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Regular Services: Suspended due to Coronavirus
11.30 am

It is hoped to resume services later this month.

See latest links below.

Wednesdays (see Services)
10.30 am

Daily Prayer
Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer and Night Prayer (Compline)



30th August
Pentecost 13
September (online services linked below when available)
Wed 2nd
Aidan of Lindisfarne, Bishop, 651
Online 6:30 pm
Service of the Word
Online 11:00 am
Pentecost 14
Online 6:30 pm
Service of the Word  
Online 11:00 am
Pentecost 15
Online 6:30 pm
Evening Prayer  
Pentecost 16
11.30 am
St. Michael and All Angels  

Online worship on Sundays
The Liturgy, including readings, is available to download from this page
and from Youtube links above.

Daily Prayer
Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer and Night Prayer (Compline)

September Intercessions (as used in our services)

Anglican Cycle of Prayer - Provincial Profiles for Sunday prayers


Coronavirus updates and resources - updated 24 August

Hubert Parry - I was glad when they said unto me We will go into the House of the Lord - Kings College Choir

Dates for your Diary:

See also hall calendar for the year


All events discontinued until further notice.


Other planned events for 2020

Book Sales:
6th and 7th November

Coffee Mornings:
26th September
28th November

See also Love North - Worship & Connect


For sale in aid of church funds

Beautiful quality teatowels - only £6.50, individually wrapped. Proceeds to church funds.

Available by post from Lyn on 07890 902816 or Brenda at stjohnswick@btinternet.com .


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Recent Events and Church News:


Vestry Meeting

The Vestry met on 13th August 2020 by zoom link.The meeting was chaired by Bishop Mark and 8 Vestry members were present. Bishop Mark opened the meeting with prayer.

The meeting had been called to discuss the re-opening of the church following the Covid-19 lockdown. Bishop Mark advised on the various measures that would be necessary. Jeanette agreed to incorporate the advice into a proforma checklist for emerging from lockdown.

The next stage would be for the checklist to be sent to the Bishop for his approval. If he was satisfied that the necessary measures were in place to allow for safe opening, then a date could be arranged. The congregation would be kept informed by publishing the guidance in the Outlook magazine and on the website.

The Bishop stressed that each individual should decide for themselves whether they wished to attend church, given their own circumstances. Anyone attending would need to follow the guidance so it would feel quite different from normal. Fellowship would continue in other ways for those who did not feel comfortable attending church at this stage.

Lyn noted that the bell ringers were considering rehearsing in the church grounds if the weather was suitable. The Bishop advised that this was possible as long as physical distancing was maintained.

There being no further business, the meeting closed with the blessing at 8pm.

Jeanette Harper
Vestry Secretary


Toilet Fund

We have submitted an application to the Garfield Weston Foundation for funding towards the toilet project. A decision is not expected until the end of the year, which would make a nice Christmas present if successful.


Church Re-opening (see also Emerging from Lockdown checklist)

Following on from the Vestry meeting on 13th August, Bishop Mark has approved the measures we intend to take, to allow the buildings to re-open. A detailed plan has been produced, and will be a living document, being adapted as we move along. The entire plan is too lengthy to fit into the Outlook magazine, but will be available on the website at stjohnswick.org.uk.

The main guidance to be followed by those attending is detailed below. Please take some time to read this information as the priority is to minimise contact and keep everyone safe. The services will feel quite different from normal and you may decide that you prefer to wait until restrictions can be lifted. There is no pressure on anyone to attend the services, as each individual must assess the risks and make their own decision.

Beginning on Sunday 27th September, it is proposed to recommence the 11.30 morning service, plus a Morning Prayer service on 10.30am on the first Wednesday of each month.

When you arrive at church, you will be asked to:

Wear a mask, which must remain on for the duration of the service, unless you are reading/intercessing or receiving communion. If you have a medical condition which prevents you wearing a mask, it may be better not to attend until this restriction can be lifted. Please bring your own mask, but there will be some available if you forget.
Sanitise your hands in the porch.
Keep a two metre distance from anyone else apart from when receiving communion.

Provide your name and telephone number for track and trace requirements. These details will be retained confidentially for 21 days, only used for track and trace purposes, and then destroyed.

Sit where instructed - pews will be filled from the front first. At the end of the service, those at the back will leave first to avoid passing in the aisle. Members of the same household, or persons with their carers, may sit together.

Government guidance is that if you feel unwell with a high temperature, continuous cough and loss of taste/smell, you should remain at home and self-isolate. You should not attend church in these circumstances. If you are displaying these symptoms on arrival at church, you will be asked to leave.

We are not permitted to sing responses or hymns, but we are allowed to listen to music during the service. The arrangements for the order of service are still being worked on, but you may be given a personal copy to take away then bring to the next service. Kneelers are being removed for the time being. There will be no contact during the Peace, or an offertory collection. Donations can be placed in the box on the font.

If you are doing a reading or intercessing, please just stand in your own pew. Likewise, communion will be brought to those who wish to receive it in their own pew. Communicants should receive the bread in their hands. The wine will only be consumed by the Priest.

It is expected that use of the hall will be limited to begin with. However, the toilet will be available for use. Individual users should take responsibility for cleaning surfaces after use, and antibacterial wipes will be provided for this purpose. Paper towels are provided for drying hands after a thorough wash.

We are in an unprecedented situation that is changing daily, so please be prepared for other measures that may arise. We may have to close again at short notice if there is a local lockdown so please feel free to contact me or another Vestry member if in doubt as to whether the services will be running.

The Priory will be meeting at the beginning of September to discuss implementation of the plan by the Ministry Team.

Jeanette Harper
Vestry Secretary



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