General Information


Giving:

At St Nicholas Church we want to see more people knowing Jesus and more justice in the world. 

We welcome all gifts no matter how large or small and promise to use them wisely.

It costs about £4000 a month for us to run the church. Most of this money is raised through the generous giving of our congregation. 

If you would  like to become a regular giver please consider joining ‘The Parish Giving Scheme’ (please email for more information)

If you would like to make a donation online please press the banner below:

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If you would like more information about how to leave a legacy to St. Nicholas Church please email


General Information:

In this section there is information on the following (please scroll down):

Current Sunday Services

Access & facilities for the disabled

Allergies & dietary requirements

Weddings

Baptisms

Funerals

Visiting the churchyard

Churchyard plots and memorials

Social Events

History 


Current Sunday Services

Our  Sunday worship service at 10:30 am in the church building has resumed.

In relation to attending church services please be aware of the following:

  • At communion (1st & 3rd Sundays of the month) the congregation is invited to stay seated and wafers and wine is brought to you (or a blessing if you prefer).
  • The 2nd Sunday of the month is a family service or cafe church and the fourth Sunday is morning prayer or a baptism service (Please be aware that this  pattern of services can change from time to time).
  •  Wearing of a face-covering is still encouraged but no longer required.
  • Sunday School has now resumed and will be operating twice a month (during communion services).
  • Although the donation box will be available, where possible, you are strongly encouraged to change to another form of giving (to reduce the potential risk of virus transmission from counting cash). These include the Parish Giving Scheme, donating online (see above), cheque made payable to ‘St NIcholas Church PCC’ and contactless giving via a card reader in church.

If you have any questions relating to any of the above please do email.

 

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Access & faclilties for the disabled:

  • The church is fitted with a loop system  for those using a hearing aid.
  • Large Print Bibles and orders of service are available on request.
  • We have a wheelchair ramp for side-entrance access to Sunday Services. The large main wooden door can also be opened for wheelchair or mobility scooter access. 
  • For wheelchair or scooter access at other times when the church is open please ring the low level bell situated near the side entrance (someone will come and open the main door for you).
  • Seating can be adjusted within the church building for the benefit of wheelchair users. 
  • The churchyard is open to the public by foot at all times via entrances on Windy Arbor Road and Mitre Close. The entrance on Mitre Close is open for vehicle access at weekends from 10:00 am - 4:00pm. The older sections of the churchyard are not accessible by vehicle  but the steps on the paths do have handrails.
  • Please email for further information

Allergies and dietary requirements:

  • Gluten free wafers are available on request at communion services.
  • Social functions with food (when allowed to take place) invariably include a vegatarian option. For more specific dietary needs please notify us in advance and we will try our best to cater for your needs.

Weddings:

Please do contact us if you have any questions about current arrangements or if you are considering a church wedding sometime in the future.

Baptisms (Christenings):

Baptisms normally take place during our 10:30 am Sunday service on the fourth Sunday of the month. 

Prior to this you will be invited to attend a preparation meeting. 

If you would like to make an enquiry please do get in touch.

Funerals:


Please be aware that government and local guildelines do change from time to time. If you are unsure about what is permitted, please do get in touch.

Bereavement is difficult and we want to do all we can to help you. Working with local Funeral Directors, we can conduct a funeral service either at St.Nicholas Church  or a Crematorium. The first point of contact would usually be with one of the local firms but please do get in touch beforehand if you wish to do so.

There are a number of options:    

  • A full service at St. Nicholas Church followed by a burial in the churchyard or another cemetery (because of limited space new burial plots can only be granted where the deceased lived within the parish).
  • A full service at St. Nicholas Church followed by a short service of Committal at a Crematorium. If requested, a service where cremated remains are interred in the churchyard can take place at a later date.    
  • A full service at a Crematorium. If requested, a service where cremated remains are interred in the churchyard can take place at a later date.

An annual Memorial Service is held at 6:30 pm on the third Sunday of each February to recognise the continuing grief that we all feel when we’ve lost loved ones. It gives families and friends another opportunity to remember their loved one.


Visiting the Churchyard:

The churchyard is open to the public by foot at all times via entrances on Windy Arbor Road and Mitre Close. The entrance on Mitre Close is open for vehicle access at weekends from 10:00 am - 4:00pm. The older sections of the churchyard are not accessible by vehicle  but the steps on the paths do have handrails.

Dog walkers are welcome in the churchyard but  your dog should be on a lead and under control at all times.  It is your responsibility to immediately bag and remove from the churchyard any dog dirt. Please take particular care that your pet does not foul near burial plots or on pathways.

Churchyard Plots & Memorials:

Regretfully we are no longer able to provide complimentary rubbish disposal. You are kindly asked to take all rubbish home.

In relation to the placing or replacing of headstones, plaques or other items in the churchyard it is important to be aware of the following:

All plots remain the property of the church and are subject to the churchyard rules relating to the section of the churchyard where the plot is situated. Details are available from the vicar or Church Council.

All memorials (ie. headstones, plaques etc.) must conform with the churchyard rules governing the section of the churchyard where they are to be placed. For example, the newer South West section (at the back of the churchyard near Mitre Close) is a grassed section and the placing of curbs etc. is not allowed.

Permission must be sought from the vicar or Church Council prior to the placing or replacing of any memorial. It is always best to do this before paying for any work as unauthorised stonework may be removed. Once approved, the appropriate churchyard fee must also be paid (this is usually included in a stonemason’s bill).

Stonemasons must inform and have the vicar’s or Church Council’s permission before conducting any work in the churchyard. Any replaced stonework must be removed from the churchyard.

All memorials must conform to British safety standards. Memorials are checked periodically and unsafe stones are laid flat (stones sometimes begin to lean over because of subsidence). It is then the family’s responsibility to have the headstone reinstalled safely.

Loose items of decoration are not encouraged and the church cannot accept any responsibility for damage or theft. The church reserves the right to remove decorations it considers excessive,  unsuitable, hazardous or obstructive to churchyard maintenance.

It you have any questions please email


Social Events:

We run a Craft Club, Art Club and Film Club. In addition, a wide range of social events take place throughout the year. For more information please contact the vicar. Information about social events and other matters related to our church family can also be found in the church magazine 'Our Family' which is produced four times a year.

History:

For historical information about St. Nicholas Church, please click here