Welcome to the parish church of St Nicholas, Wells-next-the-Sea
(Please bear with us as this website is currently under construction and some of the pages are not yet complete!)
Our parish is part of a benefice of four with Holkham, Warham & Wighton in the Diocese of Norwich and we are proud to be a partner in Churches Together in Wells and District. The church is on the southern edge of the town and is part of the vibrant community which is Wells-next-the-Sea.
Public worship has resumed with weekly services on Wednesday 10.00am at Wells and Benefice worship on Sundays at 9.30am & 11.00am. Please check below for the venue and service type. Our buildings remain open at the times below.
SERVICES THIS WEEK:
Sunday 25th Trinity 8 (Proper 12)
9.30am Holy Communion All Saints Wighton (this service will be recorded and uploaded onto YouTube)
11.00am Holy Communion Wells St Nicholas
6.30pm Celtic Worship Wells St Nicholas
10.00am Holy Communion Wells St Nicholas (this service will be recorded and uploaded onto YouTube)
Sunday 1st Trinity 9 (Proper 13)
9.30am Holy Communion Holkham St Withburga
11.00am Worship for All Wells St Nicholas (this service will be recorded & uploaded onto YouTube)
6.30pm Taize Worship Wells St Nicholas & on Zoom
Our church buildings are open for private prayer at the following times:
- St Nicholas, Wells-next-the-Sea 10.00am-4.00pm daily
- Warham All Saints 10.00-4.00pm daily
- Holkham St Withburga 10.00am – 4.00pm daily
- Wighton All Saints 10.00am – 4.00pm daily
A little bit of normality…
As restrictions lift we’re delighted that Little Fishes has resumed twice a month. We’ve changed days and meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays 1.45 – 3.30. So if your child attends pre-school at Wells Primary you can still pop in for chat and a drink and a bun. We’ve also resumed refreshments after worship at Wells on Sunday and Wednesday so if you feel safe doing so do take a seat and you will be served tea or coffee and a biscuit.
Celebration of Wells Fire and Rescue Service:
In September 2020 we held a very successful Wells Fire and Rescue Service in St. Nicholas churchyard, which was attended by many local people including the Wells fire fighters with their Fire Engine, on what turned out to be a lovely evening. This was the first annual follow up to the launch of our Restoration Project. After the service, thanks to the generosity of Frenchs Fish Shop, who provided delicious fish and chips to the Wells PCC, many of those attending enjoyed a delicious supper and the amazing amount raised, of £458, was donated to the Fire Fighters Charity.
National Lottery Heritage Fund Development Phase progress
In October 2020, as part of the Wells PCC’s Development Phase of our National Lottery Heritage Fund grant we had two days of investigation work carried out on the south aisle roof and medieval tower to establish exactly what restoration work is required when we apply for a Delivery Phase Grant. As you will see, we had to have a high level cherry picker on site for the consultants to access the tower. This enabled detailed inspection of the stonework and four of our bell ringers were on hand so that movement in the structure could be monitored. On the aisle roof three scoffolding towers enabled us to examine the state of the woodwork under the roofing surface.
All Souls Service:
Churches Together in Wells and District were glad to be able to go ahead with our annual All Souls service this year, a chance for family and friends of those who have died to remember their loved ones. It should have been at Our Lady Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church this year but St Nicholas is the biggest space making social distancing easier. The service was led by Fr Tom Goohan and representatives of the different denominations took part in the service and sang in our little choir. The church was floodlit for the occasion and we’re grateful to Vicky Yaxley for this lovely photo.
Our book exchange and children’s area are now open once more for you to enjoy and please take the opportunity to explore the building or relax both inside and out in our pleasant churchyard, a quiet green space away from the busyness of the Quay. Parts of the churchyard are Norfolk Wildlife Trust designated areas.
Our summer concert season will not be happening this year and, although the main Carnival Week activities are not happening, we will be ringing the bells on Saturday July 31st and ‘Desert Island Discs’ will be on Wednesday August 4th at noon. Our parent and toddler group ‘Little Fishes’ has resumed, meeting twice a month on the 1st & 3rd Thursdays and Messy Church aims to resume once a month on Saturday from September.
For now you can take a look around St Nicholas by using the virtual tour below, and we look forward to seeing you in person. When you visit you will notice a few changes since this was done. Enjoy!
Thunderbolts & Fire
140 years ago, on the night of August 3rd 1879, lightning struck the tower and the entire church burned down, with only the shell of the tower surviving! To celebrate this and also to launch our major restoration appeal we held an exhibition from July 27th to August 11th, 2019 and more events, including a community play Crossfire, are planned. Full details can be found here.
The parish of Wells-next-the-Sea: St Nicholas is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Norwich’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.