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Please note that public worship is suspended

Updated: 26 March 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, 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.

26 March 2020 - Another Video Message from Bishop Donald - Coming close to God and one another

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


Church open times

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

National Day of Prayer

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York call for a National Day of Prayer and Action in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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 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.
Current information for patients and visitors to Northampton
General Hospital

(Updated 25 March 2020)

We are further restricting visiting to our hospital to help to protect our patients and our staff and stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

With immediate effect we will not allow any visitors into our hospital. By not visiting the hospital you will help to keep our patients and staff safe and save lives.

The following departments have some exceptions:

Maternity - one birth partner only as long as they are not displaying any symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Disney and Paddington wards - one parent or guardian only. No other visitors or siblings.

Gosset ward - one parent only. No other visitors or siblings.

Accident and emergency - one visitor only and no children as visitors. Please be aware that if you do bring more than one person with you our teams will ask additional visitors to leave unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Outpatient and other appointments - If you come to the hospital for any other reason please don’t bring a visitor with you. If it is essential that you have a visitor with you please make sure that you only bring one person and that you do not bring any children.

In the upsetting or difficult circumstance where patients may be at the end of their lives different visiting restrictions will apply. These times are to be agreed at the discretion of the nurse in charge.

If you do need to visit the hospital you must use the hand gel provided or wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds. This should be done when you enter the hospital site, when you enter a clinical area and leaving the site.

Please do not visit the site unless you have an appointment or need emergency care.

Thank you for your cooperation.

The blood taking unit is operating at restricted hours during this time.

Different visiting arrangements may apply to:

• Corby Community Hospital
• Danetre Hospital Daventry
• Isebrook Hospital (Hazelwood Ward) Wellingborough

Some other specialist wards may also have different arrangements, and ward managers can use their discretion in exceptional circumstances. More restricted visiting times may be in place temporarily from time to time.

Please refer to this list of ward contact numbers and contact the relevant ward to confirm current arrangements, particularly if you are travelling some distance to visit.

Information for visitors

If you are visiting under exceptional circumstances only:

You must wash your hands when entering or leaving a ward - with soap and water or the alcohol gel provided. Facilities for using alcohol gel have been provided near to all the ward entrances and at the bedsides.

Please use the bedside visitors’ chairs and do not sit on hospital beds. Please do not use patients’ toilets but use the separate toilets for visitors instead.

Mobile phones, cameras and camcorders must not be used in ward areas.

Children are not permitted to visit at this time.

Ringing for details

Please use this list of ward contact numbers to dial direct to a particular ward. If the number you want is not available, contact the switchboard on 01604 634700



  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.

  Church Magazine  


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

Recorded Services

Watch service recordings via our website.

  Holy Week and Easter 2020  

Information about Services and activities taking place in Holy Week and Easter can be found here.

  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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