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Anyone currently going to St Nicholas’ Church will see repairs underway on the spire and tower to prevent water getting in. This will be followed by roof tile replacement, scheduled for completion in mid-October.
Although the proposed internal reorganisation is on hold at present due to the high cost involved, in early August we hope to see work start on the Memorial Garden now that various authorities indicate their support.
We have all suffered in different ways due to the pandemic. Adhering to both government rules and the regulations issued by Bishops, we are grateful that we can once again hold services in church. We have reintroduced the 8am Sunday service of Holy Communion (BCP) and Thursdays at 10.30am will follow in the next two months and St Nicholas’ Church is once again open daily to visitors, under controlled conditions, between 09.00 and 17.00.
If you would like to donate towards our building project, we would be hugely grateful. Our bank details are: Worth PCC, Sort Code: 40-18-22 Account Number: 61223372. Please use the reference: “St N project” for your donation.
Gerald Sandwell, Churchwarden
We are pleased to let you know that you can join us in person on Tuesdays and Sundays, as shown below. Appropriate social distancing measures are in place and masks are encouraged. If you do not feel able to do this, you can still be a part of these services as they will be broadcast live on Facebook. You do not need a Facebook account. If you require help doing this, email us and we will gladly help.
March came and it seemed that the world stood still. Everything stopped and we were all stuck at home. Gradually though, people found different ways of doing what was really important to them. In the Perry household, our Monday quiz has become as much a part of our week as church on a Sunday and having gradually improved our weekly ‘meeting’ with friends, we thought we might spread our wings and try for a full-blown fundraising quiz in aid of parish funds. Seventeen teams of up to 4 people joined us last Friday for an online battle.
The Quizzy Rascals lived up to their name and won by a single point. The feedback following the event was hugely positive and everyone seems keen to come back for more.
£200 was raised (someone thought it was so good they gave an added donation which by sheer chance rounded the total) and at the end of the event the clearing up took less than 5 minutes, which has to be an added bonus!
So the silver lining to lockdown is that the Worth Parish Virtual Quiz will remain on the Parish Calendar in the new normal – why not join us in September?
Since the lockdown started on the 22nd March, Carol and I have been up to quite a lot of different things. We started right at the beginning: having a big spring clean throughout our home, including emptying all cupboards, washing and cleaning everything, throwing out lots of items and saving things for Saturday markets when they return.
Like others, we have been doing lots of gardening, not only at our house but that of our neighbour, daughter and Carol’s sister, who are all unable to do larger gardening jobs. Because the weather has been so wonderful, we have been able to strip, clean and redo our son’s and Carol’s sister’s decking areas, all within the government guidelines and without coming into contact with them. Also during the lockdown, because the church has been out of use, I have been able to redecorate the hall kitchen area, box in pipes and spruce up the paintwork in other areas of the hall.
We have been on lots of neighbourhood walks, exploring the Worth Way and Grattons Drive park and lakes. We have been able to visit the National Trust gardens especially Wakehurst on Carol’s birthday, celebrating there with a lovely walk with our grandson Alfie and our daughter Rachel. Over the past two weeks, we have been able to see more of our grandsons and family and have a much-needed cuddle. We have also been to the beach at Worthing and seen our daughter Sharon who lives there – fantastic with the gorgeous weather we have been having.
We have participated in worship following online services, as well as watching archived Songs of Praise on TV, both of which we’ve found uplifting in these difficult times. We have missed so very much seeing our Christian family and friends and community in person and hopefully soon we will all meet and share together again. It has been sad to hear of the loss of two dear church members who were with St Barnabas’ for a long time – dear Isobel and Brenda. May our Lord continue to bless them richly.
All our love,
Bob and Carol