Newsletter - 17th May 2020

St. Peter’s Parish Church,

Kirk Onchan


17 May 2020 – Easter 6



Risen Christ, by the lakeside you renewed your call to your disciples: help your Church to obey your command and draw the nations to the fire of your love, to the glory of God the Father.  Amen 


Prayer Diary

Farming Community in Onchan and those people living in Birchley Terrace, Birchleigh Close, Birch Hill Gardens, Birch Hill Avenue.

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.

Parish of the Northern Plain Clergy Iaen Skidmore,

Readers Paul Bregazzi, Peter Ling, Peter Shimmin, Gill Poole


Pray for the farmers and local businesses at this time. For a fresh understanding of what it means to be church at home and when we return to our buildings.

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: Beryl Copley and 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.



Acts 17:22-31                                                                   John 14:15-2



Letter from the Interim Minister

Dear Friends

We give thanks to God that there is some light at the end of the lockdown tunnel. We have been asked to plan for the following 3 phased approach to opening our church building:

Phase 1 - The minister is allowed to enter the building to stream worship and prayer.

Phase 2 - We can undertake ceremonies (weddings, funerals etc with certain restrictions).

Phase 3 - We can conduct services with limited congregations.

This week we have been given permission to implement Phase 1. The standing committee having met, we have agreed that I will attempt to stream the Sunday communion service from church. As we do not have broadband at church this is subject to establishing a good connection and may mean that I conduct the service from the body of the church.  As there also has to be a 72 hour gap between my entering the building and anyone else entering, all other services/prayers will continue to be streamed from my home, so that midweek the utilities can be checked by one of the churchwardens. If I cannot establish a good internet connection I will continue to stream the Sunday service from home but we will proceed with planning for Phase 2 and 3.  Other than the implementation of Phase 1 we have not been given any timescales for the implementation of Phases 2 and 3. Please pray for the standing committee and PCC as we work through the practicalities of using our building once more. May you all be filled with God's blessing, protection and peace in the week ahead.



Bible Study

Our first virtual Bible Study group met on Wednesday evening and it went very well.  Zoom is a very easy app to use and if there are more of you who would like to take part in regular bible study please do contact me as I am very happy to set up a second group.


Christian Aid

Please do remember to drop off your donations at the office for Elaine, and please be as generous as you can as we aim across the island to hit the £20,000 target for the bee farmers of Burundi.

St Peter’s Parish Office, Churchyard Car Park, Church Road, Onchan, Isle of Man, IM3 1BF


Telephone Prayer Line

For those of you who do not have access to the internet please see below details of a daily telephone prayer line which is now free for the residents of the Isle of Man.

Daily Hope - 0800 804 8044

A free phoneline of Hymns, Reflections and Prayers

The line- which is available 24 hours a day – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.



60th Wedding Anniversary

Thank you so much to all our friends at St Peter’s for their good wishes and beautiful flowers for our special day. We had a lovely day, with various surprise treats organised by Anne and thanks to Zoom, were able to get together with all our family-we feel very blessed.

Looking forward to seeing you again before long.


Phil & Jean Archer



Prayers for Daily Life

Living God, save us from confining your activity to the distant past and the far off future.

Give us the courage to expect your action in the world as it is as you bring new life to birth before our eyes.

Give us the vigilance to watch for the movement of your spirit in the tumult of nations and the voices of nature in the cultures which are strange to us and in the religious traditions which we find hard to understand.

Give us the vision to sense your hand upon our future as we come to terms with the changed patterns of work and leisure, as we discover new truths about the universe and as we explore the beginning and end of human existence.

Living Jesus become for us the Resurrection each day as we seek to live gloriously and responsibly by your love (David Jenkins 1997).


Please continue to pray for:

  • The maintenance of critical supplies, including food, PPE and Testing kits
  • For the island to continue coming together
  • Healing for all who are suffering in mind, body and spirit
  • The protection of our older generation and those who are vulnerable
  • The protection and wellbeing of our key and frontline workers
  • For those falling between the cracks both in terms of support and isolation
  • For the food bank and other charities working with the hungry, homeless and victims of domestic abuse
  • Specific items from the prayer diary and list above



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







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