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Monday, 6 October 2014
This has been a very busy weekend for us at St Marys, with services in the Cathedral, and celebrations at St Marys.

Saturday morning the Choir of St Mary our Lady were invited to sing at a service of Holy Communion being held in Chichester Cathedral by the Prayer Book Society. The Celebrant and Preacher was Bishop Martin. Our Choir sang the setting for Holy Communion By Harold Darke in the key of F. The anthem was 'Ave Verum Corpus' in the setting by W.A. Mozart. Joanna Chivers Gibb our Director of Music played the organ for the service. The Choit had practised long and hard for their debut appearance in the Cathederal, and acquitted themselves very well. A number of the congregation joined us for the service. Mrs Chivers -Gibb was very pleased with the service, and has received some very positive feedback from those who took part WELL DONE ALL!!!

the choir looking rather nervous before the service

Lining up to process into the Choir stalls

The Choir

Saturday evening was the Harvest Supper, a magnificent meal of cold cuts, salads, apple pie and cheese and biscuits, followed by coffee was consumed in the church hall. The entertainment which followed was absolutely excellent with readings, songs and a 'Puppet Show' and a final comedy song and routine that was brilliantly executed and had the audience in fits of laughter. Once again to the catering team and the performing team a big THANK YOU from every one who attended.

Sunday morning, in our family service we celebrated harvest. We sang some traditional harvest hymns, the story of how Harvest Festival grew out of the old Lammas festival, the Church was beautifully decorated, and the choir sang 'Look at the World' by John Rutter. It was a beautiful autumn day and the decorated church looked magnificent. It was a truly joyful celebration.

In the evening at 6:00pm we had a second harvest service in combination with the children of Sidlesham County Primary School and their families. This service included the Choir singing Psalm 65, and the School Choir sang a special song for Harvest. Prayers were said by children from the school and it was a lovely family atmosphere.

After such a busy weekend just two reminders, If you ordered a calender for 2015 they are now available to collect after the 10 o'clock service. Tom Copper Price will be with us on Sunday 26th October for a piano recital followed by Tea, all welcome!

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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