It is with great sadness that the Clergy and the P.C.C have had to make the very difficult decision to temporarily postpone all Church services.
We were hoping to still continue with weekly Sunday Mass in Church. However we feel that with the rapid spread of the new variant, the current national lockdown, and prospect of the vaccination roll-out, that we currently need to exercise caution for now and not meet in person. This will hopefully help to keep our Church, congregation and clergy as safe as possible.
This will be reviewed on 9th February 2021, when a decision will be made about whether it is possible to recommence worship. The restart of services will be based upon whether the lockdown is having a positive impact on reducing the rates of infection so that we feel it is safe to welcome everyone back into Church (with the appropriate social distancing measures, face masks, hand sanitising, and track and trace registration in place).
We are very regretful about having to make this decision but feel it is the responsible thing to do in order to protect our community.
Although there will not be a service in the church building, every Sunday Rev Kat will lead the Service of the Word which will begin at 10.30 am. Please see the St Matthew’s Facebook page or weekly email for the Zoom code. It will also be streamed on the St Matthew’s Church YouTube channel.
Please note, the foodbank will still continue to operate to serve our local 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
Emails containing updates, ideas and resources for praying at home and other useful information are being sent out regularly. If you would like to receive these please sign up here - http://eepurl.com/gWAAFn (If you know someone who is not able to access this information online and might like a printed copy, please let us know so we can add them to our weekly delivery.)
Every second Sunday at 7pm there is a live quiz on our Facebook page. This is being hosted in collaboration with St Stephen's Church, Burnley.
During school holidays, there are children's activity packs which are available. Please let us know if your children/grandchildren would like to receive one of these!
If you or someone you know needs help or would just like to chat please don’t hesitate to contact Fr. Alex on 07814 052919 or 01282 411860, or Rev. Kat on 07397 775388 or 01282 786628. You can also get in touch with us by email [email protected]
Thank-you for your understanding. Please pray for our Church, community, friends and family at these difficult times. Do not hesitate to get in touch if you need chat or have any specific prayer requests.