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Annual Parochial Church Meeting

posted 28 Mar 2018, 13:39 by Richard Ryder


This year's meeting will be held at St Mary's on Sunday 22nd April at 11.30 am, after the 10.00 service. Please come to receive reports from various groups in the church and to elect Churchwardens and members of the PCC and Deanery Synod.

Joining the PCC? 

A number of people are stepping down from the PCC this year - they are require to do as most have served for 6 years. Do you think you could serve our Church by being a member of the PCC? If you would like to learn more then please speak to Cynthia or Ben, our Churchwardens.

Easter Services

posted 28 Mar 2018, 03:19 by Richard Ryder


Holy Week and Easter marks the height of the Christian faith. In the services of Holy week we deepen our relationship with God as we reflect upon the passion of our Lord Jesus Christ. By so doing we prepare ourselves fully for the joy of Easter Day.
I hope that as many of you as possible will be able to join in with the services of Holy Week which is a deeply spiritual time and heightens our expectations for Easter.
Palm Sunday is the start of Holy Week and on this Sunday the Church commemorates Christ’s entry into Jerusalem. An important part of Palm Sunday is the procession, because this reminds us not only of what happened then, but it is also an act of praise to Christ the King who reigns and triumphs on the cross and it expresses our own readiness to take up our cross and follow our crucified and risen Lord. Palm Crosses are carried in the procession in joyful praise.
Once in the church the mood changes as we recall how the shouts of Hosanna gave way to the cries of Crucify. The Gospel of the Passion is read in place of the sermon and the restrained mood prepares us for Holy Week.
If you are able, then please assemble on the village green near the War Memorial ready to begin the service at 9.45am which continues then in St Mary’s Church.
On Wednesday in Holy Week Holy Communion is celebrated and a short address given. The readings and address continue to set our minds on the Lord’s Passion preparing us for Good Friday.
M aundy Thursday marks the beginning of the end. From this point on the worship is a continuum through to Easter. The Jewish beginning of the day (in the evening) unites the events of Maundy Thursday with the death of Christ the next afternoon. The mood is taken from John 13.34-35 where Jesus at the Last Supper tells them: I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.’ Not only does this service mark the institution of the Lord’s Supper, but with the washing of feet it marks the theme of love and service. After the sermon, the feet of ‘twelve disciples’ are washed, to re-enact Jesus’ washing of his disciples feet at the last supper.
At the end of the Eucharist the Reserved Sacrament is taken to the Altar of Repose in the Memorial Chapel and the high altar is stripped of its linen. All other ornamentation and decoration is also removed from the chancel. This is an extremely moving service and leads into The Watch during which time you are invited to spend some time in prayer in church, perhaps in sight of the altar of repose as we remember the disciples who attempted to keep watch whilst Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane. You may like to visit church at some time later in the evening to experience the presence of the Lord and prepare for Good Friday. The Watch continues until midnight.
There is no formal end to the Eucharist: leave the church when you are ready, return as you wish.
Good Friday begins for the children at 10.30am when they meet in St Nicholas for their workshop morning, as they follow the Passion of Christ through craft work, stories and other activities.
All are invited and encouraged to find the opportunity to spend some time in St Mary’s church and experience its stillness during this day of our Lord’s crucifixion.
The hour at the cross begins at 2pm. Using scripture, hymns, poems, prayers and silence we reflect on the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. The prayers of Good Friday bring to the foot of the Cross our prayers for the Church and the world. Then the Sacrament, consecrated at the Maundy Thursday Eucharist is brought to the altar and we receive Holy Communion. A hymn and prayer follow and then all depart in silence.
Easter Eve is a quiet day in the morning and afternoon as we remember Jesus lying in the tomb. Both churches will be decorated to prepare for the celebration of our Lord’s Resurrection.
The Easter Vigil begins at 8.30pm as we gather outside the west door. Here takes place the Liturgy of Light when the new fire and Pascal Candle are blessed. We then process into the dark church following Christ our Light and the light is passed to the people’s candles. The ancient hymn of Easter praise in celebration of the resurrection, the Exultet, is sung. Readings from scripture follow and then the Gloria is sung, the altar candles are lit and the lights are put on as we celebrate joyfully our Lord’s resurrection. We then renew our baptism vows together before receiving communion.
Easter Day follows our normal pattern of Sunday services, where we celebrate the presence of our Risen Lord with great joy. The new Pascal Candles are lit in each church to celebrate the victory of The Light of Christ over death and darkness.
The 10am family Eucharist is followed by an Easter Egg hunt for the young people in the churchyard.

Lent Lunch

posted 2 Feb 2018, 03:58 by Richard Ryder


Saturday Brunch and Art Competition

posted 2 Feb 2018, 03:52 by Richard Ryder


The next brunch will be on Saturday 3rd February, 9.30-11.30am at St Nicholas'. There will be a display of entries for the Art Competition which has been run with the Primary School. Please come along to see their work.

St Nic's Pancake Party

posted 2 Feb 2018, 03:50 by Richard Ryder

Saturday 17th February – 2.00-4.00pm
Do come along and enjoy delicious pancakes, refreshments, craft activities and, of course, the pancake races.
 If you're planning to enter the races, please bring your own frying pan. 

Understanding China - Life & Religion in a Communist State

posted 7 Dec 2017, 06:24 by Richard Ryder

St Nicholas’ Church. Saturday 9th December, 7.30pm

Benton Cade has been living in China for the past twelve years. Principally his work has been as a TV host for the state media in Beijing. He has now returned to England and can share some of the extraordinary occurrences that he has both witnessed and been involved in, shedding light on what it is really like to live in China today.

Chichester Homeless Project

posted 7 Dec 2017, 06:22 by Richard Ryder

The churches in Chichester and surrounding areas are working to add provision for homeless people in Chichester, namely by providing a night shelter during the winter. Funding is needed to make this possible and Lavant PCC has committed £250 from its funds, together with any donations given at next Saturday's talk on China. If you would like to make your own donation to the project there are 2 options. You could make a bank transfer to: Chichester Deanery Synod, Nat West sort code 60-05-24, a/c no 96221275. Please include the reference on the transfer as 'homeless project', and send an email notification to barbara.darby@talktalk.net. It would be helpful if you state that you are from Lavant Churches. The alternative is to give a cheque (to Lavant PCC) or cash to our Treasurer (James Pickford), one of the church wardens or the Rector and this will be passed on, with Gift Aid added. Thank you.

Chichester Food Bank

posted 7 Dec 2017, 06:20 by Richard Ryder


For two weeks of the Christmas holidays, children who may not have a nourishing meal at home are given a voucher by their school which can be exchanged at the Food Bank for a 'lunchbox' which contains a good variety of food. To provide this, the Food Bank is in need of items, especially: tins of meat, soup, fruit and vegetables, as well as cartons of fruit juice. Today, 3rd December, is the final day we'll have a collection bag in church but there are also collection points in Waitrose, Tesco (Fishbourne Road East) and the Co-op (Parklands and Spitalfield Lane). For items needed at any particular time, see:
https://chichesterdistrict.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-food/

British Legion Poppy Appeal

posted 7 Dec 2017, 06:17 by Richard Ryder


The total raised for the Poppy Appeal through Lavant Churches was £446.57.

Lavant News - Nov 17

posted 31 Oct 2017, 05:05 by Richard Ryder   [ updated 31 Oct 2017, 11:04 ]

Lavant News is now out and copies are being delivered to subscribers.  If you would like a copy then they are available in both Churches.

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