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Monday, 21 October 2013
Autumn has arrived with wet and windy weather to greet us as we come together for Matins this morning. Father Stephen took the service which was well attended. The readings, from the King James version included the story of Jacob wrestling with the angel, and from St Luke's Gospel the story of the widow and the unjust Judge. Father Stephen talked about Jacob and his experience of struggling with the angel, also using the Hymn by Charles Wesley (350 NEH) to illustrate how this story relates to the coming of Christ,and his transforming effect in our lives. The Choir sang 'Oh Lord increase our faith' By Henry Loosemore as the anthem.
The flowers of Autumn


In the evening we had a splendid concert of a real mixture of music from Off Centre, with several solo items included. They sang some old and new sacred music and also some modern standards. It was a performance of real enthusiasm and greatly enjoyed by the audience. Many thanks to all who took part, and for those who organised and served the interval refreshments.Total raised will be posted as soon as it is known.


Events on the Horizon include;

Saturday 2nd of November at 6pm there will be a service for All Souls Day. As has become the tradition this will include a performance of the Faure Requiem performed liturgically with in the service. If you would like to sing in the choir for this service, please come along to a rehearsal on Saturday 26th October at 10:am, or at 3pm on the day for a run through followed by a cup of tea in the Church Hall, or contact one of the Church Wardens through this site for more details.

Sunday 3rd November at 3:00pm an afternoon concert of music by the Fresalca Saxophone Quartet.They will play a mixture of Gershwin, Mozart, and Cole Porter! This will include tea. Retiring collection for the new Parish Rooms Project.

Slightly further off we are looking towards the Season of Advent with our Advent ring or 'wreath' making afternoon. December 1st from 2:30 to 5:30 also including tea. A list at the back of the Church can be signed if you would like to join us, we need numbers to ensure we have enough materials and enough tea!!

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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