Church of England Diocese of Manchester St. Elizabeth, Horwich

St Elizabeth's Church, Horwich

A vibrant church serving God and the community.

Covid-19 Info

Reopening of St Elizabeth’s Church for Services

Dear Friends,

We are delighted to be able to welcome people back to St Elizabeth’s Church for services from Sunday 26th July.

There will be two services of Morning Worship,  from Sunday 6th September there will be one at  8.45am and the second at 10am. Each is expected to last for no more than 30 minutes. Please see notes below  under 'Guidelines for attending church services'.

While some of you have been able to participate in our times of private prayer over the past few weeks, for others this may be the first time you are planning to return to the building. We realise that not everyone is intending to return at this stage, and please be assured of our continued prayers as we recognise this is a difficult decision for some people to make.

Church will look different, and probably will do for some time, as we have had to implement the guidelines to ensure our building is Covid-secure. Please be reassured that we have been diligent in ensuring our buildings are as safe as possible and that we have been carefully following both government and Church of England guidelines. A full risk assessment has been completed.

Guidelines for attending church services:

If anyone wishes to attend a Sunday service at St Elizabeth’s, please could they ring Julie Rose on 01204 692265 between Monday & Friday each week and tell her whether they would like to attend the 9 am or 10 am service. We can only take 18 people at each service and it will have to be on a first come, first served, basis. If anyone books a place but then cannot come for any reason, please ring and cancel, to allow someone else to take the seat!

Please do not attend if you have any symptoms of Covid-19, and if you begin to experience symptoms during a service, please inform a church warden or other member of staff immediately.

It is now a requirement for those attending to wear face coverings. This is in keeping with the rules for shops from 25th July, and will help reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

Children are welcome, but unfortunately, we are unable to offer any specific provision for them at the moment. We do ask that they remain seated with their family throughout the service. If you have small children it may be appropriate to bring a quiet toy or book for their personal use.

We will be asking for your name and contact details so that a record of your attendance can be kept. This is solely for the purpose of contact tracing, in the event of someone attending who subsequently tests positive for Covid-19. Your details will be kept for 21 days and then securely disposed of.

We ask for you to use the hand-sanitiser on arrival and to keep social distancing, especially around the entrance and exits.

Attendees should avoid touching surfaces apart from where they are sitting.

The current government guidelines prevent us from singing, as singing potentially increases the risk of spreading Covid-19.

If you are tested positive within 7 days of being in the building, please notify us immediately.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

Safe Guarding

We are committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Manchester’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.

Get in touch

Rev Michael Behrend

Our weekly Team Newsletter for this period of Covid-19

11 Sep 2020, 8:30 p.m.
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