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Please note that public worship is suspended

Updated: 15 April 2020
 

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York published a statement on the 17 March 2020 asking churches to suspend public worship. Their statement, which may be viewed at www.churchofengland.org, takes account of the measures set out by the Government to slow the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) virus and to protect the most vulnerable in society. The advice is based on expert scientific and medical opinion. This means ALL our acts of worship are suspended. Please do not come to church for worship.

We are currently learning to be God’s Church in other ways, and in particular discovering what it means for Christians to be a ‘dispersed community’. Prayer is valid wherever it is offered, and for the foreseeable future we be called upon to pray for all who are suffering, alone, fearful or self-isolating from home. In a real sense, though, we are brought together and united by our prayers. We also remember in our prayers those making decisions on our behalf, and for the medical profession who are sometimes called upon to put themselves at risk in order to help others. Please be assured of our prayers for you all, and remember to pray for each other. Further information may be found on the Church of England website.

For many this will also be a time to rediscover and strengthen a sense of community, of good neighbourliness, and the extent to which we relate to and are dependant on others. Please we aware of the needs of others, not least those who do not have access to the internet.

10 April 2020 - Another Video Message from Bishop Donald - The foot of the cross.

Please watch below a five-and-a-half minute video message from Bishop Donald. This will also appear on social media.

 

 

10 April 2020 - A message from Archbishop Justin Welby on the need to keep church buildings closed.
 

 

Church open times

Following the PM’s statement on Monday 23 March, the Church building and Parish Office are now CLOSED until further notice.

Staying in touch

The office can still be reached by telephone and email only.

Weekly notices

Please note that an electronic version of the weekly notices will be emailed to parishioners who have subscribed to our mailing list. Hard copies will be posted out to parishioners that do not have or wish to receive notices via email.

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Praying from home

Please read our informative guide about praying from home.
 
Praying from home (PDF)


Baptisms & Weddings

 

Emergency baptisms can take place in a hospital or at home, though subject to strict hygiene precautions and physical distancing as far as this is possible. Sadly, there can be no weddings in church buildings until further notice.
 

Funerals


Funerals may now only happen at the Crematorium or at the graveside. Only immediate family members can attend (if the crematorium allows) – that is, spouse or partner, parents and children, keeping their distance in the prescribed way.
 

 

 
  Letters and Announcements  
 

 

23 March 2020

 

 

Church of England - Archbishops and Bishops: stay at home but continue to pray, to love, to care for the vulnerable.
 

 

 

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More information will be published as it becomes available.

 
 
  Information & support from your local community  
     
  (Updated 25.04.2020)  
     
 

For more information about the LRF, download the LRF Community Resilience Update.

 
 
  Info for patients & visitors to NGH  
 
  (Updated 25.04.2020)  
     
 

Current information for patients and visitors to Northampton General Hospital. Read more...

 
 
  Church Magazine  
 
 

 
 

The April edition of our church magazine is now available to download online.

Now available to download is our May edition.

 
 
 
Recorded Services
 
 
 

Watch service recordings via our website.

 
 
  Spiritual Communion  
 
 

Find out about Spiritual Communion - how to make it.

 
 
  Praying from Home  
 
 

Find out about praying from home with this informative guide.

 
 
  Church Without  
 
 

Read how to establish your home as a place of worship.

 
 
  Children's Guide to Coronavirus  
 
 

Download this informative guide Children's Guide to Coronaviris.

 
 
  Remember Kingsley's Fallen WW2 Heroes  
 

(Updated 08.08.19)

 

 

St Matthew's Church has been appealing for information to bring the stories of over 40 World War Two heroes from Kingsley to life.

 

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  St Matthew's Choir CDs  
 
 

 

 

Find out about the Choir's CDs
O How Glorious and My Lord has come - both still available!

 
 
  Guide Book  
 
 

 

Information about the new Guide Book can be found here.

 

 

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