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Monday, 30 July 2018
The weather could hardly be more different from last week. Wind, rain, and much cooler this Sunday. Happily the day before, the Fete had been dry and sunny, although also windy. The Fete was a great success and raised over £1000 more than last year. A great thank you to every one who took part and especially Janet, Chris, and Bryan who were the committee!

Our 10 am service was a Eucharist, celebrated by Father Stephen. The Gospel told the story of the feeding of the five thousand, St John's version. In his Sermon Father Stephen told us that the presence of this story in all 4 Gospels and the small details they contain re-enforce each other in their veracity.

The Choir sang the setting of the Sanctus, Benedictus and the Agnus Dei written by Harold Darke in F major. The Anthem was 'The Lord Bless you and Keep you' by John Rutter, and Joanna played the Bach Toccata and Fugue in D as the music after the service. We then moved to the New Rooms to see a slide show of Fete photographes taken by Gill Mason, both this year and over the years since the 1980's, as we drank our coffee.

During August the Choir are on a well deserved Holiday, and this year Joanna will also have a break as our friend James Roriston will play for some services.

Monday, 23 July 2018
We came together for our 10:00 am Eucharist service on another hot and sunny morning. Both the north and south doors were left  open to allow a cooling breeze through the church! The readings this morning from St Paul and St Mark's Gospel, told of the pressure Jesus was under once news of his miracles and teachings spread. He could not get away from crowds of people bringing the sick for healing and to hear his message.He felt this pressure in a very human way, the gospel writer emphasising that he was truly fully human. St Paul reflected on the need to share, resources and spirituality to cope with life, through the grace of Our Lord.

The choir sang  Brother James Air a setting of the 23rd psalm as the anthem. There was tea and coffee after the service

Less than a week to the Fete!!

All hands on deck in the Vicarage Field for putting up tents etc on Friday, Cakes and biscuits gratefully received for the tea tent, return your raffle tickets, and see you all at 2pm on Saturday for the best afternoon's entertainment in West Sussex!!

Sunday, 15 July 2018
Another glorious summer's morning for our service today. We had Mattins as it is the third Sunday in July. Father Stephen took the service and the readings were from Amos and St Mark's Gospel. The latter telling the story of St John the Baptist and his death at the request of Salome. It was this well known story that Father Stephen talked about in his sermon. John was superseded by Jesus, and his disciples joined those following Jesus. John had been outspoken in his criticism of Herod, because he married his sister in law, and lived a dissolute life. It was his stepdaughter, Salome , who asked for John's head, and conveniently ended the stream of criticism. John shows us an example of one who spoke the truth and followed the way to God.
The choir sang the Benedictus in C major by C V Stanford and also as the Anthem Jesu joy of man's desiring by JS Bach.

We continue to prepare for the fete, and all contributions ahead of time can be left with Janet Harland at Russetts. Books, bottles, toys, clothing in good condition, jam jars, both filled and empty! all gratefully received

Wednesday, 11 July 2018
A photo of our newly restored gates, which were put back in place this week
This morning we celebrated our 10 am Eucharist  with Father Stephen as the celebrant. The continued warm weather meant that even with all the doors open the usually cool church was quite warm! The service included the anthem Panis Angelicus by Cesar Franck, sung by the choir. The Sunday School joined us for the distribution of Communion, and there was coffee after the service.

We are now with in sight of the Fete, please if you have raffle tickets, return sold stubs and money to the Church Wardens. All is now a hive of activity preparing for Saturday the 28th on the Vicarage field! All offers of help in preparing, and dismantling the fete gratefully received

Don't forget your entry for the Mini Show, classes in the Parish Magazine, the Show will be in the Church this year, so even if you don't enter yourself come and see the efforts of others in the Church!

Next week our Sunday 10 am service will be Mattins.

Sunday, 1 July 2018
The first Sunday of the month is our Family Service, so we decided to celebrate Sea Sunday this week instead of next week. Father Stephen is back with us, and he introduced the presentation by the Sunday School, telling the story of Jesus calming the waters on the Sea of Gallille. We also inducted a new junior chorister, Tilly, and as is our tradition she was 'sung in' by the other choristers, and some adults with Lead me Lord.

The choir sang 'Never Weatherbeated Sail' as the anthem, and the final hymn was 'Eternal Father Strong to Save' continuing our Sea Sunday theme.

There was coffee after the service, this week the soft toy tombolla is appealing for those unwanted soft toys you have!

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.

Please note that St Mary's are not responsible for the contents of external links

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