Newsletter - 10th May 2020

St. Peter’s Parish Church,

Kirk Onchan


10 May 2020 – Easter 5




Risen Christ, your wounds declare your love for the world and the wonder of your risen life: give us compassion and courage to risk ourselves for those we serve, to the glory of God the Father.  Amen




Acts 7:55 end                                                                John 14:1-14




Prayer Diary

The Church Wardens and those people living in Heywood Close, Heywood Drive, Heywood Grove, Heywood Way.    

Niall Quayle and Hannah Samuels, both nurses working in the community, who were due to be married at St Peter's this year. Pray for God to keep them safe as they go about their duties.

Key Workers

Please pray for all of our Key Workers throughout the Island who put themselves at risk to serve us.

Those who are struggling in mind, body & spirit that they may know God’s comfort & healing: Sheila Pyatt-Coppell, Sheila Cowley, Olivia Pettigrew, Sandra Caley, Margaret Somers & Jill Dugdale.

Those who have lost loved ones & in particular the family & friends of: Margaret Joan Paterson, Alan Anderson, John Kermode, Arthur Gillatt, Iris Cardy, Beryl Copley, Marjorie & Tom Kelly.

And those we name in the quiet of our hearts. Amen

Please remember that we need permission to put names on this list. Please help us to keep this list up to date by keeping us informed of changes.


60th Wedding Anniversary

Our warmest congratulations and prayerful best wishes go out to Jean and Phil Archer who today are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary.

We pray that they will have a wonderful day celebrating with their family.



Letter from the Interim Minister

Dear Friends

As life continues in lockdown for the vast majority of us, it's amazing the way we still find ways to commemorate and celebrate those important events (large and small) in the life of our society and church community. The commemoration events give meaning and context to our lives and should rightfully be celebrated. And we should rightfully give thank to God for them. So as we move into another week let's keep our eyes open giving thanks to God for where he is at work among us, bringing his peace his grace and his love.




Bible Study

Just as the pandemic broke out we were about to start up some small Bible Study groups to look at the Bible Course.  I now have a licence for Zoom which will allow us to set up regular groups online. If you would like to be involved in one of these groups please email or ring me. We will then confirm times and dates and I will ensure that the manual for the course is dropped off at your house. Please note the course will mean that you will have to do some Bible reading in between the sessions.  Alessandra



Christian Aid

Christian Aid Week is approaching (10th -16th May).  Across the island we are aiming for a target for donations of £20,000.  If we reach this target then the IOM Government will match it £ for £. The donations will be used to help families through the Bees for Burundi project, renewable energy and gender empowerment, increasing income for farmers in Burundi.  Given that the effects of the pandemic are projected to be catastrophic for the developing world, I would encourage you to please make a donation and be as generous as you can. 

Elaine Litherland has agreed to act as the contact point.  Please send your cheques made payable to 'Christian Aid' to the Parish Office.  She will pick them up from there. 


St Peter’s Parish Office, Churchyard Car Park,

Church Road, Onchan, Isle of Man, IM3 1BF



VE Day


Heaviness may endure for a night:
But joy comes in the morning.
God has been our refuge and our strength:
A present help in time of trouble

Dear Friends

Tomorrow we commemorate the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe, when the sounds of war fell silent on this continent. We do so, conscious of our need for God’s forgiveness for the sin and the desire to dominate others that leads to conflict between people, and war between nations.

As we remember the many soldiers, sailors, and airmen who gave their lives restraining evil and opposing tyranny, so we also come in thanksgiving for the years of peace that the nations of Europe have enjoyed since the Second World War. 


Although unable to gather today, because of our own circumstances, we remember joyfully and celebrate, those who gathered on that first Victory day, glad of each other’s company, and grateful for the laughter and love that follows times of sadness and loss.




So as we remember let us pledge ourselves anew to the service of God and our fellow men and women: that we may help, encourage and comfort others, and support those

working for the relief of the needy and for the peace and welfare of the nations:

Lord God our Father,
we pledge ourselves to serve you and all humankind,
in the cause of peace,
for the relief of want and suffering,
and for the praise of your name.
Guide us by your Spirit;
give us wisdom;
give us courage;
give us hope;
and keep us faithful now and always.


Please keep this notice sheet handy on Sunday as we stream our communion service as the above will be incorporated into our service.

Onchan, Lonan & Laxey Team Ministry Information


Interim Minister Onchan Alessandra Di Chiara

The Vicarage, 62 Ballabrooie Way, Douglas IM1 4HB

Phone 679274 or 210208

 or email


Team Vicar Lonan & Laxey Jo Dudley Phone 861989

or email

    Phone 675797


Facebook St Peter’s Church, Onchan


The contact for Onchan Parish Hall is Elaine Cory 416669

or email or contact us on Facebook


The Parish Office is closed but the Parish Clerk is working from home. 

Please phone 675797 or






Onchan Churchyard – Reopened to Visitors


A Call to

Pray for the Nation




Light up your window at 7:00pm Sunday evening with a candle or Christmas lights


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