Category Archives: Coronavirus

Return to more normal Church Services

Return to more normal Church Services

On Easter Sunday, 4th April, services will return with Holy Communion at 9:30am.

Only the minister will take the wine on behalf of everyone, but the bread will be given to all who wish to participate.

St Bart’s re-opens.

It was a large ‘socially distanced’ congregation that returned to St Bartholomew’s today to join in private prayer and enjoy some fellowship together. Many were glad to just be amongst their church family once more and happily chatted across the pews that kept us safely apart. Jane and Ellie shared two prayers out loud and some visitors who were passing arrived, who were still unable to visit their own church, which hasn’t opened yet. Afterwards, many had a walk around the newly remodelled interior and were unanimous in their praise of the new space that had been created. We look forward to being open again at 10am next Sunday, for private prayer once more.

St. Bart’s is now open (21 June 2020)

St Bart’s is now open every Sunday at 10am until the situation changes further.

This will not be for a traditional service, but for people to meet for a time of private prayer and fellowship.

Full precautions will be put in place by the churchwardens.

Social distancing will be maintained, a register of those attending taken, cleansing gel made available, a one way system laid out, no hymns or prayer books and no service sheets.

Thank you for your donations!

Thank you to all those who have made donations to St. Bartholomew’s or have bought face masks in aid of the Church.

While we are cash-strapped, due to the closure of the Church Building for Covid-19, we are extremely grateful for this boost to our funds.

Jane Hough is making face masks!

Jane Hough is making face masks!
She has a few available ..grey, blue pink and solid grey for those who don’t do flowers.
All  proceeds to St Bart’s.
Metal nose bridge for good fit and washable..triple layered.
Price £5 (Etsy have them at £12!)
Visit on Facebook or telephone 01270 522568 to order yours.

Services online for Holy Week

Revd Catherine Cleghorn, Curate of St Andrew’s, All Saints’ and St Peter’s Crewe is livestreaming Compline at 8.00 pm each evening on the St Andrew’s Facebook Page at: brief address for ‘Spy Wednesday’Revd Claire Maxim (who preached at the Plough Service at Reaseheath College this year) has also written a series of reflections for Holy Week, one for each day, inspired by her visit to the Holy Land last year. You can find these on The Arthur Rank Centre website at: The Archbishop of Canterbury is posting a thought for the day each day on his Facebook Page at: Thursday during the day, Bishop Keith will be leading the Diocesan Maundy Thursday Eucharist live at 11.00 am on the Cathedral website at:

Bishop Keith launches Prayer Hub

The Acting Bishop of Chester, Keith Sinclair, is inviting you to “share a prayer and pray a prayer” as part of a diocesan-wide effort to support and serve one another through the coronavirus crisis.
Bishop Keith says: “We are all coming to terms with the new realities of the coronavirus pandemic. For us all this means staying at home, but even from our armchairs we can serve our communities in prayer.
Prayer sheets made up of prayers requested for a wide range of situations will be made available for people to download and pray in their own time. You can share a prayer and pray a prayer by visiting the prayer hub at then clicking on the ‘coronavirus’ heading, then on ‘prayer hub’.

A Return to Candle Power.

Bishop Keith has asked that homes throughout the Chester Diocese should again, safely, place a candle in their front window at 7pm on Sunday, 29th March. The clocks will have gone forward, but as darkness gathers, they should become more obvious. Let us remember again, “The light shines in the darkness and the darkness shall not overcome it”.

Vicar’s update 26/3/2020

Dear Friends,
We have been working at ways to keep in touch with each other to enable us to be ‘together apart’.
Chris Pope has set up a WhatsApp Group for anyone in the 4 churches to join if they wish.  To join you need to have the WhatsApp application installed on a phone, tablet or personal computer.  Contact Chris Pope on 07771 684000 and he will add you to the group.
I have been made aware that some people without access to a mobile phone are concerned about the cost of calling mobile numbers from a landline.  OfCom guidelines suggest that this should cost no more than 10 – 20 pence per minute.  Some providers charge an additional 23 pence connection charge.  It will not cost the £4 – 5 per call that some fear to make the kind of calls necessary to ask for help and to place orders.
Please forward the e-mails I’m sending to those you know who would appreciate it.  If they would like to be added to them mailing list, I can do that if they let me have their e-mail address.  Even in these strange times, we have to have regard for GDPR Data Protection regs, so I cannot add people without consent.
Another way of keeping in touch is to pray at the same time as others are praying.  John Malbon has provided the attached daily prayers which he and Janet, together with those in the Thursday Bible Study Group, are using at 10.00 each day.  Please feel free to join in.  I am saying Morning Prayer at 8.45 each morning in the Vicarage  (Friday may be later!).  I will also celebrate Communion on behalf of everyone each Sunday at 11.00 am in the area of my spare room which I’ve made into a chapel.
I am also happy for people to telephone the Vicarage, and please keep in touch with each other that way, especially if you are not on the internet or don’t use social media platforms.
Revd S Anne Lawson
Vicar of the Cross Country Parishes of
St Mary’s Acton, St Bartholomew’s Church Minshull, St David’s Wettenhall, St Oswald’s Worleston

Coronavirus Info

A message from the Vicar 24th March, 2020.
Dear All,
I am contacting you about a number of important matters in relation to the current coronavirus epidemic.
First and most importantly, please know that I am concerned for everyone within the parishes and continue to pray for all of you.  I will do my best to keep you up to date as and when appropriate, and I know that you will do all you can to support each other at this difficult and challenging time.  Advice has been flowing faster than it is possible to keep up with recently, and I need to digest all the information and work out how to apply it.  For now:
1. It is with regret that St Bart’s Church is closed for the foreseeable future.  It will re-open in due course when Government advice suggests that it is safe to do so.
2. The Archbishops announced that all public worship is suspended until further notice.  You can read more about this at:
3. I am working hard to ensure that appropriate worship resources appear on the websites as soon as possible.  
For now, 
• there is a prayer for the coronavirus epidemic at: 
• There are also various apps to download to help us to worship at:
4. Supporting those who are self-isolating is crucial.  A neighbourhood contact newsheet has gone to every household in Church Minshull which you may wish to use.
5. I would like to set up telephone circles so that we can keep in touch.
6. There are various community Facebook pages being set up to support people through this difficult time.  At the moment I’m aware of a Community Facebook Page in Worleston and there is also a Facebook page which covers all the parishes at: COVID-10 Rural Support Group-South Cheshire.
7. Finally, but still important if you’ve managed to read this far, please respect the fact that I am in the vulnerable category.  It is important that I stay as well as possible in order to be available when I am really needed.  I am therefore restricting contact with people as much as is reasonable, but not entirely self-isolating.  I will continue to work, but it will be in different ways.  I continue to be available to you on the phone (01270 628864) and by e-mail I will continue to enable appropriate forms of worship and appropriate forms of pastoral care.   If I cannot meet your need because I am keeping myself to myself wherever possible, I can contact those who can.  I would be grateful of your understanding in this.  Please do not interpret it as an unwillingness to engage with the situation or as laziness on my part
Please do all you can to keep yourselves safe and to care for each other in new and different ways, and above all, please stay in touch.
In Christian love and with my prayers,
Revd S Anne Lawson
Vicar of the Cross Country Parishes of St Mary’s Acton, St Bartholomew’s Church Minshull, St David’s Wettenhall, St Oswald’s Worleston.