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Services of worship Our services of divine worship restarted on 21 March.


1.  Everyone entering our building is required to practise socially distancing. Masks must be work properly (over mouth and nose). Hand gel will be offered when you enter the building.

2.  We operate a system of trace and trace and will ask for valid contact details. We will keep them on file for 28 days. These attendance data will not be used for school-attendance purposes.

3.  Services will not involve singing or include sharing the peace.

4.  We ask that everyone who should be isolating not to attend. For example, everyone over 70 years of age, has an underlying health condition, or lives in a ‘bubble’ with someone who should be isolating.

Baptism services will resume no sooner than 17 May with a maximum attendance of 30 people.

Wedding services will resume no sooner than 17 May with a maximum attendance of 30 people.  

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

Activities and group Both Church Halls are open for children’s activities. Those activities must comply with the Government ‘roadmap’. Activities for adults cannot restart until after 17 May.

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

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 25 April 2021