Coronavirus

COVID-19 INFO AND RESOURCES

In the midst the COVID-19 outbreak, we at St. Mark’s and St. Luke’s want to do what we can to support our church family and our community. Please know that we are praying for our parishes, our country and our world during this difficult time and we hope that you will join us.

Below you will find some information and resources that will hopefully do just that.

Weekly Newsletter

We want to try and keep everyone ‘in the loop’ as much as possible regarding what’s going on here at St. Mark’s, St. Luke’s and even at our sister church St. Michael’s, Oulton so instead of our usual weekly broadsheet, we will have a weekly newsletter from our Team Rector, Rev. Helen Jary.  Click the link below to read the first edition.

Worship

On 17th March, 2020 the Archbiships of Canturbury and York suspended public worship.  With immediate effect all church services, groups, activities and homegroups have been put on hold.  We are soon hoping that we can offer liturgy for download for people to be able to worship within their homes.  In the meantime, the Church of England have provided Coronavirus (COVID-19) liturgy and prayer resources for all to access and use.

At this time, although public worship has been suspended, you are more than welcome to join us for our Sunday 10:30am gathering via Zoom!

You will need to install relevant app for either iPhone or Android device or visit Zoom to install their client for PC. You will then need to set up a free account with them. The meeting ID is: 588 877 574

For those who do not have access via the internet, you can join us via phone! Dial 0203 481 5240 then enter the meeting ID followed by the # key.

Life Events

Sadly, the Cornoavirus has greatly impacted upon weddings, funerals and baptisms.

Baptisms

The Church of England has said that only emergency baptisms may be performed using very strict hygeine practices and social distancing.

Funerals

Funerals may be carried out however there are specific guidelines in place.  Please be aware that as the outbreak spreads, these guidelines may change as well.  The Church of England website will have the most recent guidelines posted clearly.

Weddings

Sadly weddings cannot presently take place in church buildings. Also, currently laws do not allow for marriages to take place via video conferencing.

For couples who were to be married this year, please contact us to discuss postponment and possible future dates.

Again, please refer to the Church of England’s website for the most up to date information regarding life events during the COVID-19 outbreak. We will always do our best to fall in line with the current guidelines provided by the Church of England and the government.