Dear friends, I write to you at a difficult and challenging time for our world, our country and our church. As many of you will now know, on the 17th March 2020 the Archbishops of Canterbury and York took the unprecedented step of suspending public worship in the Church of England. This means that for the foreseeable future there will be no public worship in our church buildings at Christ Church and St. Christopher’s.
However, the clergy (Tom and I), our reader (Barbra) and Tom (our ordinand on placement with us) will continue to say Morning Prayer on Monday, Tuesdays and Thursdays and share in a Eucharist together on Wednesdays – all at 9.30 a.m. We will follow our usual pattern of meeting at Christ Church on Mondays and Wednesdays and St. Christopher’s on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We will be praying especially for our Parish and all those affected by the Corona Virus throughout our community, our country and our world.
In addition, Christ Church will be open on Wednesday mornings from 9.30 a.m. to 12 noon and on Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for those wanting a quiet space for reflection and prayer.
We will continue to strive to be a church community who are called to show God’s love and compassion to those around us in whatever way we can. Although our worship life will be different I would encourage each one of you to pray in your homes, especially on Sunday mornings when you would normally be in church. Worship resources can be found on this website and Morning Prayer booklets are available to those who wish. If you would like a booklet delivering to your home please get in touch. We will be seeking to support those who need us in whatever way we can, practically and spiritually, and if you feel you need any kind of help please contact
Anne on 0161 445 4152 Tom on 0161 860 6003 Barbra on 0161 881 7713
If we are not in when you ring please do leave a message.
We have people on hand who are happy to help with practical matters, such as shopping, and if you would like to join our team of volunteers please let us know.
Finally, I would remind you of our Lord’s words, “Peace I leave with you, my own peace I give you, do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid”
May the peace of God be yours today and in the days ahead.
God Bless every one of you.
Your friend, Anne
A prayer from the Celtic tradition
Calm me, O Lord, as you calmed the storm
Still me, O Lord, keep me from harm
Let all the tumult within me cease
Enfold me Lord, in your peace.