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 21st September 2020

In light of the government announcement on the new rule of 6, we have updated our service risk assessment in line with Church of England guidance. You can find our full risk assessment here. 

Update 3rd August 2020

From 8th August, the government has announced that face masks will be compulsory in places of worship. If you are planning to come to church on Sunday mornings, please ensure you have a face mask with you, as you will need one to enter the building. 

Update 9th July 2020

From 4th July, the Government has allowed resumption of public worship. Following guidance from the Church of England and the Diocese of Manchester, we at St Martin's are preparing to reopen for public worship in some form. Further details will be made available as soon as possible. 

Significant implications for us at St Martin’s:
1. We are aware that when we resume public worship in our building, there will be many who cannot come, and others who will not feel comfortable attending. As such, our online services will continue for the forseeable future. 
2. Given the above, our Hub groups will also continue meeting weekly online.

Although this is welcome news for us at St Martin's, the coronavirus situation continues to be an anxious and distressing time for us all. As such, please consider the following ways you might offer support to others.  

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. The foodbank continues to need 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.