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Monday, 25 November 2013
The Feast of Christ the King marks the last Sunday of the church's year with a joyful festival. We celebrated our  Eucharist with a festal frontal on the alter and with Father Stephen in festal vestments. The theme of the service was Christ as King in glory, and Father Stephen told us in his sermon about the process of anointing as a mark of dedication to Christ, used at Baptism, Confirmation and on becoming a Priest, this tradition goes back to the anointing of Aaron in the Old Testament and is also mentioned in Genesis. it marks out  Christians as priests and witnesses to Christ's glory, and unites us all.
The Choir sang Ave Verum in the setting by Edward Elgar as the anthem, and our closing Hymn was 'Christ Tiumphant'

Next week on Advent Sunday we will have our Family Service which will incorporate the Christingle service. Please bring back any Children's Society boxes you may have at home.

On Sunday Afternoon the Advent Wreath making and Tea is from 2:30 to 5:30 in the Church Hall. Sign the list in Church if you would like to join us!

The last of the Autumn Leaves

Tuesday, 19 November 2013
On Saturday morning we had a visit from Bishop Martin, who is undertaking a visit of the Chichester Deanery. He joined us to celebrate a said Eucharist at Midday. He spoke to us of the priorities of the diocese particularly safeguarding and growth in faith. In his inspiring short talk he emphasised that growth in numbers and growth in depth of faith were both important. After the service Bishop Martin joined the congregation in a Ploughman's lunch, where he took the opportunity to talk to members of the PCC and the congregation. He then spent some time in discussion with Father Stephen before leaving for his next visit. We were delighted to have this opportunity to meet our new Bishop.
Father Stephen and Bishop Martin at the visit on Saturday
Sunday bought us Matins once again, with readings from the King James version of the Bible, Psalm 98, the Canticles, and an anthem from the choir 'Jesus Joy of Man's Desiring'. A damp and grey day did not put off some 30 people who joined us. Father Stephen spoke of the resonance of the words from Job 'I know that my redeemer liveth'.
 The Church's year is drawing to an end, Advent Sunday is in 2 weeks time, marking the beginning of another year. We will be having our traditional afternoon of making Advent wreaths or rings in the Church Hall on the afternoon of Sunday 1st December 2:30 to 5:30, to include Tea. Please sign the list at the back of the church if you would like to come along, £12.50 per ring made to cover materials and a contribution to the New Parish Rooms project.

Very advanced notice!! Do you have Scottish genes? do you like neeps and tatties and haggis, or even know what they are? Would you like to see a man in a kilt recite poetry to a sausage? If so why not come to our Burns Night supper in the Church Hall Saturday 25th of January 2014. Tickets will be available in December, but put the date in your diary now!!
Autumn Colours

Sunday, 10 November 2013
This Sunday was  Remembrance Sunday. Our service of Remembrance started at 10:45 to include the 2 minutes silence at 11:0'clock. The service included readings from the Prophet Malachi and St Luke's Gospel. Prayers were said and after the silence the Roll of Honour of the names of those from Sidlesham  who died in the 2 world wars was read. The Choir sang 'And I saw a new heaven' words from Revelations music by E L Bainton. The Congregation sang 'Jerusalem'and the National Anthem, among other Hymns. The wreaths of poppies were blessed by Father Stephen and representatives of various organisations in the Village collected their wreaths and were led to the War Memorial by the Church Wardens. We were blessed with a fine sunny day. The congregation followed by Father Stephen and the altar party moved to the War Memorial and the wreaths were laid. This moving act of Remembrance, was choreographed by Dan Bailey with Father Stephen and the Church Wardens. Today's collection will go to the British Legion who are aiming to raise 37 million pounds this year for the care an support of the wounded military personnel of all conflicts.
Poppies in our church flowers

The wreath laying party leads the congregation to the War Memorial

The Wreath Layers await the arrival of the altar Party

Children from Sidlesham County Primary School and St Mary's Sunday School laid posies of poppies

Wednesday, 6 November 2013
All Saints day was celebrated this Sunday, and as it was the first Sunday in November it was also our Family Eucharist. The Sunday School told us about St Jude, which was very topical as his day is 28th of October, the day of the recent storm. They told us that it is uncertain who he was, perhaps an apostle Thadeus, or a farmer who always carried a picture of Christ. He was Martyred in Ad65 with a club and an axe, and he is often depicted carrying these implements. He is the patron saint of lost causes and people with depression, there is a shrine to him in a church in Faversham Kent.
The Choir sang 'Give us the wings of faith' by Bulloch as the anthem.

In the afternoon we enjoyed an excellent concert from Frescala, a group of saxophone players,  followed by tea, and we await the total raised. Many thanks to the performers and the tea makers!!

Next Sunday will be the Act of Remembrance please note the service time is different
St Jude's Storm has blown down the leaves leaving us looking very wintry

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.

Please note that St Mary's are not responsible for the contents of external links

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