Newsletter 13th December 2020

St. Peter’s Parish Church,

Kirk Onchan


13 December 2020 – Advent 3

God for whom we watch and wait, you sent John the Baptist to prepare the way of your Son: give us courage to speak the truth, to hunger for justice, and to suffer for the cause of right, with Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

Prayer Diary

Hospitals and Hospice especially doctors and nurses and those people living in Glen View Road, Snaefell Crescent.


Southern Mission Partnership Team Leader Joe Heaton The Commissioners of Arbory, Castletown, Malew, Port Erin, Port St. Mary, Rushen & Santon.


Connect Youth Service, please pray that those who come along connect with the Christmas story in a new way.


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, Christopher Browne, Mildred Cooper, George Sinclair, Christine Roberts, Liz Pickering, Roberto Di Chiara & Tara Mackenzie.


In addition there are a number of people at home preparing for tests and procedures  who don’t wish to be named, however, I would ask you to please keep in your prayers all those we know of who are struggling in mind, body and spirit at this time.


Those who have lost loved ones & in particular the family & friends of: Ray Kneen, David Robbins, Hector Duff & Frederick Courtie.


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.




Isaiah 61.1-4, 6-8

John 1. 6-8, 19-28


Daily Prayers in the Advent Season for those at home


Watchful at all times,
let us pray for strength to stand with confidence
before our Maker and Redeemer.


That God may bring in his kingdom with justice and mercy,
let us pray to the Lord:

–      for the hungry …

–      for the homeless …

–      for refugees and the victims of war …

Come Lord Jesus

That God may establish among the nations
his sceptre of righteousness,
let us pray to the Lord:

–      for the IOM government …

–      for the leaders of the nations …

–      for all who hold public office …

that they may be filled with the integrity, justice, mercy and humility of Jesus Christ

Come Lord Jesus

That we may seek Christ in the scriptures
and recognize him in the breaking of the bread,
let us pray to the Lord:

–      for the good news of the gospel to reach all…

–      for courage to proclaim Jesus with our lives and with our lips…

Come Lord Jesus

That God may bind up the brokenhearted,
restore the sick
and raise up all who have fallen,
let us pray to the Lord:

–      for all suffering the effects of Covid19…

–      for those whose diagnosis and treatment have been adversely affected by the epidemic…

–      for those struggling with increased loss of mobility and independence…

–      for those experiencing mental health issues, loneliness and isolation…

Come Lord Jesus

That the light of God’s coming may dawn
on all who live in darkness and the shadow of death,
let us pray to the Lord:

–      for those who are terminally ill and drawing near to the end f their earthly life…

–      for those who have lost loved ones…

Come Lord Jesus


That, with all the saints in light,
we may shine forth as lights for the world,
let us pray to the Lord:

–      that being salt and light we will season our conversations and relationships with grace and hope…

Come Lord Jesus

Let us commend the world, which Christ will judge,
to the mercy and protection of God.


Dear Friends

I would like to thank everyone who helped to make Hector’s funeral such a wonderful occasion. I have been told it was immaculately executed and that is due in no short measure to all of you.  It is invidious to pull out names, because you all did such an amazing job but I do want to give special thanks to our cleaner Thelma who changed her shifts at very short notice and went the extra mile in helping us to get prepared for the day.


Also huge thanks to everyone involved in the Roc Vannin concert last Friday. We raised approximately £1200 half of which will be going to the RNLI.


Do note that we also now have contactless giving at church. Talk to Elaine.


As some of you may know I am moving house next week.  I will be moving in on the 16th although there will be lots of packing and unpacking either side. I will be back in work on Saturday 19th.  The new address is on the notice sheet.  During this week if you need to contact me it is best to use my mobile number.


God’s blessings, Alessandra


The Christmas Peacelight service is at the Cathedral at 7:00pm on Friday 19 December. Do go along and support Carole who will be representing us.


Mothers’ Union Members

Our first meeting in the New Year

Tuesday 5th January 2:00pm in the Parish Hall

A Pilgrim’s Tale with Howard & Sandra Parkin


Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year to all our members

Prayers Answered

I want to thank our Interim Minister Alessandra, friends, Open the Book members, choir colleagues and Mothers’ Union members for their cards, gifts and loving messages after my recent surgery.

I’m well on the way to recovery.

Thank you all Christine E Roberts


?Ladies’ Fellowship

First & Third Wednesday of each month Onchan Parish Hall

8:00pm October – May


Suitable for all ages, new members welcome


Contact  Sheila Kelly 836014  Dot Winrow 620560


Alex Brown is still looking for people to help with the Christmas Live  performance on Thursday 17 December.  He is looking for people to be litter pickers, ticket collectors or stewards.  This performance will be a real show of unity across all the churches in Douglas and the surrounding areas. If you can help please ring him on 428053.


Please note that the 11:00am service on Sunday 27 December will be Holy Communion.  There will be no mid-week service on Wednesday 30 December at 10:30am


Date Time Event Location/Notes
13/12/20          11:00am







Morning Praise




No BCP Communion


Choir Practice








14/12/20          11:30am



Concert Preparation


Ashley Hill Concert




15/12/20          10:30am Funeral Service & Burial Frederick Courtie Church &


16/12/20          10:30am BCP Holy Communion Church
17/12/20            2:00pm Ashes Burial Churchyard
20/12/20          11:00am



CW Holy Communion


Nine Lessons & Carols





 Onchan, Lonan & Laxey Team Ministry Information


Interim Minister Onchan Alessandra Di Chiara

The Rectory, 18 Windermere Avenue, Onchan Isle of Man, IM3 2DT

Phone 679274 or 210208

or email


Team Vicar Lonan & Laxey Jo Dudley Phone 861989

or email


Parish Clerk Phone 675797




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The contact for Onchan Parish Hall is Elaine Cory 416669

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Live Streaming and Safeguarding

Most of our services are being live streamed.  If you do not wish for you and/or your children to appear on camera, please let the person operating the computer know at the beginning of the service.  We will then be able to make sure that your faces are not shown.