New advice for this Sunday’s Remembrance Service
There has been some new guidance I saw today regarding the new lockdown and our Remembrance Sunday service. I have copied the advice below;
Can we hold Remembrance Sunday services?
Yes, services in public outdoor spaces such as churchyards or around war memorials are possible providing these can be staged in a safe and legal way, including undertaking a risk assessment. Please see the Government’s guidance for Local Authorities on Remembrance Sunday for more details. Limited communal singing, involving the national anthem and one additional song, is permitted.
Please be aware there are likely to be many people unable to attend these services physically who would like participate or be offered the chance to remember at home, so additional resources online and in paper format are encouraged.
Communal worship in churches is not permitted at this time but the minister can incorporate Remembrance Sunday into their broadcast services from church buildings.
This means that this Sunday I will be broadcasting from inside the church building a service of remembrance from 10am via our Twitch.tv channel, which is viewable from our church website. There will also be a short act of remembrance for those who are able to join me around 11am at the war memorial in the churchyard. This will be socially distanced and only involve a laying of a wreath and two minutes silence bookended with the Last Post and Reveille. There will also be an opportunity on Remembrance Day at 11am to again be part of a socially distanced and quiet act of remembrance in the churchyard.
I hope this helps and as always, please stay safe.