Promise Auction – Saturday 3rd February

Saturday 3rd Feb at 7.00pmauction-imagePromise Auction and Pizza Night.  Can you offer a promise or service that can be auctioned?  Eg.make a cake, do some gardening, shopping for housebound, baby sitting, offer holiday accommodation, valet a car?  The list is endless – use your imagination and come up with an offer.  Let Steven Bailey know:

START COURSE – January 2018

We will be running a START course commencing in January.  It is a course in which we go through some of the basic foundations of Christianity.  All are welcome, it is a good opportunity to come and ask questions and discuss the meaning of life.

Start courses aim to help people look at the basics of the Christian faith in a small group setting.

The next course will start shortly. Sessions will last for about an hour and are informal, with a DVD presentation, discussion and time for reflection. They will be held on Wednesday evenings at 8.00pm at a local venue (to be confirmed) and the dates and content of the course are listed below:

Session 1:        Wed Jan 10th              Life

Session 2:        Wed Jan 24th               God 

Session 3:        Wed Jan 31st               Mess

Session 4:        Wed 14th Feb              Jesus

Session 5:        Wed 21st Feb              Cross

Session 6:        Wed 28th Feb              Onwards

I do hope you can join us! Please complete the slip below and return it to the Vicarage, Nicholas Road, L23 6TS; reply to or call me on 07958783684.

Time: 8.00pm (for one hour)                  

Restoration Update – December 2017

Phase 3 Restoration:

Our church is now clothed in scaffolding inside and out!  Work is under way and although some access may be affected, we are still open for all services at our regular times. 

We can see new developments already and those with a keen eye can see our new candle holders in the choir pews (with real candles), 3 windows on the south side of church have been removed for renovation of the crumbling stone work and to restore the stained glass, and our new hospitality suite is under way at the back of church, behind what looks like a cupboard! Watch this space!

Background: Permission by the Heritage Lottery Fund to begin Phase 3 of the restoration of our beautiful Grade II listed building was granted in  June and work started in late August 2017.  We expect it to be completed by February 2018. 

Our two main aims are: 1) Restoration of part of the church building and installing a hospitality suite in church; and 2) The development of the church as a heritage attraction (alongside its religious role).

Our target of £345,000 for the total cost of Phase 3 was reached after much hard work behind the scenes with planning, fundraising and applying for grants.  We are grateful to the various bodies, including Heritage Lottery Fund  for their grant of £211,00, to   The Garfield Weston Foundation for their grant of £10,000, and to many other organisations and individuals who have also contributed.  St. Nicholas’ has met the conditions laid down by the Heritage Lottery Fund including raising over £15,000 themselves. 

Thanks to God for his goodness and to all who have helped us to get here!  ‘Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we thine unworthy servants do give thee most humble and hearty thanks for thy goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all men; Especially for the provision of the large sum of money raised to restore the building’.

‘God loves a cheerful giver’ – 2 Corinthians C.9 – V.7

Did you know that St. Nicholas’ Church is dependent on the generous giving from the congregation to fund the work of the church, its upkeep and ministry.  Planned giving to the church really helps us to make our budgeting easier.

If you are considering supporting St Nicholas’ through planned financial giving, there are choices of how to do this:

  • Use one of our white envelopes in the pews for one-off gifts; and
  • Planned giving of cash through the weekly envelope scheme; and/or
  • Set up a Standing Order through your bank;
  • Legacy Giving: Something to think about when you make your will. A gift to St Nicholas’ would be really helpful and a Legacy Pack is available on request.

Remember, whatever method of payment, if you are a tax-payer, and wish to ‘Gift Aid’ your donation, our church can reclaim the tax paid to augment your gift by 25%.  Please see Janet Roberts or the Churchwardens, Derek Parkinson or Anthea Gardler, who will advise you what to do. Alternatively, you can speak to our Church Treasurer, Liz Sinker (476 4211), or our covenant secretary, Lindsay Martin (07534 959825). 

(Charity registration No. 1158819).

How to donate to St. Nicholas’ Church via eBay

So many of us dispose of our unwanted possessions using modern technology of eBay. So ever thought of going one step further and making a donation to church with an eBay sale?  Here’s how to do it

If you are a already listed in eBay, then fill in the particulars of the item you are selling. There is an area in the section for format and price which says ‘Raise money for your favourite charity through eBay’. If you then press the ‘or select another charity’ button it will take you to another page which will allow you to search for St Nicholas’ Blundellsands (Reg. Chairty No. 1158819). When you select the correct church it should take you back to the original listing page where you will be allowed to select how much you wish to donate. From 10% to 100% of your final earnings. You then carry on and complete the listing as you would normally.

What happens next?

Once the item is sold and you have the money in your account approximately a month later PayPal Giving Fund will take the donation from your PayPal account and pass it in to our church.

If you have any problems with this please get in touch and I will do my best to help. If you have anything to sell and would like us to sell it on your behalf let me know again and I will sell it with whichever amount of money you like going to the church.

Paul Ingram

Public Open Days

St. Nicholas’ Church has undergone extensive refurbishment and repairs over the past year, thanks to funding from ‘The English Heritage Lottery Fund‘.  As part of their funding agreement, there is a requirement for the church to be accessible to the public on a regular basis.   To see when public viewing of the church’s interior is available  – go to Public Open Days and times.

Our caretaker is around and can let you into the church if you wish to visit or have private prayer on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7:15am to 9:15am and Thursdays from 7:15am to 12 noon.

In addition, on Wednesdays, the church will be also be open from around 8.45am for people to come and meet for a chat and a cuppa. Free tea and coffee will be available at the back of the church.  This is open to anyone and everyone. The aim is to just open the church more and more and offer hospitality and a space to meet.

From around 9.30am there will be an opportunity to pause for a time of prayer …. or if you’d like to you can write a prayer and put it on our prayer tree.

At 10.15am the regular Wednesday Eucharist is held in the Council Chamber, off the main church hall, if you wish to stay.

Please do come along….. and tell your friends too.
Janet Roberts, Vicar