27th June 2020
The church will, God willing, open for worship from Sunday 5th July.
As you have probably heard, there will be no singing permitted. There will be Holy Communion, which will be received standing and in one kind (only the consecrated bread will be received).
The fact that church is open for worship should not make anyone feel obliged to come at this stage. Those who are shielding should NOT attend worship before the start of August at the very earliest. Others who are or live with those at increased risk should they contract COVID-19 should think carefully about whether or not it is right for them to come at this stage.
We are taking the steps necessary to make it as safe as practical for people who attend. Please do your bit by using the hand sanitiser when entering and leaving the building, by keeping your distance from others and by following the instructions of the wardens/sidespeople. Pews which are not to be used are clearly marked.
We will need to record the name and contact information of those who attend in case this needs to be supplied to contact tracers. This will be kept securely and destroyed after three weeks.
If you bring children with you, they will need to remain in the pew with you. Do bring your own quiet toys/books/colouring as the bags, toys, etc have all been tidied away.
A collection will not be taken during the service, but there will be a plate available if you wish to place anything on it as you enter or leave church. The simplest and safest method of giving is to do so direct from your bank. If you haven’t done so yet, perhaps now is the time to switch to giving by standing order? We can easily let you have the details.
Churches will open from 15 minutes before the advertised service time. Once the service is over you will be asked to leave – starting with those nearest the exit. There will be no refreshments or fellowship time after the service. People must not congregate in groups for conversation, particularly indoors.
I anticipate that there will be sufficient space for those who wish to attend to do so safely. Should there be a situation where the church has no more safe seating please don’t be offended if you are told that unfortunately you can’t come in on this occasion. We’ll make sure you get priority seating next time!
We will stream the 11am service from All Saints’ Church for people not attending to watch at home, either live or on catch up. Other times of worship will continue as at present to be offered via Facebook – 10:45am short family worship on Sunday mornings, 10am Morning Prayer on Wednesday and Friday mornings, 6:30pm Friday Praise and 9:30pm Night Prayer (except Friday). The pattern of worship will be reviewed when we reach the school summer holidays.
17th June 2020
From Sunday 21st June we are able to open the church.
Following government advice and ensuring all social distancing and hygiene measures are met,
the church will be open between 9.30 – 10.30am each Sunday for private prayer.
Work on the new Chancel roof will commence on 1st July 2019 for 12 weeks
Unfortunately this means that we are unable to open the Church this summer.
The Church is open on:
Tuesday and Wednesday lunchtimes, 11.30am till 1.30pm,
on the third Sunday in each month 2.00pm till 4.00pm
Between May and September each year.
On each of the Sunday afternoon openings there will be a guided tour of our ancient and historic building at 2.30pm.
We have received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help us to further develop the guided tours and to train additional tour guides. They are also helping with the cost of putting together a permanent exhibition in church to celebrate to contribution to national life by those associated with the church and parish of Altham.
Outside of the published opening times the church can be opened by prior arrangement, so if you need to visit the church or to arrange a guided tour (up to 40 people) please make arrangements with one of the Churchwardens – Robert Barnes 01282 770436 or Les Moore 01254 497441