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Sunday, 6 December 2020
This morning we were able to return to church again. We had a family service with Christingles, most appropriate as it is St Nicholas day. As we are accustomed to in the family service, the presentation was given by Mrs Field, She talked about Advent, and the opportunity to reflect on ourselves and see how many of the gifts of the Spirit we are showing in our lives, rather like an Ofsted inspection. She challenged us to remember what he gifts of the Spirit are! (1 Corinthians verse 12, if you want to check for yourself!) Following this the christingles were distributed.
The Choir were able to sing 2 Advent hymns and 'How Beautiful Upon the Mountains' by John Stainer as the offertory. It was a great joy to be back in Church again!

The christmas draw will take place on Wednesday 16th December at 3 pm.

Our Christmas Services will be a little different this year. 
On 20th December at 6pm there will be Village Carols, at which there will be readings and some carols sung by the Choir. Because we have to observe social distancing numbers will be limited, so if you would like to come please either sign the form at the back of the Church or contact the Churchwardens to reserve your place.

On Christmas eve there will be a service of gifts at 4 pm.

On Christmas morning there will be a said service with carols by the choir at 10 am.

Father Stephen lighting the Advent Candles

Lighting and distributing the Christingles.

 Mark 1:1-8

Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark.

The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, 
the Son of God. 

As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, 
"See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, 
who will prepare your way; 

the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: 
"Prepare the way of the Lord, 
make his paths straight,'"
John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, 
proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 

And people from the whole Judean countryside 
and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, 
and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, 
confessing their sins.

Now John was clothed with camel's hair, 
with a leather belt around his waist, 
and he ate locusts and wild honey. 

He proclaimed, 
"The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; 
I am not worthy to stoop down 
and untie the thong of his sandals.

I have baptized you with water; 
but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit." 

Service Times

First Sunday in the Month:
10:00am Family Service

Second Sunday in the Month
10:00am Parish Eucharist

Third Sunday in the Month
08:00am Holy Communion (said)
10:00am Sung Matins

Fourth Sunday in the Month
10:00am Parish Eucharist


  • The 8:00am said Holy Communion will recommence for all Sundays beginning Sunday 2nd May 2021

  • 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. 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. 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.
  6. 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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