St Nicholas, Cuddington
The Church of St Nicholas dates from the 12th Century but was much restored in 1857. It is a very active and friendly village which has for many years won the regional heat of Britain’s Best Kept Village Competition and also the Britain in Bloom competition. It has also, like many other villages in the area, featured on ‘Midsomer Murders’. To find out more about the lively village of Cuddington and St Nicholas, please visit www.cuddingtonvillage.com.
The Church and its Membership
St Nicholas Church is the main centre of Christian worship in the village. The worship style of St Nicholas is contemporary while containing a framework of traditional Anglican worship. The 10.00am Sunday services are the lynchpin of church life at St Nicholas, and the refreshments and fellowship which follow each service are an important adjunct in developing the church community. Lay involvement is a particular feature of Sunday services. Average Sunday attendance is about 50 adults and up to 25 children. We also have a committed band of bell ringers who ring before every service and at weddings.
Children and Youth
Meeting the needs of these members is an important aspect of our church life and the monthly All Age service is an important focus. There is children’s ministry available on every Sunday throughout the year and this is supported by midweek groups including a Toddler Singing Group and an after school club. A highlight of the year is the Easter Pantomime with significant input from the dads. Church members are also heavily involved in the school.
The Christian Community on Weekdays
An essential part of the Christian life in the community is provided by the Home Groups. At present 48 people are involved in the six home groups which meet fortnightly. It is the responsibility of each group to decide on how it organises its meetings. There are regular Lent courses and other events such as harvest and an annual parish supper.
Support for the Community
Once a week there is a ‘Drop-In’ held in church members houses where coffee and refreshments are provided mainly for older members of the village community. A prayer list is maintained in the weekly Notice Sheet to provide prayer support to those in need. There is prayer in church on Thursdays and before the service on Sundays.
Church Outreach in the Village
- Parish supper with evangelistic speaker
- Open Air All Age Service around the village in July
- Carol service (200 + attendance)
- Two harvest suppers
- Christmas Supper
- Singing carols around the village
The church has a ‘Wardens Group’ that meets monthly and oversees the day to day running of the church. Two members of the Benefice Ministry Team have a focus on St Nicholas and two members of St Nicholas are Authorised Preachers. In addition many lay members are involved in leading services, talking school assemblies and in the many and varied activities and ministries of this very active church. The Benefice Rector has been closely involved in the leadership and ministry of St Nicholas. As the new benefice is formed, it is anticipated that the Associate Rector will have the main focus on this parish.
The Church Building
The church is thirteenth century and is a grade 2* listed building. To support the thriving Christian community in Cuddington and its outreach locally, there has been a successful internal re-ordering of the church building and it is now a light and airy space with stone floors, easy wheelchair access and comfortable, moveable seating which gives the building great flexibility. There is a good sound system and a screen (behind the chancel arch) plus a data projector. It also has a small kitchen and WC.
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