Welcome to St Nicholas Church Wickham

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

About Us
St Nicholas Church by John Farrow, 27th March 2020

Being Church
at Home

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 close our church buildings and suspend weekday and Sunday services is an enormous change for us to cope with.

It’s never been more important to stay focussed on what we can do and not what we can’t. Self-isolation and all the other restrictions mean that everyone’s having to learn how to keep in touch with each other in different kinds of ways, and that includes the church family here in the United Benefice of Shedfield and Wickham too.

That’s why the ministry team have launched the Being church at home series for everyone to share during this time when we can’t meet together for worship in church. Each Sunday we’ll be 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.

If you’re one of our regular ‘8 o’clockers’ you could join in morning prayer at 8.00am from home – and if you usually come to 10.00am services then you could worship from home then. You can use these services at different times of day as well, of course! And if you’re new to church: welcome – it’s good to have you join in, wherever you are.

Let us know what works for you, what doesn’t and what you’d like to see included in Being church at home.

You’ll know by now that there’s a host of options available online and on TV or radio to enable Sunday worship to continue in these unprecedented circumstances: you’ll find some suggestions about which of these are especially relevant and accessible in Being church at home.

Please be assured that you are all 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

Our Church

We are a warmly welcoming ancient place of worship, 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 

Baptism and wedding enquiries: Please contact the Parish Administrator, Jane Goulson:

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

Find us

St Nicholas Church Southwick Road WICKHAM PO17 6HP

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Click on images to see map of Wickham and Car Parking.

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.

 

Fate of the Fete

There can’t be a Wickham fete this year so how about having your own fete at home on Saturday 13thJune?

Sip a Pimms –or create a new cocktail recipe? Eat an ice-cream and then Have a race! Egg and spoon? Wheelbarrow? Three-legged? Guess the number of sweets in a jar…play jam-jar ping-pong! then you’ll deserve a slice of cake and a cup of tea!

Click on tab below to visit the Fate of the Fete webpage. 

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 Thursday 28 May at 15:35

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement of 23rd March, the Archbishops have written to clergy in support of the measures, requiring that churches must now close both for private worship and public services. As their letter explains, ‘The Church continues to be alive and active, but our buildings must close. We are seeing a huge increase in the number of people falling sick with COVID 19. We must distance ourselves from one another and prevent the spread of infection in order to save lives.’

Our church buildings are therefore now closed for public worship, private prayer and all other meetings and activities until further notice.

Therefore, as well as public worship being suspended, this church, along with all other church buildings in the Church of England, is now closed.

To find out more about baptism, wedding and funeral arrangements during this unprecedented situation, please contact the Parish Administrator, Jane Goulson.
T: 01329 833 299      E: stnicholasadmin@btinternet.com

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

Regular services and events for everyone

The Church continues to be alive and active, but our buildings must close.

We are seeing a huge increase in the number of people falling sick with COVID 19. We must distance ourselves from one another and prevent the spread of infection in order to save lives.

Therefore, as well as public worship being suspended, this and all church buildings in the Church of England are now closed.

To find out more about baptism, wedding and funeral arrangements during this unprecedented situation, please contact the Parish Administrator, Jane Goulson.

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

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.

Members of our community

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Commitment and support

Eager parish volunteers