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Nikko Hicks

 

A personal tribute from somebody who new him.

 

Nikko Hicks lived in River Court for many years. Retiring from a challenging city job, he applied himself with enthusiasm and vigour to village and church life. Whilst he was a prayerful and reflective man, he was also very humble and one of life’s doers, and he got stuck into many things as well as serving the church on the PCC and as church warden.

I first encountered Nikko during a youth church event when he delivered home cooked pizzas fresh with a stripey apron and straw boater, creating a business model that Just Eats should have copied. Over the next few years Nikko merged himself into church life, spiritually, prayerfully and practically, initially agreeing only reluctantly to serve on the PCC as he felt he could be more use making, fixing and doing. 


Nikko engaged in many adventures over the next few years and many of his achievements remain in the church. For example, many years ago we had a problem with rising damp! Not surprisingly we had a drainage system that had probably worked once back in the Middle Ages, but years of shifting Kentish gravels and cars in the church yard had played havoc. A professional quote for a new drainage system was met with a “How much?!” response, followed by Nikko beginning to explore the churchyard with his trowel. An appreciation of the problem followed, and the Drains project was launched for minimal cost but most importantly, it was delivered as a “come along and dig in the church yard” project which Nikko ensured was over seen by an archaeologist. My own children enjoyed digging in the churchyard and many years later we still have a functioning system which was brought about by Nikko’s hard work and passion.

Those of us who are not as steady on our feet as we once were also have much to thank Nikko for as he also decided that the step up to the altar was a “bit ropey”. So he constructed and then stained two new hand rails. The best part for me was the way he worked out how to fix them to the existing structures using only friction fittings, hence, no change to the existing structure so no faculty was needed. 

We also have Nikko to thank for various Christmas trees, Christmas nativity scenes, and my favourite, the annual church fayre raffle of which for some years he was the licensee. It would have made a great story if Nikko has somehow ensured the star prize was always won by a selected individual, but in the true spirit of the guy, the event raised substantial funds for the church and, somehow, he always persuaded people to not only donate prizes, but to feel privileged in being able to donate a prize or buy a ticket. 

Nikko was a real family man who, strongly rooted in the heart of his own family, willingly joined the church family. I was fortunate enough to serve alongside him as church warden, a role which he truly lived. Nikko attended just about everything as church warden - including cameo appearances at many of the youth functions we did at the time. He recently took a second retirement to Hythe moving closer to his daughter, having tragically lost his son in the 1980’s.

Today our thoughts are with Jill and the rest of his family as we remember Nikko and reflect on the fact that St Peter will have a very willing helper keen to get stuck in.

 

Gerard O’Sullivan

5th June 2021
Robin Slowe, 08/06/2021
Glenys
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A Warm Welcome 

The following information is specifically for those planning a visit, so that you know, beforehand, what to expect on a Sunday morning.

Where and When

We meet at St.Mary's (details below) for our Sunday Service starting at 10am. When you arrive, you should be greeted by someone on our Welcome Team.

We serve tea, coffee and biscuits afterward. It is a great way to meet people, or simply take time to find your bearings. All refreshments are free.

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Accessibility: There is wheelchair access, and a sound loop for anyone who needs it. Please let one of the Welcome Team know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up. There are disabled toilets in the main foyer.

Our Service

The main service begins at 10am with a warm welcome..
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Treasure Seekers (Sunday school) takes place during each of the 10am services except the Family Service on the first Sunday

Children stay with their parent or grown-up at the start of the service for the welcome, songs and notices. We really value worshipping God all together as a family. At the end of the notices someone will announce that it’s time for the younger members to go out to Treasure Seekers.  You will need to go with your children to their groups and register them as part of our child safety policy. 

The kids group activities vary depending on the age but usually there is a friendly welcome, bible stories, testimonies, praying, music, craft, drama, fun games and free play. Please pick your children up as soon as the service finishes.

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Getting Connected


Small Groups

While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our small groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other. We have a variety of groups that meet throughout the week, some afternoons and some evenings. Check out Small Groups and see if there’s one that you could join, or we can put you in touch with a small group leader who will be more than happy to invite you along to their group.

Serving and Volunteering

If you want to get involved in the life of the church and help us make Sundays run smoothly, you can sign up to serve on a team

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