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Saturday, 7 November 2020

In these times of Covid 19 many of St Mary's regular givers have not been attending church, either because they are shielding or due to government restrictions. Events such as the Summer Fete and Christmas Fete have been cancelled. Unfortunately although these sources of funding have been severely curtailed our costs are still the same.

One solution that you may wish to consider, if you are not part of it already, is the Parish Giving Scheme(PGS) that St Mary's is affiliated to. Using PGS means that the church gets your contribution whether you attend or not.

The PGS organisation reports that they have experienced a significant level of growth over the summer, despite the enormous challenges under which parishes and Dioceses are currently operating.

In August, it reached a milestone of 3,000 churches/parishes actively receiving funds through PGS. In September, they processed just over 52,000 regular gifts, with a total value of £4,874m (including Gift Aid) remitted to parishes – an increase of 8% since March 2020.

If you wish to consider contributing by using PGS please contact one of the church wardens who can give you more information and provide the application forms. Thankyou.

Service Times

Services are suspended.

The church is open during daylight hours for personal prayer and reflection.

Useful links

Here are some links to resources you may find helpful:

  1. Chichester Cathedral will be live streaming services. For the Eucharist and order of service Click here before 10:00am Sunday and follow the instructions.
  2. The BBC Daily Service is available here.
  3. Prayer for today.
  4. The C of E youtube channel.
  5. We will be updating Fr Stephens Message page on a regular basis.
  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.