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Sunday, 28 April 2013
Our 10'oclock service today was Parrish Eucharist. A sunny, but still chilly morning saw a good congregation summoned to the service by the bell, and joining in with some well known hymns. Father Stephen told us a sad story from early in his ministry, which illustrated the Gospel story from St John, where Jesus tells of his coming glory at the lowest moment just before his arrest. Whatever our sadness Christ is with us. The Choir sang 'Blessed be the God and Father' words from 1 Peter, music by Samuel Sebastian Wesley. The anthem asks us to 'Love one another with a pure heart fervently'. The service was followed by coffee.

Stop Press the Sunday School children and parents have got up a team for the Swim-a -thon being organised by the Lions on the 18th May, they need sponsors!!
We now have 30 woollie hats for the Mission to Seafarers, Sea Sunday will be on June 30th when we hope to have a speaker from the Mission to Seafarers. Come and see the Hats modelled and blessed before they are sent off.

Next week we are having our Rogation Walk and blessings, Do come prepared with suitable footwear/clothing and keep praying for dry weather!

Spring flowers

Ringing the Bell

Anyone for Coffee

Monday, 22 April 2013
Sunday afternoon the 21st of April we were treated to a delightful afternoon of music and tea! Our good friend Tom Cooper Price gave us a marvellous recital of music by Bach, Chopin and Field. In addition to his virtuoso playing, once again Tom told us fascinating stories of the composers lives, and pointed out the relationship and development of the musical forms from composer to composer.  We were treated to a 'Sidlesham Tea' which maintained the high standard set previously at these concerts! The retiring collection contained lots of yellow Gift Aid envelopes, and we await the final total, which of course goes towards our new Parrish Rooms.

Many Thanks to Tom, for his generous gift of time and talent to our project.
Tom Cooper Price telling us the background to the music he played

We have more entertainment and activities coming up! A team are entering the Lions Swim-a-thon in May so they will be looking for sponsors! Also there will be a Big Selsey Coffee Morning on the 11th of May look out for posters in the Church for time and venue.
This Sunday, the third Sunday in April, known as Good Shepard Sunday, our 10 o'clock service was Sung Mattins. The 23rd Psalm was the set psalm for today, and being in eastertide we sang the Benedictus. The Choir sang 'Brother James' Air as the Anthem, a setting of the words of the 23rd Psalm to a traditional tune.
We were joined by Godfrey Payne, who is second in command for the Salvation Army in Nigeria. He spoke about his life and work in Nigeria, describing some of the difficulties but also the wonderful enthusiasm of the people. The Collection from this service was given to the Salvation Army.

The Magnolia is now in full bloom

Spring blooms
Thursday, 18 April 2013
This Sunday we celebrated the Eucharist at our 10 o'clock service. The church is still filled with wonderful Easter flowers, Father Stephen was the celebrant.  We sang Easter hymns and the Choir sang 'This joyful Easter Tide' by G.R. Woodward, Melody from David's Psalmen, Amsterdam 1685, Harmony by Charles Wood as the Anthem.
The Magnolia tree in the Church yard is only just in blossom in mid April

Do come to the Concert next Sunday the 21st of April at 3:00pm in Church. Our good friend Tom Cooper Price will play Piano music by Bach and Chopin. There is tea afterwards and the retiring collection is, of course, to go towards the new Parrish Rooms!
Wednesday, 10 April 2013
This Sunday was family service, and the children told us the story of Doubting Thomas. The Eucharist was celebraed by Father Rodger, We continue our Easter celebrations, here are some more picures of our Easter flowers.

Service Times

First Sunday in the Month:
08:00am Holy Communion
10:00am Family Service

Second Sunday in the Month
08:00am Holy Communion
10:00am Parish Eucharist

Third Sunday in the Month
08:00am Holy Communion
10:00am Sung Matins

Fourth Sunday in the Month
08:00am Holy Communion
10:00am Parish Eucharist

Variations can be found in the Parish Magazine or the Calendar at the bottom of this page.

Useful links

Here are some links to resources you may find helpful:

  1. St Mary's Facebook page
  2. Chichester Cathedral will be live streaming services. For the Eucharist and order of service Click here before 10:00am Sunday and follow the instructions.
  3. The BBC Daily Service is available here.
  4. Prayer for today.
  5. The C of E youtube channel.
  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.

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