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Sunday, 6 October 2013
The first Sunday of October and we celebrated Harvest Festival at both the Parish Eucharist and at a special evening service which was combined with Sidlesham Primary School.

At our Eucharist in the morning, which was a Family Service, we arrived to find the Church had been transformed by the flower arrangers with a most beautiful array of flowers and fruits and vegetables. The Sunday School told us about the original Jewish festival of Harvest Festival, how pilgrims would carry bunches of Palm, Willow and Myrtle leaves in their left had and a citrus fruit in their right as they came  to worship. We bring the bread and wine to the table every Sunday in remembrance of Jesus death and Resurrection, and the cross is the sign of our faith. The children bought these gifts to the alter, and during the offertory hymn, more donations were received by Father Roger.
During the communion the Choir sang 'Look at the World' by John Rutter.

At the evening service of thanksgiving for Harvest, Father Roger talked about the significance of bread as a symbol, of the difficult process of making bread. The Children from the school sang for us, and the choir sang a psalm. More donations were kindly received starting with donations from a Farmer, a Grower and a Gardener. We sang 'We Plough the fields and scatter' at both services! 

The Farmer's Gift

The Grower's Gift

The Gardener's Gift

Our Harvest Window

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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