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.

God has been worshipped at this place for over 800 years; but at the present time the church building is closed. In the light of government guidance, and the Archbishops of Canterbury and York's announcement about the Coronavirus pandemic, all services normally held here are suspended until further notice.

Our worship of God and our care for each other continues but cannot be done in this building. Instead we are looking at new ways of doing this together by making email and phone contact with those who may require additional support; through our Facebook page and by sharing a range of online prayer and worship resources. Details of these, and contact details for the Churchwardens and Readers, can be found further down the page.

“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.”

 

Guidelines for the Reopening of Church for Services

Dear Friends Download the latest information:
Reopening Guidelines

Please find attached a set of guidelines prepared by the Churchwardens concerning the re-opening of Church for Sunday worship.
It is important that you read them before deciding to come to the service.
Please note that there will be only ONE service at 9:45 am.

Regards
Patrick White

Greetings from Whiston Parish Church on the 15th Sunday after Trinity

Live your life in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Christ. (Philippians 1:27)

Dear Friends Download the latest information:
Reading Sheet for 20th Sept 2020
Notes on the Readings for 20th Sept 2020
Prayers for 20th Sept 2020

"Look" Children's Poster for 20th Sept 2020
"Roots" Children's Sheet for 20th Sept 2020

Sunday Link for 20th Sept 2020
"Live the Word" Article: 21st - 26th Sept 2020

Our readings this Sunday speak of God’s great generosity. Paul urges us to live our lives in response to God’s love by taking to heart Christ’s Gospel. This means accepting that all our brothers and sisters are also worthy of God’s generous love and forgiveness. This can come as a challenge for us as it did for Jonah as he protested to God about the mercy he showed to wrongdoers. This morning we celebrate God’s love as we join together both at home and in church in prayer, reflection and praise. At 9:45 am we light a candle to show God’s presence with us and we say the prayer for today:

God, who in generous mercy sent the Holy Spirit
upon your Church in the burning fire of your love:
grant that your people may be fervent
in the fellowship of the gospel
that, always abiding in you,
they may be found steadfast in faith and active in service;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen

We read today’s gospel: Christ’s parable of the labourers in the vineyard. Matthew 20:1-16

We say or sing:
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy
Like the wideness of the sea;
There’s a kindness in his justice
Which is more than liberty.

For the love of God is broader
Than the measure of our mind,
And the heart of the Eternal
Is most wonderfully kind.

If our love were but more simple,
We should take him at his word;
And our lives would be all gladness
In the joy of Christ our Lord.

We pray:
Forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us.

Father we thank you for calling us to serve you;
Help us to be faithful to that calling,
Give us loving, generous hearts,
Keep us from jealous and envy,
Make us humble and meek,
As we seek to follow in the way of Christ.
We ask this in his name,
Amen

Ministry:
Please continue to pray that a priest will feel called to apply for the new post in the three parishes of our Mission Area. We pray also for all the priests who come to lead our worship on Sundays. We pray as well for Canon Sophie Jelley as she prepares to take up her new role as Bishop of Doncaster after her consecration on Monday in York Minster.

Please pray as well for the Revd. Jackie Lidgate a former member of our congregation who has celebrated the Eucharist with us on various occasions. She is now gravely ill.

If you are intending to attend Sunday service; please remember to wear a mask.

Patrick White

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

Patrick White:   (Reader)  {tel: 01709 370069}   or   {mob: 07740 941921}
Wendy Whitaker:   (Churchwarden)   {mob: 07821 549096}
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/

Should you wish to speak to a priest, the Revd. Karen Skidmore (tel: 01709 836052) and the Revd. Sue Davies (mob: 07515 881605) are both happy to be contacted.

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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