What's different during Covid-19
You might like to know more about what it feels like to come to church at St Nicholas at the moment, find out more here
I've never been to church; what is the service like?
The services at St Nicholas are designed to be visitor friendly, so we regularly explain what we're doing at points during the service, and why we're doing it. You don't have to know anything before you visit, or bring anything. The services mostly contain a mixture of songs, a reading or two from the Bible, prayers and a short talk on a passage from the Bible. The service also contains a confession and creed (statement of beliefs), which you are welcome to join in with as you wish. The evening service is slightly less formal as well as being smaller in terms of the number of people who come. See the What to Expect on Sundays page for more info.
Do you take collections?
We don't take collections during the service. We don’t expect visitors to give to the work of St Nicholas; church family members can click here for information on giving.
What are the arrangements for children and babies?
Take a look at this page for what happens for children and babies on Sundays.
How do I know the leaders are 'safe'?
We take the safeguarding of both children and adults very seriously. Every group leader has been through a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check at enhanced level and attends annual training. For more information on our Safeguarding policy, please contact Claire Tagg (who is in charge of Safeguarding at St Nicholas) through the Church Office.
What about Health & Safety?
We take Health & Safety seriously at St Nicholas and have developed a church-specific policy in order that people and things in our community are kept as safe as possible. Please get in touch with our Health & Safety officers, Andy and Antonia Jackson, through the Church Office, if you have any questions or comments.
I'm not sure what I believe; do you have courses for people like me?
Yes, and we'd love to talk to you about them. Check out the 'Hope Explored' page.
Do you run the Alpha course?
No, but we run a similar course for those thinking through the claims of Christianity, called 'Hope Explored'. Have a look at the 'Hope Explored' page for more details.
What do you believe?
Take a look at the 'What we Believe' page to find out what we believe at St Nicholas.
How do I contact the Rector?
You can contact CJ Davis, the Rector, via the church office on 020 8767 8033 or email him via the form on the 'Contact us' page. You could also come along to church one Sunday, and chat to him then. His day off is usually Friday.
How do I know who to contact at church about various things?
The best way to do this is to ring the Church Office or fill in the form on the 'Contact us' page; we can then let you know who the best person is to talk to.
How do I find out about having my child baptized or confirmed?
We would love to talk to you about this; please come along to church one Sunday and talk to CJ, the Rector, about services of baptism, dedication or confirmation.
How do I find out about getting married or having my Banns read at St Nicholas?
Please see the 'Weddings' page or ring the Church Office.
What happens at St Nicholas during the week?
There are lots of things happening at St Nicholas during the week! 'Mid-week' will tell you more.
Do I have to live in the parish to come to your church? Do I have to be a Christian to come to your church?
No – everyone is welcome, wherever you live and whether or not you’re a Christian.
Do you have access for people with mobility issues? What about those who find it hard to hear?
In practical terms, we make every effort to be inclusive. We have two access doors at the front of church, one with a ramp for those in wheelchairs; we also operate a hearing loop system. Do get in touch with the church office for more details.
Coming to Services FAQs
5 January 2021
You might like to know more about what it feels like to come to church at St Nicholas at the moment.
- For everyone's safety we are now using the NHS test and trace system. We encourage you to download the app (NHS COVID-19) and to be ready to scan the QR code. (If you don't have a smart phone we will check you in manually.)
- If on the day of the service you or anyone in your household has developed any symptoms associated with COVID-19, or have been told to self-isolate, please do not attend.
Here are some answers to FAQs.
What plans do you have in place to keep people safe from Covid?
- We will ask you to follow the hands - space - face guidelines – sanitising hands, keeping your distance, wearing a face covering (for those