Can you help a child smile this Christmas? We are inviting all in our community to buy a toy for a child, wrap it, tag it (stating age suitability & girl/boy) and drop it in at Church or 'Santa's Bin' at the Rectory (top of Church Chare, Whickham NE16 4SH). You are welcome to park on the drive and drop off your gift in the bin (which, by the way is clean, sanitised regularly, closely monitored and emptied). The gifts will be collected and stored until their distribution following the 12th December. They will go to the children most in need and will be distributed in partnership with The NSPCC & Salvation Army. All toys will go to children in the Tyneside area. In Lockdown, those who are most in need, find themselves more in need! Help a child smile this Christmas.

     

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From Miss Louise Hall, Headteacher at Clover Hill Primary School. 

During the main lock down in April - June, Clover Hill remained open for children of critical key worker parents. It was a very strange time but we were determined to focus on being positive as a school community. We got strength from nature and in our appreciation of the little things  - we were thankful for various local features. Our key worker pupil group  enjoyed making sketches of special local features and places of beauty that were special to  them. Miss Sinclair, one of our teaching assistants and a talented artist decided to combine our local features into one big collage picture  - which we decided had to be locked in time for prosperity by capturing all the features in a special mosaic. A memory  of a very surreal period of time when local natural beauty was something we were all very grateful for. 

Its great to see St Mary's and many other much loved landmarks; thank you Clover Hill for sharing them with us 😊

'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.

For advice about Covid-19 click the Church of England link below

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.

 

Safeguarding policies and practice

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.