St James Church Covid-19 Information

Last updated Saturday 1st August

Church Services

The PCC have agreed to trial two services on 23rd and 30th August. A planning group is meeting to finalise details and these will be updated here when available, but church will be very different when we meet. There won't be singing, physical greetings, or fellowship after the service. Seating will be socially distanced in family groups, there will be very little movement during the service and in line with government rules face coverings will have to be worn. It will be good to worship together again though! Until we meet together again, we would encourage you to sit with God at home , sit in a park or take a walk and talk to God. The great thing is God is with us and while we are missing being together lets remember God unites us and lets pray for each other. We continue to support our congregation with home worship and pastoral support.

You can read the Church of England guidance, including guidance on marriages and baptisms on the Church of England website

Sunday Night Evening Prayer

We have started a short Sunday Evening Prayer act of worship, following the Church of England evening prayer liturgy. This will happen every Sunday evening at 7.30pm.

We are using Zoom for this service, which is free to use for participants and can easily be downloaded to a most tablets, phones, laptops and computers. If you want to be invited to these meetings please email Rebecca on beckyaber@hotmail and you will be added to the weekly mailing list. Once you receive the email from Rebecca, just click on the link just before the service begins and follow the instructions to either download Zoom, or join if you already have Zoom downloaded. You can also test the link in advance, to check your connection is working, although the call won't start until 7.30pm on Sunday.

The meeting link wont be publicly advertised and the call won't be recorded or streamed anywhere else to ensure safeguarding however all are welcome so please do get in touch.

Parish Letter

Our vicar, Martin, is on sabbatical study leave now, but Paul, our Local Missional Leader, has written this weeks letter Pastoral letter 2nd August

Jeremy our Team Rector has also written a letter to the team congregations Team Rectors Letter 25th June 2020

Home Worship resources

Joanna from the ACE congregation has been putting together a weekly service and activity pack. You can download them here

Adult worship and activities 02.08

Children's activities 02.08

The Sutton Team in the Diocese has created a booklet of morning and evening prayer for the week

Morning and Evening prayer worship at home

Pastoral care

We have systems in place to try to ensure parishoners who have to self-isolate, or need extra help are supported. If you need some extra help, please contact info@stjameschurch.info

Daily Hope phoneline 0800 804 8044

West Warrington Churches, in partnership with the council and other local services are offering a telephone befriending service. For referrals or more information, please ring 01925 387075 or email telephonebefriending@westwarringtonchurch.uk

If you are interested in becoming a telephone volunteer, contacting isolated local people for a friendly chat, please read and complete the documents below

Telephone befrienders role description

Telephone befrienders application form

Daily Hope Phoneline

Daily Hope phoneline 0800 804 8044

Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.

The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.

Local online worship

Churches in our team are streaming various services and reflections on their Facebook pages.

St Philip's Facebook page

St Paul's Facebook group

St Mary's Facebook page

West Warrington Church Facebook group

Other local churches live streaming Sunday services

Hillcliffe Baptist Church Sunday Morning 10:30am

Kings Church Warrington Sunday Morning 10:30am

Life Church Warrington Sunday Morning 10:30am

Urban Church Sunday Evening 6pm

Lymm Baptist Church Sunday Morning from 10am for 10:30am start

National Online worship

Weekly service streamed every Sunday.

Messages and worship from the Archbishop of Canterbury

Church of England home worship resources this page includes prayers, including prayers for children and 2 simple acts of worship designed to be used at home.

BBC Radio 4 Daily Service

Church of England Prayer for the Day

List of churches planning to live stream services

Baptisms and weddings at St James

If you have a baptism or wedding booked at St James and want to discuss your booking, please contact baptismsandweddings@stjameschurch.info

External hall users

Currently all external groups who use the hall have ceased meetings.

Online help and advice

Volunteer to help the NHS national call for volunteers to offer practical help for the NHS.

Government staying at home guidance

Warrington Borough Council Covid-19 information

Warrington Borough Council Community Support, including information on how to volunteer

NSPCC Helpline & Childline

LGBT helpline

Samaritans

Mind UK

Sane UK

Mental Health UK Working from home advice