Trisha's Blog

Canon Trisha Wick 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

Sunday, 5 November 2017

NEWS FROM LONGHILL FOR NOVEMBER 2017

NEWS FROM LONGHILL FOR NOVEMBER 2017
 
Hello everyone. I am in a reflective mood at the moment as I'm having a few days holiday. Here's what on my mind:
 
WHAT IS CAUSING ME CONCERN?:
I fear the busyness of Christmas - a very hectic programme - hope we don't lose sight of what is really important!
Frustrated I don't see more of Mum in her Care Home
Sad that Catherine and Russell from the Diocesan Finance Office are finishing their work - they have served us so well
Long list of admin to do but want to get out and do door to door visiting once I am back
So much peace making needs doing when people fall out with each other. Wish I could stop the gossiping!
Need more volunteers to work in our Cafe
Some excellent Diocesan training events in the offing for 2018 but can't do them all - which do I choose?
Need space and time to think sometimes!
Have to look after two houses - Filey and Bilton!
Long for more people to become Christians.
 
WHAT IS ENCOURAGING ME?:
All the weight I have lost at Slimming World
New opportunities to do a Christmas Service both in a local pub and in our local Care Home on Longhill
The Team God has given me in the Centre
Some generous friends who help us financially
A personal support group is beginning to emerge
So glad we now have a Caretaker
The Welcome Centre is such a wonderful resource in an excellent location
Love my little car Bluebell! And my pets!
Love having a few friends with whom I can go out for a coffee and a chat now and again
 
Perhaps you can turn some of the above ramblings into prayer!
God bless

Trisha Wick

Thursday, 19 October 2017

NEWS FROM LONGHILL FOR OCTOBER 2017

NEWS FROM LONGHILL FOR OCTOBER 2017

Greetings everyone and thank you so much for praying for some of our recent events which include our Harvest Thanksgiving and breakfast with the Archbishop. Both events were well attended, ran smoothly and I was greatly encouraged.

This month I am asking you to pray for events between now and the end of the year. It is a busy programme with much work to do so I am praying that if we surround it with prayer it will be easier and less stressful! Here are the main events:


Oct.       18th        One Hull of a Quiz – led by Credo Arts Group 7.00pm
              30th        Health and Safety in the Workplace Training

Nov.        3rd         Messy Church      11.00am – 12.30pm  
               7th          Over 50’s Lunch Club    12.00 noon
                              Monthly Prayer Meeting   7.30pm   All welcome  
                8th         Remembrance Service    1.30pm
               20th        Management Meeting    7.0pm
               25th        Christmas Fayre     11.00am – 2.00pm

Dec.         1st         Messy Church    3.30 – 5.00pm
                 5th        Monthly Prayer Meeting  7.30pm   All welcome 
               13th        CHRISTMAS SERVICE    4.00pm
               14th        Christmas Lunch
               15th        Christmas Tree Festival    10.00am – 5.00pm

Please keep praying.
God bless
Trisha Wick

Thursday, 6 July 2017

NEWS FROM LONGHILL FOR JULY 2017

NEWS FROM LONGHILL FOR JULY 2017
 
Warmest greetings to you all. Here is the latest news:
 
ENCOURAGEMENTS AND ANSWERS TO PRAYER
During the past month:   Mother's Union members came to our Cafe to meet with their worldwide leader. We had a very good Management Meeting with everyone present and a great atmosphere of cooperation, respect, good brain storming together and we were pleased to have two younger members too. I abseiled down Hull Minster tower. A new part time Caretaker has been appointed and started work. We have three new volunteers for the Cafe. We had some new families come to Messy Church. We joined in the Feeding of the 5,000 in the City Centre. I joined in the Open Day at Longhill House our local Care Home. Each week for three weeks classes from Wansbeck Primary School came to visit the Welcome Centre. The children have also drawn pictures of Longhill ready for our special events in July. Our weekly Bible Study group has been working through the Book of James. A couple of new people have come to our weekly Holy Communion service. One of our supporters is busy building a wooden boat to go on the grass outside the Hall and in which we will grow flowers. Someone else is making fish to decorate our Cafe. Door to Door work I have been doing has been brilliant with more useful contacts made resulting in new people coming into out Cafe. I had a pastoral visit from the Deanery of Hull Fresh Expressions Facilitator.  I also had my annual visit and review of my work which was done by Bishop Graham Cray - I was encouraged and affirmed by our time together. A young man called Shaun who lives on Longhill has offered to play the piano for our services. Our gardener, Tony, has done a brilliant job with our vegetable garden and we are now eating the produce in the Cafe. Our monthly Breakfast Specials (a large breakfast for £2) is a huge success. The Cafe has planned to start a monthly Over 50's Lunch.
 
MY MOTHER
Thank you to those of you who have been praying for my Mother, Muriel. She has been very poorly for a month now. She has had huge blisters (four inches on her feet and two inches on her hands) breaking out over her body. When they burst there is the danger of infection resulting in her being heavily bandaged and needing large plasters too. She has been in and out of hospital but no one seems to be able to diagnose the problem. We are still waiting for a dermatologist to come from York to see her. On top of all this she has now been diagnosed with the MRSA bug.  I have been frustrated at not being able to see her very often and rely on updates from the Home or Hospital. PLEASE CAN YOU PRAY VERY STRONGLY FOR A CORRECT DIAGNOSIS AND HEALING FOR HER AND RESTORATION TO REASONABLE HEALTH. SHE MISSES GOING OUT AND IS NOT HAPPY TO BE MISSING CHURCH.
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR SPECIAL EVENTS FOR JULY - AND COME AND JOIN US!
 
LONGHILL SONGS OF PRAISE - Wednesday July 19th at 4.00pm. Favourite songs with interviews, poems, school contributions etc. Pray for new people to join us and for God's over ruling for each item including the music.
SUMMER FAYRE - Saturday July 22nd from 11.00am - 2.00pm. Pray for good weather so the stalls can be outside. The Cafe will be open and there will be games too.
DON'T MISS THE BOAT - on Saturday July 22nd from 11.00am - 2.00pm we will be building a huge boat out of cardboard boxes and hope adults and children will join us for this. At 2.00pm our BOAT PARTY will start. We will judge a model boat competition, have a parade and children's craft and games, have special boat food in the Cafe and at 3.00pm the children will destroy the boat! We need a fine day so pray for good weather and for lots of people to attend and join in.
 
Your prayers and support is much appreciated.
 

Trisha Wick

Monday, 5 June 2017

NEWS FROM LONGHILL FOR JUNE 2017

NEWS FROM LONGHILL FOR JUNE 2017
 
Greetings everyone. Here is the latest news and prayer requests:
 
ABSEILING - this Friday June 9th at 10.00am I will be abseiling down the tower of Hull Minster to raise money for their development programme. They are helping to resource our work on Longhill. If you want to sponsor me that would be great - cheques made payable to: Rev. P. Wick. There is a spiritual meaning to this abseil - God wants us to trust him as we step into the unknown and God wants us to try and do new things for Him.
 
DOOR TO DOOR - thank you for praying for Calder Grove and St. Margaret's Court. I have had a great time with no door slammed in my face. Had good conversations and many useful contacts. It is helping me to learn from Longhill residents and understand their needs more. Pray for Brent Avenue and Shannon Road as I move on to do these streets this month.
 
RIVERS OF LIFE - the theme of our City of Culture Events: Longhill Songs of Praise on Wednesday July 19th at 4.00pm, Don't Miss The Boat on July 22nd which is the same day as out Summer Fayre. Our Harvest Service in September will follow the same theme. We are now seeking cash donations for these events to go ahead. Please surround these events with your prayers.
 
CARETAKER - we hope to appoint a part time Caretaker to free me a little from the building. Interviews are on June 12th. Pray for the person of God's choice to be appointed.
 
MAGGIE'S CAFE - our first Breakfast Special which is a large breakfast for £2 is a new initiative on the last Friday each month. The first one at the end of May was a huge success with over 50 breakfasts being cooked and many new people entering the building. We hope soon to start a Pensioner's Lunch and then later a Veteran's Lunch. Pray for Jill and her team.
 
PEACE KEEPING - it's amazing how much of my time is spent problem solving and trying to keep the peace between people. Pray for wisdom in this challenge.
 
ROOM BOOKINGS - Pray for more room bookings to increase our income. We have even reduced the cost of hiring the Hall!
 
CHURCH DEVELOPMENT - Pray as I soon hope to meet with a group of non church goers/non Christians to seek their advice as to how to do church on Longhill in a new way which will attract them to come.
 
NEW PEOPLE NEEDED  - pray for new people to join our weekly Bible Study and our Thursday Holy Communion Service.
 
It's exciting what God is doing but we need to surround everything with prayer so please keep praying as we are seeing answers to your prayers.
 
God bless and many thanks

Trisha Wick

Thursday, 11 May 2017

NEWS FROM LONGHILL FOR MAY 2017

NEWS FROM LONGHILL FOR MAY 2017
 
Prayer changes things and we are seeing amazing answers to prayer. This month I am asking you to pray for just four areas where we wish to see progress. Please surround these in prayer for the next month:
 
 
1.   We want to see new people join our Wednesday Bible Study and Thursday morning Holy Communion.
2.   Please surround Calder Grove and St. Margaret's Court with prayer as I start door to door visiting in these streets. Pray for good conversations and building of fruitful contacts
3.   Pray for the appointment of a part time Caretaker which is now being advertised
4.   Pray for preparations for our July activities - Longhill Songs of Praise, Summer Fayre, Don't Miss the Boat.  Funding is needed.
 
P.S. Some of you are asking about my Mother. After a couple of setbacks recently with sores on her bottom and chesty cough she is now improving and much brighter now she is not confined to bed. It is her 91st birthday on May 17th.
 
Keep praying! God bless

Trisha Wick

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

NEWS FROM LONGHILL FOR APRIL 2017

NEWS FROM LONGHILL FOR APRIL 2017
 
This month I am simply asking you to pray fervently for the following:
 
APRIL 14TH AT 4.00PM  -  'THE GREAT EGGSCAPE' - our Easter Outreach service
1.  Pray for Holy Trinity musicians who will play for us
2.  Pray that the amplification and projector work smoothly
3.  Pray for a good sized congregation as some of our regulars are away for Easter. Pray for new people to join us
4.  Pray for powerful preaching of the Easter story and that people will turn to Christ
5.  Pray for our resurrection party
 
PRAY FOR OUR CITY OF CULTURE EVENTS IN JULY - LONGHILL SONGS OF PRAISE ON JULY 19TH AND 'DON'T MISS THE BOAT' ON JULY 22ND
1.  Pray for funding needed
2.  Pray for involvement of our local schools
3.  Pray for the contributions our different groups will make to decorating the building, refreshments etc.
4.  Pray for Fiona Smith and her 'Caravan of Love'
5.  Publicity for the events
6.  Our Summer Fayre is also on July 22nd so pray for preparations for that
 
FUNDING
1.  Pray for successful outcomes for project proposals I am writing
2.  Pray for funding for new hymn books, training activities, new outside notice boards, new tables etc.
3.  Pray for Cafe income to increase as we develop the Cafe
 
VEGETABLE BEDS
1.  We have new high level vegetable beds where we are growing vegetables for the Cafe. These are in our courtyard so pray that they are not vandalized or vegetables stolen
2.  We need more volunteers to help with watering/gardening
 
CONFIRMATION
1.  Pray for Maureen, Dorothy and David who will be confirmed on May 14th
2.  Pray for preparation classes
 
Thank you for your prayers. Prayer changes things!
 
May God bless you this Easter
 

Trisha Wick

Monday, 13 March 2017

NEWS FROM LONGHILL FOR MARCH 2017

NEWS FROM LONGHILL FOR MARCH 2017
 
  
RECENT ACTIVITIES
 
At the beginning of March we had a Volunteers Get Together for all the volunteers who are part of our team in the Welcome Centre. There was a good turnout – see some of them in the photo above. It was an opportunity to thank them for the valuable work they do, to share ideas together and to have fellowship over a bring and share afternoon tea. We had a good meeting of our Social Events Planning Group to plan activities for this year. We have had some high level vegetable beds constructed in the courtyard outside the Chapel. We are in the midst of some Soup Making Sessions and First Aid Training is in the offing. Some of the Diocesan Leaders came for an annual meeting when we discussed finance, building issues, future plans and other concerns. I have visited our local pubs and schools. I have blessed a friend's new house and preached at some of our local churches in East Hull. I went to a Safe Guarding Update Meeting in Beverley and we held a CMS CommuniTea when I shared about my work. We held a Mega Brew in the Cafe to support Fairtrade. Messy Church continues and we have a grant for new chairs for the Chapel. We completed our ‘START’ Course are about to start a Lent Course using the York Course ‘Receiving Christ – in five different ways’. I have even started, when I am free, to go to a weekly Clubbercise Session – which is keep fit in the dark holding glow sticks!
 
PLEASE PRAY FOR:
1.    Our new schools team – Maggie, Trisha, Linda and Karen
2.    Money needed – new hymn books, 2 laptops, salary for a part time cook for our Cafe
3.    Messy Church – for new families to join us
4.    More volunteers are needed for the Cafe/Kitchen
5.    Pastoral visiting team to be further developed
6.    Plans for our Longhill  City of Culture 2017 events to be held in July – ‘Rivers of Life’ - Longhill Songs of Praise and 'Don't Miss The Boat' (community boat building activity and party)
7.    I am about to start regular door to door visiting – pray for good conversations
8.    We are about to develop a Prayer Chain
9.    Pray for our 5 week Lent Course – for new people to join us
10.  Pray for preparations for ‘The Great Eggscape’ – our main Easter outreach service. It will include a resurrection party.
11.  Pray for God to provide us with musicians
12.  Pray for developing links with the young people who meet in the building on three nights each week
 
Please be faithful in praying regularly for us.
 
Trisha Wick