Church of England Diocese of Manchester St. Matthew, Stretford

Re-opening for public worship

28 Jul 2021, 3:15 p.m.
News_about_our_building Notices

Dear Friends

We are delighted that step 4 of the Roadmap out of Lockdown means we are be able to welcome you back for worship on Sundays. This will start on Sunday 1st August for our 8am BCP Communion service (held in the sanctuary around the High Altar) and our 10am Parish Eucharist (using the Nave Altar) in St Matthew’s Church.

We have completed the statutory Risk Assessment (available on our website as well as pinned up in the Church porch) to ensure the Church building is as safe and as welcoming for worship as possible.

Do not come if you are unwell or have any symptoms of the virus.

As you come into church please use the hand sanitiser provided and your name will be taken before you are shown to a seat by one of the sidespersons. Masks are to be worn throughout the service, unless you are medically exempt.

We have worked hard to make sure St Matthew’s is as safe as possible for everyone, therefore social distancing will still be in place by using every other pew. We ask that you remain mindful of others as you move around the building.

A few other points to note:

Hymn books and service booklets will be in your pews. Please leave them there at the end of the service. Weekly pew sheets will be available to collect as you walk in.

Please sit in the centre of your pew, not right on the edge by the aisle.

A churchwarden will indicate to you when to move forward to receive communion at one of the two stations in front of the nave altar. Communion will be in one kind only (the bread). Please move away before removing your mask to eat the bread, and use hand sanitiser before replacing your mask and returning to your seat, following the one direction movement around the building.

Those who find mobility difficult will have communion brought to them in their pew.

There will be no collection taken during the service. Please place monies/envelopes in the donation boxes when entering the church.

We ask that if you would like to light a candle at the votive candle stand you do so at the start or at the end of the service; not directly after receiving communion.

We will not be sharing the peace physically. Please remain in your pew to wave or ‘sign’ the peace to those around you.

There will be no tea/coffee after the service for the time being (but we hope we can do this later in the year). Please be mindful of those around you as you make your way out of the church, where you may chat to others outside.

Children are welcome to attend, (there is no J-club) but need to bring their own toys/entertainment.

Children must be supervised by their parent/guardian at all times and stay in their pew except for coming up for communion (or a blessing).

Toilets are available in the Choir Vestry.

With all good wishes and continued prayers