News and Requests -
Bulletin 25th July click HERE or read below
The Sick or in need of Prayer:
Roy McMenamin, Barry Osborne,
Dierdre Coburn, Poppy West,
Sue Bellamy, Bill Rushworth,
John Smith, Colin and Christine Jarvis
NB: Please submit requests for the prayer list to Liz Christopher or the office & confirm you have the permission of the individual. Thank you.
Thanksgiving for the Departed:
We pray for the family of Howard Prestwood and of all The Recently Departed, and for the families of Sonia Richardson, Mary Rushworth and Peggy Palmer whose anniversaries of death occur during this coming week.
May they Rest in Peace
St Nicholas Songs of Praise – 11 September
A lot of preparations are still to be made, as well as help needed on the day. If you wish to be involved or can help with any of the following please let the office, Natalie Greenfield or Carol Hammond know. Can you play an instrument, make bunting/decorations, help with refreshments, help setting up/clearing away or bake a cake?
Fellowship Group – the first monthly meeting will take place on Thursday 5 August at St Nicholas’ Hall. Everyone is invited to Tea/cake and a chat. Please bring a friend or neighbour.
William Temple Association – meetings will resume at the Marsham Court Hotel on 11 October. The programme for 2021-22 is at the back of the church and has the contact details on it.
SEDCAT – aims to prevent social isolation and loneliness by meeting the needs of the elderly, disabled and vulnerable. The BAT Bus will take people shopping and on outings; Community Cars provide transport to essential healthcare appointments; Daily shuttle service to Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals; and they will loan accessibility equipment. For further details contact 01202 534027 or email email@example.com
£60 for the 60th anniversary of St. Nicholas’ Church
St. Nicholas’ Church is celebrating its 60th anniversary in April 2021. This unique building has been part of the local community since 1961. During that time the roof has withstood all the wind, salt spray and rain that comes from being in such an exposed position, but now needs replacing so congregations, local residents and visitors to this beautiful part of the Dorset coast can continue to worship and enjoy this building for many decades to come.
As part of the parish celebrations planned to mark the 60th anniversary, we have launched a 60 for 60 campaign to help fund the necessary work on the roof. If you are able to donate £60 (or whatever you can afford) we would be really grateful.
Our Just Giving page can be found at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/stnicholas6060roofrepair?utm_ter...
Because of the Covid-19 restrictions our regular church income has fallen significantly so the parish really needs your help to protect this unique local landmark. Anything you can give would be much appreciated.
The Livestreamed services will continue this Sunday.
See here for recent services.
The Livestream links for this Sunday's services are HERE:
Readings for Sunday 1st August -
Livestreamed Services Booklet
(Unfortunately we do not have an electronic copy of the St Nicholas service booklet, but the service shares many of the responses used at St Katharine)
Please subscribe to the channel by clicking 'subscribe' on our YouTube page- it is free, and you can unsubscribe at any time. If you click the notification bell, then you will be alerted by email and/or a smartphone notification whenever we upload or livestream and the notification will take you straight to the service.
Our online donations page is now active. If you normally give via the collection bags or plate, please consider making use of this facility as it really helps our church and community work
In the meantime, if you do hear of someone who is self isolating, please do let us know. We may be able to contact them and possibly provide some practical help.
We will keep you updated, and please do stay in touch!
Dean and Kevin - Churchwardens
Face Coverings in Places of Worship
These are now required by law, and so unless you are involved in leading the worship at the service, or have a legitimate exemption from wearing a Face Covering, you will be required to wear a Face Covering in Church. If you cannot wear a Face Covering, you will need to follow the guidance of keeping 2 Metres from the nearest person, otherwise people will be seated under the "1 Metre plus" guidance. (THIS DOES NOT APPLY DURING TIMES OF NATIONAL LOCKDOWN WHERE A 2 METRE DISTANCE MUST BE KEPT AT ALL TIMES EVEN WHEN WEARING FACE MASKS).
As we wish to continue to be a welcoming environment, and in common with other major retailers, institutions etc, our staff will not be challenging people who do not wear a Face Covering. We understand people may have legitimate reasons that exempt them from the requiement to wear one, and we will be respecting people's privacy in this regard. We would ask others attending not to challenge people not wearing Face Coverings, but to similarly be respectful of the fact they may have a reason for being exempt which may not be outwardly obvious.
Service times are normally:
- St Nicholas 9am till 10am, and St Katharine 1030am till 1130am.
- Weekly on Wednesdays at 7.30pm at St Katharine - Said Mass
- Confessions - these can now be resumed and arranged by appointment.
As before, if you are over 70 or in one of the “at risk’ categories, then I am obliged by the Government to ask that you familiarise yourself with the risks pertaining to COVID19, and that you think carefully about returning to worship or Private Prayer at this time.
A list of those classed as clinically vulnerable can be found here:
To ensure social distancing is maintained (2m for inside Places of Worship), we have had to limit capacity in each building as follows under the "1 Metre plus rule for times we are open for Public Worship":
- Total Capacity for St Nicholas Church (excl. Priest and one Warden): 40
- Total Capacity for St Katharine’s Church (excl. Priest and one Warden): 55
For all services of worship:
- You will be asked to sanitise your hands on arrival, and you will be directed to a seat. There is now a legal requirement to wear a Face Covering unless you are exempt.
- Worship will look different – there will be no hymn singing, and no physically exchanging 'The Peace'. Communion will be in one kind (consecrated bread) only, and full instructions on receiving it will be given before the service begins.
- We will keep you updated if the situation changes, and we will remove the booking system as soon as practicably possible.
- If you have any symptoms of COVID19 such as a high temperature, a persistent dry cough, and/or loss or change to sense of smell or taste, or you believe you may have COVID19, then clearly you should not attend the church buildings until you have recovered, having following government advice on self isolating and been tested for COVID19.
We are now able to accommodate funerals in the Church buildings, with limited numbers. Contact the Parish Office to arrange these.