Under Canons B11 and B14, the law requires:
- That Holy Communion is to be celebrated in every parish church on Sundays and Principal Festivals and on Ash Wednesday and Maundy Thursday. The Bishop may, for reasonable cause, make exceptions to this, for example, in multi-parish benefices, where a benefice-wide pattern is appropriate
- That Morning and Evening Prayer are read in each parish each Sunday unless the Bishop, after consultation with the PCC, gives dispensation for this requirement
- That a sermon is preached in every parish church each Sunday except for reasonable cause, approved by the Bishop of the Diocese.
The Bishop expects these requirements to be met.