Government guidance is as below. Please contact Rev John, the minister, by clicking here
“From 21 June, there will no longer be a maximum number of attendees set out in law for funerals or commemorative events. Instead, the number of attendees will be determined by how many people the venue or outdoor space can safely accommodate with social distancing measures in place. This will be based on the COVID-19 risk assessment of the venue or outdoor space, and the measures put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19.” In Bishop Auckland Methodist Church the maximum number is 72, see our risk assessment. See more detail in the COVID-19: guidance for managing a funeral during the coronavirus pandemic.”
A funeral is always a sad time, and at Bishop Auckland Methodist Church we aim to support you through those first few days as you say goodbye to your loved one.
If at this time of social distancing you aren’t able to attend the funeral service for a loved one you might like to use this pdf of a reflection for when I can’t get to a funeral. Click on the image below
Working together with local Funeral Directors, the church is available for a service and also for catering afterwards, should that be desired.
The minister will be in contact with you as requested by the Funeral Director.
The church seats 180 people on the ground floor with room for an additional 70 in the pews of the gallery. For larger gatherings a further 50 chairs can be brought in on the ground floor giving a capacity of 300 within the church itself. The service can also be relayed into lounge and meeting rooms should an even larger gathering be expected.
At Bishop Auckland Methodist Church we have PowerPoint and Audio-Visual capacity which allows for a photograph of the deceased to be displayed, hymn words to be projected or, if desired and when appropriate, a photo-loop illustrating your loved one’s life, or a short video with music to aid memory or reflection.