Updated 16 September 2020
St Saviour’s Church building is temporarily closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This closure includes the church office, Link, and halls (apart from St Saviour’s Pre-school).
Our priorities are to ensure our congregations, staff team, and other church visitors are as safe as possible, and to offer help where we can within our local community.
We continue to pray, to love, and to care for the vulnerable.
We continue to hope in the Lord:
‘… those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.’ Isaiah 40
Our Sunday services
Our services are all online. Please join St Saviour’s on our website and YouTube channel. On YouTube, please like our videos and subscribe to the channel. It helps us become more visible on YouTube and will let you know you when we upload new content.
Find out more by subscribing to our newsletter (contact the office) and by following our social media pages.
We welcome your comments, suggestions, and feedback – please post a comment on YouTube, or email the office.
Our groups and meetings
Most of our groups and meetings, including children’s groups, are suspended or online via Zoom. Please keep checking the events calendar for details.
If you would like to join a home group, please contact our discipleship coordinator Laura Simpkins.
Giving to St Saviour’s
St Saviour’s is thankful to all who have continued giving to God’s work here during this time. If you would like to find out more about ways to give or ways to continue your weekly and monthly giving, please find out more here.
Re-opening St Saviour’s
We are so pleased to be able to offer opportunities for private prayer by prior arrangement. Individuals or small family groups are welcome for a time of prayer or peaceful reflection, especially those who are bereaved and wanting to ‘light a candle’ and say some prayers.
If you or someone you know would like to avail themselves of this provision, please contact our vicar, Andy: telephone 01202 425978, text mobile 07759 063367, or email the office.
Specific events and meetings
We are thrilled to be opening for specific events and a few of our meetings. Find out what’s on in our events calendar.
Please follow the guidance below whenever you are attending the church, to keep each other safe.
Staying safe at church
As we begin to gather again in person, we have introduced some changes to ensure everyone can enjoy coming to St Saviour’s safely. These guidelines are in accordance with government and diocese advice.
Please follow the government advice to ‘stay alert, control the virus, save lives’.
If you have a recent onset of a new continuous cough and/or high temperature, please do not come to St Saviour’s, and click here for NHS guidance.
Everyone is welcome to attend events on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Numbers are limited so that we can maintain safe social distancing.
If you are intending to come to an event, please inform the office beforehand, so we can manage numbers effectively. Please give your name and the names of those coming with you.
Seats will be arranged in accordance with the latest guidelines, and household/family bubbles can sit together. Please respect social distancing for the safety and well-being of everyone.
Congregations are still at this time not permitted to sing as part of worship.
If you are ill or diagnosed with Covid-19, please do not come to church.
Doors will open a little before meetings and events. Please enter by the west end doors (not the Link) and leave by the same route at the end of the event.
On arrival we will check you in and show you to a seat. We will keep records of who attended solely for the purposes of NHS Test and Trace.
We will all need to wear face masks in church, unless you are in one of the categories that are exempt. There will be some spare ones available on arrival if you’ve left yours at home.
Hand-sanitiser will be available for use on entry to and exit from the church. There will also be sterile wipes.
The church is being cleaned in accordance with the latest guidance, and surfaces will be sanitised in between as necessary.
The toilet at the rear (west end) of the church will be available if needed. Please use the sterile wipes provided for door handles, the toilet flush handle, and sink taps after you have used the facilities.
Thank you all for helping us stay safe! Looking forward to being together!
How our staff are working
Our vicar Andy McPherson is working at home.
Our communications officer Clare Shearing is also working at home, part-time Monday to Thursday.
Caz Gatehouse, children’s minister; Jez Ferguson, youth minister; and Kevin Vaughan are now on part-time furlough. Staff are receiving full pay while they are on furlough. Jez and Caz are still able to keep in contact with their groups.
As our office is closed during this crisis, our emergency contact numbers are as follows:
- Revd Canon Andy McPherson – by answerphone 01202 425978, by mobile 07759 063367, or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- David Thompson – by mobile 07736 300875.Other resources