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Sunday, 1 March 2020
The first of March and a blustery but sunny day for our Family Service. Today is St David's day, so we sang some Welsh hymns, and the Sunday School told us the story of St David being asked by villagers to protect them from a red fiery Dragon who lived in a cave. In this story, St David prayed for help in dealing with the dragon and was given a leek! He went to the dragon's cave fearing the worst, but it turned out the dragon was a female and she was guarding her young. St David put the leek out in front of him and she ate it, she was a vegetarian dragon! She told the saint the villagers kept bothering her babies looking the treasure which she did not have! St David told off the villagers and told them to take the dragon some gifts, so they took daffodils to decorate the dragon's cave. Then they all lived happily together. A very 21 century interpretation of the legend!
The Prayers were lead by Seth, one of the young people, and Father Stephen gave us information about the Lent group  discussions on thursday evening in the vicarage. For the Anthem the choir sang, 'Lead me Lord' by Charles Wesley. The solo was sung beautifully by the children with Mandy and Lorna.

There was coffee after the service in the rooms.

The Choir invites singers to join them to sing 'Olivet to Calvary' on Saturday the 4th of April in St Marys at 6;30, rehearsals at 3:00 all voice parts welcome, copies provided. This piece is  splendid to sing, intended for parish churches, and makes an inspiring start to Holy Week. If you don't want to sing, just come and listen to the performance!

St David defends himself from the dragon ( imagination required as dragon should be red!)with a leek
The Villagers look on at the fight with the dragon

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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