Updated 6 January 2021
St Saviour’s Church building is currently closed, except for filming for online services and for private prayer (see below). Full details of events and services can be found in the events calendar.
This closure includes the church office, Link, and halls (apart from St Saviour’s Pre-school).
During this time when our services and groups are online, we welcome you to keep connected, to love one another and our neighbours, and to follow Covid-safe guidelines if attending the church for any reason.
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: ‘We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.’ (Psalm 33: 20)
Our Sunday services
Our services are 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. 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.
St Saviour’s is open to all for private prayer on Wednesday mornings, 9.30-11am, for the foreseeable future. No need to book, but please follow the guidance below about staying safe.
We are pleased to be able to offer other 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.
Please follow the guidance below whenever you are attending the church, to keep each other safe.
Staying safe at church
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 home, protect the NHS, 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.
If you are intending to come to St Saviour’s, please inform the office beforehand if required for the event/service you are attending. You will need to give your name and the names of those coming with you.
Seats are 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.
If you are ill or diagnosed with Covid-19, please do not come to church.
Please enter by the west end doors (not the Link) unless advised otherwise and leave by the same route at the end of the event.
On arrival you will need to check in and you will be shown to a seat. Our NHS QR codes are on display for those with the NHS Test and Trace App. We are also keeping records of attendees solely for the purposes of NHS Test and Trace.
Please wear a face mask in church, unless you are in one of the categories that are exempt. There are some spare ones available on arrival if you’ve left yours at home.
Please be aware that singing is not permitted, except by members of the worship band.
Hand-sanitisers are available for use on entry to and exit from the church. There are also 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 are 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!
How our staff are working
Our vicar Andy McPherson is working at home.
Caz Gatehouse, children’s minister, and Jez Ferguson, youth minister, are on part-time furlough. Phil Smith, worship leader, is also now on furlough. Staff are receiving full pay. Jez and Caz are keeping in contact with their groups.
Our communications officer Clare Shearing is working at home, part-time on Monday to Thursday mornings.
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 email@example.com
- David Thompson – by mobile 07736 300875