Coronavirus (Covid-19) updates

You’ll naturally be aware of the fast moving situation with Coronavirus. We’re regularly monitoring and reviewing aspects of church life. Do pray for our church and for our care of the vulnerable.

This page will be regularly updated with the latest information regarding how Coronavirus will affect church life and the actions we are taking in response to this.

“Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy. Sustain and support the anxious, be with those who care for the sick, and lift up all who are brought low; that we may find comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Click here for the latest guidance from the Church of England. 

Click here for the latest guidance from the Diocese of Manchester.

Update 17th March 2020

Today the Church of England issued important new directions regarding public worship. With immediate effect “all public worship is suspended until further notice… no public worship services should take place.” The communication from the Archbishops was clear that this decision wasn’t taken lightly but was made for the greater good and health of the wider population, particularly the most vulnerable. This is now an unprecedented time for the Church.

Significant implications for us at St Martin’s:
1. We are not able to meet together for Sunday worship as we are all used to.
2. All midweek groups have been stopped for the time being including our Hub groups.

Whilst this is, of course, disturbing news, we must use this moment to think creatively about how we reach out to love one another and serve our community. With that in mind:

Sunday Worship. Whilst we are unable to meet together physically, we will broadcast a Sunday service at 10.30am on our website and on our new you tube channel. We will also produce a short children’s video for families to join in with together on Sunday morning. More details will be made available later in the week.

Daily Prayer. By the end of the week we hope to produce a short daily prayer video to help people find a rhythm of daily prayer in the midst of this crisis. We hope to put a page on the website with resources for daily prayer.

HUB groups. Rather than meeting together for HUB groups, we will trial each group meeting via a conference call. Hub group leaders will be in touch tomorrow with details of how to access this. Please contact Anna or myself if you have not heard from your Hub group leader.

Pastoral care and help. If you are able to offer practical support to others in the congregation, please contact Anna in the church office or Rachael Rubie who will be coordinating our response. This is certainly a time when we will need to step up our care for each other.

Parish support. Please think about the connections that you already have in your street / area and think how you can reach out to support neighbours who may be in need. If you would like help supporting your local community, please contact the church office. We will be looking for ways to connect with the isolated in our community

Foodbank. We anticipate that the foodbank will need more support as their stocks run low. If you are able to make an offering to foodbank, please either drop food at church between 1pm-3pm on Monday or Thursday, or deliver to 108 Didsbury Road (you can leave food in the porch if you don’t wish to make contact).

Financial Hardship. If you find yourself in a position of financial hardship, particularly in regard to accessing basic daily needs, please contact the church office.

“I lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”
Psalm 121:1-2

This is a time when together we must look to the Lord, the creator of heaven and earth, and plead with him for mercy and help as we love one another and our community.

He is strong and kind, and we hope in him alone.