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Saturday, 9 January 2021

 Dear All,

 I do hope everyone is well and not too bored!

I would like to let you know that Fr Stephen, the churchwardens and PCC have taken the decision to suspend Sunday church services at St Mary’s until the pandemic situation improves.

 There are a number of ways in which we can worship at home please see Useful Links on the top right of this page for ideas.

 The church will be open during daylight hours for private prayer and weddings and funeral can take place if required and under the regulations applicable at the time.

Fr Stephen will, of course, be available if you require his support.  Please ring the Vicarage or contact one of the churchwardens  if you wish.  If you need any practical help with anything during the lockdown do ring or email Janet or I and we will arrange help for you.

 I have got to submit a form to the Church of England authorities giving numbers of how we managed to worship at home during the previous 2 lockdowns last year - spring and autumn.  – with numbers!  If you listened to services on the radio, watched services on the television, attended another church or live streamed – however you tried to stay in touch with church and worship, would you be kind enough to let me know how and during which lockdown – I would be very grateful.

 Take care and stay safe,

 Chris

Fr Stephen and the church wardens telephone numbers are in the Church magazine. Or you can email us on the Contact us page.

Service Times

Services are suspended.

The church is open during daylight hours for personal prayer and reflection.


Useful links


Here are some links to resources you may find helpful:


  1. Chichester Cathedral will be live streaming services. For the Eucharist and order of service Click here before 10:00am Sunday and follow the instructions.
  2. The BBC Daily Service is available here.
  3. Prayer for today.
  4. The C of E youtube channel.
  5. We will be updating Fr Stephens Message page on a regular basis.
  6. Hearing You is a new phone help line launched by the Diocese of Chichester in partnership with Together in Sussex in response to the impact that Covid 19 has had on Just about the whole community. It aims to provide pastoral support and a listening ear to the recently bereaved and people directly affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
  7. COVID-19 advice from the Diocese of Chichester here.