The style of weekly Eucharistic services is deliberately more informal than in the Parish Church of St Paul, to provide a variety of styles across the Parish to suit a wider range of backgrounds and preferences. However, the congregation is drawn largely from Emmbrook. Lay participation is a key feature of St Nicholas’ character, both in worship and wider Parish events.
From the outset, St Nicholas’ was set up to “look and feel” like a worshipping community in its own right, supported by the Parish, but with its own governance and a large measure of control over its own finances. But a number of Parish-wide initiatives have their origins in St Nicholas’ activities, including “First Steps” (responding to a specific request from the community made during our 2001 Mission) and the Wednesday morning “House Mass”.
"St Nicks" meets in available hire space in Emmbrook - currently the village hall; and because we rent, we do not have to spend time and effort on caring for a building.
Lively housegroups play an important role in our community - and most members of St Nicholas are part of a group, and other members of the parish also attend.