Church of England Diocese of Manchester St. Stephen, Astley

St Stephen

Our church buildings are emerging from Lockdown

We have been preparing to resume public worship in our church buildings but with restrictions in place which will mean that the experience of being in church will ‘feel’ very different.

Our priority must be continuing with efforts to keep everyone safe.

In line with Government and Diocesan guidance the number attending public worship in each church will be limited [based on each building’s capacity to observe 2 metre social distancing] and will not exceed 30. Refer to the Notice Sheet for service dates, times and how to book a place.

As we seek to ensure that our churches are COVID-19 secure please note the following :

• services will start at 10am

• services will be quieter [singing is not permitted]

• services will be seated [to minimise movement] and

• although they will be Holy Communion services only the host will be administered to the congregation

• service sheets will be provided but bibles will not be available in church – you may bring your own for your personal use

• hand sanitiser will be available as you enter and leave the building – please use it

• one way systems will be in place to avoid groups congregating together

• you will be guided to your seat [marked with a tick] – seating will have been marked in line with social distancing so please cooperate with Churchwardens

• children are welcome but parents/carers must take responsibility for not allowing them to roam around church: we cannot currently offer groups for children but this is subject to review and changes will be introduced following consultation with group leaders

• refreshments will not be available following the service

• over 70’s and those in vulnerable groups must take responsibility for their decision to attend services

• Please do not come to church if you or a member of your family is exhibiting signs and symptoms of COVID-19

From 8 August 2020 face coverings will be required by law to be worn in a greater number of public indoor settings. This includes places of worship. Worshippers should wear face coverings consistent with the requirements for any other public space: remembering that they are mainly intended to protect other people, not the wearer, from coronavirus COVID-19 and that they are not a replacement for physical distancing and regular hand washing [a full statement from the CofE can be found at: ]

Yours in Christ

Rev Martin B Cox,

Team Rector & Area Dean

Please contact us:

Team Rector: Rev Martin B Cox 01942 883313 [email protected]

Team Administrator: Susan Mallon 07873 149627 [email protected]

See: for further information and copy of the full Risk Assessment

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength . . . Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”

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Revd. Martin Cox (Team Rector)

St. Stephen's Vicarage 7 Holbeck Astley M29 7DU

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