News and Requests -
Bulletin 28th February 2021 click HERE
Bulletin 7th March 2021 click HERE or read below.
We are endeavouring to update the website weekly: the deadline for entries is: 10.00am Wednesdays
The Sick or in need of Prayer:
NB: Please submit requests for the prayer list to Liz Christopher or the office & confirm you have the permission of the individual. Thank you.
Thanksgiving for the Departed:
We pray for all The Recently Departed and the families of Hadyn Matthews, James Charles Fraser and Paul Caton whose anniversaries of death occur during this coming week. May they Rest in Peace.
Magazine – Please send contributions for the Easter edition to the Parish Office by:
Wednesday 10 March.
As from Sunday 28 March (Palm Sunday) our churches will be open for public worship. Come and celebrate with us and receive the blessed Sacrament once again.
£60 for the 60th anniversary of St. Nicholas’
St. Nicholas’ Church is celebrating its 60th anniversary in April 2021. This unique building has been part of the local community since 1961. During that time the roof has withstood all the wind, salt spray and rain that comes from being in such an exposed position, but now needs replacing so congregations, local residents and visitors to this beautiful part of the Dorset coast can continue to worship and enjoy this building for many decades to come.
As part of the parish celebrations planned to mark the 60th anniversary, we have launched a 60 for 60 campaign to help fund the necessary work on the roof. If you are able to donate £60 (or whatever you can afford) we would be really grateful.
Our Just Giving page can be found at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/stnicholas6060roofrepair?utm_ter...
Because of the Covid-19 restrictions our regular church income has fallen significantly so the parish really needs your help to protect this unique local landmark. Anything you can give would be much appreciated.
We are dependent on our regular givers, particularly while we are not at our churches each week. You can join the Parish Giving Scheme at any time or set up a regular standing order to the church bank account. Money can also be handed in
Women’s World Day of Prayer
Friday 5 March 2021
In normal circumstances Immanuel URC would have been the hosts. Instead a service will be available at 2.00pm on Immanuel Southbourne facebook page. The country of special concern this year is Vanuatan. Please pray for the people of that land. Please contact Jenny Glendenning on 01202 434023 for a service book and more information can be found on the Women’s World Day of Prayer website.
Readings for Sunday 7th March - Third Sunday in Lent
While we continue to wait for the Livestreaming facility at St Nicholas to be up and running, the Livestreamed services will continue from St Katharine at 1030am every Sunday. We will return an alternate weeks type pattern at each church once the Livestream at St Nicholas is back in operation and has been fully tested.
See here for recent services.
The Livestream link for the Sunday's 1030am service (3rd March) is:
Livestreamed Services Booklet
(Unfortunately we do not have an electronic copy of the St Nicholas service booklet, but the service shares many of the responses used at St Katharine)
Please subscribe to the channel by clicking 'subscribe' on our YouTube page- it is free, and you can unsubscribe at any time. If you click the notification bell, then you will be alerted by email and/or a smartphone notification whenever we upload or livestream and the notification will take you straight to the service.
Zoom Home Groups
A big thank you to all who been able to share in prayer, study and fellowship through the Zoom Home Groups during the last few months, we hope it has been worthwhile and we would welcome your feedback.
We will resume in the new year, on Wednesday the 6th January at 7pm and Thursday the 7th at 2.30pm.
On Wednesday the 6th January we will be starting a new study series on the Lord’s Prayer in 8 parts beginning after the prayers at 7.25pm. We think this series will suit those who have been involved in home groups before and people who are new to them as well, no prior knowledge is expected, so at the beginning of the New Year this would be an excellent chance to try a homegroup if you haven’t been involved in one before!
The Thursday afternoon group will resume with the 6th session of the encouraging 10part series on ‘Listening to God’, new members welcome at any time!
Please contact Julian or Natalie for further details and links.
The Parish Office is open
The Parish is now in 'Interregnum' as Fr Kevin and Jen have left to being their Mission Training with CMS - we wish them both well and every success.
Fr Kevin and Jen Cable , our Parish Mission Partners
For those who have asked about supporting Fr Kevin and Jen individually in the Mission to Jaffa, now that they have left the parish to begin their 3 months Mission Training, there are CMS prayer book marks at the back of each church, so please take one as they contain impotant focuses for your prayer support. These also contain the information people need if they feel called to support them financially. This section can be removed, leaving just the prayer book mark.
Our online donations page is now active. If you normally give via the collection bags or plate, please consider making use of this facility as it really helps our church and community work
In the meantime, if you do hear of someone who is self isolating, please do let us know. We may be able to contact them and possibly provide some practical help.
We also have prayer services and Bible Studies online via Zoom, including daily Morning Prayer and Informal Prayer on Wednesday evenings.
Zoom Coffee Mornings are also now being put on to encorage social interaction - check out the coffee morning tab on the left for information as to when they are on next.
We will keep you updated, and please do stay in touch!
Dean and Kevin - Churchwardens
Churches closed for Public worship
It is with great regret that we have to announce that our churches will be closed for Public Worship, as from 9.00am on Thursday 14 January. The members of our churches who are involved in leading worship met via Zoom on Tuesday evening and the majority decision was that we should close until such time as it is much safer to move outside of our homes.
The decision was not taken lightly but we are mindful both of the health and safety of our members and the government's advice to remain at home as much as possible.
We are still part of the Church worldwide, and , although we are not meeting in person, we are still worshipping. We are glad to report that there will be regular online services, livestreamed from St Katharine's at 10.30am on Sunday mornings.
Please keep looking at this website on which we will soon have a bulletin which will keep you up to date with what is happening in our parish. There are still church members who are beavering away in the background planning Zoom meetings and others who are keeping in contact with those who do not have a computer or who live alone.
If you, or anyone you know of, need help of any kind please telephone the Parish Office (01202 418476) or email: email@example.com.
Face Coverings in Places of Worship
These are now required by law, and so unless you are involved in leading the worship at the service, or have a legitimate exepmtion from wearing a Face Covering, you will be required to wear a Face Covering in Church. If you cannot wear a Face Covering, you will need to follow the guidance of keeping 2 Metres from the nearest person, otherwise people will be seated under the "1 Metre plus" guidance. (THIS DOES NOT APPLY DURING TIMES OF NATIONAL LOCKDOWN WHERE A 2 METRE DISTANCE MUST BE KEPT AT ALL TIMES EVEN WHEN WEARING FACE MASKS).
As we wish to continue to be a welcoming environment, and in common with other major retailers, institiutions etc, our staff will not be challenging people who do not wear a Face Covering. We understand people may have legitimate reasons that exempt them from the requiement to wear one, and we will be respecting people's privacy in this regard. We would ask others attending not to challenge people not wearing Face Coverings, but to similarly be respectful of the fact they may have a reason for being exempt which may not be outwardly obvious.
Service times are normally:
- St Nicholas 9am till 10am, and St Katharine 1030am till 1130am.
- Weekly on Wednesdays at 7.30pm at St Katharine - Said Mass
- Confessions - these can now be resumend and arranged by appointment.
As before, if you are over 70 or in one of the “at risk’ categories, then I am obliged by the Government to ask that you familiarise yourself with the risks pertaining to COVID19, and that you think carefully about returning to worship or Private Prayer at this time.
A list of those classed as clinically vulnerable can be found here:
To ensure social distancing is maintained (2m for inside Places of Worship), we have had to limit capacity in each building as follows under the "1 Metre plus rule for times we are open for Public Worship":
- Total Capacity for St Nicholas Church (excl. Priest and one Warden): 40
- Total Capacity for St Katharine’s Church (excl. Priest and one Warden): 55
For all services of worship:
- You will be asked to sanitise your hands on arrival, and you will be directed to a seat. There is now a legal requirement to wear a Face Covering unless you are exempt.
- Worship will look different – there will be no hymn singing, and no physicaly exchanging 'The Peace'. Communion will be in one kind (consecrated bread) only, and full instructions on receiving it will be given before the service begins.
- We will keep you updated if the situation changes, and we will remove the booking system as soon as practicably possible.
- If you have any symptoms of COVID19 such as a high temperature, a persistant dry cough, and/or loss or change to sense of smell or taste, or you believe you may have COVID19, then clearly you should not attend the church buildings until you have recovered, having following government advice on self isolating and been tested for COVID19.
We are now able to accomodate funerals in the Church buildings, with limited numbers. Contact the Parish Office to arrange these.
page last updated on 7th February 2021