Coronavirus updates

Coronavirus and our community

With the spread of Coronavirus and its threat, the Church of England has taken the decision to suspend our usual public worship. However, we are still here for our communities in Holcombe, Hawkshaw and Holcombe Brook.

As a parish we’re doing what we can to act wisely and to prepare practically. We’re also doing what we can to help one another spiritually. A situation like this reminds us that humans are frail creatures, that we don’t have quite the control over our own lives that we would like. One of the things we’ll all be aware of is people having to isolate themselves. The pain of having to take that step reminds us that God made us for relationships. We’re called to be in the Christian life together. Whatever the next few weeks brings, there’s a chance for us to show the love of God who calls people into community.

We are preparing some resources to help people meet with God at this difficult time. The resources will include some offerings online as well as paper options for those who are less digital. There will be updates here (timings and resources to use at home) in the coming days.

Here is a prayer you might pray:

Lord Jesus, when you walked on earth
you healed the sick and stilled the storm;
We look upon our world and see its frailty and weakness.
We ask that you would look kindly on us,
Please help all who are sick and all who are confined
Please help all medical teams and care workers,
Please comfort the afraid, and those worried for their loved ones
Give us all faith above fear.
As we weep at sickness on earth,
May it remind us we are made for a new creation with you.

Current advice

Please follow the Government’s advice and if you have symptoms, or feel you are vulnerable, act as they have advised. We are aware of a few people who are following the Government’s advice and are self-isolating. If you are too, please let us know. We want to be able to pray for you and if you would like, give you a phone call and offer help.


This page will be updated with the latest information regarding how Coronavirus will affect church life and the actions we are taking in response to this.

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement of 23rd March we have been instructed that churches must now close both for private worship and public services.
Churches will not be open this Sunday.
This Sunday (22nd March 2020), please visit the website at 9:30am to ‘Watch & Worship’ with Rev. Sumsion
This Sunday (22nd March 2020), all 3 of our centres for Worship will be open for private prayer:
  • St Mary’s Church Hawkshaw will be open for private prayer 10am to 3pm.
  • Emmanuel Church Centre will be open for private prayer  9am to 11am.
  • Emmanuel Church, Holcombe will be open for private prayer 10am to 3pm.
This weeks Government advice encouraged significant social distancing. There are some immediate implications for us:
  • All public worship is suspended at the direction of the CofE. 
  • Midweek groups have all stopped for the time being.
  • Congregation members are self-isolating appropriately either because of age, because of symptoms themselves or in their households, or being vulnerable.