Welcome from Reverend Philip Chew

Hello and welcome to the website for Saint Nicholas Church. I became Vicar in November 2019 after my wife Janice and I moved here from Wales. Having stated that, we are Lancashire people born and bred. We have found St Nicholas's Church to be very welcoming with many organisations contributing to its life and ministry. There is something for everybody of all ages. The many groups are listed on this website and you will be most welcome to come along. We endeavour to be inclusive and supportive of the wider community of Wrea Green.

In a recent survey the community was asked if the church was offering worship for all, meeting people's needs and serving as it should by being a true reflection of the love of God which is for everyone. Here are a few of the comments received.

"Saint Nicholas is a very positive church with a very welcoming atmosphere."

"Excellent church for children with a great Sunday school - JAM"

"Saint Nicholas has a 'user friendly' service."

"I've only been attending regularly since February 2018. I was made to feel most welcome by everyone to such an extent that I now feel at ease attending the services."

"The congregation feel like a family, and the support from them is wonderful in times of trouble."

"I've been attending for a couple of years now and have been impressed and grateful for the kindness and inclusiveness of the people at the church, to me that really speaks the message of God's love."

The Blackburn Diocese 2026 Vision's message is 'Healthy Churches Transforming Communities'. St Nicholas Church is endeavouring to do this.

Please pop in and discover for yourself.

With every blessing and good wishes

Reverend Philip

Stanley, our verger

Thanks to the dedication and enthusiasm of our hard working verger, Stanley, St Nicholas has won the Best Kept Churchyard competition 14 times since 1983.

    People involved at St Nicholas Church

VICAR: Vacancy

VERGER: Mr. Stanley Parkinson 01772 685036

CHURCH WARDEN: Mr. Roy Griffiths 07504 144626 rgriffiths17@googlemail.com

SECRETARY: Mrs. Ros Cockrill 01772 672799 roscockrill@hotmail.co.uk

TREASURER: Mrs. Liz Almond: 01772 685572 jande.almond@virgin.net

ST NICHOLAS CHURCH SAFEGUARDING OFFICER: Mr. Paul Taylor ptommytaylor@aol.com                                                                                                                             Mobile number: 07787 515182                                                                                                                     Home Number: 01772 386188

If you have any Safeguarding concerns, please see the link below to the Diocese of Blackburn Safeguarding Handbook.


RECORDER Mr. Chris Dickson 07968 095639

ORGANIST: Mr. Dan Moore

PARISH MAGAZINE EDITOR: Mrs. Sandy Harris 01772 683827 sandy.electraglide@outlook.com

PARISH MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTIONS: Mrs. Jean Ensor 01772 684711

PARISH MAGAZINE ADVERTISING: Vacancy, meanwhile contact editor

Ribby with Wrea Endowed C of E school HEADTEACHER: Mrs. Sarah Robson 01772 685221 www.ribby-with-wrea.lancs.sch.uk

We aim to be;

  • UPWARD, praising and worshipping the Lord
  • INWARD, growing spiritually in the knowledge and love of Christ and in the fellowship of the Spirit
  • OUTWARD, sharing our faith with our community

PARISH MAGAZINE

Our Parish Magazine, includes items from the Church of St Nicholas, St Matthews, Ballam and St Michael, Weeton, which are part of our benefice and also items from our sister RC Church of St Anne at Westby Mills. We aim to serve the whole community, so that it is more than a church magazine. Many of the organisations of our villages contribute to the content, helping us make it both informative and of widely varying interest.

Being a magazine that represents such lively, friendly churches and active communities, we are never short of content but still we welcome contributions from anyone. If you would like to submit something, please contact the editor, Sandy Harris - sandy.electraglide@outlook.com

Copies cost £1 per month but an annual subscription is only £10 for the 12 issues. We can deliver to subscribers over a wide area:- Wrea Green, Ballam, Lytham, St Annes, Westby and the Plumptons, Westby Mills, Weeton, Wesham, Kirkham, Warton, Freckleton, Lea, Clifton and Newton. To arrange a subscription please contact Jean Ensor 01772 684711

Child Friendly Church Award

St Nicholas is proud to be a Child Friendly Church.

The church first received this award at a special Education Sunday service at Blackburn Cathedral on Sunday 31 January 2010.

The award has been renewed since that date.