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19 March 2020


The church will remain open for anyone who would like some quiet time there.  Father Stephen will be available for any one who wishes to speak with him and if you wish to do so, please contact either Chris or Janet and we will pass the message on to him.

Not the same, we know, but if the broadcasts continue, there is usually Sunday Worship at 8.10am on Radio 4, Songs  of  Praise, 1.15pm on Sundays BBC One. The BBC has also announced it is launching a virtual church service on Sundays .The virtual church service will take place on Sunday mornings across local radio in England, initially led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. The BBC will also aim to broadcast a weekly Sunday morning church service on BBC One, but this will be subject to outside broadcast capacity. On top of that, the broadcaster has also said it’s exploring how to support “other religions and denominations, including in the run-up to Ramadan.”
There are also programmes with a religious theme to be found on BBC iplayer and more on BBC Sounds.

 A 'thought for the week', based on the Scriptural readings of the day, and perhaps the Collect and other suitable prayers, will be posted regularly to the church website by Father Stephen so that folk can at least access these as an aid to their own devotions and reflections.  We are hoping that the first of these, on the theme of the Annunciation, will be available by Mothering Sunday.

The Diocese are hoping to put some material coming on-line in the near future for those who have internet access. 


Dear  All,

We have lots of students who would love to become pen-pals with elderly members of your congregation who are self-isolating.

God bless,

Austen Hindman, Head Teacher, Bishop Luffa School

Please let me know through the website  if you would like a pen pal and I will pass it on. Chris


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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