More information on the Coronavirus Changes

All information correct as at 12 at 17.00pm

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Worship

Churches should:

- suspend public worship until further notice
- be open where possible but with no public worship services taking place. Social distancing and hand washing must be observed.
- share prayers; said by clergy and ministers on behalf of everyone, circulate prayers digitally.
- complete a Parish Continuity Plan to ensure, as far as possible, their continued mission and ministry.

Find the guidance in full, as well as FAQs, useful resources here: https://www.manchester.anglican.org/coronavirus/

WE WILL BE STREAMING LIVE OUR EUCHARIST AT 10.45AM EACH SUNDAY. JOIN US ON FACEBOOK - ST ELISABETH'S CHURCH

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Baptisms

Unfortunately we are unable to go ahead with Baptisms at this time.

We will be in touch with those who already have a Baptism booked.

We do not, at present, know when we can start Baptisms again yet.

It is advised that meetings between candidates or parents/guardians/carers and clergy are held by telephone, Skype etc. rather than face-to-face. If meetings can only be held in person, social distancing guidance will be followed.

Numbers of those attending the baptism must be kept to a minimum – the candidate, their parents/guardians/carers, godparents and the minister and no others.

This should also be communicated to anyone in the wider circle of friends, family or colleagues in advance who may wish to attend. Sadly, those over the age of 70 and those with an underlying health condition are strongly discouraged from attending any in the present circumstances.

If candidates or parents/guardians/carers wish to postpone the baptism in light of the restrictions in numbers, this is something that will be supported, and help given to find a suitable date in the future.

MORE GUIDANCE WILL FOLLOW WHEN WE RECEIVE IT.

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Funerals

There will still be funerals, but the rules on gatherings and social distancing need to be applied here as everywhere. Due regard must also be given to protecting elderly and vulnerable groups.

MORE DETAILED GUIDANCE WILL FOLLOW ON THIS.

MEMORIALS

We are able to offer a Memorable service to a loved one, at a later date, if family members and friends are unable to attend a funeral due to self-isolation

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Weddings

While wedding services may continue, numbers attending the ceremony in church will need to be strictly curtailed to the legal minimum, which is the priest, bride, groom and two witnesses.

Where family relatives or friends are unable to attend given the restrictions on numbering, churches will be happy to explore ways to allow others to join the service, either through platforms such as Skype, or recording the service to send at a later date to anyone unable to attend.

Where no audio link can be achieved, an order of service could be sent either by email or post.

Apart from the bride and groom, the physical distance should be observed as far as possible.

The priest does not have to touch the rings to bless them, nor does he or she have to touch the couple’s hands as part of a prayer or blessing, so it is possible for the service to proceed as normal.

No additional church personnel will attend the service, for example organists, vergers or sound system operator etc.

If a couple wishes to cancel their wedding, then any fees or deposit paid to the church will be refunded in full, and if the couple wishes to postpone, the church will work with them to find a suitable future date wherever possible.

Where it has not been possible for marriage banns to be read because of restrictions to public services, a Common Licence or Special Licence may be appropriate. The priest will be able to help you to ensure you have what is necessary.

For those going ahead with their wedding, it could be possible to have a blessing at a future date with more friends and family in attendance. Prayers can also be said during the service for any who are unable to attend.

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Community Activities

As of today 17th March 2020, the following groups are suspended untill further notice.

  • Playgroup

  • Knit and Natter

  • After school Mini Messy Church

  • A Place of Welcome

  • Wednesday Eucharist and Open house

  • SMILE group

  • Messy Church on the first Sunday of each month

  • Yoga

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JOIN US ON FACEBOOK

Morning prayer will be said daily, except Saturdays, on Facebook at 8.45am. This lasts about 20 minutes. If you would like to join in with us, please use the DAILY PRAYER APP.

similarly evening prayer will be said on those days at 6.00pm.

On Sunday morning we are steaming a Eucharist. This starts at 10.30am.

CHURCH IS OPEN

Church is open Monday to Thursday mornings 9.30am to 11.00am. Please come in and light a candle, or just to stop and think/ pray, in these difficult times.

All we ask is that you use the sanitiser as you enter and that you sit at least 2 metres apart from others (NHS guidelines).

 

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