Under the new COVID-19 restrictions, advice on how we are permitted to conduct funerals is changing frequently at the moment, so the advice on this page may change too.
Here at All Saints, we very much want to offer you any support we can through what will inevitably be a very difficult time. We will continue to make risk assessments for all our services, and it may be that we're not able to offer the funeral service that you would wish for your loved one. This is obviously disappointing for all concerned, but we have to be mindful of our safety (all our usual volunteers, including Rev'd Kate, are clinically vulnerable), and of course of yours too. We will want to offer all support we can, and we very much hope to be able to offer memorial services once the restrictions on our movements are lifted, but please be aware that we may not be able to offer the sort of church funeral you may hope for while we're still in the midst of the pandemic.
If you are unable to attend a funeral, there is an order of service (here) which very much mirrors the funeral order of service but which it is appropriate to pray in your own home. It can be led by a minister, including perhaps Rev'd Kate over the phone or on a video link, but it could also be led by someone in the family, there's nothing that requires a priest's leadership in it. We hope that you will not need it, but if you do, we hope it's helpful.
Please do though call Rev'd Kate, on 020 8952 4536 - she will want to know what's going on, and to pray with you over the phone, and also to make sure that we can offer you pastoral support in the weeks and months ahead.