Communal Worship in St Luke’s church suspended – updated 8th Jan 2021

After careful consideration, we have reluctantly decided to suspend all services of communal worship in St Luke’s church, Holmes Chapel until further notice but our regular worship through Zoom will continue.  

This step follows the announcement on 4th Jan. by the Prime Minister of National lockdown: Stay at Home conditions throughout England following the rapid rise of coronavirus cases.  These conditions require everyone to stay at home whenever possible and only go out for essential purposes.  All clinically vulnerable people (such as the over 70s as well as those with underlying health conditions) are advised to be especially careful including, for the clinically extremely vulnerable, the need to shield themselves – see Government guidance.  

However, individuals can still enter St Luke’s church for individual private prayer but only under very carefully controlled conditions – see Government guidance for use of places of worship.  

In summary:

All communal worship services in St Luke’s church, Holmes Chapel are now suspended until further notice.

St Luke’s church will be opened from about 9am until midday on Wednesday and Sunday mornings for individual private prayer. 

No more than 3 people are permitted in the church at any one time. 

Anyone entering the church for any purpose must observe the necessary wearing of a face covering, hand sanitisation, 2-metre social distancing and compliance with track-and-trace recording.  

Our regular Sunday 10.30am morning service using Zoom* continues for parishioners with internet access.  Similarly, our short Zoom*services of Morning Prayer on Monday – Wednesday mornings are starting again after a short break at 9am on Monday 4th Jan 2021. 

*Zoom ID 856 031 5150 password 902272 

If you are local to Holmes Chapel and have difficulty joining any of our Zoom sessions, please let us know by email including your phone number to: secy@stlukesholmeschapel.uk