All are welcome at St Nicholas – be they Christians of any denomination or none, followers of other faiths, or the simply curious. All Communicant Christians are welcomed to receive Holy Communion and others are invited, if they so wish, to come to the altar for blessing. We welcome all as they make their life’s pilgrimage.
St Nicholas is an inclusive community, celebrating the ministry of both men and women, while worshipping firmly in the tradition of Catholic revival in the Church of England that began in the 19th century. We aim to combine “treasures old and treasures new” in our church life.
We use the contemporary English services from Common Worship, except at Sunday Evening Prayer, when we use the 1662 Book of Common Prayer.
Our Vicar, Fr Simon Brandes, Associate Vicar, Rev’d Eileen McGregor, and Associate Priest Fr Alan Trigle preside at most Eucharistic services. Lay involvement in leading worship is very important to us and so members of the congregation read the lessons, lead intercessions, assist at the Communion and so on; Evening Prayer on Sunday is often lay led. Above all, our worship is a collective act of the whole body of Christ.
If you would like to join other members of our community in worship at home you can download suggested daily readings here. Below is a description of our regular services.
8.00 am: Eucharist
A said service, with a sermon, using the contemporary liturgy from Common Worship.
9.30 am: Parish Mass in church and online
Our main act of worship is the 9.30 am Parish Mass service at which we all gather to praise the Lord and to receive his help in Word and Sacrament. Masks must be worn and social distancing is to be observed.
We use modern services and readings with traditional music and ceremonial.
11.00 am: Family Mass
Children are of course welcome at all our services, the Family Mass is designed especially with the children and their parents in mind – we look forward to welcoming you!
6.00 pm: Evensong
Mass is said on Thursdays at 9.30 am online