Coronavirus – St Nicolas and St Wilfrids’ Churches
Last updated 24 February, 2021
Public Worship Services Recommencing
Following the prime minister’s upbeat announcement of the road map out of lockdown on 22nd February, along with the successful rollout of the vaccination programme – The Standing Committee agree it seems reasonable to resume public worship in our churches from this coming Sunday (28th February).
The virus is obviously still prevalent, which means there are risks involved in coming together again – but provided we observe social distancing, wear our masks, use the hand sanitiser, don’t sing the hymns, and refrain from coffee afterwards – it will be almost like normal!
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.
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.
Message from Fr. James Vine soon to be appointed Priest-in-Charge of the Parish of Pevensey
Fr. James Vine
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I am very much looking forward to being Licenced as Priest in Charge of the Parish of Pevensey, in addition to my responsibilities as Vicar of Stone Cross and North Langney.
I am no stranger to Pevensey. My Parents both went to School in Pevensey and were Married at St. Nicolas. My Grandparents lived in the Village and I was Baptised at St. Nicolas on the 13th of August 1967. (Yes, I still have the certificate!)
I grew up down the road in Westham, went to Pevensey and Westham School and spent much of my childhood playing in the castle grounds or at the beach at the Bay.
I am married to Clare and we 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, I trained for the Priesthood at St. Stephen’s House in Oxford and was ordained Deacon in 2000 and Priest in 2001. I served my curacy at St. Mary’s Old Town Eastbourne and then became Vicar of Saint Luke Stone Cross with North Langney in April 2003.
We have all struggled over the last year, and have had to explore our Faith in new ways, some successful and I suspect some less so, but we are slowly but surely returning to some sort of normality. I’m sure that by the time that I am Licenced as Priest in Charge here in September things will look far more familiar.
This is very much a new chapter in the lives of these two Parishes and I am excited by the opportunities that lie ahead of us.
In the meantime, please be assured of my prayers for you all, and let’s be open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit as we begin this new stage of our life together as the household of faith in these communities.
May Saint Nicolas, Saint Wilfrid and Saint Luke intercede for us as we journey on.
With every Blessing
Yours in Christ
The Reverend James Vine MA
OUR VICAR: FATHER TONY WINDROSS