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Monday, 6 March 2017
We enter the season of Lent this week. On Wednesday evening we started our Lent Journey with a Eucharist at 7:30 pm including the imposition of ashes. This lovely service was celebrated by Father Stephen. The traditional act of marking each person with the ash was followed by the Eucharist. The Choir sang Ave Verum Corpus in the setting by Mozart as the anthem.
On Thursday evening the Lent group met for the first time and considered the opening of St Mark's Gospel; the time of baptism and temptation in the wilderness. Father Stephen used a combination of images and video clips, together with Bible reading. The following discussion gave us a thoughtful start to Lent.

This Sunday, being both the first of Lent and the first of March we had our Family Eucharist. The Children gave us a very interesting demonstration of the temptations and choices we have to make about our behaviour, and where they may lead us! The intercessions were read by our young parishioner, Emily, and the collection taken up by Seth and Hazel. The choir sang A New Commandment by Peter Nardone as the Anthem and there was coffee after the service.

On Sunday afternoon 12 redoubtable knitters convened at 'Russetts' home of Adrian and Janet Harland and at 3 pm commenced the Knit -a -thon! The item we were knitting was a woolly hat for the Mission to Seafarers, and having previously cast on 120 stitches they began to knit in knit 2 purl 2 rib as fast as they could!! After 45 minutes of knitting and conversation there was a break for tea, kindly prepared by Marilyn, after which a further 45 minutes of furious knitting was called to a halt at 5pm. Measuring the lengths it became apparent that the longest was that of Mrs Field, who was duly presented with a small prize of flowers and hand cream. The knitters will go on to finish their hats, to add to the 17 already knitted, and we hope to have a large consignment of hats to send to the Mission with the speaker who will be with us on Sea Sunday in July. Its not too late to knit a hat, the pattern is on a sheet at the back of the church!!!

Sponsorship of the knitting, in aid of the New Annex, came to around £700! thanks to all who contributed.

Please do come to our next event, a Teatime Concert in the Church next Sunday at 3 pm. Ian Scott and Joanna Chivers will play a selection of music classical and modern for Violin and Piano, followed by tea and a retiring collection in aid of the New Annex.

A little further ahead, look out for details of our Smugglers and Pirates afternoon on the 22nd April, A treasure hunt, competitions, and a storyteller followed by tea, perfect for families and individuals, details to follow!

Service Times

First Sunday in the Month:
10:00am Family Service

Second Sunday in the Month
10:00am Parish Eucharist

Third Sunday in the Month
08:00am Holy Communion (said)
10:00am Sung Matins

Fourth Sunday in the Month
10:00am Parish Eucharist


  • The 8:00am said Holy Communion will recommence for all Sundays beginning Sunday 2nd May 2021

  • 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. Chichester Cathedral will be live streaming services. For the Eucharist and order of service Click here before 10:00am Sunday and follow the instructions.
  2. The BBC Daily Service is available here.
  3. Prayer for today.
  4. The C of E youtube channel.
  5. 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.
  6. COVID-19 advice from the Diocese of Chichester here.

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