We are pleased to announce that we are now open again for public worship, having started with a celebration of the Eucharist on Sunday, 5th July, at our normal time of 10am. We are now also running Thursday evening Eucharists at 7.30pm from Thursday 23rd July.
We begin our re-opening cautiously, with a shorter service than normal, using recorded music and with a set of measures to make our service as safe as possible for all who come. A copy of our (updated) detailed plan and risk asssessment is on our website (below this message).
For those who do not wish to join us in person at the moment, we are preparing music recordings which will be available to listen to from the website each week, or you will also be able to watch a stream of the service which will be linked to from the relevant webpage.
There is a copy of the service leaflet on our website and also a second leaflet with guidance (below) as to what you can do to minimise risk for you and for others who attend. Please take a moment to read the guidance before you come. Both leaflets will be available in church, but if you wish you can download them onto a smartphone or tablet and bring them with you.
We have set a maximum number of people we can accommodate with physical distancing of 70. We don’t expect to hit this in these first few weeks, but if we do then we may have to turn people away. We may increase this limit with experience.
I hope and pray that we will find our way through this uncertain time of re-opening together, adjusting at different times but as one worshipping community.
Revd. Richard Young
We are also currently open for private prayer. We don’t have to do this, but it offers us an opportunity to refill the church with prayer ‘topping up the walls’ as someone put it.
For those of you who can get to church and who live nearby and are looking for a moment of peace, the church is currently open at the following times in addition to the service times of Sunday 10-11am and Thursday 7.30-8pm:
Monday: 7.00 – 7.30pm
Tuesday: 12 noon – 12.30pm
If you wish to come into church, please use the main front door which will be open and supervised. You should not need to touch anything – doors or other surfaces. Please sit at a distance from anyone else who is in church – the chairs have been set out to help us to do this.
Handwashing facilities are available.
You will be able to light a candle.
We are not envisaging huge crowds, so entry and exit via the same door should be safe. Please exercise common sense and judgement as to your own health. You may wish to wear a face covering.
Please do not go into any other area of the church other than the main worship area.
From our hearts to God’s ears…
We are still endeavouring to support our congregation in the best ways we can in the light of the suspension of public worship by the Church of England. In particular, you can find materials for each service that would have happened if the church was not closed under the "Service Leaflets" menu tab.
For further resources, please look under Prayer and Contemplation.
During this time of self-isolation and distancing you may also find the below document helpful:
USUAL SERVICE TIMES
Sunday: 10.00 Sung Eucharist
Monday: 19.30 Said Eucharist
Thursday: 19.30 Said Eucharist
Friday: 08.30 Morning Prayer
Church Office: 0161 224 0535
Rector’s email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you need to contact us regarding the reading of banns, for funerals, for the use of the church or for other information please contact us by phone or email as shown above and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Safeguarding details can be found here.
LOCAL & USEFUL LINKS