Worshiping at St Nick’s offers an opportunity to learn more of God, as well as to pray and praise in an open and friendly atmosphere. Services and music vary, with a mixture of relatively contemporary and traditional styles – a music group leads sung worship most weeks. Relating the Bible to people’s everyday lives is central to what we’re about. People’s relationships with each other and the involvement of children are also highly valued.
Around ten people come to this quiet, said service of Holy Communion on most first, third and fifth Sundays.
Between 70 and 90 adults attend this service with up to 15 children and teenagers. On the first Sunday of most months there’s an all age service for everyone. On other Sundays, after some opening worship for all, children and youth are invited to go to activities in groups. All ages consider the same bible passage each week, there are two Holy Communion services a month and every Sunday there are refreshments at approximately 11.15 am.
Baptised people from any Christian tradition are welcome to receive the bread and wine at our Communion services as a physical aid to accepting afresh the love and forgiveness of God. Because of its spiritual meaning, Holy Communion or the Lord’s Supper is a central element of Christian worship for many believers. If you’re unsure about this service, it’s perhaps a good idea to experience it, critically investigate it and find someone who can talk with you about it.
We don’t mind if they find it difficult to settle or are chatty. At most services there are structured activities or groups for them and for the very young there’s a play area at the back of church with toys and distractions. Alternatively, activity bags are available for use in a pew. We have a child protection policy in place.
The church is accessible from the car park for people who use wheelchairs and printed service sheets are available for people who find it hard to read print projected on to the screen.
There’s an opportunity every Sunday for people to receive personal prayer for any issues or concerns they face, including prayer for guidance or healing. Two people sit by the pulpit during communion and after services and anyone can ask for prayer. There’s no need to say a great deal, it’s sufficient to give a brief indication of what you are seeking from God.
If you are interested in baptism for yourself or a child please speak to the vicar, either on the phone or at a Sunday service. Baptisms of children are normally held on a Sunday, either in the 10.00am service or at midday.
The vicar usually meets with parents in their home beforehand to discuss, in an open and unpressured way, what is involved. If baptism seems too much of a commitment, a short service of thanksgiving can be offered.
Whatever your circumstances, if you are interested in the possibility of being married at St Nick’s your enquiry is welcome – please phone the vicar on 01332 550224. The Law in England makes it clear where people can be married legally and the vicar will be glad to discuss this with you.
The Church of England has a useful website at www.yourchurchwedding.org with lots of detail about getting married in church. Certainly we will do all we can to ensure that your special day is personal, meaningful and joyful. We are also willing to help couples celebrate a special anniversary or the renewal of marriage vows.
Funerals are normally arranged, through the office or the vicar, by the funeral director of your choice. However, any approach following bereavement is welcome and we are glad to help any family to arrange a fitting celebration of a person’s life that reflects both Christian hope and what the family believes is right.
St Nick’s can also bury cremated remains in a small plot next to the church and inside the church there is a Book of Remembrance in which names can be entered.
Some older children and adults prefer baptism by immersion and that can easily be arranged at St Nick’s. We never pressure anyone either to be baptized or to be baptized in a particular way but when a person is ready to affirm their commitment to Jesus Christ, a ‘public bath’ can be a good way of expressing the desire to belong to him and his family.