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From Wednesday 6 January, the country has again been in full lockdown. The Government suggests we should only leave the security of our homes for essential duties. In response, our Churches have taken the painful decision to discontinue all services of divine worship. We will reassess frequently.

To help reduce the risk of spreading the Coronavirus, we will forcefully adhere to the following:

Food co-operative

The Hall at St Barnabas’ Church will remain open for pre-arranged visits to the Food co-operative.

Now the lockdown has ended,

Baptism services can no occur inside a Church.

Wedding services can only occur inside a Church in extremis with a maximum attendance of 6 people.

Funeral services can occur inside a Church with a maximum attendance of 30 people.

Wednesday services

Holy Trinity (Waterhead) at 7:00 pm



Message from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York.

Latest advice from NHS England

Latest advice from Church of England (includes advice, resources, and FAQs)

Latest advice from Diocese of Manchester

Latest advice from Oldham Council

Latest advice from HM Government

Spiritual resources

Online resources

For pdf transcripts of services and YouTube videos in our two Churches, please click here.

For copies of the Churches’ magazine, please click here.

The Church of England have produced some Prayers at home (pdf) Some of the prayers will be useful when praying with children.

This site Prayers at home gives sample liturgies, prayers, patterns of prayer, recommended Bible verses.

Prayer for today (from the Church of England website) includes links to services of Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer (both Common Worship)

Church of England app with prayers and liturgy (Common Worship)


Downloadable resources

Guide to outdoor guided meditation (pdf with thanks to Oakwood Forest Church)

Prayers for children and families (MS-Word)

Resources for worship at home (MS-Word)

When you feel anxious (pdf file)


Church services

The BBC is planning to broadcast one live service each Sunday. Please look at your TV listings for more details.

Details of some Churches that plan to stream services (BBC website)

Helping our children

Child-friendly explanation of Coronavirus (pdf)

Help with tech (Government resources and advice)

Talking to children about Coronavirus (pdf, produced by the British Psychological society)

Guidance from educational psychology for parents supporting their children during COVID-19 (pdf, produced by Oldham Council’s Educational and Child Psychology Service)

Last updated 20 January 2021