Welcome

Welcome to the official website of Whiston Parish Church. Situated in the heart of the community, St Mary Magdalene is the parish church serving Whiston Village and the surrounding areas.

The church is now open again for public worship services and funerals. For the next few weeks there will be a spoken Eucharist service on a Sunday at 9.45am, with doors open from 9.15am. The services will be led by one of our two Oversight Ministers, either Revd Karen Skidmore or Revd Toby Gibbons.

If you or anyone in your household is showing symptoms of COVID-19, please do not come to church because of the risk that you pose to others; but remain at home and self-isolate.

These services will be very different from how we worshipped before COVID-19 and so we have drawn up a set of guidelines with the aim of keeping everyone as safe as possible during worship. These guidelines can be found in the section below this article; or on the church Facebook page; and they are available as you enter church. The guidelines are updated whenever the Government issues new guidance.

We hope to resume our previous pattern of worship later in the year as the situation improves, but in the meantime we look forward to welcoming you safely at Whiston Parish Church on a Sunday morning.

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength . . . Love your neighbour as yourself.
There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30-31)

Guidelines for Church Services

 

PCC Statement: COVID Procedures from 19th July 2021 onwards

The Parochial Church Council met on 13th July 2021 and decided that, in view of the rising number of cases of Covid-19, the current measures for services at Whiston Parish Church will remain in place until September 2021. This means that masks have to be worn, hand sanitizer used, track and trace complied with; and social distancing maintained. We understand that some people may be disappointed but our priority, is to keep everyone as safe as possible

-Whiston Parish Church PCC

 

Greetings from Whiston Parish Church on the 16th Sunday after Trinity

‘Whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.’   Mark 9:37

Dear Friends Download the latest information:
Prayers for 19th September 2021
Notes of the Readings and Other Resources

 

In the words of Jesus in today’s gospel we are invited to let him into our lives as God’s son and thereby to allow God to be present with us as we make our way through life. It is a wonderful promise echoed in the words of James ‘ Draw near to God and he will draw near to you’. We give thanks for all that Jesus has done for us as we light our candle and come into God’s presence.

We say the prayer for today:

Lord of creation,
whose glory is around and within us:
open our eyes to your wonders,
that we may serve you with reverence
and know your peace at our life’s end,
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
Amen

 

Read today’s gospel   Mark 9:30-37

 

We sing:

1) Ye servants of God,
your Master proclaim,
and publish abroad
his wonderful Name;
the Name all-victorious
of Jesus extol:
his kingdom is glorious;
he rules over all.

2) God ruleth on high,
almighty to save;
and still he is nigh:
his presence we have.
The great congregation
his triumph shall sing,
ascribing salvation
to Jesus our King.

3) Salvation to God
who sits on the throne!
Let all cry aloud,
and honour the Son.
The praises of Jesus
the angels proclaim,
fall down on their faces,
and worship the Lamb.

4) Then let us adore,
and give Him His right,
All glory and power,
and wisdom and might;
All honour and blessing,
with angels above,
And thanks never ceasing,
and infinite love.

 

We pray:

Almighty God,
you have taught us through your Son
that love is the fulfilling of the law:
grant that we may love you with our whole heart
and our neighbours as ourselves;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

 

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Church Services

Sunday, 19th September 2021 9.45am   Parish Eucharist
Sunday, 26th September 2021 9.45am   Parish Eucharist – we welcome the Bishop of Doncaster, the Rt. Rev. Sophie Jelley to preside and preach.
Sunday, 3rd October 2021 9.45am   Parish Eucharist
Sunday, 10th October 2021 9.45am Parish Eucharist   Harvest Festival  (details later)

 

Ministry

The Rev. Julie Bacon was licensed last Monday as Associate Archdeacon for the Rotherham and Laughton deaneries. Her full title includes the words Transition Enabler and she will be supporting both deaneries as they make the transition to the new model of Mission Areas and Oversight Ministers.

The Rev. Louise Castle, our new member of the oversight ministry team will take up her duties as soon as she is licensed to the Mission Area. We await a date for this.

Children’s ministry   Kathryn Jackson, one of our church members, is assisting Lucy in her work and will take part in the Aurora training course for children’s ministry during the year ahead.

We ask for your prayers for all three persons as they engage in their new ministries.

 

Healing Prayer Group

The group will be meeting every third Monday of the month and remains open to new members. Throughout the Pandemic they have prayed for all those in need of prayer whose names have been passed on to them. The group meets at Janet’s home from 3.00-4.00pm and the next meeting is on Monday 20th September 2021. Please ring Janet on {01709 839258} if you would like to support this very important ministry.

 

Children’s Society

On behalf of The Children’s Society Bridget would like to thank all those who have kindly donated in this difficult year. In view of this she is delighted to say that the sum raised was £570.00 which exceeds the amount raised the previous year. Thank you again.

 

Please contact any of us if you need to talk or simply to have a chat.

Rev. Karen Skidmore – Oversight Minister:   {tel: 01709 836052}
Rev. Toby Gibbons – Oversight Minister:   {mob: 07507 524699}

Patrick White:   (Reader)  {tel: 01709 370069}   or   {mob: 07740 941921}
Colette White:  (Churchwarden)   {mob: 07712 674675}
Alan Bradbury:   (Assistant Churchwarden)   {mob: 07711 691594}

Jan Teale:   (Reader)   {mob: 07745 560580}
Alan Teale:   (Churchwarden)   {mob: 07803 021201}

Email: whistonparishchurch@gmail.com
Our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WhistonParishChurch/

Take care of each other and remember God is good.

 

We serve the areas of:

  • Whiston Village
  • Grange Estate
  • Duke-of-Norfolk Estate
  • Upper Whiston
  • Morthen
  • Outlying Areas

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