National lockdown 3 and the closure of Great Budworth Church (and Arley Chapel)
Unlike the first and second national lockdowns, during which churches and other places of
worship had to close for public worship, this third lockdown has allowed choice, with an
exemption for communal worship, funerals and weddings (the last under exceptional
After consultation however with all members of the Ministry Team and the Standing
Committee of the PCC, and following the Plough Service on Sunday 10 th , which was attended
by only a very few parishioners (and a couple of local visitors) we have decided to close the
church for public worship for the time being, in line with many other churches locally and
nationally. In making this very difficult decision, we have been very conscious of the anxiety
and concern of many regular parishioners, and the worsening situation in the North West
with regard to Covid-19 infections. We know this will be a disappointment to some but we
are very conscious of our responsibilities in terms of public health and adherence to the
government’s guidelines and advice. Please however be assured that online services will
continue, on a weekly basis from now on, as will the distribution electronically of the
Sunday Sheet. And we will of course be reviewing this situation after the next government
announcements in mid-February. The church will however remain open for private prayer
on Sundays only, from 11am to 4pm, for local visitors.
We have also made the decision to suspend communal worship at St Mary’s Chapel, Arley
Hall for the time being. This will also be reviewed in February.
Please be assured of our continuing thoughts and prayers for you all at this very worrying
and stressful time. If you’d like to speak to any of us please do not hesitate to contact us.
The Revd Alec Brown and the Ministry Team.
12 th January, 2021.