Hayton Parish Church

Photographs by Chester Foster


Welcome to this site for the Church of St Mary Magdalene, Hayton.




I expect most are aware that as of now (15th March 2020) all public worship in our parish churches is suspended until further notice because of the coronavirus situation.


Weddings and funerals can still take place, but only with a limit on numbers in the congregation to ensure social distancing rules are not breached. Weddings can be held with as few as five present – the couple, the witnesses and the priest. Advice on christenings and the reading of banns is yet to be given.

For funerals I will quote the instructions we have been given:


Although this will be very difficult for everyone, numbers of those attending the funeral will have to be kept to a minimum – we advise immediate family only. Sadly, those over the age of 70 and those with an underlying health condition are strongly discouraged from attending in the present circumstances.

Any changes to the normal service will be explained by the officiant to the family. 

Where family relatives or friends are unable to attend a funeral service, clergy can still take a funeral at the graveside or crematorium, even if those present are limited to clergy and funeral directors.

Consider whether a memorial service could be held at some point in the future, which is an opportunity for more people to come together once Government guidance permits.

No additional people should be expected to attend the service, such as an organist, verger, sound system operator etc.

Everyone attending the service must adhere to Government guidance on social distancing. Please follow the directions of the officiant and funeral director if you are attending a service.

While naturally those present may wish to shake hands or hug, all present should refrain from doing so in light of guidance on physical distancing.

As for our buildings, those churches such as Hayton which are open daily we would like to keep open if at all possible, so they can be used as places for private prayer.


There are various options for getting worship and prayer resources out to people by the internet. Good place to look for links to live-streamed services and other devotional resources are the Church of England website and the Carlisle Diocese website. I and my colleagues will be considering what we might be able to offer locally via email, social media etc I would anticipate news bulletins, prayer needs and prayers, and spiritual food for thought will all be on the agenda.


Please look after yourselves and each other, and hold this situation in your prayers. For our parishes and networks and families there may be hard times ahead. It is also an opportunity for the renewal of our faith and our service. 


'Nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord'.


Take care and God bless,




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