Events and Organisations

PENTECOST

Many thanks are due to JAM for explaining the events of Pentecost in excellent dramatic form during our Family Communion service on June 9th. With clear voices and expressive actions they certainly clearly conveyed the unfolding of the arrival of the Holy Spirit - such an important occasion in the history of our faith! The disciples thus literally 'fired up,' after the tongues of fire had rested above their heads, were then enabled to go out and share their faith. As our preacher, Rev Jane Greenhalgh added, "That's why we today can similarly be ' fired up, ' and filled with the same Spirit, be 'ever-ready' to share God's love."

It was a special, quiet moment in the service when all the children, even the littlest, were able to blow bubbles which floated out to gently rest on the congregation. The blowing wind had frightened the disciples before the Holy Spirit came to rest on them, but the bubbles softly symbolised the Holy Spirit floating out to settle on us - a peaceful blessing made more so, accompanied by Graham's piano and Martin's flute soothingly playing, "Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me"

So "Thank You" to all participating in the service

So many people work hard for us at St Nicholas,

and even when we don't get the opportunity to say so, we all appreciate everything you do.

In November 2018, we had a fun BUNKO evening with supper in aid of a charity 'Mary's Meals'

Dear Friends

Thank you so much for your donation of £300.00 to Mary's Meals, which will be used to provide life-changing meals for children in their place of education.

Supporting our school feeding programmes is a great way of helping hungry children to learn and giving them the best chance of a future free from poverty.

The daily meals we provide are enabling thousands of children to attend school and work towards their dreams. Children such as 14-year-old Chimza Harry, who attends Mwalamba Primary School in Malawi.

Chimza - whose full name, Chimwemwe, means joy - lives at home with his mother Lucia and three siblings. The family ran out of food stores soon after last year's harvest, having only managed to grow one bag of maize.

He said: "I feel weak in the mornings when I walk to school. I feel lethargic, but I am excited to go to school because I will eat here, and learn."

Chimza is top of his class and has been every year since he started school.

However, as the eldest male living in the household, he feels duty-bound to help support the family and is adamant that he would not be at school if it weren't for the phala (porridge).

"When I eat the phala I get the strength to eat, study, walk home, and work.

"If there was no phala, I would have left school, because I know when I am hungry I cannot listen properly, I cannot learn. I would like to finish my education and become a doctor. I would like to help my people - the people around my village - to see a doctor in hospital faster."

Chimza's academic achievements show he is right to be ambitious. Thanks to your generosity, he and thousands more children have the chance to realise their dreams. On behalf of the 1,361,586 children who currently receive Mary's Meals, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Yours sincerely,

Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, GCEO

Fiona Kirsop
Fundraising Operation Assistant
Mary's Meals UK

Craig Lodge, Dalmally, PA33 1AR, Scotland
t: +44 (0)1838 200605
e: fiona.kirsop@marysmeals.org

Bell ringing

St Nicholas church was rebuilt in 1848-9 and the steeple was added in 1884.

Eight bells known as Ellacombe Chimes were installed there in 1887 at a cost of £100. Ellacombe Chimes were devised by Reverend Henry Thomas Ellacombe of Gloucestershire to obviate the need for multiple "unruly" bell ringers as one person can ring all 8 bells. The first Ellacombe Chimes were installed at Bitton in 1822. The system consists of a wooden frame through which the bell ropes pass from above and ringer pulls the ropes towards themselves while standing in front of the frame or apparatus. The bells themselves are static with hammers that strike inside the rim of each bell. The sound is not as full as conventional bells which over time led to their decline in popularity. Also, the range of tunes is limited by having only one octave with no sharps or flats, but only needing 1 person at a time to ring is favourable feature. Wrea Green has a team of 6 ringers, who ring the bells before the 9.30 Sunday service on a rota basis.

For further information about bell ringing, please contact Tommy Taylor ptommytaylor@aol.com; 01772 386188 or 07787 515182.

Girl's Friendly Society

The GFS is a Society of the Anglican Church, founded by Mrs. Mary Townsend in 1875.

During this time, children from poor families left school between the ages of 11 and 14 and went to work in industry or in service at the wealthy houses. They were at risk, lonely and in need of help. Mary Townsend invited children from the workhouse into her home and encouraged them to sing hymns, learn needlework and knitting and how to pray to God.
Mary Townsend worked tirelessly seeing the needs of these children and the Girls' Friendly Society and Townsend Fellowship began. The organisation spread rapidly in this country and overseas.

The Mission Statement

G.F.S. seeks to enable girls to develop their potential spiritually, socially and personally. The Motto of the Society is: "Bear ye one another's' burdens".

The G.F.S. Prayer is:

O God our Father
We beseech thee to bless us.
And all who belong to the
Girls' Friendly Society & Townsend Fellowship.
Help us to bear one another's' burdens.
And to live not for ourselves, but for others
As members of one family in
Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Home Groups

There are currently four home Bible Study groups and two meet fortnightly on a Monday evening and a third meets at 10.30 a.m. on the first Tuesday of every month. Three are based in the village and one is held in a number of different homes nearer the coast. We all study a range of material occasionally swapping material between the groups. Further details from Frank Andrews 01772 685427, Carole Williams 01772 685290 Cheryl Rees 01772 684037 or for the coastal area Greg Musi 01253 794206

    JAM says 'Jesus and Me!' and is our Junior Church.

We meet in Church at 9.30am each Sunday and go in to the Centre (except for Family Service), returning into church much later in the service.

If you like to ask questions, to wonder why, to find out things, to understand, to listen to stories, to draw and make things, to sing and to have a wonderful time - come to JAM!

All children and young people are very welcome, come and see!

For further information, please contact: Cheryl 01772 684037, 07778734719 or Annie 01253 738056, 07967822830

ST NICHOLAS LADIES CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP.

Our meetings are every second Wednesday of the month beginning at 7-30pm.

In January and February, we meet on Tuesdays at 2-30pm in the afternoon.

We have monthly prayer meetings every second Thursday at 10 am in church.

We have guest speakers of various topics and support the church in its events.

Ladies Christian Fellowship is open to people of all faiths and none.

All meetings are held in the church Centre.

Please contact Margaret Ingham 01772 685568.

Little Ducklings

Little Ducklings is a parent and toddler group that takes place every Wednesday (term time only) in the church centre 10 - 11am.

We are a friendly, informal group for parents / carers/ grandparents with babies and pre-schoolers in our community.

Come and enjoy a hot drink and a chat whilst the children play in a warm and safe environment.

Everyone is welcome - we look forward to seeing you!

Small charge of £1.50 per child to include a drink and a biscuit for adults, and snack for children.  

St Nicholas has run regular Messy Church sessions previously and now runs occasional Messy Extravaganzas.

Cursillo: Anglican Cursillo is a movement of the church providing a method by which Christians are empowered to grow through prayer, study and action and are enabled to share God‟s love with everyone.

Cursillo people, 'Bloom where they are planted,' which is to say they work to assist all that the priest wants to happen in the parish and they actively seek to share ' good news' wherever they happen to be.

For further information contact Parish Rep, Sandy Harris - sandy.electraglide@outlook.com

SOCIAL EVENTS

St Nicholas Church has an active social committee who meet regularly to organise both fundraising and non-profit making events. Annual events include a Strawberry tea, BBQ and Village concert which brings together many of the village organisations.

The social committee also supports some church services such as Christingle, Carol Service and Harvest with refreshments and showing a warm welcome to those who perhaps only come to church for these special church days.

They provide refreshments at concerts by the St Nicholas Singers and each year they run an event purely to raise money for charity.

The social committee feel that they play an important part in making St Nicholas Church open to the many new families and members of the village in a welcoming manner.

Men's Breakfast

We meet quarterly in private homes. Always on a Saturday beginning at 8.15am and completing by 9.30am. This is a continental breakfast followed by topical discussion. There is no charge, it's just a good chance for men to discuss what's in the news. Further details from Frank Andrews 01772 685427.

Nicholas Bear Club

Nicholas Bear Club is an informal service for pre-school children (any age) and whoever is looking after them. It is held in church alternate Wednesday afternoons at 2.30pm in term time.

It is a special time for children and their carers to share, have fun together and to learn a little more about God and the world God made for us to enjoy.

The service include songs, a story and a prayer activity. We help the children to be as involved as possible, but don't worry if that gets difficult at times. The children are very young, but as they get used to coming, they join in more.

There is time afterwards to go into the Centre to play with toys and for a drink and a chat before finishing in time for those needing to collect older children from school.

If you would like to know more about Nicholas Bear Club, please contact:

Cheryl Rees: 01772 684037, 07778734719 or 

Ros Cockrill: 01772 672799, 07967996071

St Nicholas Rambling Group 

St Nicholas Rambling Group organises monthly walks in the nearby countryside of the South Lakes, the Lancashire Fells and West Yorkshire.

This is an opportunity for regular Church goers to invite friends, neighbours and family to enjoy time together.

Everyone is welcome to come along - including well-behaved canines.

To receive details of future rambles people can register with Greg, but that isn't essential.

Contact gregmusi@hotmail.com 01253 794206 or mobile 07514 006805

Tea and Teacakes

Tea and Teacakes is an outreach event that was started almost ten years ago. We meet in the Parish Centre on the last Saturday of every month (except December) from 10am until 12noon. The atmosphere is informal, warm and friendly, and is open to anyone who wishes to come and enjoy a natter; enjoy a free cup(s) of tea or coffee and a toasted teacake. We often have anything up to about twenty-four people attending: there is no charge and it is quite simply, a time and place for people to meet and enjoy each others company.

The St Nicholas Singers

We are a group of approximately 30 members, who meet together weekly for practice, fun and fellowship. Rehearsals take place in Church on Thursday evenings at 7.30pm, in term time. We lead some special services in Church during the year, and some of us sing in the choir stalls to support Sunday Worship. Our leader, and musical director is Dr. Kevin Morgan, Head of Keyboard at Stonyhurst College.

New members are very welcome. Please ask in Church, or ring Ros Cockrill on 01772 672799.

Wednesday Get Together.

An informal afternoon offering friendship, fellowship, craft, chat and a cup of tea. Held in the Church Centre every other Wednesday afternoon 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. dates in the church porch.

For further information contact Linda Brindle (01772494764) or Jan Cookson (01771 682189).