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Tuesday, 25 November 2014
The Church's Liturgical year ends with the feast of Christ the King, which we celebrated at our Sung Eucharist this morning. A good congregation came together despite cold and damp November weather. In his sermon Father Stephen pointed out that earthly Kings are not necessarily the role model to think of when thinking about Christ as King, but that our own Queen has surely shown many of the qualities of regal behavior with her perseverance, her even handedness and her ability to keep her own council for private discussion and not for broadcast!
There was coffee after the service.

Next Sunday, Advent Sunday is the beginning  of the Liturgical year, and in the afternoon we shall be making Advent rings in the Church Hall, still time to sign up

if you would like to join us!
Sunday, 16 November 2014
This Sunday our service was Sung Mattins. The Autumn is upon us now and the walk to church was through a damp churchyard with many trees already bare of their leaves. We were without Joanna today, so the piano was played by Beryl Rodd, and the choir sat by the piano for the service. Many thanks to Beryl for standing in. The New Testament lesson was the parable of the Talents, which Father Stephen explored further in his sermon, the talent, or valuable thing, we have been given in the scriptures and the Good News of the Gospel, and evangelism is the way to use and increase our talents and our community of Christians. we prayed particularly for the Syrian Orthodox church in these times of trouble.

If you would like to join us to make an Advent ring/wreath on the afternoon of Sunday 30th November and enjoy tea with us, please sign up at the back of the church so we can plan materials and food!!

The Christmas Fair will be on the 6th December in the Church Hall.
This Sunday our service took place later than usual, starting at 10:45, in order to incorporate the 2 minutes silence at 11:00 am the national Act of Remembrance. During the service the choir sang 'My soul, there is a country' Words by Henry Vaughn (1622-1695) setting by C Hubert H. Parry (1848-1918) at the end of the service the congregation processed to the war Memorial where wreaths of poppies were laid from Village and National organisations. In this centenary year of the First World War, our annual Act of Remembrance was particularly poinient

Monday, 3 November 2014
The first weekend of November brings us to All Saints day and All Souls Day, respectively the first and second of the month. We held our All Souls day Commemorative Requiem for the souls of the departed on the eve of All Souls, on Saturday night. In this service the names of the Departed repose on the altar while the service itself uses the music of Faure liturgically for the Eucharist. The Choir were joined by a number of  additional voices, friends and neighbours who swelled the ranks of the singers. Once again were delighted to have Peter Webster as our Baritone Soloist, and Joanna Chivers Gibb at the organ.
This is a service where we can think about the happy times spent with loved ones who have gone before us to a better place, and think with joy of our future reuniting with them. It is a moving service made wonderful by Faure's music.

On Sunday morning, we celebrated All Saints during our family service, as the Sunday school has been on half term, Mrs Field gave us a short talk on the work of the Sunday school explaining how the themes such as the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes are approached for a group of children ranging in age from 3 to 11 years old! The congregation were very impressed by the work involved from the 6 Adults who run the Sunday School. We sang some traditional All Saints Hymns and the Choir sang 'Give me the Wings of Faith' set by Bullock as the Anthem.

There was coffee after the service.

Next Sunday is Remembrance Sunday, so our service will start at 10:45 and include the Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial.

Calenders which have been pre-ordered, and Christmas cards will be for sale after the service on the 16th of November.

If you would like to join us for the Advent Sunday afternoon making of Advent wreaths/rings, in the Church Hall, please sign up on the list at the back of the Church. We would like numbers to be able to order materials and prepare Tea!!

Our Flowers reflect the colour of All Souls

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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