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Monday, 20 August 2018
The third Sunday in August so our 10 am service was Mattins. We sang the Canticles, and part of Psalm 34, and our Gospel reading was from St John. The passage where Jesus describes the Eucharist in words, there is no description of the events of Maunday Thursday in St John, but this passage explains the symbolism of the bread and wine.
Father Stephen spoke in his sermon of how the news of terrible disasters such as the collapse of the bridge in Genoa, can seem challenging when we ask where was God, why did he let this happen. Our faith needs to be founded in the knowledge that we can see only a small part of the plan, and we must concentrate on getting the small things right, small acts of kindness and caring, and leave the big stuff to the hand of God.

We had coffee after the service, Both Joanna and James were with us this morning, giving Father Stephen an opportunity to  thank them both and to remind us how increadibly fortunate we are to have 2 such talented Organists and musicians involved in our worship!


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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