St Stephen's will not open yet for private prayer

The latest Government guidelines allow churches to consider opening for private prayer (not services) and for funerals to be held in church, provided all social distancing rules are followed.  

St Stephen's Standing Committee met to discuss these issues on

19th June.

Prior to the meeting taking place, we had surveyed our congregation to find out whether people would want to go inside the church for private prayer.  The vast majority of people said they would not yet feel safe going into church and they were content to watch the service videos/live stream and pray at home.  

It was agreed, unanimously, that the church would not open yet for private prayer. 

In relation to funerals, it was agreed that we would begin to offer small private funerals in church once we had completed a full risk assessment and any necessary actions were carried out to prepare the building.  

Futher updates will be given in due course.  

New forms of worship

With all forms of public services in church suspended indefinitely, we have been looking at different ways of providing resources for individual worship and prayer.  

Live streaming of Evening prayer on facebook each day at      

7 pm helps people to engage with the service all at the same time.  It is good to know that, although we cannot go into the church building, we can still worship alongside others on the internet. 

Videos of Sunday and Wednesday morning Eucharists will be on the website for a week at a time so that people can watch them at whatever time they wish.  

The Pew notices have been revamped as an email bulletin with paper copy for those without internet access.

The Diocese has provided a full range of resources for individual prayer and reflection.  

If you can think of any other form of resources that you might find helpful, please do let us know.  


Our Quinquennial Review highlighted maintenance work that needs to be done to our church building, particularly the roof.  Some of you who have been in church during recent heavy rain will notice that water has started to come through so the work needs to be done as soon as possible. 

Our inspecting surveyor has detailed plans and the PCC is currently in the process of getting quotes from recommended contractors.  

Website sponsor

Our thanks to local business, Dempsey Dyer Ltd, who have kindly agreed to sponsor the costs of the website for another year.

Dempsey Dyer are manufacturers of high quality windows and doors to the trade and commercial sectors and have their headquarters at Langthwaite Business Park in South Kirkby. 


We are grateful to them for providing the funding which will allow us to maintain and develop the website into 2020.


During the lockdown, Pat Stork is publishing a series of articles which would usually have been printed in the magazine.  To read these articles, please click here

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