Parish Music Guidance: Ministers and organists

Part I (of 2) of our analysis of new CofE legal opinion on organists and parish music

On 4 April 2017, new and updated legal advice on a number of issues was added to the Church of England’s Document Library. In view of its relevance at the time vis-à-vis the forthcoming wedding of Pippa Middleton, we first reviewed that relating to Celebrity Marriages shortly followed by a post on Royal Marriages, prompted by media speculation relating to Prince Harry. The document relating to organists, entitled Parish Music: organists and choirmasters and church musicians, (*the Opinion”) is discussed below with regard to the music and the clergy. A further post will consider the employment law issues considered in this context. Continue reading

Celebrity Marriages (and others)

New church guidance of relevance to all CofE weddings

In February this year, the General Synod Legal Advisory Commission issued new advice on a number of issues including that of “celebrity marriages” (“the Advice”). This particular document will be of assistance to not only the clergy responsible for the conduct of such events, but for those involved in their arrangement and those wishing to attend. Furthermore, since “celebrity” affords such individuals few additional concessions in the conduct of a church service, much of the advice is applicable to all weddings. Continue reading

Legislative Business – General Synod

Much of the business of yesterday’s General Synod concerned legislative issues, and Church of England Press Release is reproduced below. This forms a useful aide memoire on the current status of the many legislative developments in progress at the present time. The Press Release relating to the Revd Stephen Trott’s PMM on the preliminaries to marriage was posted yesterday. Continue reading

Legal advice from the Church of England: PCCs, highways and post offices

Legal Opinions from the Church of England

On 24 October 2016, legal opinions on three quite disparate areas were made available in the CofE’s Document Library. These Opinions were produced by the General Synod Legal Advisory Commission and relate to the operation of Parochial Church Councils, public rights of way over land forming part of a churchyard and using churches for secular purposes. Continue reading