News by email Donate


Top Stories

Most Read

Popular Videos

UK News

Just 5 people allowed at church weddings (including bride and groom) during coronavirus outbreak

by Marcus Jones

The Church of England has issued new guidance on weddings, stating ceremonies can go ahead but should be limited to the legal minimum of five people.

The priest and two witnesses should all observe a social distance from the couple while traditions such at the priest touching the rings or the couple's hands as part of the blessing are no longer required.

As public worship services are currently suspended, the readings of the banns of marriage in the weeks before the wedding at local parishes are no longer necessary but couples need to apply for a different license.

Couples are being encouraged to livestream the ceremonies online but have the option to postpone.

New guidance has also been given on baptisms.

Again, the ceremony should be limited to a minister, parents and godparents.

The priest is not allowed to hold the baby or administer water by hand.

The Church says families may wish to postpone but in cases where a child is in danger, there is an obligation to carry out the baptism.

The Bishop of Manchester, Dr David Walker, said: "Couples and parents, friends and families will have been planning for months, even years for their special moment, whether a wedding or a christening.
"Now, it can go ahead - but with only the minimum required in attendance. You may need to cancel or postpone.

"Whatever decision is made, God's love and blessing will still surround all those who would have been there that day.

"Prayers will still be offered and there will be a special day to look forward to in the future.

"We encourage those who would have been there to hold couples and families in their prayers, and pray that everyone will know God's love is holding them at this time."

Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

A Monthly Gift Of $11 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the USA is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of $11 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Support Us

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.

News by email