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Monday, 27 March 2017
We celebrated our Mothers, Our Lady, and a refreshment from the solemness of Lent this Sunday! As Mothering Sunday falls so close to the Feast of the Annunciation, and as next Sunday will be Passion Sunday, we had our Family Eucharist today.
Father Stephen was the celebrant, and instead of a sermon, we had a presentation of the story of the Annunciation in which the two aspects of Mary's reaction to the news bought to her by Gabriel were imagined. What a shock for a young girl, and such faith to take up the role of Mother of Our Lord! After the notices we had the presentation of a light blue ribbon to our newest Junior Chorister, Maggie, many congratulations!!
The Choir sang Ave Maria in the setting by the Latvian composer Rikard Dubra.
At the end of the service the children distributed posies of flowers to their mothers, and grandmothers, and as we left the Church we were given a piece of Simnell cake to take home. There was coffee after the service.

The Lent group meets again in the Vicarage at 7:00pm on Thursday, if you would like to join us please do, each session is complete on its own it is not necessary to have attended the others so do come and join us!

News of the Knitathon, over £700 pounds raised so far and more to come, and 30 hats now knitted!! If you are wondering how the building is going do look at the page on this website for photos of the ongoing work!

Our next Event is to be Pirates Day! On Saturday the 22nd of April there will be all sorts of Pirate and Smuggler related activities in the Church Hall and the Church yard, including competitions for the best dressed Pirate (child and adult) best pirate cake, find the treasure on the map, guess the name of the pirates' parrot, and a Treasure Hunt for doubloons and jewels in the church yard. The afternoon will finish with a presentation by 'The History Man' who will tell us all about pirates and smugglers in our area! Tea will be served after the Talk. Tickets (£10 per family, or for those who would like to hear the stories and have tea £5) are available form the Church Wardens. It will be a very jolly end to the Easter Holidays, do come along!!

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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