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Weekly newsletter from the Vicar: Wednesday 8th July 2020

Chance Wilson, David Norbury, and myself, following the Church of England’s advice checklist.  The church was then open three days a week until late June for private prayer. 
Then, on Sunday 5th July, Sunday worship resumed in St. Catherine’s Church.  As it was a first Sunday in the month it was a Family Service, and 22 people were there.

The rules in church are:
• Please observe 2 metre distancing at all times and use hand sanitiser. 
• Some pews are out of use to maintain social distancing.
• Tea and coffee are not currently served, but you may bring a flask of coffee.
• The lavatory is available for use.

You are invited to pray at home every morning at 9.15am at the same time as the Vicar –the Revd Jon Hale. The Bible readings that are set for each morning are given on our Facebook page (‘St.Catherine’s Church, Over Alderley’) where you will also find a short video by the Vicar every day. If you would like to receive the Vicar’s weekly letter during the current public health emergency, please contact the Vicar as below and he will send it to you.

The Revd Jon Hale can be contacted by telephoning: 01625 585440 or by email:

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”

To protect the vulnerable amongst us, please do not leave your home except for essential trips.

For more information, including information about funerals during the current public health emergency please go to the Church of England’s COVID 19 webpage:


The parish is in the Benefice of St Mary Alderley  and St Catherine Birtles and is located in the beautiful countryside of east Cheshire and despite a small resident population, the church has a good attendance which has shown signs of growth in recent years.

Services are along traditional lines but not too formal and we hope that visitors find us friendly   and welcoming – and we all like a good sing!
Tea, coffee and soft drinks are served in church after the main services.


St Catherine’s Church, Birtles takes its duty and obligations to protect all extremely seriously. We have adopted the national Church of England’s robust procedures and guidelines. You can find out more about the national policies and procedures at

If you have any safeguarding concerns or issues of a safeguarding matter then you can find useful contact information at

The Bishop calls

                                     Anniversary Service

Anniversary Service with the Bishop of Stockport

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