Reopening of the church building
On Monday 1st March, faith leaders across Lancashire received a letter from the Directors of Public Health for Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool, and Lancashire advising that collective worship and congregational prayer could resume from Monday 8th March, providing Covid safe practices are maintained.
We will therefore be reopening our church for public worship on Sunday 14th March (Mothering Sunday) and from then we will have weekly services on a Sunday morning in our church building.
There will be two services on this date. At 8.30 am there will be a Mothering Sunday Parish Mass. There will be a Mothering Sunday Family Service at 10.30 am which is a more informal child-friendly service to give thanks to those who offer us love, nurture, and support.
We look forward to welcoming you back to our church building. If you can not or do not feel ready to attend in person, the services will also be streamed on the St Matthew’s Church YouTube channel (see details below). Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you need a chat or have any specific prayer requests.
A polite reminder about attending church: Covid-19 cases and transmission rates across Lancashire have reduced greatly during this period of lockdown but we must continue to be careful. Everyone who attends church will be asked to wear a face covering, sanitise their hands on entry and exit, and maintain 2 meters distance between themselves and anyone who is not in their household or bubble. Track and trace is in place at the entrance into church. It’s particularly important to resist the temptation to socialise outside before and after services. Anyone with Covid-19 symptoms and anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has Covid should not attend church.
The foodbank continues to operate as an essential service to the community on Saturday mornings, between 9-11 am. Food donations can be dropped off and food collections will still be available. Please wear a mask if coming to the foodbank.
Regular videos, prayer and updates are being posted in our Facebook group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/stmatthewsburnley/
Videos of services, prayers and updates are also being upload to our YouTube channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbWe4A5swcv0u7e9F41r8fQ