Coronavirus Information & Support 

Restarting Services:

The 8.15am Sunday Service at St James church building restarted on 12th July (also live steamed here on Facebook). We continue to run online Zoom services at 9.30am on Monday to Thursday and every Sunday at 10.30am.  The Friday 9.45am Prayer Book service has restarted and you can also join this service online via Zoom.

If you come to the 8.15am  service the welcome team will explain where to sit.  There won't be any singing, and the service will be explained as we go through it.  There's no need to wear a mask unless you would like to.  If you have a temperature, or a cough or any other symptoms of Coronavirus, please don't come to the service in the church building, but
contact us for details of how to join the 10.30am online service.

If, for any reason, you want to come to the 10.30am zoom Sunday Service please
contact us for details of how to join online service.

Please keep an eye out for details of services in St John's Alsagers Bank and St Martin's Talke, which we hope to restart later in the summer.

With love from all at St James, St John's and St Martin's

Information about live streaming online services can be found here

'He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.' (Psalm 91 verse 1)

Dear Friends,

This is just to keep you up to date with how we're responding to coronavirus as church families.

  1. The headline is that we want to take wise precautions for the sake of the vulnerable, but we mustn't give way to worry - the Lord Jesus has defeated death for everyone who trusts Him.  If we're trusting Him, we don't need to be afraid of anything else.
  2. If you've got a temperature or a cough or need to self-isolate for any reasons, please follow government advice and stay at home!  We're still live-streaming the 10.30am service via Zoom from this Sunday onwards.
  3. Other precautions we're taking include: encouraging people to bring their own Bibles where possible; not sharing wine at Communion; sitting some distance apart in the church building; not having refreshments; cancelling mid-week groups; and not shaking hands.
  4. Our priority at the moment is supporting those who are most vulnerable.  If you would appreciate help with shopping, post,  or a phone call to check you're OK, please call  01782 720392.  If you would like to offer to help support our neighbours, please use the Contact Us form on the website to send us your phone number, email, and postal address (so we can match help up where it's needed).

Some resources that speak about Coronavirus from a Christian perspective include:

- A sermon on worry preached at St James about the virus is available here:

- Some helpful ideas of things to pray are here

- C. S. Lewis is helpful in a very short post here

- Some thoughts on talking to children about coronavirus and other scary news here

Simon Tomkins
Vicar of St John's, St Martin's and St James