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Welcome

Welcome to St Nick's Dunnington, from Revd Nick Bird

I've been the parish priest here since January 2009, following a previous career as a nurse.  My wife, Diane, and I have three boys - Zachary, Reuben and Jude.

Hospitality is at the heart of everything we do at St Nick's. As a church family we welcome others because God's welcome to us is the foundation of all that we believe ('We love because God first loved us' - 1 John 4.19).

Hospitality also means accommodating others. To do this we make ready to change shape, to accommodate, and to meet the needs of those who join us. We do this also to make sure that everyone feels included and at home.

The Eucharist (Holy Communion) is at the heart of all Christian worship, and of our own parish church, because it is the meal to which we are all invited, and through which the love and grace (free gift) of God is made known - the meal at which God is the host. It is a touching-place between heaven and earth, where the ordinary and the divine meet.

We are a church family of all ages and traditions, seeking to recognise God in each other, and to serve the community around us.

During the current pandemic we are not always able to open our church buildings for public worship, and sometimes even for private prayer. We shall try our best to publicise any changes as they happen.

However, this does not mean that the church is closed. Our church is a community of faith, and although we are not always able to gather in person, we are dispersed across our parishes, continuing in prayer, worship and service. Our buildings are a sign of our presence and are a focus for our worship, but they are not the church. We continue to gather in other ways online, both for worship and fellowship, and are in regular contact with each other.

You are always welcome to join us for any of our activities, and the ministers of our church are still available to support any in our villages who seek their help. Each day our parishioners are held in prayer, and we look forward to a safer time when we can gather once more.

Nick