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Monday, 11 June 2018
This morning our Eucharist was celebrated by Father Roger, as Father Stephen is away. We had a lovely summer morning, with sunshine and the church yard looking beautiful as we came into Church.
The Choir sang 'Lord for they Tender Mercy's Sake' setting by Farrant ed. Greening as the anthem.
There was coffee after the service.
The Fete is fast approaching, Stall holders are ready to recieve your donations, Jars, bottles, clothes for the boutique, all welcome! This year the Fete is on the 28th of July, and we hope to see you all there!!

Sunday, 3 June 2018
This is our Rogation walk Sunday.  We tour the locale around the church and ask God's blessing for the fruits of the earth.  As Father Stephen pointed out, Rogation is from the Latin, Rogare meaning to ask or ask for. God was kind to us and we had a beautiful morning to wander around and Joanna treated us to the piano instead of the organ.

Monday, 28 May 2018
A glorious sunny day for our Trinity Eucharist, and so we reach the ordinary time with the great feast of the Trinity. In his Sermon Father Stephen told us about his favourite subject, Religious Art! He drew on the Great altar piece of Ghent painted by the Van Eyck brothers in the 15th century, and depicting God in His three persons, as well as Adam and Eve and many other Biblical and Church characters. He pointed out that in this painting Adam and God have the same face, an indication that God is with us and in us always perhaps. The Trinity remains a glorious mystery, and yet is also present in our daily lives.

The Choir sang 'God so Loved the World' in the setting by John Stainer as the Anthem.

There was coffee in the rooms after the service.

The Fete is fast approaching, the stall holders are ready to receive, your donations for their stalls, details in the Parish Magazine and in the Church.

Next week is the Rogation Walk, so please come in suitable footwear!!!

Sunday, 20 May 2018
This morning our 10 am service celebrating the Holy Spirit's arrival was Mattins. As is our tradition we took our readings from the King James version of the Bible, and the Choir sang the Te Deum in the setting in B flat by C.V Stanford, and as the anthem 'To Father Son and Holy Ghost' by Christopher Tye (1505 to 1573)

There was coffee after the service in the new rooms.

This evening at 7:30 pm St Mary's was the host for a Confirmation Service for Churches in the Chichester Deanery. The Church was filled with the candidates, their parents and godparents and other family, and members of the church family at St Mary's. The confirmation was performed by Bishop Mark of Horsham, who preached a most inspiring sermon. After the confirmation the Bishop celebrated the Eucharist, and after communion the choir sang 'Blessed by the God and Father' by Samuel Wesley, the soprano soloist was Sarah Amos, with Lucy and Emily 2 of our junior choristers singing the responding solo part. The newly confirmed followed the Bishop out of the church carrying a lighted candle to signify that they were going out into the world to spread the light of Christ.
There was a reception after the service in the new rooms, magnificently catered by Anne and Marilyn. Every one rejoiced in the presence of our new full members of Gods Church.

Sunday, 13 May 2018
After celebrating Ascension with an evening Eucharist last Thursday we came together at 10 am this morning to further consider the Ascension and to look forward to next week and Pentecost. In his sermon Father Stephen discussed the idea that Heaven is not some distant place, but in fact very close to us. To be in the presence of God is to be in heaven so as He is all around us we are but a short step from Heaven. This idea of an internal ascension into the presence of God can be traced from Deuteronomy through the Bible, and is very present in the poetry of the early seventeenth century especially George Herbert, who's poems are use in many well known hymns.

The Choir sang 'God is gone up with a Merry Noise' by Croft as the Anthem. There was coffee after the service in the new rooms.

Next Thursday at 7:30 in the evening we will be having the Deanery Confirmation service at St
Mary's. Please do come along and support our candidates and those from other Churches in the Deanery. Bishop Mark will be conducting the Confirmation, and there will be a 'Sidlesham Tea' afterwards in the new rooms. This is such an important step for our young people becoming full members of the family of God, it is really important to support them!

Looking forward to seeing you there!!

Monday, 7 May 2018
Being the first Sunday in the month it was the Family Service and the Sunday School gave us a play entitled "The Mean Green Dragon".  A poor old woodcutter was sitting in his wood one day when two little girls came skipping along the path towards him.  The were from the Little Red Riding Hood Gang and they assaulted the poor woodcutter and left him on the forest floor, taking his axe with them.  Later a noble knight came by on his charger, he saw the poor woodcutter but decided to leave him as he more important things to be doing, like searching for the mean green dragon.  Then along came the mean green dragon and even though he knew the woodcutter hated the mean green dragon, he covered the woodcutter with his cloak, called for an ambulance and even paid for a carpenter using his credit card, to mend the woodcutter's stool which had been damaged in the assault.  He stayed with the woodcutter until he heard the ambulance and then went to his home at the other side of the forest. A doctor came and tended the woodcutter and saw him safely to the ambulance. You are probably wondering why the mean green dragon had a mobile phone and credit card? Meangreen was the name of the village on the other side of the forest and in the woodcutter's village, they called the inhabitants of Meangreen "dragons" because they didn't like them. The mean green dragon was a kind-hearted person who loved people even if they didn't love him.  Which is what Jesus asks his followers to do.

The weather was very kind with glorious sunshine and the churchyard was looking lovely after the working party had attacked it the day before. 

Don't forget the Summer Fete the last Saturday in July.
Sunday, 29 April 2018
We have reached the 5th Sunday after Easter, and on a cold grey April morning we met for our 10 am Eucharist. The Gospel this morning was from St John, chapter 15 verses 1 to 8 in which Jesus uses the analogy of the vine to tell us about our relationship with God. We are the branches and He is the vine, we can only flourish if we are connected to the vine. Father Stephen developed this idea in his sermon, thinking of our friendship with God being similar to the parable Jesus told. We are connected and through this connection we can grow and flourish and be fruitful. A friendly community is attractive to us, and will bring in more to the love and knowledge of God and in this way we are fruitful.
The Choir sang 'Walking in a Garden' after communion, and there was coffee in the new rooms after the service.

There will be a Confirmation Service at St Mary our Lady on Thursday 17th of May at 7:30, this service is for the Deanery, so we expect many visitors from other Churches who also have candidates, but please come along to support them and our own candidates as they become full members of the Church of Christ.

Sunday, 22 April 2018
This morning we came together for our 10 am Eucharist on a beautiful sunny spring morning. Father Stephen was the celebrant and in his sermon he spoke about the image of Jesus as the Good Shepherd. The original idea of the messiah as the Good Shepherd comes from the Old Testament, and was developed in the Gospels. In biblical times a shepherd would gather together his flock each evening and keep them in a safe place guarded from predators. Father Stephen told us that in the same way Jesus watches over us and guards from evil, and he comes for us, Christians, and for all who turn to him.
The choir sang 'Turn thy face from my sins' by Thomas Attwood as the anthem. There was coffee in the new rooms after the service.

Sunday, 1 April 2018
Easter day dawned dry and cool the first dry day for some time! The Celebration of the Eucharist at 10 am was a joyous service, with a Church beautifully decorated with flowers, and full of  people  wishing each other Happy Easter. The service included several well known Easter Hymns, and after the Sermon, 2 of the Junior Choristers received their Dark Blue Ribbons, congratulations to Maggie and James! During Communion the Choir sang 'Just as I am' in the setting by J.H.Maunder, and 'This Joyful Easter tide'. At the end of the service James and Maggie offered baskets of mini eggs to those leaving the Church.

It is our duty and our Joy to declare

Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed

At  7 pm on another very wet day the weather relented and we were able to light the new fire of Easter outside, Father Stephen blessed the fire and the new Pascal Candle inserting the pieces of incense to mark the wounds of Our Lord. He then lit the Candle, from which we all lit our own candles and processed into the Church. The Pascal Candle was places in its stand next to the Altar, and the Hymn of Exaltation was sung. Readings, starting with the story of the crossing of the Red Sea, were heard, and then the Congregation gathered at the Font to re-new their Baptism vows.
This was followed by the Eucharist, our first celebration of the resurrection in this Easter tide!

On thi
On this day of continuous pouring rain our Good Friday Devotions were from the Cross of Christ. Readings from the passion gospel were interspersed with Hymns and Anthems appropriate to the day. The service was followed by a Choir rehearsal at 'Russets' courtesy of Mr and Mrs Hrland. There were hot cross buns for tea! A photo of the Adult Choir members, and one Junior Chorister, Emily, was taken

We met at 7:30 on the evening of Maundy Thursday for the Eucharist and Gethsemane Watch.
This service, as is traditional, recalled and commemorated the events of Maundy Thursday, Jesus washing his disciples' feet, the instigation of the Eucharist, and the events of Jesus' arrest. The Choir sang the Ave verum corpus, setting by Sir Edward Elgar as the anthem.
At the end of the service, while the Choir sang a plainsong version of an Easter hymn, the Altar was striped of its clothes and left bare and the congregation moved silently away, or joined the Watch in the North Transept, where the Gethsemane Garden had been arranged.

Sunday, 25 March 2018
This morning we met at 10 am for the Palm Sunday Service, having managed to remember to change our clocks! We started the service with a reading of the Palm Gospel from St Mark, and then we processed outside and around the church to the singing of 'All Glory Laud and Honour' carrying our palm crosses and were greeted by members of the Sunday School, waving Palms and shouting Hosanna! We reentered the church for a reading of the Passion Gospel by Father Stephen and members of the congregation. Following the intercessions we celebrated the Eucharist.
During Communion James Bell sang 2 verses of 'All things Bright and Beautiful' as a solo from the Organ loft. The whole Choir then sang 'God so Loved the World' set by J Stainer.

After the Service we had our annual parish general meeting, for the first time in the Parish Rooms. This was well attended and there was lively debate about domestic arrangements and outreach to newcomers to the village. Many thanks were given for the continued work of Mrs Harland and Mrs Field as Church Wardens, and to all who contribute to the worship and family life of the Church here is Sidlesham.

Service Times

Services for the month are as follows:

First Sunday in the Month
8:00am Holy Communion
10:00am Family Service

Second Sunday in the Month
8:00am Holy Communion
10:00am Parish Eucharist

Third Sunday in the Month
8:00am Holy Communion
10:00am Sung Mattins

Fourth Sunday in the Month
8:00am Holy Communion
10:00am Parish Eucharist

Other services and variations are listed in the Calendar Section on this page or in the Parish Magazine

Click here to go to calendar.

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