Welcome to St Nicholas Church Wickham

The United Benefice of St John the Baptist Shedfield and St Nicholas Wickham

Church open for private and public worshipCOVID-19 - risk assessment for opening updated 8 Aug 2020
St Nicholas Church by John Farrow, 27th March 2020

Being Church Together

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Armistice Day, 11th November: This year the village was unable to mark Armistice Day in Wickham Square as usual. Despite lockdown, Revd Jane Isaac, Rector of St Nicholas Church was able to lay a wreath and observe the two-minute silence at the war memorial in St Nicholas Churchyard, after which tower captain Greg Painter rang the tenor bell 100 times to mark the centenary of the national Cenotaph in London and the Grave of the Unknown Soldier in Westminster Abbey.

Whether we go to church once a week, now and again or not at all, our parish churches have a long tradition of being a constant, comforting presence in our lives. With all the challenges and worries that the corona virus crisis is causing us, having to restrict the use of our church buildings and suspending many weekday and Sunday services has been an enormous change for us all to cope with.

PUBLIC WORSHIP has been temporarily suspended from 5th November until 2nd December 2020.  The church will remain open for private prayer only between 10am and dusk.  As soon as the restrictions are lifted, we will return to our “new normal” of public worship on Sundays.  If the restrictions are lifted on 2nd December the first public service will be the Patronal Festival in St Nicholas, Wickham.  Please keep your eyes on the website and emails.

With the easing of lockdown restrictions, churches are opening again for private prayer (from June 15th) and a limited number of public worship services (from July 4th). Those are opportunities that have been much missed and longed-for these past months!  Social distancing requirements and public health regulations mean that we’ll be having our own ‘new normal’ in church, which is as exciting as it’s challenging.  It’s really important that we stay focussed on what we can do and not what we can’t.

Self-isolation, shielding and all the other restrictions mean that coming out to church simply isn’t an option for many people.  Everyone’s having to learn how to keep in touch with each other in different kinds of ways.  That includes the church family here in the United Benefice of Shedfield and Wickham too.  That’s why ‘Being Church at Home’ is growing into ‘Being Church Together’.

Being Church Together has two strands: Being Church at church is our Sunday public worship, which for the time being will alternate at 10.00am on Sundays between St John the Baptist Church, Shedfield and St Nicholas Church, Wickham (the website will have all the details and up to date information).  Being Church at home will continue to provide the weekly Being Church at home series of services for everyone to share during this time when we can’t all meet together for worship in church. Each Sunday we’ll carry on posting two specially-written services on the parish websites. There’ll be the benefice’s own morning prayer service, along with a more informal service with a reflection on the Gospel reading along with prayers and hymns that can be followed online or printed out for those without access to the internet. This informal service will be as similar as possible to the one we’ll be taking part in at church, so we really will be ‘Being Church Together’.

And if you’re new to church: welcome – it’s good to have you join in, wherever you are.

Please be assured that you are very much in the ministry team’s thoughts, and please do pray for us as we are praying for you – from Revd Jane, on behalf of Revd Juliet, Revd Ruth and Stephen
The Ministry Team, the United Benefice of St John the Baptist, Shedfield and St Nicholas, Wickham

Spend some quiet time in a special, holy place

The church is open every day between 10.00am and dusk.  Appreciate the music, the space and the atmosphere and take the opportunity to say a prayer and light a candle.  It’s your parish church, whether you go there once a week, once in a while or once in a lifetime.

Before you go outside, why not look down the church from the east end?  Imagine the thousands of villagers who have sat in the pews and knelt at the altar rails…men and women who were baptised in this place, who were married here, who saw their own children baptised in their turn and who came here for the last time for their funerals.

If, as I hope you will, you find the church a reassuring and inspiring place to be, it’s because of their prayerful witness.  Why not add your prayer to theirs before you leave?  And be assured that this is a living church with an actively worshipping and serving congregation, not just another old building.

Revd Jane Isaac

Remembrance Sunday – 8th November 2020

Photographs taken and kindly supplied by John Farrow.

Our Church

St Nicholas Church, Wickham is the Anglican (Church of England) parish church for the village of Wickham in Hampshire. We are one of two parishes in the United Benefice of Shedfield and Wickham (Diocese of Portsmouth): to find out more about our sister parish, please visit http://www.stnicholaswickham.org.uk To find out about Wickham Church of England Primary School, see https://wickham-primary.co.uk

St Nicholas Church warmly welcomes you – whether you live locally or are visiting the area, or come to church once a week, once in a while or once in a lifetime. The church is open every day.

In normal times our church is open every day from dawn to dusk. Sunday services include:

Every Sunday: 8.00am Holy Communion (Common Worship, traditional language)

First Sunday of the month: 10.00am Family Communion and 6.00pm Sung Evensong

Second Sunday of the month: 10.00am Parish Communion with St Nicholas’ parish choir

Third Sunday of the month: Quiet Time service

Fourth Sunday of the month: 10.00am Parish Communion with St Nicholas’ parish choir

During the COVID-19 pandemic the church is open for private prayer from 10:00am until dusk daily except for Sunday, when it is open from 12:00pm until dusk.

Baptism and wedding enquiries: Please contact the Parish Life Events Co-ordinator, Mrs Jane Goulson:

T:  01329 833 299     E: parishlifeevents@btinternet.com

Find us

St Nicholas Church Southwick Road WICKHAM PO17 6HP

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Parish Magazine

The Wickham parish magazine is published 10 times a year by St Nicholas Church, and includes wide range of articles and news reporting church, parish and community events.

Coronavirus crisis: please support your local businesses at this difficult time by clicking on the Advertising Pages image for 12 pages of local adverts.

Click on tab below to visit the Wickham Parish Magazine page.

 

STARS WANTED!

You are invited to make STARS to display in St Nicholas Church in December.

Card, foil, fabric, knit or crochet – flat or 3D.
Plain or decorate with paints, stickers, sequins.
(sorry, no glitter)
Please leave your stars in the box in church.

Any questions, ring Sue Pittam 01329 828589
Sorry but we cannot return any stars at the end of the display.

STARS WANTED!

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Slow Worms in the churchyard!

St Nicholas churchyard has been chosen to take part in slow worm survey overseen by DARN the Dorset Amphibian and Reptile Network, we are delighted to report. Slow worms look like small snakes but are in fact legless lizards.They are a protected species. The project co-ordinator from DARN has placed special tiles in various suitable spots in the churchyard in the hope that slow worms will shelter beneath them. These will be monitored monthly by a local volunteer and reported back to DARN. If you would like to learn more about slow worms and the study, you could visit the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Amphibian and Reptile Group’s website at https://groups.arguk.org/hiwarg .

David and slow worm tile

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St Nicholas Church Baptism ewer

The large metal jug used to pour water into the font at St Nicholas Church for baptisms is a real mystery object! No one knows the story behind this much-loved part of the church’s story! Can you shed some light on its history? If so, do get in touch with the Rector, the Revd Jane Isaac. The jug has seen better days and if we can find out its background, who knows…perhaps the BBC’s Repair Shop team might be able to help us!

Baptism ewer

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Safeguarding

Safeguarding at St Nicholas Church, Wickham

St Nicholas Church, Wickham takes its responsibility for children, young people and vulnerable adults very seriously and their welfare is paramount in all areas of church life.

Clergy, lay staff and volunteers who work within the organisation and/or as part of the congregation are required to follow good policy and practice to ensure that children, young people and vulnerable adults are safeguarded and nurtured physically, emotionally and spiritually. High professional standards are maintained in all worship and all pastoral, counselling, educational and recreational situations involving children, young people and vulnerable adults.

To facilitate this all clergy, lay staff, volunteers and members of the congregation working with or seeking to work with children, young people and/or vulnerable adults are properly recruited, screened, trained and supported.

The church’s Safeguarding Policy statement agreed on by the PCC in May 2019 is below. The benefice’s Safeguarding Representative is Julia Jordan, who can be contacted on juliajordan285@btinternet.com or 01489 890 007.

Coronavirus

The Church of England – Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for churches

Last updated on Monday 23 November

The Church of England’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for churches can be accessed here.

St Nicholas Church is now open for private prayer and public worship.

The church is currently open every day for private prayer between 11.00am–1.00pm, including Sundays.

The church is not open for public worship on Sundays: for the latest information about Sunday services visit here.

Please be aware that those with Covid-19 symptoms should self-isolate and not come to church, and that social distancing measures must be followed. Designated seating is available, entrance and exit doors are clearly marked, and hand sanitiser dispensers are in place. Please be aware that your name and contact details may be taken, in line with the requirements of the NHS Track and Trace programme.

To find out more about baptism, wedding and funeral arrangements during the pandemic, please contact the Parish Life Events Co-ordinator, Jane Goulson.

T: 01329 833 299      E: parishlifeevents@btinternet.com

A call to prayer
for the nation

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York and the Bishop of London have called the Church of England to prayer for the nation at 6.00pm every day for the duration of the second national lockdown.

Special Prayer for the Nation resources can be found at:

Here’s a direct link to a short, easily-printable booklet:

The booklet includes a prayer theme for each day of the week, along with this prayer for the nation:

Lord Jesus Christ,
In these dark and difficult days we turn our hearts to you. In ages past you have delivered our nation from disaster.
Do it again we pray.
Give Wisdom beyond human wisdom to our leaders.

Give strength beyond human strength to the NHS and all our frontline workers.
Give comfort beyond human comfort to children and the eldery and all who grieve. In these dark and difficult days, turn your face towards us, have mercy upon us, and heal our land we pray. Amen

Daily Hope phone line

Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.

The line – which is 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.

‘With many in our country on lockdown, it’s important that we support those who are feeling lonely and isolated, whatever age they are.’

Archbishop Justin Welby

Individual Private Prayer

The Church of England has produced this poster for those of you who would like to access some prayers on your phone for use in church.  Just scan the code using the QR Reader phone app. 

You might like to access some prayers on your phone.

If you have a QR Reader app, scan this code for some prayers you might like to use:

Or visit this web page:

www.churchofengland.org/prayers-for-the-moment

There are some words to help if you’re missing someone who has died, and more prayers to help you pray about family and friends.

To light a candle as you pray for someone or something, please scan here:

Or visit this web page: www.churchofengland.org/light-a-candle

To remember someone who has died, visit: www.churchofengland.org/funeral-candle

Regular services and events for everyone

DECEMBER 2019 – DECEMBER 2020

Remembering the past
Celebrating the present
Looking to the future

Because of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis all St Nicholas900 anniversary events have been cancelled until further notice.

Valentine’s Weekend 2020 at St Nicholas Church

Display of wedding dresses and the Celebration of Love service on Saturday 15th February.

Photographs taken and kindly supplied by John Farrow.

The Launch of St Nicholas 900

Service for the Launch of St Nicholas 900 at St Nicholas Church Room on Sunday 8th December.

Photographs taken and kindly supplied by John Farrow.

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