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

Funerals

Weddings

Baptisms

Visiting the churchyard

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:

  • The decision to attend a church service is a matter of individual choice, but please be mindful of government advice - particularly if you or people you live with are in a vulnerable category. 
  • At communion (1st & 3rd Sundays of the month) the congregation is invited to stay seated and a wafer (only) is brought to you.
  • The two-metre ‘rule’ applies for public worship (except where people live under the same roof or at the giving of the communion wafer). 
  •  Wearing of a face-covering is  required (unless medically exempt).
  • We are currently not running our Sunday School (we will resume this  as soon as we can).
  • Until further notice, there will be no singing in the church services (there will be hymns/songs to listen to).
  • Until further notice there will be no refreshments after the service. 
  • Although we are allowed to meet together to worship, socialising before / after the service is not currently legally permitted
  • We are requested to record the names of attendees and keep the record for 21 days to assist ‘track and trace’ if required.
  • 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, notice sheets 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. 
  • Communion is available within the main worship area for those who might find the steps up to the communion rail difficult. 
  • 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 and on Thursdays between 9:30 am - 11:30 am. 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.


Funerals:

Although there are now no national government restrictions on numbers at funerals, there is a local cap based on the size of the church. We can currently safely cater for approx. 50 people. If you think you need more provision than this, please do speak us.

Please be aware that government 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.

Weddings:

WEDDINGS ARE CURRENTLY RESTRICTED TO 30 GUESTS (INCLUDING BRIDE & GROOM BUT NOT  CHURCH STAFF). 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):

For the remainder of this year Baptisms will take place on set Sundays at 11:45 am. A maximum of 30 guests (excluding church staff) is currently allowed. Before you can make a booking you must attend a baptism preparation meeting (currently online).

If you have any questions  please do get in touch.

Visiting the Churchyard:


IF VISITING THE CHURCHYARD PLEASE OBSERVE RULES FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING. 

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 and on Thursdays between 9:30 am - 11:30 am. The older sections of the churchyard are not accessible by vehicle  but the steps on the paths do have handrails.

Social Events:

MANY CHURCH BASED EVENTS ARE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED - BUT WE ARE ORGANISING ONLINE EVENTS. PLEASE EMAIL FOR MORE INFORMATION.

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