Welcome to St. Nicholas
Welcome to St Nicholas Church!
what goes on at Gosforth St Nicholas? ........
The Eucharist (Holy Communion)
Every Sunday at Parish Eucharist (10.00 a.m.) 130 +adults, children and young people come together for worship.
The Lord Jesus Christ took flesh and dwelt among us. As a human being he revealed God, who is Love. In the Holy Eucharist the day to day gifts of bread and wine - representing our day to day work, joys and anxieties - are offered, blessed and broken in obedience to Christ's command: "Do This". Christ feeds us with himself so that we can be made "The Body of Christ" and go out to live lives of love and service in a needy and often broken world.
We seek to be an open, inclusive, affirming community welcoming all. Everyone of whatever Christian tradition, are invited to receive the Blessed Sacrament in Holy Communion.
WORSHIP AT GOSFORTH ST. NICHOLAS
Sunday Worship - the day of Resurrection—a weekly thanksgiving.
7.30 Morning Prayer Sunday begins quietly with the Divine Office of the Church being offered in the Lady Chapel; all faithful (and lapsed) communicants are held in prayer and blessing is asked for all the many people who will be in church through the day and for the work of the coming week.
8.00 Holy Eucharist – traditional language Eucharist offered in the hush of an early Sunday Morning as we celebrate the Resurrection of Our Lord . No sermon. Lasts about 30 minutes
10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist (together with Sunday school): dignified and devout but friendly and welcoming traditional style Eucharist with plenty of hymns and a sermon. Lots of young families, as well as many much older people (!) make a caring and welcoming community which seeks to serve the local and wider communities practically and pastorally. We enjoy using the full round of the traditions of the Church Year seeking to engage heart and senses as well as word and mind. Once a month there is Anointing with Holy Oil for those in need—or for those for whom we are praying. On greater Festivals we use incense at Parish Eucharist to aid prayer and devotion. Lasts about 70 minutes.
6.30 Evensong – On most Sundays of the year this is sung using the traditional words of the Book of Common Prayer. There are four hymns, the Choir sings an anthem, there is a sermon and prayers. Lasts about 60 minutes.
Tuesday Eucharist (7.30 p.m.) - quiet, contemplative Eucharist . Lasts about 30 minutes.
Wednesday Eucharist—this takes a variety of forms; alternate Wednesdays very young children and their parents gather for Big Bear's Tiny Church (9.30 a.m.) ; on other Wednesdays Holy Communion is celebrated at Abbeyfield in the Grove and Homedowne House (High Street) (10.30 a.m.). See pew leaflet for details.
Thursday Holy Communion (10.00 a.m.) A well-attended traditional Eucharist (Book of Common Prayer) with sermon and followed by coffee. Lasts about 45 minutes.
Morning & Evening Prayer Monday to Friday –see pew leaflet/noticeboard; lasts about 20 minutes.
Saturday : Evening Office 5 p.m. to help prepare for Sunday worship (we use incense at this service) .Lasts about 30 minutes.
Sunday School—10.00 a.m.
Very tinies meet in the Church Hall with their parent(s) and then come into Church for Holy Communion. 5-11+ children start in church and then join one of our ministry leaders in the vestry. Teens play an important part in our Eucharist and in our choirs.
Big Bear's Tiny Church
a special mini service designed for parents with small children!
We meet alternate Wednesdays from 9.30 – 10.30am in the Hall Annexe. Lots of play equipment for little people - and a chance for mums and dads to worship and pray without being anxious about diturbing others! This is time for you to share together in worship, readings, prayer and conversation about scripture, faith and life in a relaxed atmosphere with other parents whilst your children play or join in as they wish.
Big Bera's Tiny Church:alternate Wednesdays at 9.30 a.m. –see pew leaflet
We try to keep the church open during school term-time Monday to Thursday from after Morning Prayer until after Evening Prayer. All are invited to drop in—to look round, to learn about our long history and the story of Gosforth, to be quiet, to pray.
- all men (and women too!) are very welcome. We meet in The Queen Victoria (High Street) for chat and a pint, each putting a minimum of £5 in the kitty. First Monday of every month. 9.00 p.m. Just turn up!
Parish Coffee Mornings
– 3rd Tuesday of month- 10.30 a.m. – 22 Church Avenue.
Do come—you will be very welcome.
HOLY BAPTISM (CHRISTENINGS)
Sundays 10.00 a.m. or 2.30 p.m.. Contact the Vicar. We have lots of lovely Baptisms and you and your child (or older!) are very welcome. It may be possible to book the Hall for a party afterwards.
Ring the Vicar to book dates etc. We do all we can to celebrate your special day as you wish it. Usually we organise drinks etc. in church (or outside if fine) while photos are taken before you and your guests go to the Reception. Many brides (including the Vicar's younger daughter) ahve arranged thier reception in our Church Halls - this is a great place- and is also much less expensive than many venues!
We seek to serve everyone in the parish regardless of where you are on the “faith spectrum”. With local Funeral Directors we can arrange everything including refreshments afterwards. One of the clergy will visit you at least once in your home and ensure that the Service is as you wish it to be. We can also print Service Sheets. Many find it helpful to have everything at Church and for the Vicar to accompany the departed to the crematorium so that all can meet straight away to share memories and offer support to the bereaved without having to cross Newcastle. Another helpful service can be for your loved departed to be receieved into Church the evening before. This allows the immediate family a time of private reflection and prayer, unrestricted by time.
When arranginga funeral tell the Funeral Director that you would wish to come to St. Nicholas Church and s/he will arrange that with our clergy.