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.
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.
From 12th July we will be holding our first act of public worship since lockdown started in March. We are excited to be able to do this, but we are taking things slow and steady for the time being. We will alternate services between the three churches of our benefice, St. Mark’s, St. Luke’s and St. Michael’s, with a service of Holy Communion being held at 9:00am. For further details as to which church will be holding the service each week, please refer to our most current issue of our weekly newsletter above. This service will be limited in numbers and we are encouraging members who are able to access online worship to continue to do so so that members of our congregations who have been unable to access the internet can meet and worship.
For the time being we will still gather on Sundays on Zoom and you are more than welcome to join us!
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.
Eventually, as social distancing measures are eased and numbers can be increased, we will move to having more services, including midweek commmunion. Again, please refer to our most recent newsletter for full details.
If you would like a time of private prayer and reflection, St. Mark’s, St. Luke’s and St. Michael’s are open at the following times:
St. Mark’s: Monday and Thursdays, 10—11am
St. Michael’s: Tuesdays and Fridays, 2—3pm
St. Luke’s: Sundays, 2—3pm
Sadly, the Cornoavirus has greatly impacted upon weddings, funerals and baptisms.
From 4 July, baptisms can go ahead providing appropriate steps are taken to minimise risk.
Please refer to this document for more details
Funerals may be carried out in churches, however there are specific guidelines in place.
From 4 July, the Government has allowed for weddings in places of worship, providing certain public health criteria are met including an advised maximum number of 30 people in attendance.
Please see this document for guidance on weddings.
Please also see the government’s guidance for safely conducting wedding ceremonies.
For the time being we are asking that couples who wish to be married this year obtain a common license as reading of Banns is very difficult under the current circumstances.
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.