To enable us to deal with any issues promptly, we are closely monitoring the buildings, and are regularly going in to check them, and carrying out visual checks outside to ensure that they are secure and free from damage.
There are three ways to access the services:
Our Website – press the button on the front page for the ‘Virtual Benefice’ and then click on ‘Recorded Services’
On our Facebook we publish links to the services, and from w\c 27th April, each Wednesday there will be a live service of Holy Communion, which will later be uploaded to our Website
On our YouTube channel – we have a ‘The Benefice of Littleborough’ channel, and all of our videos are uploaded to here, you can subscribe to the channel, and watch all of the services directly from there.
As news was breaking about this situation at the end of March, Fr. Ian created a Pastoral Response Team, consisting of the Churchwardens, their deputies, and those who are nominated to take up duties at the next APCM. Through this team, much work has been done to ensure that we are keeping in touch with members of our congregations.
Everyone who is on the Electoral Roll has been contacted a number of times, and if we have an e-
Some others have contacted us, who are not on the Electoral Rolls, and these have also been added.
We have also created Pastoral Groups, where everyone within the Benefice (except those who chose to opt out) can keep in contact with around six other people from within the Benefice. In addition to this, every group has a designated contact back to the Pastoral Response Team, who they can contact. However, we also explained that if they wanted to speak to Fr Ian, then they are very welcome to.
Through all of these provisions every member of our congregations knows that we are still active within our community and they can e-
At the present time, the Church is unable to do any Baptisms or weddings, Fr. Ian is watching the situation, and if you have one of these events coming up, then he will contact you closer to the time of the event, and will discuss what happens next. If you are anxious and want to contact him, then please feel free to give him a call.
Most definitely, contact Fr. Ian, either by phone or by e-
and he will then get in touch with you.
These are indeed trying times for everyone financially. The Parishes are all ensuring that we are not spending any unnecessary monies, whilst also ensuring that we are honouring all of our commitments. We are grateful to all those who make their offering to their church through standing order, and for those who have sent their donation to the vicarage.
Just like any other charitable institution, we rely upon the generosity of others to continue to have an operating budget, and whilst we are currently in good shape, we do recognise that there is a loss in our income through the open plate and also those who have weekly envelopes.
We want to encourage anyone who has the envelopes to please continue to place your offering in on a weekly basis, and bring them to church once we have re-
We have also in conjunction with Easy fundraising set up accounts for each of the parishes. Not only does this allow you to make donations through your shopping, there is also a donate facility where you can make a donation to the church. This can be either named or anonymous, however if it is named, then you also have the option to Gift Aid your donation, to allow us to claim back 25p per £1 from your donation. That means that a donation of £10 is actually worth £12.50.
The other option is to set up a standing order to make a regular donation to the church.
Both the donation buttons, and copies of the Standing Order form can be found in the Donation area, and we continue to be thankful for all financial assistance that we are given.
The simplest answer to this is Yes, you can have bread and wine at home, and no it won’t be consecrated. The Church of England has issued clear information about this which says – ‘Participants in a streamed service of Holy Communion should not be encouraged to place bread and wine before their screens. Joining together to share in the one bread and the one cup as those physically present to one another is integral to the service of Holy Communion; this is not possible under the current restrictions, and it is not helpful to suggest otherwise. Any idea of the ‘remote consecration’ of the bread and wine should be avoided.’
There is a full page dedicated to funerals, we are currently adding information to it, please check back regularly, but if you have an immediate concern, please call Fr. Ian.
The National Church has issued comprehensive instructions regarding our buildings and their grounds. In respect of the graveyards it says this:
‘Tending to the churchyard cannot be considered an ‘essential journey’ and as such we do not recommend it during the lockdown, unless it is for security or safety reasons such as pruning a tree which is considered unsafe, or removing climbing plants from walls if they are causing damage to the building or could be used to facilitate breaking in.’
Fr. Ian has set up a temporary Sanctuary in the Vicarage to allow him to do services, and if you look at the left-
This term has been used historically to describe the means of grace by which a person, prevented for some serious reason from sharing in a celebration of the Eucharist, nonetheless shares in the communion of Jesus Christ.
The Book of Common Prayer (The ancient worship of The Church of England) instructs us that if we offer ourselves in penitence and faith, giving thanks for the redemption won by Christ crucified, we may truly ‘eat and drink the Body and Blood of our Saviour Christ’, although we cannot receive the sacrament physically in ourselves.
Making a Spiritual Communion is particularly fitting for those who cannot receive the sacrament at the great feasts of the Church, and it fulfils the duty of receiving Holy Communion ‘regularly, and especially at the festivals of Christmas, Easter and Whitsun or Pentecost’ (Canon B 15).
The Church of which we are members is not defined by the walls of a building but by the Body of Christ of which we are members. In making our communion spiritually, we are joining with Christians everywhere to be nourished by the one who tells us, ‘I am the Bread of Life’.