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.

Maximum number of persons permitted in church premises 

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

Worship services (–27 September)

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 (–27 September)

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.

 

Funerals and burials (–27 September)

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.

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.

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

(7.9.2021)