Worship during the coronavirus infection

Update: 18 July 2020
During the current health risks of spreading the Coronavirus (Covid-19), public worship is suspended with the exception of funerals and the church building locked.  The Government has stated that legally churches can open from Monday 15 June for private prayer.  As a result, the parish churches in Eccleston and Charnock Ricahrd will be open during the morning on four weekdays between the two churches.    Funerals can take place in church, although singing is not yet permijtted and we are making preparations to welcome back wedding couples when the time is right.  Please read Fr Andrew's letter below giving more details about the ongoing discussion about making the church ready for welcoming people back.
This does not mean that the church is retreating from the community.  Quite the opposite: we are exploring new ways to bring church in to your life, whether you are fully self isolating or refusing your contact with others.  As a United Benefice of the parishes of Eccleston, St Mary the Virgin and Charnock Richard, Christ Church, we will continue to pray for you daily and will provide an online eucharist each Wednesday and Sunday in line with our regular service patterns.  Both parish churches have been closed from Tueday 24 March in line with the government's restrictions on leaving home; however, from Sunday 12 July there will be a  parish eucharist at Charnock Richard Christ Church at 09:00 and from Sunday 19 July at Eccleston, St Mary the Virgin for those who feel able to come to church.  There will be social distancing measures in place, sanitizing of hands before entering church and distribution in one kind (the host or consecrated bread) with infection reduction measures in place.  If you are not ready to join us in church at the moment, please tune in to the Facebook page or parish website to watch the streamed service at 11:30 each Wednesday and 10:15 each Sunday/  We also have a dial-a-sermon number, 01257 447380 which gives you access to the Sunday reflection and is changed each week.
Most importantly, if you are concerned and anxious please contact Father Andrew on 01257 452777 or by email at rector@ecclestonstmaryschurch.org so he can discuss the most appropriate support for you.  We have received offers from parishioners to undertake shopping for those unable to get out and in need.  Please contact us if you require this help.
The following resources are here for your use.

A Message from the Diocese

Letters from your clergy

Online worship wherever you are during the Coronavirus crisis

Funerals at a graveside in a period of isolation

Pray with us

Weekly Pewsheets

 

You will appreciate that during this period when people are unable to gather in church each week the parish income is likely to be severely affected.  We still have to pay the parish share and, therefore, if your usual practice is to contibute through weekly plate or envelope collections there are alternative ways that you can give.  For Eccleston these are shown on the Regular Giving page of the website.  You may like to donate through the lighting up the tower scheme by clicking the image.  You can also post your weekly envelopes through Father Andrew's or a church warden's door; by making a donation directly using this link or by making a contactless payment using a card or phone at the mobile device in church.  Thank you to exisiting standing order givers and to all those offering financial support during this difficult period

 

 

 

At Charnock Richard your weekly envelopes and / or donations can be left in the wall safe in Church or through the door of the Churchwardens.  If you wish to pay directly into our Church bank account please contact Margaret Stewart who will give you the details.  If you are a tax payer, please consider gift-aiding your giving.  Your support in this matter is greatly appreciated.