St Nicholas Church

There is a lot of information going on to this page at the moment, ranging from links to various websites for updates, church opening, what is in place in lieu of services, access to the online Link and a Thought for the Week.
If you keep scrolling down hopefully you will find what you want.
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MESSAGE FROM REV GAYNOR

Sadly, in accordance with Government restrictions and by instruction from our Archbishop, we have now reached the stage where we are having to close our church buildings. However, this does not mean that we have to put ‘being church’ on hold. Rather, that we just find different ways of worshipping together and interceding on behalf of our communities and our world in these most extraordinary of times.

Here in the Grosmont Group of churches we would like to invite all who are able to join us in a Sunday service of Morning Prayer by Skype, starting this Sunday, 29 March at 10am. To participate in the service you will need to be able to use Skype yourself then…

  In your address search box type either Grosmont Churches OR johnandmary-91 this should give you the contact details and then you will need to request a contact, which will be checked and respond to daily.
 
Please request a contact well in advance of the service time (preferably by the day before) so that when you come online before the service you can be invited into the video link before the service starts.
 
This is something we have never done before and should give us a way of sharing prayer and worship together. However as it is a new venture there are bound to be some glitches as we all get used to how this may work, so please be patient, Thank you.

In addition to this there will be a blessed thought posted on the website each Sunday following the lectionary readings. Prayer resources for use at home are available from the Church in Wales website
https://monmouth.churchinwales.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2020/03/praying-at-home-4.pdf


Additional resources can be found on the same site, Monmouth Diocese and by clicking on the Covid-19 Coronavirus box in the top left hand corner. There is a section under resources which you may find of help and interest.

If you would like to keep in touch with things happening in the Diocese and beyond, take a look at the Monmouth Diocese Twitter page. You don’t need to join Twitter to do this. The Church Times have a page of useful resources for worship which you can access from this site.

Mary Moore is investigating setting up a Grosmont Group Facebook page for folk to share prayer requests and to keep in touch with each other, and we are looking at other ways of making a communal service available. If you should have any further ideas of how we can support each other and continue to share God’s love in these challenging times please let me know.

You all continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.
Rev Gaynor

CHURCH OPENING

It is with regret that St Nicholas Church will be closed until further notice to comply with the statement below. 

Church Buildings
We know that our churches have always been places of sanctuary, peace and wellbeing. However, it is now clear that health and healing are best served by church buildings being closed. All church buildings should therefore be closed until further notice.

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LINKS TO OTHER WEBSITES AND BLOGS

Church in Wales – Updated 24 March 2020

https://www.churchinwales.org.uk/en/clergy-and-members/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance/

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www.churchinwales.org.uk

monmouth.churchinwales.org.uk

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PRAYER CYCLE 
Prayer_List_March_2020

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www.churchinwales.org.uk

monmouth.churchinwales.org.uk

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Rev Dr Lorraine Cavanagh, a member of our Ministry Team who regularly takes services for us, has a blog which you might be interested in.   https://lorrainecavanaghsblog.wordpress.com

https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/lorraine-cavanaghs-blog-lorraine-cavanagh-ap95HE-umU3/

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LINK ONLINE

We now have the magazine available to view online. Link is https://parish.churchinwales.org.uk/m171/church-link/ 

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Lent 5 – Passiontide begins – 28 March 2020

Readings
Ezekiel 37:1-14     The valley of the dry bones
Psalm 130              Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord;
Romans 8:6-11      Life through the Spirit
John 11:1-45          The death and resurrection of Lazarus

The lectionary this week has dealt us three pretty grisly readings all based around the theme of death. But the flip side is that they are all actually teaching us about resurrection too. I guess our reaction depends on whether we are a glass half empty type of person or a glass half full! 

Ezekiel is in exile in Babylon as he transports us in one of his prophetic renditions to the valley of the dry bones. This is a prophecy of the future Jewish revival, where God will restore the dry bones of his people through a sovereign act of grace. Despite the dire situation, God will redeem them and draw them into a new relationship. Not because of their status as chosen ones, and not because of anything they do themselves, but simply because of who God is and the life he breathes into them. 

The reading from Romans joins us with Paul who previously has been describing his inner conflicts and his struggles with the flesh. When we live by worldly values it is easy to get drawn into a doctrine of failure. Our world tends to focus on the negative rather than celebrating the positive, and this mindset encourages us to believe that we are failures when we cannot make things right. As we read through chapter 8 of Romans we become aware of restoration occurring, not through Paul’s efforts but, again, by God’s sovereign and redemptive actions. It is the indwelling of his Holy Spirit that takes Paul out of a life bound by the things of the world and enables him to live to the fullness of God’s intentions. 

The Gospel reading is so well known to us! Jesus’ friend Lazarus becomes ill and dies. Jesus is sent for by Lazarus’ sisters who believe Jesus can make him well. But Jesus waits until it is too late. With hindsight we can understand Jesus’ reasons for waiting to go to Lazarus and his family, but even for us there can still be that element of anger and disappointment that he did not respond sooner to Martha and Mary’s request for help. And even though Jesus knew that something amazing would come out of the disastrous situation, he too was moved by their plight, and wept. 

I guess it would be easy for us today to feel that God has walked away from his world and left us to the ravages of Coronavirus. Yet, I believe he is in the midst of us both weeping, and restoring. I believe that God can, and will, bring great restoration to this world, and we all have the opportunity to be part of this work. Yes, there will be great sadness for some, and many will be left with the question ‘why?’ A question that sadly none of us has the answer to. But, as we look at the Gospel story we can grasp the reality that Christ is here just as he was at the tomb of Lazarus. He is present in the sickness, the grieving and the weeping, he is present in the resurrecting and the restoring. His presence can and will bring healing. He is here with us in the challenges this world is facing, not because we deserve his help, or because we can earn his favour, but simply because he loves us and when we hurt he hurts. 

But his plan is more than just working in the here and now. He longs to draw all of humanity into that transformative resurrection joy that redeems all people back into the loving relationship we were first born into. A redemptive work begun by Jesus at the first Easter, a work we can still see in action as in the midst of the Coronavirus God’s love is shown by so many reaching out with care and help to those in need. Might we be rediscovering a way to live where people once again are more important than possessions? 

I hope you are all keeping well in these trying times

Rev Gaynor

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BLESSED THOUGHT for 22nd March 2020
Lent 4 (not as Mothering Sunday)

 Readings
1 Sam 16.1-13     Samuel anoints the unexpected one: David
Psalm 23             The Lord’s my shepherd
Eph 5.8-14           Live as children of light
John 9.1-41         Jesus heals the man born blind – on the Sabbath

HOPE FOR THE UNEXPECTED

In the Gospel from St John for the fourth Sunday in Lent, Jesus heals a man born blind, and does so deliberately on the Sabbath day when, in the eyes of the self-righteous Pharisees and doctors of the law, such an act was forbidden.  When they protest against the healed man, Jesus shows them up as spiritually blind.  ‘If you were really blind, you would not be at fault,’ he tells them, but their blindness is wilful and they stand condemned by their own words.

In the Old Testament reading, Samuel, instructed by God, does not anoint the next leader from the human shortlist of candidates, but picks the one they have not considered – David, later the most famous of all the kings of Israel (although by no means a faultless individual).

As people, we tend to imprison God within our expectations.  We limit what we hope for, instead of opening our ideas to ‘grasp just how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ’, as Paul says in his letter to the Ephesians.  The Epistle reading given for Lent 4 goes on directly from there to exhort us not be blind, but rather to live in the light of God’s love, expecting that He will be able to do infinitely more than we can begin to ask or imagine.

That’s easy to say, but it doesn’t make it easy to do.

In the present crisis, we have our own ‘doctors of the law’, the virologists and experts telling us what to expect, and of course we must be right to follow their advice.  It would be irresponsible not to, which is why churches – and mosques, and synagogues – are closing their doors to public worship.  Whilst this is surely right, it does increase the sense of doom, and removes a powerful spiritual resource from us all, particularly from those adopting isolation.

But while we respect the practicalities of life in crowded modern society, we should retain our faith in the unexpected.  Our prayers may seem on many occasions to vanish into the void, but the power of Christian prayer to change the world has shaped the western culture we and billions of others live in.  That our society considers all people to be of equal value, irrespective of race, creed of colour, was not self-evident: it is a uniquely Christian achievement.

The power of God who is love is beyond human understanding.  So let us all expand our hopes to fit our limitless God, rather than shrink our God to fit our meagre hopes.

The last of our readings for Lent 4 is the best known of all the psalms:  the Lord’s my Shepherd.  It presents a famous picture of a life full of joy, a life filled with riches, a life without fear.  This is a moment to cherish that image.

Revd Andrew Harter
19th March 2020

General Data Protection Regulation

To find out about the GDPR as it relates to St Nicholas Church, Grosmont please click here:
Data Protection Privacy Notice


Parochial Church Council Meetings

PCC Meeting 13 February 2020

PCC Meeting 7 November 2019
PCC Meeting 12 September 2019
PCC Meeting 25 July 2019
PCC Meeting 6 June 2019
PCC Meeting 24 April 2019
Easter Vestry Minutes
Minister’s Report Grosmont Easter Vestry 2019
2018 Parish Accounts for Vestry Meeting 2019
Notes from PCC Meeting 17 January 2019
Notes from PCC Meeting 28 March 2019

News from the PCC Meeting 2 February 2018

SERVICES

Please see the Church in Wales guidance at the top of the page.

Other Services:

Please see the Church in Wales guidance at the top of the page.

WITH APOLOGIES – THE REMAINING LENT LUNCHES HAVE BEEN CANCELLED

 


Bible Study Group:

MARCH

Please see the Church in Wales guidance at the top of the page.

Events in the Nave and Church

MARCH

Please see the Church in Wales guidance at the top of the page.

St Nicholas Church is a fine medieval building but, much more than that, it is also the people of the community who live and work in our beautiful parish. The church stands as a powerful reminder of what community life meant to the people of past centuries; today it remains a symbol for shared experience and the spirit of community.

St NicholasIn ancient times the church was an important community space; it was only much later that the building was reserved exclusively for ecclesiastical use. We are lucky still to have the dramatic original nave of St Nicholas with its fine acoustics. We are also fortunate to share with the parish community the vision of restoring the nave to its central and original community role.

We are an ecumenical congregation and welcome everyone who wants to meet and talk with us, question and challenge us, share our vision and join us.

For baptisms, weddings and funerals and other occasional services please contact:


Grosmont Ministry Team

Priest in Charge
Revd Gaynor Burrett

Lay Reader
Sandy Ireson LLM

Lay Eucharistic Assistants
Russell James
Louise Minford
Mary Moore
Pat Noakes

Church Wardens
Russell James
Mark Potter

Parochial Church Council
Louise Minford (Treasurer)
Andrew Harter (Secretary)
Jenny Harter

Ex officio
Russell James (Vicar’s Warden)
Mark Potter (People’s Warden)
Mary Moore (Ordinand)
Sandy Ireson (Lay Reader)

Safeguarding:  Contact Rev Gaynor Burrett
Health and Safety Officer:  To be confirmed

Information on the previous incumbents of the parishes can be found here.


Events that have taken place in the Nave
Village Suppers, Archery, Annual Produce Show, Musical Performances, Ceilidhs and Monthly Market etc.

For more information on the Quarterly Market click here.

NATIVITY LIVE 2019

Nativity Live
For the last 10 years on Christmas Eve, Mary and Joseph, a child and a donkey, shepherds and Wise Men have gathered at the top of the village to begin Nativity Live!

This is a special celebration for Christmas Eve which has become a very popular and colourful tradition in Grosmont. The procession pauses at the Angel Inn but finds “no room at the inn”, and continues on to the Nave of St. Nicholas Church.
All gather in the Nave for the familiar carols and a different presentation of the Christmas story.
Mince pies and mulled wine complete the special evening.

 


Archery in the Nave

Sandy Ireson runs her acclaimed Archery Lessons in the Nave on Friday evenings. These are suitable for all age groups (within reason!). All profits go to support St Nicholas, Grosmont. If you are interested in joining, further information is available from Sandy www.llangattockarchers.co.uk


Rent the Nave for your Event!

Grosmont Nave is one of the finest in all Wales. It makes a wonderful venue for all kinds of events. Do not overlook it!

Please contact Andrew Harter for information. Email: andrew@harter.co.uk