A Service at Norcliffe Chapel

Zoom Sunday Service

We are planning to reopen for Sunday services in May. Until then, please check our Facebook page for details of Zoom services.

Suspension of Sunday services in Chapel

Although the lockdown restrictions permit some level of opening for religious buildings for worship, we have decided the sensible thing to do is remain closed for the time being.

This is obviously disappointing as we had hoped to slowly return slowly towards holding more services in the new year 2021, but we have to keep the safety of our congregation, members, organist and ministers as our priority.

We plan to remain closed throughout January and February, and to review our position in March. We will consider government advice and other risk factors before finalising a date.

Christenings, weddings and funerals already booked may still go ahead, subject adherence to government rules and guidelines. Our Weddings Secretary will be in touch directly with anyone who has such a service already arranged.

We have not taken this decision lightly, as we feel that places of worship should be a place of comfort and sanctuary, especially in difficult times. However, given the current advice from Public Health England we would be most upset if attendance at one of our services or events resulted in the transmission of the virus to even one person.

While this time is worrying and strange, remember, it will eventually pass, though the world may not look quite the same as it did. Let us take every opportunity to help others where we can, whether by phone calls, letters, emails or even just our prayers, and hold each other in love.