Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the activities and services of Espoo Parishes

Espoo Parishes endeavour to prevent the spread of the coronavirus as part of its activities and services. We comply with the restrictions and guidelines issues by the authorities and Bishops.

    Worship services and church ceremonies – loosening restrictions

    In accordance with the guideline issued by the Dioceses of Espoo and Porvoo on 24 May and 1 June 2021, church services in the churches of Espoo are once again open to parishioners. It is also now possible for larger groups of guests to attend funerals, weddings and baptisms held in the churches.

    Maximum number of persons permitted in church premises 

    According to the guideline of the Bishops, church sanctuaries and chapels can be divided into separate sectors for 10 persons each (if worship is held outdoors, sectors are for 50 persons each).

    The parish shall ensure that the people in the different sectors do not come into contact with one another when entering or leaving the premise or during Communion. At the same time, the size of each sector shall be large enough to ensure that the people within the sector can maintain a safe distance of two metres from one another. The maximum number of persons permitted in each individual church sanctuary or chapel shall be determined based on these guidelines. 

    The maximum number of persons in the churches and chapels can be found here.
     

    Worship services (1 June –)

    Worship services will be open to parishioners in all Espoo parishes with consideration for the permitted maximum number of persons. For more information, see our event calendar (in Finnish).

     

    Baptisms and weddings (1 June –)

    Baptisms and weddings can be held in the churches and chapels with consideration for the maximum number of persons permitted and following all safety precautions. We use masks, observe safe distancing, ensure good hand hygiene and only participate when healthy.

    Coffee fellowship in connection with baptisms and home baptisms are considered private events and, therefore, are subject to the restrictions and recommendations concerning private events.
    For this reason, we offer the use of parish premises for events hosting a maximum of 10 persons. If you have the need to host a larger group, for example, due to the size of your family, this matter can be discussed with your parish vicar. 
    The maximum number of attendees permitted to be present at indoor home baptisms is 10, in addition to the pastor. The maximum number of attendees for outdoor baptisms is 50 in each separate sector,

      Funerals and burials (1 June –)

      Funerals can be held in the churches and chapels with consideration for the maximum number of persons permitted and following all safety precautions. We use masks, observe safe distancing, ensure good hand hygiene and only participate when healthy.

      Memorial services are considered private events and, therefore, are subject to the restrictions and recommendations concerning private events. For this reason, we offer the use of parish premises for events hosting a maximum of 10 persons. If you have the need to host a larger group, for example, due to the size of your family, this matter can be discussed with your parish vicar. 

      Interment of ashes and outdoor funeral services can be attended by a maximum of 50 persons in each separate sector.

      Viewings of the deceased within the premises of the Espoo parishes remains temporarily suspended.

       

      Other parish activities

      Always check the current situation from the event calendar (in Finnish).

      Some of the planned summer music events will be streamed live over the internet. 

      Church services

      The Regional Central Register, Service Centre and parish offices of the Espoo Parishes provide their services online. Contact information can be found on the ‘Info ja asiointi’ page (in Finnish).

      Help and support

      You can turn to a pastor or diaconal worker when you feel the need. The phone numbers of the parish pastors can be found on our Counselling page. The on-call pastor can be reached every day from 9 am–9 pm.

      You can contact the diaconal worker in your parish by either calling them directly or leaving a request for contact through our website. For information and appointment scheduling (in Finnish), go to Appointments with diaconal workers.

      You can also discuss your matter with our support staff through the online TukiChatti service. TukiChatti is open weekdays from 3–6 pm. The chat dialogue opens on the website by pressing the Avaa chat prompt that appears on the right side of the screen whenever the service is available and, on your phone, by clicking on the speech bubble.

      Counselling Service Line of the Church +358 400 22 11 80

      (4.6.2021)