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Sunday, 2 October 2016
This morning our 10 am Family Eucharist was also our Harvest Festival. The Church had been beautifully decorated with flowers and produce, and looked lovely. The children of the Sunday School had also produced a display about Harvest. In their presentation they told us about the Jewish tradition of Harvest Festival, the Festival of the Booths, as described in the Old Testament. They built a model booth for us to see! The service included the traditional Harvest Hymns and during Communion, one of our Junior Choristers Seth sang a solo of 2 verses of a hymn as part of his work for the dark blue ribbon. The Choir then sang the last section of 'Ascribe unto the Lord' by Samuel Wesley as the Anthem. There was coffee after the service.

In 2 weeks, on the 16th of October we are to have a Piano Recital by our friend Tom Cooper Price at 3:00pm in the church followed by tea. Collection for the New Rooms. Do come along!!

In the evening at 6:00 pm the Village Harvest service was held with the Primary School children and Parents. The service included Harvest hymns, Psalm 150 sung by the Choir, A song from the School choir, the anthem 'Thou Visitest the Earth' by Green, and the Nunc Dimittis in the setting by CV Stanford in C major from the Choir. Father Stephen received gifts at the altar, and closed the celebration with a blessing. The end of a very busy weekend!

This morning the Prayer Book Society held a Eucharist Service using the Prayer Book liturgy. The Celebrant was the Dean of Chichester, and the service setting was Darke in F, and the anthem was Ave Verum in the setting by Sir Edward Elgar both were sung by our choir. Joanna Chivers-Gibb played the organ. The service was well attended and it was a wonderful experience for the Choir, especially our Junior members to sing in our Cathedral. Here are some pictures

This evening the Church Hall was filled as we assembled for the Harvest Supper. A 3 course meal, ham, chicken and salad followed by apple pie and cream and cheese and biscuits and a cup of coffee, followed by the traditional entertainments! Many thanks to all who worked so hard to make this village event go so well.

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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