Welcome to the website of St Andrew's Westlands- with a very warm invitation to join us for worship or for any of our activities. If you are new to the area or want to learn more about what our church offers then there is a "Welcome Pack" available. Just get in touch via the Contact Us page and we will provide you with one.
We are situated in the suburban area of the Westlands in Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire, UK- our church & hall are on the north side of the square at the centre of the Westlands (on Pilkington Avenue ST5 3RE). A map of how to find us is here
Most people who are wanting to know more just drop in at one of our regular worship services. We also regularly run a 7-week enquirers' course called Identity
Worship in St Andrew's building, following 19 July relaxations
Just come along, we are not now operating a booking system
Continuing with 2m distancing, maskwearing & no singing
Pews to stay at 1.3m spacing (which will encourage some measure of distancing continuing; please also try to gauge how comfortable others are with your sitting close to them on the same pew)
Mask wearing expected (unless exempt); although this will not now be required for our monthly outdoor service
We are however, planning to sing
New risk assessment for Sunday worship can be read here
In addition we envisage continuing with online services for quite a while, and our online service for 1st August is available here.
(1) Funerals, Weddings & Baptisms - It will be up to the families to decide what level of COVID precautions, if any, they would like to remain in place. Do contact the vicar on 01782 619594 to discuss this
(2) As well as issuing weekly worship videos, we also have a full programme of more interactive zoom gatherings for prayer, worship, bible study, social catch-up and quiz. In addition there are a number of church members able to assist those who are isolated or in practical need at this difficult time - do get in touch me (Andrew Dawswell, vicar on 01782 619594 or firstname.lastname@example.org )
(3) Naomi, our Children and Families worker, is providing activities, videos and links online to help children and families connect together and to God through this time.You can keep updated on our facebook page for young families we have contact with, or you can email her at email@example.com
If you have been accessing our worship videos for adults or children, or simply looking at our website or facebook page, welcome! Perhaps you find church on line easier to try out than a physical building, perhaps these extraordinary times have triggered something spiritually inside you, perhaps you would appreciate linking with a Christian community. WE'd love to get to kno you a bit too, or to answer any questions, so there's a warm invitation to get in touch (Andrew Dawswell, vicar on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01782 619594 ).