Public Worship and Singing in Church

Church Commissioners – in the House of Commons on 22nd July 2021.

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Photo of Caroline Ansell Caroline Ansell Conservative, Eastbourne

What guidance the Church of England is providing on (a) singing in church and (b) public worship following the move to step 4 of the covid-19 road map on 19 July 2021.

Photo of Andrew Selous Andrew Selous The Second Church Estates Commissioner

The Church has published fresh guidance to help clergy and parochial church councils in their decision making, recognising that the circumstances in each parish may differ for space, age and demographic reasons.

Photo of Caroline Ansell Caroline Ansell Conservative, Eastbourne

It has been nearly a year since people in churches could lift their voices in song, and this Sunday there will be joy. But for some church leaders, some concern seems to remain, despite the very well established and known physical and mental benefits associated with singing. Does my hon. Friend agree that those benefits should be very much in the hearts and minds of decision makers as they look at how to progress this summer?

Photo of Andrew Selous Andrew Selous The Second Church Estates Commissioner

Just like my hon. Friend, I am very much looking forward to being able to sing in church again—and if it stopped raining or being a heatwave, we could even worship outside. Clergy will want to do what is right in their own churches and cathedrals, recognising that we are many members within one body and are called to be responsible to and for one another.