St. Nicholas' Church, East Grafton
Welcome to the information page for St. Nicholas' Church, East Grafton.
Please come along and join us in worship - you will be very welcome.
|1st May 2016||11am||ROGATION SUNDAY SERVICE, Wexcombe Farm|
|8th May 2016||6pm||Evensong|
|15th May 2016||11am||Holy Communion|
|22nd May 2016||4pm||Family Worship|
|29th May 2016||11am||Cluster Service at St. Katharine's|
|5th June 2016||11am||Holy Communion|
|12th June 2016||10.30am||Queen's 90th Birthday celebration|
|19th June 2016||11am||Family Worship and Baptism|
|26th June 2016||4pm||Family Worship|
|3rd July 2016||11am||Holy Communion|
|10th July 2016||12.30am||Family Baptism|
|17th July 2016||11am||Holy Communion|
|24th July 2016||11am||Family Worship|
The Church of St. Nicholas roof appeal.
Building commenced on our Norman style church almost 173 years ago and still serves us well today. However, it is now in need of some tender loving care and desperately needs your help. Some repairs to the roof and extensive specialist guttering and drainpipes are needed. Without these repairs the severe internal flooding seen over the last 2 winters may cause irreparable damage to the fabric of the church.
Following consultation with the diocese and appropriate architects, surveyors and builders we are told that the necessary repairs will cost approximately £33,000. Meeting this cost presents a huge challenge.
A grant of £2,500 has been obtained from the Wiltshire Historical Churches Trust and an”Autumn Statement Roof Repairs” grant from the government is also being sought.
Whilst many of us do not necessarily wish to attend regular church services, we believe that most of us want to expect our church to e available at important times in our personal lives, such as family baptisms, weddings and inevitably, funerals. We are very fortunate to have such a beautiful church at our disposal. We must surely do what is necessary to preserve it for future generations.
Regular service collections however generous, from our small congregations, barely cover annual church expenses.
THE CHURCH OF ST. NICHOLAS IS YOURS, PLEASE WILL YOU HELP?
To help raise the necessary funds, please give as much as you are able to afford (it may be possible to increase this by 25% with Gift Aid where appropriate).
If you would like any further information, would like to make a one off donation or a regular covenant, please contact: Church wardens: Martin Butt 01672 810743 or Alexandra Cox 01672 810138 or our Rector, Revd. Michael McHugh 01672 870779.
Stir Up Sunday at Saint Nicholas.
Rev. Michael McHugh at Stir-up Sunday.
After the success of last year, we again celebrated the making of Christmas puddings on 'Stir up Sunday' the last Sunday of November. Rev. Michael Mchugh took a very entertaining family service in the Coronation Hall, where with the help of Sue Brady, the pudding was stirred (East to West) by all.
The service was followed by a successful gift fair and cafe where a spot of shopping, the delicious beef baps and soup were enjoyed by many.
Over £700 was raised for St. Nicholas Church which is fantastic.
Jubilee Service at Saint Nicholas.
On Sunday 3rd June, at a special service of hymns, prayers and readings, 112 people celebrated The Queen's Diamond Jubilee in St. Nicholas' Church. The five villages which comprise the parish - East Grafton, West Grafton, Wilton, Wexcombe and Marten - were all represented and the congregation, led by Chris Stock from Chute, sang the patriotic hymns with great enthusiasm - enthusiasm very much inspired by the splendid solo singing of Nick Evans. Many people expressed the wish that this sort of service should become an annual event. A crab-apple tree was planted in the churchyard after the service by children of the parish - of whom there seemed to be dozens in church - and then the whole congregation moved down the Green to the Coronation Hall where champagne and 'nibbles' were enjoyed by all, the champagne generously donated by Bill Clemence and Ronnie Pearson. After a short speech in which he remembered his role as a young lieutenant at the coronation in 1953, Mike Walsh gave the Loyal Toast which was followed by three cheers for Her Majesty. It was a day which we will remember with gladness for a long time.
Martin Butt, Church Warden
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