Church of England Diocese of Blackburn Silverdale

Open for worship

10 Jan 2021, 8:15 a.m.

WE’RE STILL OPEN for public worship on Sundays @ 10.30am and Thursdays @ 10:30am.

We take the safety of all who use our building seriously. We regularly review the risk
assessment that we have in place for opening the church building for public worship and
private prayer safely during the pandemic.

In previous lockdowns places of worship, including churches, have been required to close.
In this lockdown the decision to close or remain open has been left to local faith leaders.

The Standing Committee of the PCC met this week to review the situation and have made the
decision that St John’s will continue to offer a physical act of worship on Sunday and Thursday
mornings at 10:30am. However, we have made the difficult decision to not open the Church for private prayer.

We have updated the risk assessment in the following way
• increased distancing between pews
• using a one way system
• sanitising hands on the way in and the way out
• sitting where indicated
• leaving Church and the churchyard promptly

You may be aware that there has been an open letter from the Directors of Public Health in
Lancashire asking places of worship to close during the lockdown period. One of their main
concerns is people gathering before and after worship. That is why we ask you, as you arrive
and leave, to do so without interaction with others.

We hope that if we are able to do these things that we can continue to offer face to face
worship during the lockdown for those who feel confident about attending.

We realise too, that knowing that the Church is physically worshipping brings much comfort to many who are not able to attend in person or would not identify as part of the Church family.

The Standing Committee of the PCC will review the situation weekly.

Of course, services will continue to streamed on Youtube.