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Monday, 29 December 2014
A sharp frost and a bright blue sky for the first Sunday after Christmas. Our 10:00am service, sung Eucharist, had as its focus the Holy Family. Father Stephen told us a story from East Sussex of a single mother who placed her baby in the nativity crib one cold Christmas night during the first world war, and how that baby was adopted by a couple who had lost their son in the war, who took on the mother as a nanny. Our Lord came to earth as a human baby and shared normal family life with Mary and Joseph, part of his true human experience, which made his sacrifice for us so significant.
We were delighted to welcome James Roriston to play the organ for this service, as Joanna is enjoying a well deserved break. James played some Hubert Howells before the service, and JS Bach at the end. This latter was greeted with a round of applause! We enjoyed a cup of coffee before setting out into the cold bright day.

Please note that tickets for the Silent Auction to b held in January will be on sale at next week's family 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.

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

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