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Monday, 13 March 2017
This morning our 10 am service was a Eucharist, celebrated by Father Stephen. We met on a rainy morning the weather very much suiting the mood of Lent! The story of Nicodemus and his dialogue with Our Lord was the Gospel today. In his sermon Father Stephen gave us some insight into this story, which happened at night, and the conversation would have taken place in darkness, allowing Nicodemus to pose some interesting questions. Through this dialogue we learn about the coming of the Spirit, and our re-birth into a closer relationship with God through the Holy Spirit. We meet Nicodemus again when he brings spices and perfumes to the tomb for the preparation of Jesus's body after his death. He was probably a pharisee, but drawn to the teachings of Jesus.
We used the new setting for our service today, after our preparation last week, we sang the setting known as the Wiltshire Service by Richard Shephard. It was well sung by every one!
The choir sang 'O Saviour of the World' by John Goss as the anthem. There was coffee after the service.

Money continues to come in from the knitathon, if you sponsored a knitter please do make sure to give them your money. More hats are also being finished, we have 22 already!

We are now thinking about our next event. On 22nd of April we are having a Pirates Day. In the Church Hall and Church Yard, there will be lots of events, a Treasure Hunt, competitions, a fantastic visit by a Smuggler who will tell us about the history of Pirates and Smuggling, and of course a Sidlesham Tea! More details in due course.

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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