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Monday, 8 February 2016
We celebrated Candlemas,the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, at our Family Service at 10 am. This was a lovely inspiring family service, Father Stephen began the service with a short explanation of the Feast, and the Sunday School members continued the theme with their presentation. The Children had prepared votive lights which they had individually decorated to be presented on the altar.They processed from the Tower vestry to the altar steps, each group giving a different short description of how Christ works as the light of the world. We were then treated to the Junior choristers, with soloist Hazel, accompanied by 3 members of the Adult Choir, and of course Joanna playing the piano, singing 'Lead me Lord' Everyone then returned to their seats and the intercessions were lead by Sunday School members.
After Communion the Choir, Junior and Senior together, sang the Nunc Dimittis in the setting in C major by Stanford. At the end of the Service Father Stephen blessed the Candles that will be used in the Church this year. There was coffee afterwards in the North transept.












Ash Wednesday sees the start of Lent this week there will be a Eucharist with the imposition of ashes at 7:30 on Wednesday evening, do come along and begin the Lent  journey to the Passion with this service. This year's Lent course which will be studying the Psalms will begin in the Vicarage at 7:30 on Thursday evening and subsequent Thursdays (not the first Thursday in March please note) there is a sheet to sign at the back of the Church if you would like to join in, but do come along if you can on Thursday  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.

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