Trisha's Blog

Canon Trisha Wick has just retired from CMS where she was a Mission Partner in South Sudan .
She is now a Pioneer Minister in Hull at the St Margarets Welcome Centre on Longhill Estate

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

December Newsletter

As I write this I am in the midst of the Christmas rush and will be relieved when its over. On Christmas Day I have a service to take at a local church which means I won't get to Mum in Scarborough in time for Christmas lunch so will go and open Christmas presents with her once I get there. I think my Christmas lunch will be a frozen dinner for one after I've seen Mum!

On Longhill we had a successful Christmas Fair and I then had the last week of November off to use up more of my holiday before the end of the year. I was in Filey and spent good time with Mum including various outings which were fun. Pray that Mum stays well over the Christmas period so she can enjoy the festivities and outings planned.  I find Filey relaxing and gives me space to think, however the week was interrupted with various work emails, phone calls and admin issues and I visited Hull mid week too, so not easy to switch off this time. I thank Barbara for covering for me so I could have this break.

Other Christmas activities include:
Dec. 14th  Christmas Chaos including an adult nativity play with a cast of 20 of us from the Welcome Centre. Come and join us at 3.30pm.
Dec. 19th  The Fourth King - a journey through the Christmas story.
Dec. 22nd  Christmas Lunch in our Cafe.

The good news is that we now have new heating in the Hall. Praise God!  We now need people to hire it.

PLEASE PRAY FOR:
1.  We need musicians, instruments, data projector operator and someone who can work our amplification system.
2.  Pray for more people to hire rooms so we can increase our income
3.  Pray for Jill, our Cafe Manager and her team of volunteers
4.  Pray for protection of the building against vandalism especially when closed over Christmas/New Year
5.  Our Messy Church has huge potential so pray for the team leading it 
6.  Our 'Start' Course will begin in January - very good for non Christians etc.
7.  During the Christmas break I will go through the whole of my office at home clearing out and getting everything in order. I need to do the same with my office in the Welcome Centre.
8.  At St. Margaret's we support Lynn Treneary who is a CMS Mission Partner in Maridi in South Sudan. She works at the College where I was formerly Principal. Pray for her safety during this time of
     insecurity in the country.

Several people have been asking for my Mum's address so they can send her a Christmas card. It is:
Muriel Wick, Room 22, Scarborough Hall Care Home, Mount View Avenue, Scarborough YO12 4EQ.

May God bless you this Christmas and help us to keep Christ at the centre.


Trisha Wick

Saturday, 12 November 2016

NEWS FROM LONGHILL FOR NOVEMBER 2016

NEWS FROM LONGHILL FOR NOVEMBER 2016
 
Greetings everyone. This month I want to share with you how we are developing church on Longhill and ask you to pray for some specific needs we have at present.
 
STRATEGY
When I began my work I did not come with a set plan of how I would develop and grow church on Longhill. I prayed that with God’s help this would emerge as I listened to, sought advice and planned with local people.  There was no Sunday service and the main service was a Holy Communion Service on a Thursday morning at 11.30 am. Attendance on average was 5 – 10 people. This service continues and has slowly been growing in numbers. Maggie Jeavons (from our mother church, St. Michael’s) and myself share the leadership of this. Most who attend usually have lunch together in our Cafe afterwards.
 
In January this year I started a ‘Christianity – What’s it all about?’ group meeting on Wednesdays from 1.30-2.30pm. We started by answering questions people were asking about Christianity. This then led into a ‘Moving On’ course. After that we studied the Book of Philippians followed by studies from the Book of Acts on ‘How can my church grow?’. We are now looking at some of the Psalms until the end of the year. In the New Year  the group has requested to do the ‘Start Course’ in order to help people summarize what they believe so they can share their faith with others. We have about 12 regular attenders at this Wednesday Group plus several more who come and go, with a few new people recently.
 
On the first Tuesday of every month we meet at 7.30pm for an hour to pray for the work on Longhill. It is good to see more people having the courage to pray out loud. We have three prayer spaces in the building where people can leave prayer requests.
 
Since I started on Longhill we have had several services in our Cafe on special festivals such as Christmas and Easter. This has now developed into a monthly Cafe Church. We did our first one at Harvest last month and expected 20-30 people and 70 turned up including about 20 children. Our next one is on November 9th when we will have a Time of Remembrance. Our Christmas Cafe Church is called ‘Christmas Chaos’ and will be on December 14th. During this we will be doing an adult nativity play which will be hilarious. I think I will be a sheep! I think Cafe Church will soon have to move into the Hall for safety reasons if we continue to get good numbers attending. Under the banner of Cafe Church I expect in the future to include some more imaginative services and maybe different ways of doing things and sharing our faith as God leads and as we sense what people on Longhill will respond to.  Many are curious about my remit to do church in a new way and that they can have a say and work with me to do it.  Exciting!
 
I have three new Recognized Parish Assistants and we have had a real burden to start a group with a Christian foundation for parents and children. I asked them to go and pray and plan and they felt God was saying we should move into a monthly ‘Messy Church’ for families in particular. We did our first one at the end of October and there were 33 of us which was encouraging. Parents must accompany their children and it was good to see all ages involved in the activities and thoroughly enjoying themselves. The leadership team has grown to seven people (without me) who plan and run it. I am supervising, advising and encouraging in these early stages. It is wonderful to see the leaders flourishing and enthusiastic as they accept this new challenge. There is some overlap with those from Messy Church who attend Cafe Church and we hope increasingly that Messy Church will feed more people into Cafe Church and other spiritual activities.
 
PLEASE PRAY:
1.   For new Christians to grow in their faith
2.   New chairs are needed for the Chapel and the Hall – pray for funding
3.   Thank God for the non church goers who are now starting to attend Cafe Church and Messy Church
4.   Pray for many more people to join our services as we reach out to people on Longhill
5.   We desperately need musicians and instruments
6.   We need people who can work amplification equipment and data projector
7.   Thank God for the leadership teams for Cafe Church and Messy Church and that these teams will grow in number (and that DBS checks are done quickly)
8.   Pray for safety in the building for everyone.
9.   With new initiatives my workload is increasing so pray for wisdom in how I use my time.  I desperately need space to think, pray and reflect and opportunities to escape from work to do this – not easy.
10. Pray for fruit from our contacts with local schools
 
God is so good and sometimes I feel He answers prayers before I even pray them! We need to pray people into Church as well as developing friendships and trust with people who enter the building for the variety of activities we provide. We want to reflect the love and care of Christ in all we do.
 
Please pray fervently for God’s church on Longhill as we seek to grow and develop it.
 
God bless
Trisha Wick

Saturday, 17 September 2016

AFTERNOON TEA

Mum enjoyed afternoon tea at Stain Glass Tearoom today.


NEWS FROM LONGHILL FOR SEPTEMBER 2016

NEWS FROM LONGHILL FOR SEPTEMBER 2016
 
LOOKING BACK
I was hoping that August would be a quieter month so I could catch up on some things which I don’t usually have time to do. However this was not the case – it was a busy month. We had extra activities run by the Acorn Children’s Centre and others by the wider Hull Library Service. There was an African Adventure for housebound Library readers and special activities for children too. Our Social Planning Group met and we have arranged five special activities taking us towards Christmas – this includes a monthly Cafe Church. We had a bring and share lunch after one of our Thursday morning Holy Communion services. The Cafe shut for the first week of August to give everyone a rest. I held a dinner party for our three new Recognized Parish Assistants so we can work out their new role at St. Margaret’s. I did induction for some new volunteers we have. We held a Children’s Holiday Club which children and parents really enjoyed. Various repairs etc. were completed in the building (on going maintenance is a real challenge!). I held an afternoon tea at my house for all those who attend spiritual activities (separate from other activities in the building). There was much laughter and it has done a lot to develop our church family. I had a meeting with East Mount Recreation Centre which is also on Longhill and we now have an excellent partnership. I went to two funding training events.  I went to Bolton to preach on one Sunday. I’ve enjoyed lunch or supper out with several friends on different occasions which is a real tonic as it is a distraction from the work for a while. We did a fire drill in the building which went very smoothly. Thanks to all who remembered my birthday on Sept. 4th. I went with a friend for an amazing meal at Wings International Restaurant. I’ve had a quarterly meeting with the Library to deal with any issues arising from them being in the building with us – it is working well for all of us. I met with a couple of possible donors. I also attended the Certificate Giving ceremony for our three Recognized Parish Assistants – Barbara, Alison and Karen. I’m not mentioning all the admin. and grant applications I did!  Plus dealing with vandalism outside the building. Phew ! It was a busy month!!
 
LOOKING AHEAD FOR SEPTEMBER
I have been asked about starting some new groups so have put up a notice to see how much interest there is and to find leaders if they are to go ahead – Basic sign language, Dance Group and a Dominoes Group. I am doing on going weekly counseling sessions with several individuals. We have three more new volunteers who want to start. Our Management Committee will meet. We will have a St. Margaret’s Church Reunion on 13th for those who have worshipped at St. Margaret’s in the past since the 1950’s when we will share memories, learn from the history of the church and share possible new ways forward for the future. More repair work on the building. A Food Safety and Hygiene Level 2 course. A McMillan Coffee Morning on 30th. Our weekly Bible Study has started a new course with the topic of 'How can my church grow?' - studies in the Book of Acts. Our Cafe is getting busier again after a lull during the summer holidays. I have funding applications to complete. All this is in addition to our regular activities, supervision of staff and building etc.  I hope to take the last week of September as holiday.
 
PRAYER REQUESTS
1.   Pray for my Mum – on going visits which are important, plus healing for her right eye so she does not lose her sight.
2.   Pray for more churches to support us in prayer and giving as a mission area.
3.   Pray for our church reunion on 13th
4.   Pray for security for the building and protection from vandalism
5.   Pray for our monthly Cafe Church. We need musicians. Our Harvest Festival and Harvest Supper is on Oct. 5th.
6.   Pray for people to become Christians
7.   More volunteers who can cook are needed for the Cafe
8.   Heating for the Hall to be installed quickly
9.   Balance between work and leisure and family
10. More people to rent rooms in the building
11. Assistance with admin. and fundraising etc.

12. Development of relationships with our networks and partners

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

A SPECIAL POEM

A special poem written by Richard Harries for my Licensing last night
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My poem dedicated to Trisha on the day of her licensing :
Making a Difference
A poem for the Licensing of Patricia Wick at Longhill, Hull
How to make a difference
Patricia knows how
She has faith and hope
And above all else love
Love for Jesus
God and
Humanity
She has family in so many senses
Her own family with so much love for all of them
Especially her beloved mother
So important a part of her life
At 90
Her family within the church
Her family in Sudan
And her family here at Longhill
So many people she has touched
Affected and enriched
With her love, faith and hope
As she makes her way through such a productive life
Her Ministry in South Sudan
Was long
And beautiful
She made a difference
And an impact
Through her faith and love
And hard work
She has a mission in life and this mission
Continues here in Longhill
At St Margaret’s
Where again
She is making a difference
What an amazing change for her
And yet another great challenge
To bring hope and faith back
Into a community
That needs help
In these difficult times
A time of huge changes
Her appointment here
And now her licensing
Her prayers for funding to free
Her for her Pioneering in the Community
May these come to fruition?
But there have been small changes too:
She recently bought
Her first bottle of Prosecco
And thought it tasted the same as champagne
And she also had her hair cut shorter
On this significant day I am sure
Everyone here
All of whom have had
Their lives affected and enriched
By Trisha
All pray for her
On this day of her licensing
And all pray for success in all she
Dreams of and works so hard for
Oh Lord grant our prayers for her future

Longhill News for July 2016

LONGHILL NEWS FOR JULY 2016
 
Hi everyone. Here's the latest news from Longhill:
 
GIVING THANKS
1.  My Licensing Service on July 5th was amazing. 60 people crammed into our Cafe for the 45 minute informal service. One third of the people were from our Longhill community, one third were from local churches in Hull and one third were friends and supporters from further afield - Southport, Bolton, Leeds, Grantham, Scarborough, Bridlington and Filey. Bishop Alison was superb - informal, flexible and so supportive. Many thanks to my team of volunteers for preparing the buffet. I was touched by so much love and support shown on a very special evening.
2.  Several local partners are wanting to hire rooms for special occasions. This will bring many more people into our building as well as some income.
3.  Due to some generous gifts we have been able to replace most of our ageing and worn out kitchen equipment.
4.  During the last 10 days we have had 5 more people wanting to join our team of volunteers. This includes two people on placements in the Cafe.
5.  I want to give thanks for Kath who was our volunteer Cafe Manager from September last year until  early April this year when Jill Lister began paid employment as part time Cafe Manager. It was due to Kath in particular that our Cafe was able to reopen and get to the standard Environmental Health expected. Kath is no longer on the Cafe rota as her health is not good and she also has many family concerns. Please pray for her.
6.  Our church family is growing in numbers and commitment.
 
PRAYER REQUESTS
1.  From October we are going to start regular midweek services once a month - initially tying in with special occasions: Harvest Festival in October, Time of Remembrance in November and a Christmas Celebration in December. Barbara, Karen and Alison who are all training as Recognized Parish Assistants will form the nucleus of a team helping me to organize these.
2.  Six project proposals have been sent off to try and raise funds - pray for successful outcomes
3.  The Conservation Volunteers are to help us with our garden behind the Chapel which at present is very overgrown. They will raise funds and send volunteers to work with our volunteers to develop the garden.
4.  We love having the Library in our building but numbers of people visiting them are still small. New signs will go up soon so people will know where to find them but please pray for many more people to come and benefit from all they offer.
5.  Pray for our Summer Fair on July 16th. We need good weather and lots of people to come.
6.  Many of our volunteers are struggling with challenging situations in their families/homes - health issues, debt, relationships, unemployment etc. Please pray for them. We are a very caring family in the Welcome Centre and there is plenty of love and care shown and listening ears available as we try to support one another.
 
Many thanks for your prayers, interest and support.

Trisha Wick

Sunday, 5 June 2016

NEWS FROM LONGHILL FOR JUNE 2016

NEWS FROM LONGHILL FOR JUNE 2016
 
Hi everyone. My news for this month is contained in the following prayer requests:
 
1.    BAKE OFF AND STREET PARTY - this is next Saturday (11th). Judging of the cakes is at 2.00 pm and the Street Party starts at 3.00 pm. Pray for good weather and fun for all.
2.    MY LICENSING - this is on Tuesday July 5th at 6.00 pm in Maggie's Cafe in our Welcome Centre. Please pray and also come and join us. The Bishop of Hull will officiate.
3.    KITCHEN EQUIPMENT - please pray for £1,500 needed to replace old kitchen equipment and buy some new items as we seek to develop the Cafe.
4.    ASSISTANT MANAGER - Pray for God to provide an Assistant Manager so I can spend less time tied to the building.
5.    VOLUNTEERS - thank God for the team of about 24 I have that we may work happily together and find great joy in our work
6.    CAFE HELPERS - we have good plans to develop the Cafe but need at least two more volunteers to join the team. Can you help me find someone or even offer yourself? This is urgent. One day a week from 9.00 am - 2.00 pm is what is needed. We will train all those who volunteer.
7.    LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS - I have met some amazing local people who wish to work in partnership with us. Pray for wisdom as to how to move this forward.
8.    GARDENING - our garden is very overgrown. We need two people to sort it out and grow vegetables.
9.    FUNDRAISING - this is tedious but needs to be done. Pray for success in obtaining grants. Pray for churches to support us too as we are a mission area.
10.  CHRISTIANITY GROUP  - this week we are starting some new studies looking at the Book of Philippians. We have just completed the 'Moving On' course.
11.  MISSION SHAPED MINISTRY COURSE  - we started last September and are about to finish. It has been valuable to be part of it
12.  SUMMER FAIR - this is on Saturday July 16th from 11.00 am - 2.00 pm. Pray for the team organizing it.
13.  LOCAL COUNCILORS - I am very grateful to them for their support and funding.
14.  I.T. AND BISCUITS - we are holding a training on June 14th for those who need help with their computer, tablet or iphone.
15.  SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT - God is laying on our hearts that we should do a Holiday Club this summer and then in the Autumn start a children's after school group with a spiritual foundation. We are also considering starting a monthly Cafe Church. These will only happen if we have teams to lead them!
16.  LIBRARY - it is great to have them in the building with us. Pray for numbers of people visiting the Library to increase.
17.  RECOGNIZED PARISH ASSISTANTS - pray for our three candidates doing the course. They are nearly half way through.
18.  SAFETY - pray for safety at all times for all those who enter the Welcome Centre
19.  NEW ACTIVITIES  - the list of suggestions in now very long. Pray for wisdom and God's timing as to new initiatives to take.
20.  ROOMS TO RENT - pray for more people to come and rent rooms which will thus increase our income.
 
Prayer changes things so we are expecting God to do great things.
 
Trisha Wick