Parish News

5th May 2022

Dear Friends

It seems ages since we celebrated Palm Sunday and Easter Day together. What a wonderful sight to see the church so full on both occasions. It was good to welcome the Bishop of London and to have her see and hear of the work we are doing.

It’s now May and we have a full programme. Don’t forget the Friends A.G.M on Sunday 8 May.

We are welcoming two wonderful young musicians on Sunday 15th May at 3pm – part of our Third Sunday in the month series of concerts, it’s great to be able to showcase young classical talent at St Nicholas, I do hope you will be able to join us.

Finally in May we welcome Dr Hilary Lines In Conversation on Sunday 29 May at 6pm. Hilary, who many of you will know, has worked extensively highlighting the problem of modern day slavery. It will be an engaging evening.

For those of you in London for the following Jubilee extended weekend we will be celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in church on Sunday 5 June at 10.30pm. We will be planting a commemorative flowering cherry tree in the church grounds followed by cupcake and fizz reception back in church. Do join us for this very, very special day.

God Bless

Simon

20th April 2022

Dear Friends

What a wonderful sight to see so many people on Easter Day, not only at our 10.30am parish mass but also at our 8.00am mass – I think we broke the record for attendance. It was also good to see so many of you join us to welcome the Bishop of London on Palm Sunday. 

Please remember that on Sunday we hold our annual parochial church meeting when we elect our two church wardens and new PCC members.  We receive reports of our past twelve months activity and have a chance to look at our parish finances and accounts.  Our meeting begins once we have had a chance for a coffee after mass, about 12noon. You can see a copy of our accounts and our church report posted below.

God Bless

Fr Simon

14th April 2022

Dear Friends

It was wonderful to welcome the Bishop of London to St Nicholas on Sunday, it was also wonderful to see so many of you in Church. I love it when the bishop says “Simon, I’d love to visit, no fuss, nothing special” Oh yes, when the big cheese CEO asks to turn up, there is always a fuss! Still, it all went quite smoothly and I could rest in the afternoon with a cold compress on my forehead. I know she wants to return to spend some more time at the convent and nursing home, so that is good. Thanks to Max I’m able to share with her and you some memorable photographs of the day.

This is Holy Week – it is the holiest week of the year. Palm Sunday inaugurated the drama of the passion, we continue the drama on Maundy Thursday at 8pm celebrating the institution of the mass and a watching in prayer with our Lord during his arrest. On Good Friday at 12noon we celebrate the Stations of the Cross, following Jesus on his last journey and then at 2.00pm we sit and pray with Jesus as he is crucified. All is not lost because on Saturday evening at 10.30pm we begin the celebrations of our Lord Resurrection, which continue on Sunday at 8.00am and 10.30am. I do hope you will be able to join us in prayer and celebration.

I know it’s a bit premature, can I wish you all a very happy Easter.

God Bless

Simon

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