Worshiping at St Nick’s offers an opportunity to learn more of God, as well as to pray and praise in an open and friendly atmosphere. Services and music vary, with a mixture of relatively contemporary and traditional styles – a music group leads sung worship most weeks. Relating the Bible to people’s everyday lives is central to what we’re about. People’s relationships with each other and the involvement of children are also highly valued.
Around ten people come to this quiet, said service of Holy Communion on most first, third and fifth Sundays.
Between 70 and 90 adults attend this service with up to 15 children and teenagers. On the first Sunday of most months there’s an all age service for everyone. On other Sundays, after some opening worship for all, children and youth are invited to go to activities in groups. All ages consider the same bible passage each week, there are two Holy Communion services a month and every Sunday there are refreshments at approximately 11.15 am.
Baptised people from any Christian tradition are welcome to receive the bread and wine at our Communion services as a physical aid to accepting afresh the love and forgiveness of God. Because of its spiritual meaning, Holy Communion or the Lord’s Supper is a central element of Christian worship for many believers. If you’re unsure about this service, it’s perhaps a good idea to experience it, critically investigate it and find someone who can talk with you about it.
We don’t mind if they find it difficult to settle or are chatty. At most services there are structured activities or groups for them and for the very young there’s a play area at the back of church with toys and distractions. Alternatively, activity bags are available for use in a pew. We have a child protection policy in place.
Disabled access and hearing
The church is accessible from the car park for people who use wheelchairs and printed service sheets are available for people who find it hard to read print projected on to the screen.
There’s an opportunity every Sunday for people to receive personal prayer for any issues or concerns they face, including prayer for guidance or healing. Two people sit by the pulpit during communion and after services and anyone can ask for prayer. There’s no need to say a great deal, it’s sufficient to give a brief indication of what you are seeking from God.
If you are interested in baptism for yourself or a child please speak to the vicar, either on the phone or at a Sunday service. Baptisms of children are normally held on a Sunday, either in the 10.00am service or at midday.
The vicar usually meets with parents in their home beforehand to discuss, in an open and unpressured way, what is involved. If baptism seems too much of a commitment, a short service of thanksgiving can be offered.
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Whatever your circumstances, if you are interested in the possibility of being married at St Nick’s your enquiry is welcome – please phone the vicar on 01332 550224. The Law in England makes it clear where people can be married legally and the vicar will be glad to discuss this with you.
The Church of England has a useful website at www.yourchurchwedding.org with lots of detail about getting married in church. Certainly we will do all we can to ensure that your special day is personal, meaningful and joyful. We are also willing to help couples celebrate a special anniversary or the renewal of marriage vows.
If someone close to you has died who lived in the parish of St Nicholas, Allestree or who has recent links with the church, we would be happy to talk to you about holding their funeral here, or taking a Christian funeral elsewhere such as in a Crematorium chapel or woodlands burial site. In the grounds of St Nicholas, we have a Remembrance Garden for the burial of ashes only. Markeaton Crematorium and cemetery is just 5 mins away from the church and has burial plots.
Most often when a loved one has died, families will make the first arrangements for the funeral with a funeral director. The funeral director will then get in touch with the church to discuss funeral details, so that you don’t have to be talking to too many people at the early stages. The minister taking the service will then be in touch with the family to discuss the funeral. However, if you would like to discuss anything directly with the church or a minister after someone has died then please contact Gael Brown the Church Administrator on 01332 550431 or our Vicar Becky Mathew on 01332 550224.
We like to keep in touch with those who have been recently bereaved and all are welcome to attend the annual Memorial service at the end of October.
Fees for Church of England funerals are set nationally, please see the CofE website (https://www.churchofengland.org/more/clergy-resources/national-clergy-hr/life-events-parochial-fees-and-guidance) for more information.
Increasingly people haven't been christened when they were a child, but would like to make that faith commitment when they're older. This is more common than people often realise. Ideally you would be attending church services on a regular basis and we would then help you to understand a bit more about the Christian faith by inviting you to join a ‘one off’ preparation class. Please talk to Vicar Becky for more information.
Thanksgiving Service for the Gift of a Child
You might decide now is not the right time for a christening, but you’d still like to say thank you to God for your child. You might also choose this service if you have adopted a child into your family and you’d like to celebrate their arrival. Vicar Becky is happy to talk to families for whom this might be an option