Church of England Diocese of Blackburn Fleetwood St. Nicholas

Weekly News Sheet

3 Jul 2021, 12:45 p.m.

St Nicholas Parish Church, Fleetwood

Week beginning 4th July 2021

Please continue to take great care in church. Wear a face covering, keep 2 metres apart.

Sunday 4th July

8.30 am Holy Communion in Church

9.30 am Worship via Zoom

10.45 am Holy Communion in Church

Is there anyone who lives near you who is not in church this morning? Please can you pop round with a news sheet? Don’t assume someone else is doing it. If they’ve got one – then at least you’ve said “Hello,” and “We miss you!”

 Sidespersons – Elizabeth & Ruth: Reader – Joy

Tuesday 6th July

2.00 pm Holy Communion in Church

Sunday 11th July

8.30 am Holy Communion in Church

9.30 am Worship via Zoom

10.45 am Holy Communion in Church

Sidespersons – Susan & Christine: Reader - Sandra

12.30 pm Baptism of Emberley Marie Taylor

1.30 pm Baptism of Jacob Stewart Regan

From the Vicar: Sunday, 4th of July, marks exactly 2 years since I was inducted as Interim Vicar of St Nicholas Church. Alongside you, I have spent 16 of the last 24 months in lockdown or under some form of government restrictions, which have curtailed much of what we enjoyed to do together and planned to do in the future. That said, each new day is a day closer to being able to get on with the job in hand.

I am so very grateful for those who have worked alongside me in these difficult months, helping to keep people connected and safe. I am grateful for the support of the PCC in dealing with the business behind the scenes, much of which often goes unnoticed but takes time and effort nevertheless. I am grateful to those of you who have generously supported financially the ministry of the church even when it was closed. And I am grateful to each of you who have cared for me and prayed for me as your Vicar.

The next 12 months are going to be critical in the life of St Nicholas and whatever else we do, we must now work together in praying for, and putting together, a vision for the future. “What is our reason to be here? How do we want our church to be described in 5 years’ time?” These are key questions for us all to consider as we want to make a case to the Diocese that God has plans for St Nicholas, plans to prosper, plans to give us hope and a future. So, as we live out our mission statement, “To be a church that lives by faith, is known by love, and is a voice of hope to the community we serve,” may we each commit to praying that God will reveal that new vision to us and may He bless us richly in the coming twelve months.

“Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker”  (Psalm 95:1-6).

100 Club

This week’s winners are:

Shirley Kershaw (No27 - £15), Dorothy Angel (No 51 - £10) and Robert Meekins (No 21 - £5)

Please continue to pray …… for Elsie, Nigel, Jane, Margaret, Elliott, Tom and Elizabeth.