'Lockdown Angel Awards'
It was a very rainy Saturday morning when Liz Twist MP for Blaydon and Dot Burnett, Deputy Mayor for Gateshead turned up at the Rectory.
But, even the weather couldn't take away the brightness of their smiles (and ours) as they gave Luke an award for his work with the Food Bank (collection point in Tesco in the village), his caretaker role looking after external security of the church and centre, and the application of his digital skills in our Sunday worship.
Michael & Jean Grave also received Angel Awards for providing and developing music during lockdown. Initially it was via our YouTube films, but as we re-established services we benefitted from their expertise in developing worship using the central screen along with great advice regarding risk assessment's, and the re-introduction of choir singing.
Between the 'three of our little angels' we’ve been kept on course and feeling very much an active church in our community! It is also with appreciation that we thank Liz and Dot for giving the awards ... representing not just those who've received them, but also all who've done so much to help others during lockdown. Well done!
We are taking bookings for 10am Sunday Holy Communion from each preceding Monday (No need to book for other services). See below for details of how to book. Also please note we keep a list of those who book for ‘Track & Trace’ purposes only; the information is kept for 28 days and is then destroyed.
Our choir are now back singing hymns as the congregation reflect upon the words. Extensive research by Michael & Garth gave us the confidence to ensure a safe designated area which allows 2m distancing between members. The singing is lovely. All safety guidelines are followed as we continue to make good and safe progress
Can you help St Mary's Parish Church? We are here to serve our community and to work hard for the benefit of all in our area. Coming out of lockdown we seek your help. Like all charities we need the support of the people we serve and ask that you may consider making a donation to the church? It can be done in many ways (see our 'Donate Page') or you can simply scan the adjacent QR code with your smart phone (you'll need to download a QR reader app... there are many available and free). The instructions for payment are easy to follow, and you'll get a receipt of your transaction. If eligible, you can even gift aid the amount! Thank you for your continued support.
Can you help Lighting Up Whickham? Lighting Up Whickham, (which our church fully supports) is a local community group that raises funds to provide the Christmas tree and lights for the village and which looks so welcoming at the bottom of Church Green. The group normally fundraise throughout the year, however, due to the Covid-19 pandemic it's work had to stop. Though not sure what the next few months might bring I'm sure all of us want to celebrate Christmas cheer throughout our Whickham community. LUW are aiming to raise money towards the Christmas tree and lights, with any extra raised contributing to next year. Please help with a donation by following the below link to a Facebook 'go fund me page. Many thanks.
St Mary’s Church is a CoE parish within the Diocese of Durham. We are here for all the people of Whickham in a variety of ways. We are of the community, for the good of the community. We have been at the heart of Whickham for nine hundred years. We believe our Christian Faith offers hope for the world. Here you will find out who we are and what we do. As followers of Jesus, we commit ourselves to sharing our faith that all might find abundant life and blessing in His name.
The Parochial Church Council have adopted and are following the Diocesan Safeguarding Policy for Adults, Children and Young People. All our policies and associated guidance have been adopted, and can be viewed and downloaded from our Policies page. Please click here. Further contact information will be added to our home page in due course. In the meantime should you have any safeguarding issues please contact out our Rector, The Revd Barry Abbott on 0191 488 7397 or our Parish Safeguarding Officer Mrs Carole Dixon available through the Parish Office on 0191 488 1553.
If you still have questions check out our contact details or visit us at the St Mary's Centre, Church Chare, Whickham, NE16 4SH Mon - Fri 9am - 12noon. There are good car parks situated behind the Front Street shops with several paths connecting to both Front Street and Church Chare. The distance should be no more than a 5 minute walk. Please note the car parks operate on a Pay & Display basis and depending on the time of day a small charge may be required.