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Sunday, 5 February 2017
The first Sunday of February and we are celebrating The Presentation of Christ in the Temple or Candlemas as part of our Family Service. The Celebrant was Father Stephen, and as usual on our first Sunday, the Sunday School were in charge of the first part of the service. Before they took over, we lit our candles and received a blessing from Father Stephen









After the Gospel, we watched a re-enactment of the story. Simeon and Anna looked for the Messiah coming for presentation in the Temple. They looked to see if he would be in the family of a Football star, a Politician, a Doctor and a Nurse or a King, but they found him in the family of a humble carpenter.










The intercessions were then lead by a member of the Serving Team.

During the Communion the Choir sang the Nunc Dimittis in the setting by CV Stanford in B flat, using the traditional words spoken by Simeon at the Presentation, sung in this setting by the male voices with the full choir singing the Gloria. This setting is particularly appropriate for Candlemas.

There was coffee after the service.

Next Saturday is the Cheese and Wine evening in the Church Hall, where you can also see the video of the Harvest Supper entertainments and the Fete, tickets from the Church Wardens.
The Knit-a-thon will take place on the 5th March, if you can't knit, please sponsor one of the knitters, or maybe provide an item for tea to keep them knitting! The knitters are knitting hats for the Mission to Seafarers, and we hope to present them to our guest speaker from the Mission who will join us for Sea Sunday in July. Sponsorship money will go to the New Rooms Project.
On the following Sunday, the 12th of March we will have a concert of Piano and Violin music from Joanna Chivers-Gibb and Ian Scott. This will be a mixture of musical styles so something for everyone. Ian spent a good deal of time working with Patrick Moore on his musical compositions, so he is looking forwards to coming down to the Manhood Peninsular to play for us. There will be Tea after the concert and a retiring collection for the New Rooms Project! Speaking of which, the floor raft is now laid, look at the pictures on the New Rooms page of this website!!

Spring is coming!






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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