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Tuesday, 28 May 2013
This Sunday we celebrated the mystical wonder of God in three persons yet united in one the Blessed Trinity. Glorious sunshine greeted us on this Trinity morning, our service was a Parrish Eucharist. We sang many familiar Trinity Hymns and the Choir sang 'Ave Verum' in the setting by Edward Elgar as the anthem. And so we start the long period of Trinity or Ordinary time,  with many activities planned for the Summer and Autumn including a Jazz workshop with the Jazz Smugglers on June 16th at 7;30 in Church. Come and listen and join in!! We look forward to the Fete in July and our Tea Party with the Bishop at the end of July. Keep an aye out for more details of both  events.
Summer at St Marys
Thursday, 23 May 2013
Pentecost marks the arrival of the Holy Spirit with the Disciples as they waited in Jerusalem following the Ascension of Jesus. It was the third Sunday of May so our 10 o'clock service was Matins. The Choir sang 'O Holy Spirit Lord of Grace' Words by Charles Coffin Music by Christopher Tye.
The traditional colour of Pentecost is red, we do not have any stained glass in St Mary our Lady, but we are blessed with a series of these lovely glass plates which are used through out the year. Our Pentecost plate looks wonderful with the spring sunlight streaming through it. Our altar frontal for Pentecost is also a lovely deep red, as shown.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013
This Sunday we were back in church after our exertions of last week for a Parrish Eucharist. This is the last Sunday of Eastertide, and as we celebrated Ascension day on Thursday last, we are looking forward to Pentecost next week and the arrival of the Holy Spirit. The Choir sang 'God is gone up with a Mighty Noise' by William Croft as the Anthem. There were cakes for sale after the service, these were part of the sale of cakes at the Coffee Morning held on saturday in aid of the New Parrish Rooms, £110 was raised, many thanks to those who organised the very successful morning.

The Sunday School parents and children are taking part in the Swimathon being organised by  the Lions at the Westgate Centre next Saturday, there is a sponsor form in the back of the church, do pop into church and sign up if you have not already done so!! Good luck swimmers!!
Tuesday, 7 May 2013
This Sunday being the first of the month was our children's service. We made our annual rogation walk of blessing. Sidlesham is quite a large Parrish geographically, despite having only 1400 souls residing in it. The boundaries would take quite a while to walk, so our rogation walk was limited to the immediate surroundings of the Church.
We started in the barn at the end of Church Farm Lane, blessing the seeds and crops, then proceeded through to bless the creatures of the water, the horses and the cows, returning to the Church for our final hymn and blessing. This year we were blessed indeed to have dry weather, after several years of processing in the rain this was much appreciated. We hope this augers well for a productive year on the land.

At the Barn

Blessing the Cows

Everyone singing to the Horses

Blessing the creatures of the waters

And the  Horse

Don't forget Thursday 9th May is Ascension Day there will be a service at 7:30 to celebrate the Ascension of Our Lord, do come along!

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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