Public Worship Suspended Until Further Notice

We are entering difficult and uncertain times and not too sure how long this turmoil will last.
The Archbishops have taken the serious decision to suspend all public worship which means, for the time being, there are no services across Manchester Diocese.

This is particularly sad given we are approaching Easter, but while it is right to not gather to worship, we must not lose contact with God – we can pray, we can know his presence, we can read our Bible and we can enjoy our treasured hymns and songs, whether singing them quietly to ourselves or listening to them in whatever way.

  • Please pray for all who are affected, and for all who are worried.
  • Please pray for our health workers and care-workers and also for those who have to make the big decisions.
  • Please pray for neighbours and parishioners and those we see in Church as we keep our sense of unity despite the lack of gathering.

Let’s see what we can do to help others; it may feel very little but a positive word, a phone call to check how someone is, the offer of help, the practical doing of a task – all that can make a difference for good, especially when the news seems bleak.

Lent is traditionally a time of testing – but also of discovering the love and reality of God.

May we continue to know God’s peace
in these difficult and strange times;

May we have hope in God despite the uncertainty,
a hope which is real, not escapist;

May we know his presence with us,
even if it feels more of a wilderness we are in.

God’s people were in wildernesses and exiles before and that is where they had some of their deepest encounters with God.

But let us also hold on to our Easter Faith,
that God is the God of Life and Resurrection.

Please pass on this information to friends who don’t have access to the internet. 

May God keep you in his warm and comforting embrace.

Faith, Hope, Love.  Same Message.  Different World.

Please look out for each other at this difficult time.

Take care and continue to pray.

We have also cancelled these events in our Parish:

  • Saturday, 28 March – SPRING FAIR in Walmsley Parish Community Hall  
  • Thursday 2 April – Walmsley Mothers’ Union Meeting;
  • Friday 3 April – ‘Penny Farthing’ Luncheon Club;
  • Saturday 4 April – St Andrew’s  Coffee Morning;
  • Saturday 18 April – Turton Youth Church

If you need to make contact with a church representative, please e-mail Church Warden: Dawn Hitchen or telephone 304142.

Thank you.