Parish News in Brief …

Dear friends, I hope this finds you well.

As you may have already heard, the MHCLG have released guidance that places of worship will be permitted to open for private prayer from Saturday 13 June but must observe strict social distancing rules.

They have also provided a definition, additional guidance on precautionary measures and restrictions. Do visit their website  to see the full article. 

In recognising the challenge this may pose, Newham council have taken a number of initiatives to provide as much help as possible so that places of worship can make an informed decision to open or delay. We continue to advocate that you should only open if you are able to fully conform to the health and safety obligations including conducting a thorough risk assessment outlined in the MHCLG guidance.

Following the webinar hosted by our Public Health colleagues on Friday 12 June, we will be sharing the recording with you very shortly. We are looking to condense the size of the video so it does not clog in-boxes and can be shared easily.

In the meantime, please find the following attached for your convenience:

1. Information on bereavement support and services

2. Information on mental health and wellbeing

2.1 Mind provides a Newham Bereavement Service and can be contacted at 020 7510 1081. More info please click here

2.2 Newham Talking Therapies provides over the phone counselling/talking therapies and can be contacted at: 0208 475 8080. More info available at Newham Talking Therapies

3. Risk assessment templates (generic and faith specific which has been shared with us as good practice – we will share others as we receive them)

4. A comprehensive Places of Worship Guidance in draft stage – this requires your feedback by end of working day on Monday 15 June.

You could kindly reply to Elizabeth Owen (Public Health Strategist)

We trust that you find the information useful and helps you to plan responsibly. For any other queries you are welcome to get in touch and we endeavour to provide a prompt response.

Note: the next Faith Sector Conference will be hosted by Cllr. Canon Ann Easter on Tuesday 16 June at 4.30. We hope to hear your experiences of reopening. A reminder will go out on Monday.

Wishing you all a pleasant and safe weekend.


Shah Muhmud

Community Engagement Coordinator
Resident Engagement and Participation

Directorate | People, Policy and Performance

London Borough of Newham

Newham Dockside | 1000 Dockside Road | London E16 2QU