Current News - Coronavirus update

Sunday 16th August 2020 - St Marks’ Church is open for Sunday Worship.

Despite the renewed restrictions in place for Oldham, Places of Worship who have undertaken a rigorous Risk Assessment and have secure control measures in place can continue to open. St Mark’s is OPEN this Sunday and you are welcome to come and join us.  Please, do not be offended if you have to be reminded of the rules when in Church, they are there for the safety of EVERYONE!

Face coverings are now MANDATORY.  The service will be spoken, we can make the responses but there will be no singing and no congregation participation.  We are able to accommodate many more people than have been attending on the first two Sundays, now that we are confident with our procedures and the protection we have put in place for everyone.  We can now admit up to 24 households this week and in future. BUT- YOU WILL STILL HAVE TO BOOK TO ATTEND, by ringing Dave Brookes.  Instructions have been circulated.  There will be no Sunday school (The Church Hall is out of commission and it’s the holidays) and the toilets will not be open in the hall. Between services the church will be quarantined.  No-one must enter.

We are committed to continuing the provision of on-line services and are making extra provision for those who are not on-line to be able to receive DVD’s of our video services.

Our Risk assessment for restarting Worship Services in Church

Previous information:

From 26th July 2020 - St Marks’ Church will open for Worship next Sunday 2nd August 2020.

For the past few weeks we have had a Working Party making the necessary preparations for Services to return to Church.  Everything is prepared and ready for us to return to Church next week.  The service will be a spoken service with NO SINGING.  We will start off small and build capacity as we adapt to the new arrangements.  Most significantly, YOU WILL HAVE TO BOOK TO ATTEND, by ringing Dave Brookes.  Instructions will be circulated this week. We are committed to continuing the provision of on-line services and are making extra provision for those who are not on-line to be able to receive DVD’s of our video services.

From Sunday 12th July 2020

For the past 3 weeks we have had a Working Party making the necessary preparations for Services to return to Church when it is deemed safe to do so.  Everything is prepared and ready to act BUT the PCC, at a meeting on Monday 6th July 2020, took the view that is not safe enough yet for us to return to Church and took the decision that we will not re-open just yet.  We shall wait until, at least, Shielding finishes at the end of July and re-assess the situation then.  Archdeacon David Sharples has been informed and confirmed that we do not need any special permission from the Bishop for this.  We are committed to continuing the provision of on-line services and are making extra provision for those who are not on-line to be able to receive our video services.

 

St Marks’ Church remains CLOSED until at least 2nd August 2020.

From Sunday 5th July2020

On Saturday. 4th July 2020, all Churches will be re-opening for Worship.  With the amount of planning and preparation needed, and very short timescales (we found out on Thursday night) we have been granted a dispensation from the Bishop to delay our opening until 12th July 2020 at the earliest.  We are making the necessary plans, preparations and risk assessments and will communicate with you about our new pattern of services during this week.  With the limited numbers we can accommodate in Church with social distancing, we will have to introduce a booking system and a way of allocating seats, so do not just turn up at Church next week unless you have a reservation!

St Marks Church remains CLOSED this Sunday 5th July 2020.

From Sunday 21st June 2020

At our PCC meeting on Monday 15th June we took the unanimous decision that St Mark's Church would remain closed.  Despite the relaxation of rules permitting Churches to open for Private Individual Prayer the PCC and Church Wardens committed to the ongoing provision of on-line worship.  The PCC have set up a working party to review the ongoing relaxation opportunities offered by the Government when the C of E makes it’s guidelines available to us.  We will review the decision early this week and advise the PCC accordingly.  We will keep you, our congregation, informed of any changes as soon as possible..

St Mark's Church will remain CLOSED until further notice.