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Wednesday, 4 January 2017
The first Sunday in the month, and in the year, was our family service. We were celebrating the Epiphany, as we had with us the Sunday school children. Our organist Joanna was away today, so we were fortunate enough to have Beryl Rodd play the piano for this service.During the service the presentation was about the service of opening or blessing of the house an epiphany tradition, which has become less practised these days. It was an interesting ceremony, marking the house as a christian home, and mirroring the Jewish Passover, but in this ceremony the idea is to show a positive love of Our Lord rather than the identification of families to be spared from the fate of the Egyptians!

During the Offertory, 'We three Kings of Orient Are' the Three Kings, played by the Swain Family, presented their gifts at the crib.

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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