Church of England Diocese of Manchester Astley Bridge

Church building closed for the rest of February - except for funerals.

15 Jan 2021, midnight

There's good news in that the pace of COVID-19 infections is slowing down. The pace of getting people vaccinated against the virus is also good news. However, the new variants of the virus are giving cause for concern and caution. So we are still in a very challenging time. It's still important that we do what we can to contain the virus and look after everyone's well-being.

With that in mind, our Church Council has decided to keep St. Paul's Church closed for everything except funerals for the rest of February. I'm hoping and expecting to have the church open again, at least for Sunday services, in time for Easter. That means reopening sometime during March. Exactly when in March will depend on advice that we expect to get from the Government and Church of England during the next week or so. Our Church Council will meet to review the situation towards the end of February. I'll be able to let you know more once it has done so.

Our worship is still being provided online in the form of our “Worship at Home” services. That can be reached through our "A Church Near You" page here and also through links on St. Paul's Facebook page at We’ve also established a range of other activities online and news of these is posted on the Facebook page and sent out by email. I’d encourage you to join in with these and to carry on worshipping and praying at home and wherever else you may be.

Now and in the weeks to come :

May the LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face towards you and give you peace.

Rev. Julian Hartley - Vicar