In line with Government guidelines, churches in Lowton and Golborne have begun to reopen for short services from Sunday, July 5.
In an update to parishoners, Rev Jonathan Stott from St Mary’s, St Thomas’ and St Luke’s churches explained that the services would be slightly different from usual, in order to comply with the recommendations.
They will be shorter in length, with no singing, and for the time being, there’ll only be one service each week, on a Sunday.
It has now been confirmed that church services at All Saints Catholic Church in Golborne will also begin again from Sunday, 11 July. Number will be strictly limited, so parishoners wishing to attend are being asked to register beforehand – you can read more about how to do this on the parish website.
Services have also resumed at Lowton Independent Methodist Church, at 10.45am on Sundays. Visit their website for more information.
When will the church services be held?
So far, we know that a short act of non-Eucharistic worship will take place at the usual times of:
- Sunday 10am at St Luke’s Church Lowton.
- Sunday 10.30am at St. Mary’s Church, Lowton, and St. Thomas’ Church, Golborne.
Each of these churches will be open for approximately 30 minutes before worship and each act of worship won’t last longer than 30 minutes. The churches will then be closed again by 11am at St. Lukes’s and 11.30am at St. Mary’s and St. Thomas’.
Rev Jonathan explained that none of the churches are currently able to offer services at 8.30am or 6.30pm, due to the deep cleaning that is required between services if they were to open more than once a day. There will also be no weekday services at present.
He wrote: “This of course is subject to change as time goes on and I am hoping that we will be able to offer our full variety of worship before too long.
“We have divided our church up to comply with social distancing and we are asking people to gel their hands on entry and exit. We have also introduced a one way system in all our churches and this is obvious from the arrow markers we have installed on the floor.
“There won’t be any provision for lighting votive candles at the present time, and again, this is subject to change.
“The worship will not include any singing in compliance with national church guidelines and we are asking those who may have symptoms, or are in a vulnerable group, to not attend church at the present time and obviously there will be no refreshments served after the services.”