain activities to take place in church buildings, it is still vital that the necessary hygiene and social distancing precautions are kept in place in order to protect the NHS and save lives.

The Government has announced that places of worship may now (should they feel able to do so) re-open for private prayer. As from 4 July, Services, including Weddings and Funerals, may start again in England. The Government has restricted the numbers in attendence to be 30 for Weddings, Funerals & Baptisms. 

We, in the Guild, want to ask you all to look after yourselves, and your congregations. Follow the advice given to you from the NHS and from the Church and dioceses websites, please remember to keep checking for any updated information.

Future Safety

As churches begin to look towards being able to open again, we must all look at how we will safeguard all people who come into our buildings.

Charles Farris has released some COVID-19 safety products (please note that others may be available elsewhere) and these may be viewed here.

They have also produced some flyers that can be downloaded and viewed separatley

Special Emergency Measure

Our Legal Advisor has drawn up the attached document that has been approved by the Executive Committee, to give extensions to all the posts that were up for election this year. The Regional Representatives, and the Deputy Regional Representatives having already been elected will not be considered for extension under paragraph 3 of the Special Emergency Measure.  

To view the Special Emergency Measure please follow this link.

Need To Stream Your Services?

In these unprecedented times, churches have been asking CCLI for a licence to stream worship services. They have been working hard to find a solution.

Their new Church Streaming Licence, combined with the Limited Online Music Licence (LOML) from PRS for Music, permits you to legally webcast your services, including the worship music.

Further information can be obtained from the CCLI website. You can contact them via this link.

Guild Events

The following events of the Guild have been postponed or cancelled:

  • March 30 – Meeting of Standing Committee
  • March 30 – Meeting of Central Council/Executive Committee
  • May 4/5 – Ebor Province Festival (Carlisle Cathedral)
  • August 9 – Executive Council
  • August 10-13 – Annual Training Conference & Retreat
  • September 16 – Cantuar Province Festival (Bury St Edmunds)