Current information from the NHS can be found here NHS Advice ►
- Advice for Ramadan
- Church or England Hopeline
- Contacts in Oldham for Help and Support
- Christian Blessing for a Prayer Space at Home
MCB guidance includes updated information on who may be exempt from the fast. Though some individuals in these groups may still prefer to carry out the fast.
- All those who are unable to fast due to illness (physical or mental) or being very frail
- Women menstruating or with lochia discharge
- Pregnant or lactating women who have credible concerns about their own or their child’s health
- Healthcare staff required to provide care to Covid-19 patients at real risk of dehydration and making clinical errors due to wearing PPE and long shifts
The WHO have also released guidance.
This states that there have been no studies of fasting and risk of COVID-19 infection. They recommend that healthy people should be able to fast during this Ramadan as in previous years. COVID-19 patients may consider breaking the fast in consultation with their doctors.
The Church of England Hopeline
A free phone line of hymns, reflections and prayers - available 24 hours a day on :0800 804 8044 - has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.
Contacts in the Oldham area for support and information about religion, spirituality, faith and belief.
Contacts from various faith groups and denominations, willing to help local people during this difficult time; perhaps with arranging a funeral or coping with bereavement. Maybe people are enquiring about aspects of personal belief e.g. how to pray, the challenge of a loss of faith, the effect of the closure of places of worship on regular services/weddings/baptisms or how to access pastoral support with feelings of loneliness and isolation.
This contact list aims to direct people to support with matters of belief who may have been affected by Covid-19, pressures of being cooped up at home and feelings of hopelessness.
Oldham Inter Faith Forum
Fazal Rahim - Project Coordinator
Tel: 0161 624 6733
Reverend David Austin – Vicar of Holy Trinity Parish, Coldhurst, Oldham Church of England Deanery rep for other faiths on OIFF
Tel 0161 759 3936
Christian/Church of England
Revd Nick Andrewes – Area Dean for Oldham West, Vicar of St Paul’s, Oldham & St Thomas, Werneth
Tel: 0161 624 1068
Revd Lyn Woodall- Area Dean for Oldham East, Vicar of St John the Baptist, Hey
Tel 0161 620 5981
Revd Canon Jean Hurlston – Borough Dean of Oldham, Associate Vicar of Oldham Parish, Church of England link to the civic, statutory, business and community sector
Tel 07885406808 |
Christian/ Roman Catholic
Father Phil Sumner – Rural Dean & member of the management committee of Oldham Inter Faith Forum
Revd Arthur Janes
Tel: 07847897175 - also offers support services for refugees and asylum seekers
Revd Natalie (Nat) Palmer
Tel: 0161 621 0450
Christian/United Reform Church/Town Centre Chaplaincy
Revd Sheila Coop
Tel: 0161 620 2884
Major Annette Allen
Tel: 0161 682 0070
Muslim/Oldham Mosque Council
Bharat Sisodia – Vice President, Indian Community Centre
Rabbi Daniel Walker
Debbie Kelly, Civil Celebrant,
Chaplaincy/The Royal Oldham Hospital
Revd Ian Inglis, Lead Chaplain
Tel: 0161 778 5259
Christian Blessing Prayer for a Prayer Space at home
Dear God, Divine artist of all that is beautiful, we ask your holy blessing on this space that we are setting aside for prayer. May this sacred space be a sign for us of your divine presence in our home. May it be a place for us to gather with those we love in sorrow and in joy in rejoicing and in sadness in anxiety and in hope. Though in the world around us there is disease, here there may be ease. Though in the world around us there is sadness, here may there be joy. Though in the world around us there is grief, here may there be hope. May this sacred space protect our home from all evil and plague, from all that is not good.
We ask this in the name of Jesus, our brother and friend.
Light a candle if you have one.
Spend a few moments in silence.
You may end with the Lord's Prayer.
OUR Father, which are in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptationl But deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, The power and the glory, For ever and ever.