Parish of Swaledale with Arkengarthdale

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Arrangements for opening church buildings for services

Please check here regularly for updates

  • Posted On: 27 June 2020
The government announced this week that services can resume in church buildings after 5 July. At the time of sending this newsletter, we are still waiting for detailed guidance on this and the safety and cleaning requirements are likely to be quite extensive. More information will come round once we have full guidance and are clearer about what is practical and possible in our parish. A statement from the House of Bishops can be found here:...

Arrangements for Private Prayer in Church Buildings

-See below for dates, times and availability

  • Posted On: 18 June 2020
Arrangements for opening church buildings for private prayer We have taken careful account of the guidelines - about cleaning and sanitising, welcoming visitors carefully and having the buildings staffed while they are open, by people below the age of 70. This is not as simple as just unlocking the doors! The decision was taken to do the following for now – this will change as we see how things work and as the Covid situation changes: St. Mary’s, Muker and St....

Age UK - local help available

See documents below - befriending, shopping, food services

  • Posted On: 7 May 2020

Master List of help available in Swaledale and Arkengarthdale

Updated 26 May 2020

  • Posted On: 4 May 2020

Church Buildings are Closed and Services Suspended

This includes information about Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals

  • Posted On: 24 March 2020
In summary, these are the guidelines we must all now follow: 1. Our church buildings are closed for public worship and for private prayer. 2. Emergency baptisms can take place in hospital or at home, though subject to strict hygienic precautions and physical distancing as far as possible. 3. There can be no weddings in church buildings until further notice. 4. Funerals can only happen at the Crematorium or at the graveside. Only immediate family members can attend (if the crematorium...