Message from the Vicar – 25th March 2020
Our situation has now changed and we are no longer allowed to open the church. But that does not mean we stop being church. I will light a candle in the front window of my house each evening at 7pm and use it to aid me to pray for our loved ones, our community, ourselves and especially for those who are sick and those who are working hard to keep things going, those who work in the health service, those who work in retail and in the service industries. Please do the same in your house. I will also try as far as possible to put a daily prayer on line and try to broadcast short services on Sundays from my home, forgive me of they are not very good, I am not a ‘techie’ but will do my best.
Doing our best in the current situation is all that we can do and
I will try to post some prayers over the next few days which you might like to use and invite you to post prayers to share with others.
We will also try to give practical support to those who need it and are compiling a list of those who can help. If you can offer help please contact myself or Yvonne Kerridge so we can put you on the helpers list and if you need help please call us and we will try to help or at least point you in the right direction.
Below is a copy of the notice now on the church doors which shows the phone numbers of some of the church team. Also below is a link to the Church of England website which has numerous pages of spiritual guidance.
The Church continues to be alive and active, but our buildings must close.
We are seeing a huge increase in the number of people falling sick with COVID-19. We must distance ourselves from one another and prevent the spread of infection in order to save lives.
Therefore, as well as public worship being suspended, this and all church buildings in the Church of England are now closed.
Our worship of God and our care for each other continue but cannot be done in this building.
Our website contains details of how to join others online for prayer, worship, study, and community life.
The vicar/churchwardens of this church can be
contacted in an emergency by telephoning
The vicar 0161 973 1042 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Churchwardens Yvonne 0161 283 1065
Harry 0161 9694399
Licensed Lay ministers
Michael 0161 969 2795
Yvonne 0161 962 4066
Karen 0161 283 8309
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength . . . Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”
To protect the vulnerable amongst us, please do not leave your home except for essential trips.
Link to the Church of England website
The items below are, for the present not in operation, but will be restarted when the crisis is deemed to be over :-
From 9:30am the church will be open to all for viewing and prayers for about 1 hour, giving time to meet the vicar to discuss services also such as weddings, funerals and baptisms. Then from 10:30 the church hall will be providing Charity Tea and Coffee Mornings.
From Sept 19th after the 10:00am service the Vicar will be in Church until 12 noon for anyone wanting a chat over a cuppa or to have some quiet time.