Rivington Parish Church
Our Mission is to be a Caring Christ-Centred Church loving and serving the people of Rivington and the surrounding community.
Reopening of Rivington Church for Services
We are delighted to be able to welcome people back to Rivington Church for services from Sunday 26th July.
From September 6th the service will be held at 10.45am and will last for no more than 30 minutes. Please read the notes below.
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 planning 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. Full risk assessments have been completed.
Currently we have a maximum capacity to accommodate up to 15 family groups of up to 4 people. We strongly suggest that you let us know in advance if you are planning to attend; please contact David Hawkins on 07710563678 as he is co-ordinating this.
Guidelines for attending in-church services:
On arrival you will be welcomed at the entrance. Please be aware we have a one-way system for entering the building in operation.
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 will always ask for you to hand-sanitise on arrival and to keep social distancing, especially around the entrance and exits.
Some pews are blocked to ensure social distancing between different households.
Attendees should avoid touching surfaces apart from where they are sitting
You will be asked to fill up the seating from the front to back (unless someone needs to sit near exits for health reasons)
The service will be conducted using the video screens to avoid the need to handle service sheets and hymn books.
The current government guidelines prevent us from singing as singing potentially increases the risk of spreading Covid-19.
The collection plate will not be passed around church, a dish will be out to receive donation envelopes.
It is now a requirement for those attending to wear face coverings. This is in keeping with the rules for shops and will help reduce the risk of spreading the virus.
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.
If you are tested positive within 7 days of being in the building, please notify us immediately.
At the end of the service we will be exiting the building from the back to the front, and we ask that you leave the building as quickly as possible, maintaining social distancing.
We are aware that all these things will make coming to church feel very different. Some people whom you would normally see won’t necessarily be there, for a variety of reasons. So, if you feel you could volunteer to help us on a Sunday, even just on a short-term basis, please do get in touch.
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)
Team Clergy & Peter Holden & Dawn Cunningham (Churchwardens)
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.