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Wednesday, 7 September 2016
The first Sunday in September, we celebrate as out Patronal Festival. There are a number of Festivals in the Church Year relating to St Mary our Lady, but we have chosen to celebrate the Nativity of Our Lady as our Patronal Festival.The date of the Nativity is September the 8th but we took the opportunity of our Family Service to honour St Mary, the Mother of Jesus.
The Service  was a Family Eucharist, celebrated by Father Roger, who kindly stood in for Father Stephen. In his sermon, Father Roger told us many interesting facts about Our Lady Mary, the Church itself, and had us imagine the consecration of our church in the 12 century, and the amazing history of the church in this place. Of course the church is the people not the walls, and we were happy to see with us this morning people of all ages from the very youngest to the octogenarians and nonagenarians!
The Choir sang 'Ave Maria' in the setting by Edward Elgar as the Anthem and we sang familiar and much loved hymns about Mary.
There was coffee 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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