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Monday, 18 August 2014
This Sunday we gathered at 10;00am to Mattins, in improved but still rather windy weather. The service included two readings from the King James Bible, the first from the old testament recounting King David welcoming the Ark of the Covenant to its home in Jerusalem, and the second from Revelations describing the pregnant Queen of Heaven and her opponent the dragon. These readings were part of the theme for this day devoted to the Virgin Mary and her arrival in Heaven. Father Stephen explained to us in his sermon, that these ideas relate to the Virgin being the Ark of the New Covenant between God and his people, as she carried and gave birth to Our Lord, the embodiment of the New Covenant. Father Stephen pointed out that only John the Baptist and Our Lady have feasts to celebrate both their birth and death, and that the are bridging figures bridging God's promises to the Jews to His promises to all people.
Coffee was served after the Service.


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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