UPDATED 20th March 2020
This is the latest update about our Church’s response to the Corona Virus
In the light of the latest government and church advice, we are putting in place the following steps:
- LATEST ADVICE – We are constantly monitoring government and church advice, so this following guidance may change, but we will notify you if that is the case.
- NO PUBLIC CHURCH SERVICES– We have been advised to stop meeting together for worship in our usual large numbers, until further notice.
- MAIN SERVICES WILL BE ONLINE – From this Sunday we are hoping to live-stream services on the internet, and make them available for download. These will be available on our Facebook page (@StMarysCheadle) and the Website (www.cheadle.org.uk)
- SPECIAL SERVICES HAVE SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS– Funerals and weddings will go ahead, but we will work with families to encourage fewer guests, and put into place appropriate social distancing provision during the services
- HOME VISITS AND COMMUNIONS LIMITED AVAILABILITY – We will continue to give appropriate pastoral support at home on request, having regard to the risks to the vulnerable, and restrictions on hospitals and care homes. Please ring the church office and we will talk through options on a case by case basis.
- SPACE FOR PRAYER IN CHURCH & ONLINE– We are hoping to publish times that the church building will be open during the day for people to use for prayer, while keeping appropriate social distance. We hope also to set up some on-line prayer meetings that people can opt in to and interact with. Keep in touch for details.
- NO OTHER MEETINGS – There will be no other meetings of groups – youth, school or social until further notice. However we are exploring alternative ways of keeping group social connections, so keep in touch and watch this update.
- UPPER ROOM CAFE – The Cafe has now had to close, following the government advice. We are hoping to maintain a safe space in church, with the advised social distancing arrangements in place, within the church building itself. Times will be posted online in due course.
- KEEP IN TOUCH – If you are self-isolating, either because of possible exposure or to avoid that possibility, could you please let us know. In addition, if you are alone or with limited family support, and may need practical help (shopping, prescriptions, etc), please let us know, and we will do our best to support you.
We trust that homegroups will make arrangements between themselves to look out for each other – why not set up you own WhatsApp group to keep in touch?
We can also support others in the community you may have contact with, and it is an opportunity to support and serve others, following Christ’s example. A suggestion from the #viralkindness initiative is to use the following card, drop it through their door so they can contact you if they need to:
- SHARE HOPE – All round us there are people confused and afraid, not only for their health, but also for their family, their jobs, their finances and their future.
Our faith in the sovereignty and love of God is the foundation of the greatest need for our community at the moment – to have hope! Let me encourage you to share some of that in the way you take the initiative to help and serve others, to support those feeling their isolation and help others get back on their feet.
Psalm 91 is both an encouragement and a comfort:
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.
Keep in touch with this page for the latest updates.
Yours in Christ
Rev Dr Rob Munro
Rector of Cheadle
Office: 0161 428 8050
Home: 0161 428 3440