Church is open - Worship during Covid-19 - November Update

Remembrance, our Memorial Service, Private Prayer, and more...

Hello everyone, Lots of changes to our lives again, and so various changes to our activities together as church families… Grab a cuppa, make yourself comfortable and read on..


With our church buildings being closed again for gathered worship, we’ve had re-adjust our plans.

We’ve created a pre-recorded Service of Remembrance, which will be available from Sunday morning, on both our (Hub and church) Facebook pages: , and also on our brand new, very own, YouTube channel:

You can watch around 11am on Sunday morning – the silence is about 12 mins in, so start watching about 10.45am, and the 2 minutes silence will be at 11am.

Or of course you can watch at any time which works for you.


We are preparing a Memorial Service, for all those who have lost loved ones this year. This will be available from Sunday 22nd November at 3pm.

During the service we will read out the names of those we have lost.

We’re asking permission of families with whom we’ve been in contact this year, whether for a funeral or ashes burial, to read out their loved one’s name.

If you would like a name added to those we will read out, please do let us know.

The service will be available on Facebook and YouTube – on the links given above.


In line with government regulations, we will open our churches for Private Prayer during these 2nd Lockdown weeks.

Our PCC / church council have agreed on Saturdays, 11am to noon. Dates and venues are:

Sat 7th Nov: St David’s

Sat 14th Nov: St Stephen’s

Sat 21st and 28th Nov: St Elizabeth’s or St John’s (to be confirmed)

All of these opening times are dependent on sufficient stewards being available.

There is no need to book in for these sessions, just turn up.

Please wear a face covering, and be sure to keep 6ft or more, at all times, between you and those not in your household.


Our online worship, on Zoom, continues every Sunday at 10.30am.

Contact us for details if you wish to join us on Zoom or

Our Zoom morning worship is recorded and posted on Hub Facebook page:


We are invited to join with others across the country in praying each day at 6pm during these weeks of lockdown.

Liverpool Diocese is gathering on Zoom for 15 minutes.

You can also watch the livestream from Liverpool Cathedral:

The CofE continues to offer online worship at 9am on Sundays:


On Church Wigan’s page, you’ll find Church Wigan live, 6.30pm every Sunday – or watch on Catch Up -

On the same page you can join Morning Prayer 9am daily except Sunday, and Evening Prayer 9pm daily.

We continue to provide Daily Reflections – which you can read or listen at any time -


Meanwhile our plans for worshipping together/apart during Advent and Christmas.

We hope to provide each household in each of our church communities with resources for doing this.

Watch this space!

This comes with our love and prayers for you and yours at this difficult time.

If you have particular prayer requests or know of anyone in need, please do let us know, and we will do what we can to help.



Rev. Frances Shoesmith

North East Hub Leader & Team Vicar, Church Wigan , Diocese of Liverpool