St Nicolas, Shoreham-by-Sea

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Thank you for visiting A Church Near You for information about the Church of St. Nicolas,
Old Shoreham, in the town of Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, in the Diocese of Chichester.

St. Nicolas’ Church is a parish church of the Church of England, and is situated in St. Nicolas’ Lane off Upper Shoreham Road in north Shoreham. It was built and consecrated to the glory of God, and dedicated in honour of the fourth-century Bishop of Myra in Asia Minor who is the Patron Saint of Seafarers and of Children, and also the historical person behind the legendary figure of Santa Claus. It is a thriving place of worship, attended by a cross-section of the community, including many young families and children.

St. Nicolas’ is an ancient and beautiful church, which was founded before the Norman Conquest, being recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086. There is surviving Saxon work in the nave walls and a later Gothic choir and wooden chancel screen, but the church's glory is the fine mid twelfth-century stone carving at the 'crossing' under the sturdy Norman tower. The ornamentation includes chevron with pellets, cable with beads, billet, stud, lozenge and rose, wheel studs, and limpet. There is also a cat's face, and human faces, and a carved wooden beam at the east end of the Nave, which may be unique. The painted ceiling in the Choir is Victorian. The church is normally open all the year round between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm, or later in the summer, and is accessible by wheelchairs.

St. Nicolas’ enjoys good relations with the other churches of Shoreham and district, and
especially with St. Mary de Haura, New Shoreham, with which it forms an ecclesiastical Plurality within the Diocese of Chichester, both churches having been served by the same Vicar since 1897. Many activities take place jointly between the two churches, and there is a shared Weekly News Sheet and monthly Magazine. Please visit the St. Mary de Haura website by clicking on the link at the side of this page for downloadable copies of the Magazine and the Diary of services and events, and further information common to both churches.

St. Nicolas’ and St. Mary’s are also constituent churches of the Shoreham and Southwick Group Ministry, together with the Church of the Good Shepherd, Shoreham Beach; St. Julian's and St. Giles' churches, Kingston Buci; and St. Michael & All Angels Southwick.

Reverend Ann Waizeneker, Priest-in-Charge

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Reverend Ann Waizeneker
The Vicarage
Church Street
Shoreham-by-Sea BN43 5DQ
Tel: (01273) 965303 (Priest-in-Charge)
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Beating the Bounds
Get to know your parish! Join us for a wonderful guided walk through fields, over hills and along the riverbank, following the boundaries of our beautiful parish. The route starts from the church and is divided into stages, so you can walk part or all of it as you wish. A support vehicle will be on hand at each stage to provide snacks and drinks – or a lift to or from the start. See website for details
Saturday 10th May 2014 at 10:30 AM
Family Friendly
 
St Nicolas Plant Sale
Gardeners all! You will be warmly welcomed at our Plant Sale to be held in St Nicolas churchyard, Old Shoreham. The sale starts at 9.30 and finishes at midday. There will also be a cake stall. Funds to St Nicolas’.
Saturday 17th May 2014 at 9:30 AM
 
Handbell Ringers Open Rehearsal
It's great fun to try it - and you may discover you have hidden talents!. See website for further details
Wednesday 4th June 2014 at 7:30 PM
Family Friendly
 
Fete
Always a high spot in the social calendar, the annual parish fete will again be held in and around the church. As well as stalls, refreshments, music and dancing, this year the Fête will include the traditional Lammas loaves. Home bakers, help us revive this ancient custom - dig out your recipes and start practising! There will be classes for breads made completely by hand, in bread machines or even from bread mixes, so anyone can have a go. Visitors can taste and judge the results, with prizes for the best in class. Watch the church website for more details of the attractions and activities planned.
Saturday 12th July 2014 at 2:00 PM for 3 hours
Family Friendly Coffee
 
Ride & Stride/Heritage Open Day
The Ride and Stride event, where cyclists are sponsored to visit as many churches as possible, will be combined with a Heritage Open Day. Guided tours of the church will be offered, and there will be a rolling slideshow. Refreshments will be available. The event is free but donations to St Nicolas' Fabric Fund would be appreciated.
Saturday 13th September 2014 at 10:00 AM for 8 hours
Family Friendly Coffee
 
A Heritage Day Concert
In conjunction with Heritage Open Days we are delighted to present this opportunity to hear early English/British music from periods reflecting the history of our beautiful ancient church performed on authentic instruments by the Pastores Ensemble. There will also be a mix of old and new with the premiere of In Nomine No 10 "Celestial Navigation" where the ensemble combines with recorded plane sounds! Bar and Snacks available. Keep an eye on the church website for further details including ticket availability.
Saturday 13th September 2014 at 7:00 PM
 
Barn Dance
A fun evening for all the family. Bar and Snacks available. Keep an eye on the church website for further details including ticket availability.
Saturday 4th October 2014 at 7:00 PM
Family Friendly
 
Accordions @ St Nic's 3 - "All at Sea"
Ian and Helen Swyer will again bring top musicians from many parts of the country to provide an evening of catchy music in different styles and moods, but this time with a distinctly nautical theme. Everything from hornpipes to Captain Pugwash - and all without getting your feet wet! Bar and Snacks available Tickets on sale from mid-September price £3 Keep an eye on the church website for further details. The performers are giving their services free for this event, which is in aid of the Friends of St Nicolas.
Saturday 18th October 2014 at 7:00 PM
 
“The Men Who Did Not Return”
As we approach Armistice Day in this year which is the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War, Nigel Divers tells the stories of those whose names are commemorated on the Church War Memorial or the war graves in the churchyard. When you go home, tell them of us and say, For your tomorrows we gave our today.
Saturday 1st November 2014 at 7:30 PM for 2 hours
 
"The Last Trip Home" with Cotillion
The ever popular Cotillion return with an evening of folk music, song and verse to tell the story of the days when the heavy horses, used so widely for farming and transport, were replaced by the more efficient, but soul-less tractors. Join us for an evening of nostalgia and delight. Bar and Snacks available Tickets on sale from mid-October price £5
Saturday 15th November 2014 at 7:30 PM for 2 hours
 
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Sunday

Holy Communion
Common Worship (Traditional Language)
Every first second and fourth Sunday at 8:30 AM
Common Worship
Holy Communion (BCP)
Said Eucharist using the Book of Common Prayer
Every third Sunday at 8:30 AM
Book of Common Prayer
Pilgrims' Eucharist/Service
Particularly suitable for young families and early years children.
(alternating monthly between Eucharist and non-Eucharist service) every first Sunday at 9:30 AM
Family Friendly Coffee Common Worship
Parish Eucharist
Common Worship (Order One) Contemporary Language
Every second and third Sunday at 9:30 AM
Family Friendly Coffee Common Worship
Parish Eucharist
Common Worship Order One (Traditional Language)
Every fourth Sunday at 9:30 AM
Family Friendly Common Worship
Sung Evensong
Every first Sunday at 6:00 PM

Wednesday

Eucharist
Common Worship (Order One) Contemporary Language
Every Wednesday at 9:30 AM
Common Worship
Printer friendly list of events
Beating the Bounds
Get to know your parish! Join us for a wonderful guided walk through fields, over hills and along the riverbank, following the boundaries of our beautiful parish. The route starts from the church and is divided into stages, so you can walk part or all of it as you wish. A support vehicle will be on hand at each stage to provide snacks and drinks – or a lift to or from the start. See website for details
Saturday 10th May 2014 at 10:30 AM
Family Friendly
St Nicolas Plant Sale
Gardeners all! You will be warmly welcomed at our Plant Sale to be held in St Nicolas churchyard, Old Shoreham. The sale starts at 9.30 and finishes at midday. There will also be a cake stall. Funds to St Nicolas’.
Saturday 17th May 2014 at 9:30 AM
Handbell Ringers Open Rehearsal
It's great fun to try it - and you may discover you have hidden talents!. See website for further details
Wednesday 4th June 2014 at 7:30 PM
Family Friendly
Fete
Always a high spot in the social calendar, the annual parish fete will again be held in and around the church. As well as stalls, refreshments, music and dancing, this year the Fête will include the traditional Lammas loaves. Home bakers, help us revive this ancient custom - dig out your recipes and start practising! There will be classes for breads made completely by hand, in bread machines or even from bread mixes, so anyone can have a go. Visitors can taste and judge the results, with prizes for the best in class. Watch the church website for more details of the attractions and activities planned.
Saturday 12th July 2014 at 2:00 PM for 3 hours
Family Friendly Coffee
Ride & Stride/Heritage Open Day
The Ride and Stride event, where cyclists are sponsored to visit as many churches as possible, will be combined with a Heritage Open Day. Guided tours of the church will be offered, and there will be a rolling slideshow. Refreshments will be available. The event is free but donations to St Nicolas' Fabric Fund would be appreciated.
Saturday 13th September 2014 at 10:00 AM for 8 hours
Family Friendly Coffee
A Heritage Day Concert
In conjunction with Heritage Open Days we are delighted to present this opportunity to hear early English/British music from periods reflecting the history of our beautiful ancient church performed on authentic instruments by the Pastores Ensemble. There will also be a mix of old and new with the premiere of In Nomine No 10 "Celestial Navigation" where the ensemble combines with recorded plane sounds! Bar and Snacks available. Keep an eye on the church website for further details including ticket availability.
Saturday 13th September 2014 at 7:00 PM
Barn Dance
A fun evening for all the family. Bar and Snacks available. Keep an eye on the church website for further details including ticket availability.
Saturday 4th October 2014 at 7:00 PM
Family Friendly
Accordions @ St Nic's 3 - "All at Sea"
Ian and Helen Swyer will again bring top musicians from many parts of the country to provide an evening of catchy music in different styles and moods, but this time with a distinctly nautical theme. Everything from hornpipes to Captain Pugwash - and all without getting your feet wet! Bar and Snacks available Tickets on sale from mid-September price £3 Keep an eye on the church website for further details. The performers are giving their services free for this event, which is in aid of the Friends of St Nicolas.
Saturday 18th October 2014 at 7:00 PM
“The Men Who Did Not Return”
As we approach Armistice Day in this year which is the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War, Nigel Divers tells the stories of those whose names are commemorated on the Church War Memorial or the war graves in the churchyard. When you go home, tell them of us and say, For your tomorrows we gave our today.
Saturday 1st November 2014 at 7:30 PM for 2 hours
"The Last Trip Home" with Cotillion
The ever popular Cotillion return with an evening of folk music, song and verse to tell the story of the days when the heavy horses, used so widely for farming and transport, were replaced by the more efficient, but soul-less tractors. Join us for an evening of nostalgia and delight. Bar and Snacks available Tickets on sale from mid-October price £5
Saturday 15th November 2014 at 7:30 PM for 2 hours
Quiz Night
Saturday 6th December 19.30 in St Nicolas' and St Mary's School Can you meet the challenge of the Quiz Queens? Or just enjoy the fish and chip supper (included in the ticket price) Watch the church website for further details including ticket availability.
Saturday 6th December 2014 at 7:30 PM
Family Friendly
Sunday School Youth Group Regular Choir Grade 1 Listed Building Supports Fairtrade goods Tower Stained glass Guidebooks / notes Organ Audio Visual Facilities Church Open Back to Church Sunday Wheelchair accessible toilets Hearing / Induction Loop Large Print Hymnbooks / Orders of Service Assistance Dogs Toilets Baby Changing Facilities
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A Church Near You ID: 5073
Diocesan ID: AD1811
Archdeaconry: CHICHESTER (101)
Deanery: HOVE (10104)
Benefice: Old Shoreham (10/250 M)
Parish Legal Name: Old Shoreham (100103 10/103)
CofE Church Info: (610103 10/103)
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