This June 14th Newsletter gives the great news that from Monday June 15th, churches can be open for individual prayer. However, all public worship continues to be suspended until further notice.
St John with St Mark will be open each Wednesday, from 10 am to 11 am, and on Sundays between 10 am and 12 noon. We begin this Wednesday, June 17th.
Christ Church Walmersley will also be open at the same time each Sunday – and each Thursday from 10 am to 11 am, beginning this Thursday, June 18th.
Please be aware of the health and hygiene protocols and maintain social distancing at all times. We are hopeful that church services will be able to resume next month, subject to Government approval.
If you need to contact the Vicar, Dave Thompson: Phone 0161 797 7652 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer for the current pandemic:
Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy, in this time of uncertainty and distress. Sustain and support the anxious and fearful, and lift up all who are brought low; that we may rejoice in your comfort, knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The Vicar says Morning Prayer at 9.30 am and Evening Prayer at 5.00 pm on a daily basis. By also saying prayers at this time we are uniting together.
Please remember in your prayers:
The World – Co-operation across the nations as lock-down restrictions are eased.
This Country – Shops and businesses which will reopen tomorrow, and for their staff and customers.
This Benefice – People who organise online and home worship across the Benefice.
This Parish – Those whom we know who are continuing to self-isolate.
The Sick – Margaret Watson, Dorothy Howarth and Julie Cooper.
Notices and updates
The Parish Office: is back open, with the necessary social distancing! Enquiries about future baptisms or weddings, marriage banns or any other matter, should be made at St John with St Mark Church Hall, any Wednesday between 6.30 pm – 7.00 pm.
The Church is open: for private individual prayer from this week. Volunteers will be welcome to keep the Church open at these times. If you would like to be involved please contact the Vicar.
Giving: Please ensure you continue to contribute to our church funds at this time. Envelopes should be kept safe and given when able to do so. If you would like to consider donating by Standing Order, then our bank is: Barclays; Sort Code: 20-16-08; Account No: 20774774; Account name: St. John with St. Mark PCC. Please contact Ian or June Banks for more information.
250th Anniversary: We still intend putting together a display of memorabilia, even though it will be later than expected when people can see it. Please continue to have a look around for photographs and other items related to St John’s. We can arrange for this to be collected and brought to Church at a later date. David Robinson and Margaret Duckworth are co-ordinating this. In the meantime, please take a look at our history page.
The July 2020 edition of the Benefice magazine will be distributed at the end of this month. If you have any contributions please send them to the magazine inbox email@example.com during the course of this week or contact David Robinson on 07960 151 533 (after 7 pm). In the meantime, please enjoy this June 14th Newsletter and for the June edition of the magazine please follow this link.
TAKE CARE, STAY SAFE & GOD BLESS YOU