Coronavirus – St Nicolas and St Wilfrids’ Churches
Last updated 22th July, 2021
Public Worship Services
From Monday July 19th legal limits on the numbers of people allowed to meet indoors and outdoors were removed, including all capacity limits in churches and other venues, as well as removal of the 1 meter+ social distancing rules.
It is no longer be a legal requirement to wear a face covering, though the government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded and enclosed settings to protect themselves and others. Whether a church encourages the use of face coverings will depend on consideration of a number of factors, including the size of the building and the numbers of those present at a particular event.
There will no longer be limits on the number of people who can attend weddings, funerals and other life events (including receptions and celebrations). There will also be no restrictions on choirs and music groups, whether amateur or professional, or on congregational singing.
Bellringing is no longer restricted by social distancing rules, although sensible precautions such as good ventilation and using hand sanitiser, are still recommended.
Virus numbers are still rising due to the Delta (Indian) variant so we must to continue to be cautious.
The weekly pew sheets will continue, which will give a regular opportunity for updates should the situation change. A copy can be found here on the News and Reviews page.
For full guidance in respect of management of the coronavirus situation in Churches visit the Church of England website.
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Our Vicar Fr. James Vine – Priest-in-Charge of the Parish of Pevensey
Fr. James Vine
Father James took up his ministry in our parish on 7th September 2021 in addition to his responsibilities as Vicar of Stone Cross and North Langney.
He is no stranger to Pevensey. His parents both went to School in Pevensey and were Married at St. Nicolas. His Grandparents lived in the Village and He was Baptised at St. Nicolas on the 13th of August 1967.
He grew up down the road in Westham, went to Pevensey and Westham School and spent much of his childhood playing in the castle grounds or at the beach at the Bay.
He is married to Clare and they have two grown up Children; Chloe who is a Music Teacher and lives in Rye, and Sebastian who works for the infamous Wetherspoons in Bournemouth.
After a Career in Nursing, Father James trained for the Priesthood at St. Stephen’s House in Oxford and was ordained Deacon in 2000 and Priest in 2001. He served his curacy at St. Mary’s Old Town Eastbourne and then became Vicar of Saint Luke Stone Cross with North Langley in April 2003.
COME AND SING
We are seeking to increase the membership of our choir at St Nicolas. If you would like to ‘Come and Sing’ we will be please to see you.
Full details can be found on the Activities page.
JOIN OUR SERVING TEAM
We are seeking new members for our serving team at St Nicolas to support the Celebrant at the Altar. If you would like to do this please speak to one of our Church Wardens, Linda Christian or Ken Phillips.