Church of England Diocese of Manchester St. James, Thornham

These events occur regularly throughout the calendar year.

Sunday

Eucharist

Every Sunday at 9 a.m. for 1hr

Thornham Lane
Thornham
Rochdale

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Due the Coronavirus pandemic our Sunday service which starts every Sunday at 9.00am. The congregation are not permitted to sing hymns but there will be hymns played on CD. The church is Covid-19 secure and you can see a copy of our risk assessment. Places are limited to ensure social distancing.

All are welcome to attend, subject to the Covid-19 guidelines which are in the attached notes. We have space for individual worshippers as well as families. Due the Covid-19 restrictions we are not able to offer tea or coffee after the service and our toilets are closed. There is currently no Sunday School, mother and toddler or crèche facilities.

Returning to Worship
Although we are beginning to return to public worship in church, this is not a return to normal. So that you can make an informed decision as to whether or not now is the right time for you to return and, so you know what to expect, please take time to read the following details carefully. We intend to start public worship on Sunday 9th August at 9.00am.

Who can attend?
• You MUST NOT attend if you have any symptoms of coronavirus or are having to isolate.
• You SHOULD NOT attend if you are in the ‘extremely vulnerable’ category.
• While those at extra risk and the ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ should be advised of the risks of attending public worship, a decision to do so is theirs alone.

Physical Distancing
• We will be strictly observing 2 metre physical distancing at all times unless totally impossible. This limits the number able to attend church to 18 households/bubbles. This means that a pew will be reserved for an individual worshipper or up to a family/bubble of 6. There will be a booking system in place.
• To maintain the 2-metre social distancing some pews have been roped off with red ribbon and cannot be used. Pews that can be used are marked with green ribbon. A steward will be available to assist you in finding a suitable pew.
• Those attending a place of worship should not socialise with people they do not live with.
• We will be having one service a week at present, on Sundays at 9.00am but this will be reviewed after 2 weeks depending on the numbers to see if a midweek service is needed.
• In view of the complex arrangement needed to have communion and availability of clergy, it may not be possible to have eucharist every week.

• Hygiene Measures
• Hand Sanitisers are available and must be used on entry and exit. There will also be hand sanitiser available at the front of church which can be used prior to accepting the host or blessing.
• In line with current government policy, face masks must be used in church unless you are in an exempt group. (See Government guidelines for details.

Test and Trace
• Although not compulsory, you will be asked to provide a name and contact number per household/bubble in case it becomes necessary to track and trace. A copy of the privacy notice regarding this will be available.
• The Service
• It will be a simple, said service with no singing, no servers, no processions, no flowers, and no physical sharing of the Peace. The toilets will be closed.
• We will not be passing the collection plate round but it will be available at the back of church for you to leave a donation.
• We will be using a paper service sheet along with the lectionary sheet and pew sheet on the reverse. Please take these home with you, so we do not have to dispose of them in church.
• Holy Communion will be available in one kind as previously happened although the Presider will take bread and wine personally. They will sanitise their hands and wear a mask.
• Each family/bubble will come up to accept the host or blessing and return to their pew before the next ones come up. This is to maintain social distancing. There will be sanitiser available at the front of church for use immediately before accepting the host.
• The Presider will drop the wafer into communicant’s hand. Should they inadvertently touch, then both will have to re-sanitise their hands.
• At the end of the service please remain in your pew until directed to leave. You must exit by the side door straightway using the hand sanitiser. There will be no refreshments in the hall. Any interaction with others should take place outside, be physically distanced and kept to a minimum.

Children and Young People
• Attendance is not currently being recorded or counting towards school admissions.
• There is no Sunday School, creche or Parent and Toddler area.
• Children must remain with their parent(s)/guardian in their seating area. We recognise this will be hard for some children. Under normal circumstances we are happy for the children to move around but it is not safe at the moment.

Reserving a Pew
• To reserve a pew, please contact Roy Evans churchwarden by phone, number 07413 985731, email, [email protected] or via our Facebook or WhatsApp pages. Booking will open on the Monday for the service next Sunday, i.e. Monday 3rd August for Sunday 9th August. When the churchwarden is away there will be a nominated deputy. As I am on holiday, please contact assistant warden Linda Fearn who will take the booking. Her contact number is 07860 618680 or email her on [email protected]

Alternatives to public worship
• Should you decide that returning to public worship is not for you at this time and we totally accept and understand this, then we recommend you join in with the many online services that will continue to take place. Details can be found on our Facebook page or the Church of England website.

Questions of Further Information
• If need any further information please contact Roy Evans churchwarden by phone, number 07413 985731, email, [email protected] or via our Facebook or WhatsApp pages.

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Wednesday

Said Eucharist

Every Wednesday at 10 a.m. for 40m

Thornham Lane
Thornham
Rochdale

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This is a lovely Eucharist service lasting about half an hour with the opportunity for quiet reflection. Please see our Sunday Service page for details of the procedures to be observed. We would love to see you.

Common Worship
Wednesday

Parent and Toddler Group

Every Wednesday at 9:15 a.m. for 2hr

Thornham Lane
Thornham
Rochdale

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An informal gathering of parents and pre-school age children. School term time only

Saturday

Coffee Morning

Every Second Saturday at 10 a.m. for 1hr 30m

Thornham Lane
Thornham
Rochdale

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the coffee morning includes bring and buy and raffle and an opportunity to get together

Sunday

All-Age Sung Eucharist every second Sunday in the month starting at 9.00am

Every Second Sunday at 9 a.m. for 1hr

Thornham Lane
Thornham
Rochdale

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The service is designed to be accessible to children and adults, so there is no Sunday School. There is, however, a creche for pre-school age children, which meets in the vestry after the service begins.

Refreshments are served after the service in the church hall.

The Church has an all ages choir which rehearses following the service at 10.30am.

Family Friendly Common Worship Creche
Thursday

Luncheon club

Every Thursday at noon for 2hr

Thornham Lane
Thornham
Rochdale

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A lunchtime meal open to everyone in the community and elsewhere. A chance to meet together and share food and fellowship