Welcome to St Nicholas Church Wickham

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

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

Being Church Together

Téte a téte daffodils and snowdrops in the early Spring sunshine on 1st March 2021.

Photos courtesy of John Farrow

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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, having to restrict the use of our church buildings and suspending many weekday and Sunday services has been an enormous change for everyone to cope with. However, with the announcement of the gradual easing of restrictions and the continuing rollout of the vaccination programme, from Sunday 14th March 2021 St Nicholas Church, Wickham, is able to re-open for private prayer and public worship:

Private prayer: the church will be open between 10.00am and 4.00pm every day.
Sunday worship: morning worship (usually at 10.00am) will alternate between St Nicholas Church, Wickham and St John the Baptist Church, Shedfield.

Being Church at Home services will continue online and can be accessed via the Being Church at Home tab.

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 and Revd Ruth.

The Ministry Team, the United Benefice of St John the Baptist, Shedfield and St Nicholas, Wickham.

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

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

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.

 

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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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 November 2020 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: Friday 05 March, 15.15

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

St Nicholas Church is currently closed for private prayer and public worship.

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

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

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

Some photos taken during 2020

St Nicholas Patronal Festival and Stars – 6th December 2020

Photographs taken and kindly supplied by John Farrow.

Remembrance Sunday – 8th November 2020

Photographs taken and kindly supplied by John Farrow.

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