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Sunday, 2 February 2020
This morning at 10 am we celebrated Candlemas at our Family Service. We started our service in the Parish rooms, with an introduction including a reading from Malachi and the lighting of our candles. We then processed into the Church singing 'At the Name of Jesus' Once we were all settled in the Church we heard the Gospel of Luke, telling the story of the presentation in the temple. We then blew out our candles. The address was given by Mrs Field, who had wondered about the sacrificial doves that the Holy Family had taken with them to the Temple, and had researched the whole idea of sacrifices in the Old Testament, she gave us an interesting account of the tradition, thankfully now long gone!

Our prayers were lead by young people from our congregation, and then Father Stephen celebrated the Eucharist with us. The Choir sang 'When Mary to the Temple Went' text by John Troutbeck, setting by Johannes Eccard.  as the anthem.

There was coffee in the rooms after the service.

There are still a few tickets for the Hungarian Supper on the 15th February, do come along! You can buy tickets for the 3 course meal from the Church Wardens.

These lovely spring flowers were bought to church for the funeral of our dear friend Gill Cook.















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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