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Diocese of Chichester - July Bulletin 2012

posted 18 Jul 2012, 13:54 by Richard Ryder   [ updated 23 Feb 2015, 10:03 ]

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Front cover of the Chichester Magazine

Chichester Magazine
August/September issue out soon!
Featuring the recent open meetings with the new diocesan bishop, Dr Martin Warner, and the St Petertide Ordinations.
Be among the first to receive the next issue, call 01273 425791 to subscribe.

Ordination Photo

Browse photos of the St Petertide Ordinations.

Youth Work at Bible on the Beach

Visit the YES website for the latest jobs supporting Children and Families around the diocese.

The Olympic Torch

Share your photos of the Torch Relay

Ride and Stride poster

Sussex Historic Churches Trust's Annual Ride and Stride.

Parish Moves...
Patrick Beresford, from the Diocese of Somerset; is to be Team Vicar at St John’s, Broadbridge Heath
Lee Duckett, from Diocese of Southwark; is to be Incumbent at Christ Church, Ore
Robert Mulford, from Diocese of Peterborough; is to be Incumbent at Westfield and Priest in Charge at Guestling
Ann Waizeneker, Assistant Curate at Chichester St Paul with Westhampnett; is to be Priest in Charge at Shoreham New and Shoreham Old
Lionel Whatley, Priest in Charge at Highbrook and West Hoathly; is to be incumbent at Highbrook and West Hoathly

James di Castiglione, was Assistant Curate of Mid-Sussex Network Church; has left for Chaplaincy post
Chris Maclay, Incumbent at Ashington, Washington and Wiston With Buncton; is leaving for Diocese of Europe
Stephen Sheridan, Assistant Curate at Stone Cross; is leaving for the Diocese of St Asaph, Wales
James Waddell, is leaving as Assistant Curate at Slaugham

Chris Beard, Priest in Charge at Donnington; is retiring
Richard Bromfield, Incumbent at Woodingdean; is retiring
Francis Cumberlege, Priest in Charge at Ashburnham with Penhurst; is retiring
Andrew Robinson, Priest in Charge at Stanmer with Falmer; is retiring

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St Andrew, Didling. Photo by Geoffrey Claridge

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July 2012

Don't forget to visit the Events and Activities page on the diocesan website to see what's happening around the diocese; events are added every day.
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Comment from... 

Nicholas Frayling, Dean of Chichester Cathedral

‘Summertime and the living is easy’ goes the old song. Well, not at the Cathedral it isn’t! June and July are pretty hectic at the best of times, but this year has seen the biennial Festival of Flowers, including a Royal visit; the formal ceremony of ‘Election’ by the College of Canons of Bishop Martin Warner; the packed ‘moving on’ services for children in Church Schools in the Diocese; two Ordinations on consecutive days, followed without a break by Chichester Festivities – the well-known annual arts festival, at the heart of which are eight major concerts in the Cathedral, this year augmented by a magnificent open-air exhibition of sculpture by Philip Jackson.

The Head Verger and his team have coped with all this splendidly (‘All in a day’s work!’)  as have our volunteers of all ages and descriptions. Chichester is a very busy Cathedral, and that produces its own challenges, but ‘the daily round, the common task’ of worship, prayer and hospitality, go on unabated. It is always a joy to welcome representatives from the parishes, who come on the day when the Diocese is remembering their parish in prayer – especially when they have made the long journey from ‘the far east’ to be with us.

At the end of their annual Festivities Concert, our Choir, in the darkened Cathedral, sang the well-loved hymn, The day Thou gavest, Lord is ended. It was so important to be reminded that ‘the voice of prayer is never silent, nor dies the strain of praise away.’

That is why your Cathedral is here. Please pray for us, as we do, every day, for you.   

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This month's highlights

A New Beginning
Sixteen men and women were newly ordained as deacons at Chichester Cathedral on the 30th of June, and for the first time men and women were ordained to the priesthood at a combined service in Chichester Cathedral on Sunday, the 1st of July. Other ordinations to the priesthood took place at venues across Sussex on Monday the 2nd of July.

Local and national media covered the journey to ordination, including the Brighton and Hove News and the West Sussex County Times. A number of photographs from the day can be ordered from Jim Holden on 07590 683036

Money Matters
Visit the Money Matters page on the diocesan website, for news on all the latest developments.
Subject to final approval, this Autumn will see the Parish Giving Scheme being made available to parishes across the diocese. It has many benefits for the donor and for your local church.
We would like to hear as soon as possible from parishes that would be keen to adopt the system – you can register your interest or e-mail John Sherlock.

Diocesan Pilgrimages  
Running for Righteousness, join the Walsingham Youth Pilgrimage this summer. 30th July - 3rd August, for all aged 11 to 18. For further details contact Fr John Eldridge, or call 01903 247340.

Walsingham Pilgrimage, 12th - 14th October, led by the Bishop of Horsham. To book, please e-mail Fr Trevor Buxton.
For more information about both pilgrimages, please visit the diocesan website.

King's School
King’s School and the Russell Education Trust have secured the approval of the Secretary of State for Education to their proposals for a new secondary school in Hove. Further information is available on the diocesan website.

Get on the Map
More Than Gold have an interactive map showing where events are being held to engage with the 2012 Games. The map also allows you to register your own event.

The 2012 Mustard Seed Awards
The Mustard Seed Awards, run jointly by Premier Christian Media and the Christian Initiative Trust, will be offering up to £50,000 of investment to the winners of the nation-wide competition looking for initiatives that reach vulnerable people and transform lives.

Foundation Degree in Church Music
Starting this September, a unique partnership between The Royal School of Music and Christ Church, Canterbury, will support and develop the work of all church musicians; including organists, singers, choir directors, and members of a music group.

New guide provides practical help for the bereaved
'When a loved one dies: a practical guide' is designed to help families in the early stages following a death. To order a copy, please contact Marie De Vere of East Sussex County Council, or telephone 01273 336162.

Chichester Festival Theatre’s 50th Anniversary Celebrity Cricket Match
On Sunday 22nd July at 2.00pm in Priory Park, Chichester there will be a charity cricket match to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Chichester festival theatre. For further information, please contact Sarah Mansell, or telephone 01243 812902

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Diocesan events

Peregrines and Pigeons
Fun for all the Family at Chichester Cathedral, Wednesday 25th July, 10.30am to 12.30pm. A feathery trail and art activities with the RSPB - discover why peregrines have hooked beaks. There is no need to book, visitors can just turn up on the day and all are welcome.

Basic First Aid Course
Saturday, 13th October. Training by St John Ambulance at Bishop Hannington Church, Hove. For further details, please contact the diocesan YES team.

Healthcare in Later Life conference
Wednesday, 17th October. Hosted by Chichester Cathedral. Further details, including those speaking, are available from the Cathedral website. For bookings, please e-mail Sue Atkins, or telephone 01273 425799.

All Saints Praise in the Nave
Saturday, 27th October, 3 – 4 pm. A Family Celebration by musician and songwriter Ishmael at Chichester Cathedral. Children are invited to come along dressed as a Saint. To book, please contact Irene Smale, or call 07980 617 584.

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If Jesus Was on Facebook/The Digital Christmas Story

posted 20 Dec 2011, 05:24 by Richard Ryder   [ updated 6 Oct 2012, 10:48 ]

I came across this YouTube Link today which tells the Christmas story in a digital age - click on the link and enjoy!
In the Meantime here is another take on the digital age:

If Jesus was on Facebook


posted 4 Dec 2011, 01:13 by Richard Ryder   [ updated 6 Oct 2012, 10:53 ]

Chichester District Council will introduce Sunday car parking charges from April 2012, and the County Council, which controls on-street parking, is expected to follow suit. These charges of up to £11.30 per day will have a significant effect on worshippers at the Cathedral and other City Centre Churches.
The District Council will debate the introduction of these charges again if a Petition is submitted with at least 1,000 signatures. An e-Petition has therefore been set up to campaign against this tax on worship and to keep Chichester Special on Sundays. This can be found on the District Council website, or via a direct link at:

Diocese of Chichester eBulletin - November 2011

posted 19 Nov 2011, 06:06 by Richard Ryder   [ updated 6 Oct 2012, 10:39 ]

Diocese of Chichester

E- bulletin – November 2011

From the Diocesan Communications Team


Welcome to the Chichester Diocesan E-Bulletin…..

We have been encouraged by the responses to our ebulletin over the past year. We are conscious that there is a lot to say which reflects in the length. We would ask for entries to be as brief as possible, and ideally with links through to fuller details and information. We are looking to make some further developments in the next couple of months.


Do keep us up to date on your stories so that we can share with a wider audience. There’s a lot to shout about so keep us posted – and we will do our best to keep you up to date.


We would especially like to hear from you if your church has been the subject of a metal theft to form part of a campaign to highlight this issue.


                        David Farey                             Lisa Williamson


                                    Diocesan Communications Officers


Comment From…  Bishop Mark of Horsham


Not just for Christmas...

Dear Friends,

The much publicised number of shopping days to Christmas is fast declining and Christmas will soon be upon us. There are celebratory meals to plan, Christmas trees to find and decorations to hang. There are also presents to buy.


The custom of giving presents at Christmas gives expression to one of human beings'  best qualities - generosity. People give gifts that they think will be appreciated, perhaps for their usefulness, perhaps because they represent a treat, or perhaps a relief from some need or anxiety. One way or another they say 'I love you.' Christmas gifts, whether to family, friends, colleagues, or via charities to anonymous beneficiaries, are an expression of care - and of generosity.


At Christmas we may remember all kinds of people with a gift, but it is all too easy to miss out the one whose birth Christmas celebrates. Perhaps above all, at Christmas, we should make a special gift to Christ through his church. This year, many people's Christmas generosity will be set against a background of financial stringency and so will be more sacrificial than usual.


The fashion, a while ago, for giving people a puppy for Christmas was much criticised and concerned charities came up with the slogan 'a dog is for life, not just for Christmas.' What is true of dogs is also true of generosity - it is for life and not only for Christmas. If the Church, of which Christ is the head, is to have what it needs for mission in the year ahead, then it must rely upon all its members showing that generosity which is born of love and commitment. Levels of giving in the Diocese of Chichester have been surprisingly low when compared with other parts of the Church of England. Let us set this right with a generous gift at Christmas and let us carry that generosity beyond the festive season into 2012.


Wishing you much joy in giving, both at Christmas and in the New Year,




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IMPORTANT MEETING - The next Bishop of Chichester - How you can be a part of it.

Among the various consultation processes there is a public meeting for anyone to come along on Wednesday 23rd November at 7.30pm to St Bartholomew’s Church, Ann Street, Brighton, BN1 4GP. (Directions and parking can be accessed here.)

Archdeacon Douglas McKittrick as Chairman of the Vacancy in See Committee writes here. The email address for your submissions–


Bishop John’s Farewell events

These are the events currently in Bishop John’s diary for his final engagements as our Diocesan Bishop.

·         The beginning of February he will be delivering a series of talks for Lent based on the Prayer of St Richard. Dates and venues to be notified.

·         April 3rd will be the Service for the Blessing of the Oils etc in the Cathedral. All clergy are asked to attend and as many parishioners as they can bring.

·         Holy Week Triduum will be spent at Crawley Down Monastery.

·         Easter Day April 8th - final services in the Cathedral at 10am and 11am as Diocesan Bishop.

·         April 21st Last Diocesan Synod

·         April 28th at 12 Noon in Holy Cross Uckfield -farewell Eucharist to the diocese followed by a picnic lunch that those attending will be encouraged to bring. The church can hold a substantial congregation and if necessary, can relay the service to the adding church centre. Ample car parking is available nearby. Further details at the end of the year.


Macmillan Cancer Silent Auction

Bid for a brand new Halfords 40 litre electric coolbox (mains and 12 volt cigarette car socket). Never been used, this coolbox retails for £124.99.  Email your bids to before the 30th November and the highest bidder will win. All proceeds will go to Macmillan Cancer Care.


Important Copyright law changes affecting all churches

Changes mean that if any sound recordings are played during church activities a special licence is now required. Go to for more information.


New Facebook Page:

Look up the new Diocese of Chichester Facebook page and ‘like it’.

(Also Churches Together in Sussex new Facebook page.)


PUSHPray Until Something Happens

COMING IN 2012 are some amazing opportunities relating to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, the Torch Relays and the Olympic and Paralympic Games....and they call for united prayer.

MTG (More Than Gold) are asking every church, including yours, to do something to start the next year with prayer.  They suggest the theme should be Shine for Jesus, based on Isaiah 60:1-5, with the focus being during the week of Saturday 31st December to Sunday 8th January.  Don’t forget to view the Diocesan 2012 Games blogspot :


Deanery Autumn consultation meetings with members of the Board of Finance – click here.


We need information

In Church House we have a large embroidered Altar frontal hanging one of our conference rooms which we are seeking to relocate. It was given some years ago on loan, but we haven’t been able to find a record of who loaned it. If you think you might know something about it then please contact David Farey –, 01273 425691, as soon as possible.


The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Churches of all denominations throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man are being encouraged to take part in The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Beacons by lighting a special Church Beacon on Monday 4th June 2012 in celebration of The Queen's Diamond Jubilee next year. For more details click here. With next year’s Jubilee is an opportunity for churches to engage with. What is your church planning? Let us know on We will be compiling a list of events so let us know!


‘Keep CARM and carry on…’ News for clergy

We have recently begun a thorough review of CARM (Continuing Assisted Review of Ministry) in the light of several years of practical experience running the scheme and developments within the Church of England.  There are examples of the scheme working well and there are also some problems.

We would ask that clergy do not wait for the end of this review process to start their next cycle of CARM, but work with the current material. Please do not hesitate to contact our administrator, Helen Swyer if you have queries, at 01274 421021 or      


Suggestions Wanted

As part of their commitment to going for growth, the Archbishops' Council and the House of Bishops have established a task group to assess credible options for reducing the time spent by parish clergy and church members on the management of structures and processes. This is potentially a very wide canvas. To help focus the work, the group is keen to receive suggestions about areas that might benefit from simplification, together with practical ideas about how that might be achieved. Submissions can be made by email to:  or by post to Nicholas Hills, Church House, Great Smith Street, London  SW1P 3AZ, by 9 December 2011.


Sons of the Clergy / Friends of the Clergy

The sons of the clergy/friends of the clergy are the two leading grant making charities helping Anglican clergy and their families (including their widows/widowers, dependant children and separated and divorced spouses). They are able to help towards a range of expenses such as university maintenance grants, clerical clothing, holidays, nursing home expenses, heating and home maintenance for the retired, and much more. They can also help in cases of emergency, illness and misfortune. For further information about their work or if you would like to apply for help, please email, visit the website at or ring 020 7799 3696


Scrap Metal and Lead Thefts

Pressure is being put on the Govt to stop Scrap Metal Merchants being able to pay for lead by cash. If all payments had to be made to a registered bank account, it would make life much more complicated and difficult for the thieves. The theft of metal from churches from January to August 2011 had already exceeded the level of theft in 2010, with as many as ten churches a day being targeted. You can help by signing an e-petition to HM Govt at the link below. It only takes a few seconds and could make all the difference.

 Please do encourage as many people as possible to sign the petition For further advice and guidance over metal theft please click here


Church Schools

For the most recent news on issues affecting church schools in the diocese please see the latest bulletin from the Schools Department:

(If you would like to be alerted when the next bulletin is issued, please contact Also, please visit the schools domain of the diocesan website for information and resources for all those involved in the life of our church schools,


BBC Executive’s proposed restructure known as “Delivering Quality First”

The BBC is planning to cut its budget by around 20%. This will require the loss of about 2000 jobs and total savings of £700 million a year. Probably the most contentious proposal has been the significant cuts to BBC local radio services. The Delivering Quality First proposals can be found in full at

To make a comment you can write to Delivering Quality First, BBC Trust, 180 Great Portland Street, London W1W 5QZ or submitted online via Submissions need to be made before 21st December 2011. Late submissions are not considered.



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Book Launch and Signing

Friday 18 November, 12 Noon – 1pm “Meet Jesus” - A call to adventure, by John Twisleton. Diocesan Church House, New Church Road, Hove BN3 4ED. Light refreshments will be served. Is there absolute truth? Does commitment to Jesus bring right-minded humanity? Can you find spiritual empowerment in the Church? These and other questions are addressed by Sussex priest John Twisleton. For more information contact Jennie Davies on 01273 425686.


Parish Treasurer Training

Please note that Karen Young, Finance Officer with special responsibility for advising parishes on finance and administration, will be running her popular course on preparing PCC accounts on 28th and again on 30th of November at Church House (7pm to 9pm). Booking forms will be send in due course. The course notes of Karen’s previous course “Notes to PCC treasurers” is available for download from the website please click here, or follow: Home/Activities/Administration/CDBF Accounts.


Safeguarding Training

For information on training for Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults in your church click here.


New Priest at St Bartholomew’s, Brighton

Fr David Clues will be inducted as the new vicar of St Bartholomew’s Church, Brighton on Thursday, December 8th at 7:30pm by the Bishop of Chichester. This is an exciting Appointment and all are welcome to the service, with refreshments afterwards. For more information, please contact John Spink – 01273 843481 or email


Reader Selection and Training 2012. The deadline for applications is 2nd March 2012. Any potential candidates for Reader Training, or Incumbents with potential candidates should be starting the discernment process NOW if you are to be ready for a selection conference next year. Details about Reader ministry, training and the processes for discernment and selection are available on the diocesan website. For Initial Guidance for Reader Selection 2012 click here.  For A guide to discernment, selection and training 2012 -2015 click here. For more information contact Joy Gilliver (, Director of Training or Canon Nick Wetherall, Warden of Readers ( ).


November is Will Aid month

Have you made a will, or revised it recently? This November a solicitor near you will be participating in WillAid - instead of paying your solicitor’s fee, you will be invited to make a donation to charity. A helpful step-by-step form for you to use can be found on (select option 5). To find a WillAid solicitor near you, go to


New Initiative from Diocesan Family Support Work

Recycle your old phone and help raise funds! Collecting boxes and prepaid envelopes are now available to help raise money for FSW. Contact or telephone 01273 425699. Website


Can you help with one of the biggest and best book sales in the Diocese?

Family Support Work are looking for good quality children’s books to sell at their annual Booksale on Friday and Saturday 18th and 19th November at All Saints Church, Hove. The children’s corner promises to be even bigger and better this year and include face painting and readings from a local author and FSW Patron, Giles Paley-Phillips.  Donations of children’s books in good condition, contact Nina Clyde on 01273 426599.


An Italian Journey:

A comprehensive 8 days pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi from the Diocese of Chichester. 16th - 23rd October 2012. Beginning in Rome then north to Assisi for three nights in Assisi, home of St. Francis. The cost is £1,345 per person sharing a twin-bedded room and includes many items normally extra on a holiday. The only extra is the insurance premium of £34. You should also budget on an amount of approximately £30 for the group gratuity fund. A limited number of single rooms are available for £225. For more details or to reserve your place contact: Canon Ian Gibson, Tel : (01243) 782161 Email:


Walsingham Children's Pilgrimage 2012

9th-11th March Children aged 7-11 (Year 6) Cost £99 for transport, accommodation and all meals. (Cost for Adult leaders £110) Fun Work Shops drama, music, art & Craft. Great Worship with young people from all over Britain. Disco Party & Outdoor Games and lots to discover and explore in Walsingham. Deposit of £20 by 4th December 2011 Contact Form from Mrs Mary Nagel ,Aldwick Vicarage  25 Gossamer Lane, Bognor Regis  PO21 3AT  tel. 01243 262049      


A Pilgrimage to The Gambia with the Diocese of Chichester

January 18th -29th 2013, Led by the Right Reverend Mark Sowerby, Bishop of Horsham and the  Revd. Simon Newham. Contact Mrs Gina Newham for further details on 01293 561148 or email: Places are limited and are on a first come first served basis


Monthly worship for deaf people

These services are signed by interpreters.  Everyone is welcome at all the services – hearing as well as deaf!  For details of services  Click here.


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Celebration of the 400th Anniversary of the King James Bible

St Saviour’s Church, Colgate, Thursday, 17th November at 7.00 pm. Familiar readings from the 1611 King James Bible with complementary organ music played by Gerald Taylor. Doors open at 6.30 pm for drinks and refreshments. Tickets: £7.50 at the door, £6.50 paid in advance

Tickets available from Johny & Elsiedale Armstrong 01293 851403 or Ruth Calvert 01293 851478.


God@Work Talk

22nd November 13:10 – 13:50 - Cloisters , Eastern Arm, Chichester Cathedral.

The Creation of Fairtrade Gold  - A close look at how we, as the public, can create more value for the poor through supporting this ground breaking good news story. Contact Peter Kane, (01243) 537121 for more details.


Ruth Wetherall’s Sponsored Pianothon

In aid of Holy Trinity church, Cuckfield re-ordering project. Saturday 19th November. Ruth will attempt to play the piano continuously from 9.00am to 9.00pm without repeating any pieces.  Please come and support this crazy endeavour with generous donations! Contact Ruth Wetherall on with your pledges!


ADVENT HOPE: Carols by Candlelight

Tuesday 29th November 2011, 7.30pm, Lancing College Chapel, near Worthing. A special advent concert focusing on Christian Aid’s work in India standing alongside the socially excluded. With special guest Loretta Minghella, Director of Christian Aid and accompanied by the Worthing Choral Society. Book your free ticket now! Tickets are complimentary but on a first come first served basis. A donation for Christian Aid’s work will be taken on the night. For tickets and more information call 0207 523 2105 or email


Hospice helps memories shine bright 

This Christmas the Martlets Hospice  is holding Light up Life ceremonies in Brighton & Peacehaven, to help local people celebrate the memory of someone special

Supporters will be able to remember someone they’ve lost and to dedicate a light to their loved one on the hospice Christmas tree.  The Hospice is keen to stress that ceremonies are open to all - you don’t need a connection to the Martlets.

A ceremony for the people of Peacehaven, Newhaven, Saltdean and Rottingdean will be held at the Meridian Centre, Peacehaven, on Sunday, November 27, at 2.30pm.

Other ceremonies will be at the Martlets Hospice in Wayfield Avenue, Hove, on Friday, December 2, at 6.30pm, on Sunday, December 4, at 4.30pm and 6.30pm and on Sunday, December 11, at 4.30pm and 6.30pm


2012 Events


Prom Praise Eastbourne

Saturday 11 February 2012, 7.30 pm at the Congress Theatre in Eastbourne. Prom Praise Eastbourne is a feast of orchestral and vocal music, including your opportunity to join in to sing some favourite hymns and worship songs.  Featuring All Souls Orchestra, with soprano Joanne Lunn, pianist Grace Yeo and internationally-renowned singer/songwriter, Chris Eaton.

Tickets are available from the Congress Theatre ( or phone 01323 412000, with a reduction on group bookings before 5th December 2011.


The 2012 Young Vocations Conference will

13-15th February in Ely. It is designed for 16-19 year olds exploring a call to ordination and the conference will include the opportunity to visit a theological college and to meet some young ordinands, as well as spending time reflecting on our own vocational journeys and the next step. Apart from travel to the conference, all costs are covered so that it is free for participants. 

Please pass this on to any young person who might like to come. Booking is via the Call Waiting website under the Conferences section. 


'Living a Fulfilled Life' Resourcing healing ministry in East Sussex - Talk

On Saturday, 3rd March 2012 at Victoria Baptist Church, Eldon Road, Eastbourne BN21 1UE.

The programme of the day starts at 9.00am with registration and ends at 4.0pm with tea. The seminar speakers will be talking about 'Healing of the Memories',  'Serving God in the Third Age' and 'Healing in Mind, Body and Spirit; mission amongst spiritual seekers.' There is a non-returnable booking fee of £6 per person available from Barry Ranger, Wheelgate Cottage,Homefield Road, Seaford BN25 3DG  (Tel 01323 899300)


Soul by the Sea

Lives were greatly affected and changed to the glory of God when the Passion Play gave Brighton its debut in 2010.

Another great performance is going forward to headline the 3 day Christian festival taking place Easter Weekend 2012. Information of how you can get involved and raise the name of Christ can be found on

We so look forward to hearing from you!


Bible by the Beach

4 – 7 May 2012. Bible by the Beach is the flagship event for excellent, accessible Bible teaching in the south-east, and is perfect for individuals, families and church group parties who want a refreshing, inspirational weekend by the sea.  More information and booking details can be found on the website

Discounted rates for groups and individuals available for those booking before the end of January 2012.



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Christian Vision for Men Regional Day

Saturday 19th November 2011 at Crawley Baptist Church

For more details contact Jennie Davies; 01273 425686; Or book direct on Eventbrite and catch the ‘early bird’ booking  On your marks ... fit for the Kingdom?


2012 Olympics and Paralympics

Keep in touch with information here and follow Gordon Banks’ Blog here .

Message from Adam May, Director of Development for Christian Nightlife Initiatives and More than Gold Games Pastor Regional Coordinator: The application process for Games Pastors has now opened online via the More than Gold website. We are also looking to appoint a leadership team of Regional and Area Coordinator to assist the Operations Manager lead this. If you feel God is calling you to take on this exciting role, you can apply to be a Games Pastor online by visiting -


Ring all the Bells

This is a London 2012 Festival commissioned piece,  “All the bells in a country rung as quickly and as loudly as possible for three minutes”, by Turner prizewinning artist Martin Creed, planned for the morning of the first day of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The aim is that as many bells as possible throughout the UK are rung for 3 minutes at the same time, a chance for communities across the UK to feel part of a big celebration to welcome the 205 nations to the UK.

More information and how you can take part can be found at


Free More than Gold Games Guide

Churches planning large events in celebration of the 2012 Games now have a practical guide to help them solve the many practical issues involved.

Those intending to show the opening ceremony live in the outdoors face the problem that this will be before the hours of darkness. The free guide suggests cost-effective answers as well as covering sound and lighting, health and safety, transmitting live footage and more.

The guide also includes full details of the BBC’s permission for the public showing of their transmissions so long as this is without charge and the content is not altered.

The guide is available as a free download from


SPAB’S John Betjeman Award

Celebrating excellence in the repair of working places of worship in England and Wales

Entries are invited now for SPAB’s (The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) prestigious John Betjeman Award for outstanding repairs to the fabric of buildings in use as places of worship in England and Wales.  The award is designed to celebrate excellence and reward the highest level of conservation craftsmanship. Go to the education section of the SPAB website for full details and conditions of entry.  Closing date for entries 2 March 2012


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Visualising Spirit: Glass Wings for Chichester Cathedral

A sculpture by Carrie Fertig. Monday 10th October 2011 to Tuesday 17th January 2012. Open Daily with Free Entry. From the 10th October 2011 to the 17th January 2012, Chichester Cathedral is delighted to present an extraordinary pair of flameworked glass dove wings, created especially for the Cathedral by the artist Carrie FertigComprised of some 300 glass feathers, this striking sculpture will be suspended above visitors in the Cathedral’s North Transept.  Chichester Cathedral is open daily with free entry and all are welcome.


Concerts, Lectures and Events

For a full list click here. Or go to the Cathedral website  -


Charity Concert in Chichester Cathedral

7.30pm 19 November 2011. Fauré:‘Requiem’; The suite from Karl Jenkins: ‘The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace’; John Rutter: ‘Feel the Spirit’. Featuring: Royal College of Music musicians, Billingshurst Choral Society, Caroline Swarbrick (Mezzo Soprano), Martin Elliott (Baritone), Simon Bell organist from Winchester Cathedral. under the direction of George Jones, Director of Music at St. Mary’s. In aid of The Mission to Seafarers and St. Mary’s Church, Storrington. Tickets from £10.00 are available at or by phone on 01243 813595


Handel, The Messiah and the King James Bible

An illustrated lecture by Dean Nicholas Frayling, Tuesday 6th December 2011 at 6.30 pm (following Choral Evensong at 5.30 pm) Admission free and all are welcome.

A performance of The Messiah will be given in the Cathedral on Saturday 17th December at 7.30 pm by The Hanover Band and Chorus, directed by Andrew Arthur. Tickets from  or Cloisters Shop (01243 813595)



To find out latest what’s on go to


For more information on events at the Cathedral contact Ruth Poyner, Visitor Services Officer, 01243 782595,



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Encounter Gap year scheme

This is for any 18-25’s looking to take a gap year, serve God, develop themselves within the local church. To find out more visit or email to request an information booklet.


Encounter Gap year placements

Perhaps your church would be a good place for an 18 – 25 year old to take a gap year and learn more about God, themselves and the local church by serving in your parish. If this is something you would like to consider or want to chat about check out or email


Youth Work Conference - Eastbourne Friday 18th – Sunday 20th November 2011

This Conference happens right on our doorstep – and it is the national conference for Christian youth workers in the country.  There are a couple of great advantages for us:

  • You probably do not need to book accommodation to attend – it is not a mega drive to most places in our Diocese, so you can enjoy the comfort of your own bed.
  • If a whole bunch of us attend, then that gives us a great networking opportunity during the conference to think together about the teaching / seminars and just to hang out.
  • YOU GET A DISCOUNT.  I have my own log-in, so all you need to do is to let me know that you are coming (for definite!) and I will book you in.  The fees for the conference are £90 – but if you let me know you are coming, I can book you in for £70 (yep, get in!)

Let me know if you want to join us for this weekend – do visit the conference website and check it out:

Ali Campbell, Adviser for work with children and young people, 01273 425694 , , 07818 574693


Saturday 26 November 10:00am - 12:00pm 'Godly Play Training' At The Magnet Centre, London Road, St Leonards-on-Sea - Admission Free

To book a place or for more details on the above events please contact Irene Smale on 07980 617 584 or Email:  at least 7 days prior to the event please.


YES Training and Events for Children's Work  2012


Food Safety In Catering Course (formerly Food Handling & Hygiene) 

Saturday 3 March 2012 at Church House Hove - Cost £27 per person. An essential one day course for all youth and children's leaders involved in providing cooked food for their groups, in the context of parish based events, May Camp and any other group catering.  Email  for booking form/further details. 


YES – May Camp 2012 Promotional Video!

-And May Camp in 2012 is called, “Run the Race” – if you have never been or brought your church then PLEASE check out our promotional video and use it however you want in your church and with your PCC – please think about joining us next year. Click here.

Yes, I know – it is called “May Camp”, but for one year only is happening from 1st – 4th June (thanks to the Queen for that one!) . . . stick the dates in your diary now and get in touch with myself or Steve ( ALSO, as you will see – we now have a “youequipped” video channel on youtube . Ali Campbell, Adviser for work with children and young people,, 01273 425694,, 07818 574693


Hand in Hand Children’s and Family Ministry Conference 3 – 5 February 2012  at Eastbourne

Details on the programme can be found on the web site

Reduced rates for Junior Leaders ( anyone under 21) attending the conference  - go for half price on all ticket options on the 5th February 2012. Information for stewards free places – Click here Details on the Hand-in-Hand Schools programme – Click here


Christmas! – Activities and Resources    back to the top


Christmas Radio Adverts

This year’s Christmas ad campaign  ‘Christmas starts with Christ’ has been launched. Details can be found at The associated radio adverts are a tremendous mission opportunity to get the name of Christ mentioned on air this Christmas – it might be his only mention! But it is expensive! If you want Christ to get a mention on the radio across Sussex this Christmas then we need committed people who will pledge to buy air time. If you are interested in contributing then send an email to or ring us on 01273 425691/791.


Nativity Film Competition

ITN Productions is launching a new festive competition online and via social media to find the most creative interpretation of the story of the Nativity - Entries will be judged on creativity, style and story. From traditional storytelling to off-the-wall interpretations, The Nativity Factor welcomes all comers with the strapline “One story. Thousands of storytellers”.

Budding producers and storytellers should submit their videos to, with films then uploaded by ITN Productions to its YouTube Nativity Factor channel and promoted at as well as through twitter @NativityFactor


Christmas is a’coming! Christmas Resources

Access our Christmas Resources Page on our Website by clicking here.

A Christmas Near You webpage

This December all parishes will be encouraged to post all their Advent and Christmas services on their page of the A Church Near You website. All these service details will be accessible through a new website If you haven't already signed up for you page on ACNY do it now. You will then be able to enter your Christmas details. This will be aimed at those people who might only think about coming to church at Christmas. A simple search box driven by address/post code will show the nearest Christmas services. The site will launch on 18th November, though parishes can post on ACNY before that


The Story of Christmas

A small booklet produced by Bridge-Builders, which tells the Christmas Story using the Bible text in Sequence, to help people who are unfamiliar with the Bible to read the story of Christmas for themselves. Supplies are free but  these are suggested donations. £6 for 10, £14 for 25, £25 for 50, £46 for 100, £110 for 250, £190 for 500, £360 for 1000.  If interested phone 0151 609 0144 or e-mail


Christmas! -  Events    back to the top


St George's Church Christmas Market,

St George's Road, Worthing, Saturday 19 November 2011 from 11am - 4pm. Traditional Christmas market with cakes, crafts, chutneys, stalls, gifts and games.  Lunches served from 12.30pm. Story time in the Church with puppets at 12 noon, 1.30pm and 3pm.  For details please go to or ring 01903 219672.



With The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, Portsmouth and Chichester Cathedral Choir

 5 – 10 December @ Festival Theatre. The Christmas Concerts are at Chichester Festival Theatre from 5 – 10 December, Monday - Saturday evenings at 7.30pm. Tickets £13 - £23, Friends £2 off prices Monday evening, Groups 10+ receive 10% off. To book, visit or call the Box Office on 01243 781312.


Christmas Tree Festival

Saturday 3rd – Sunday 11th December - Open all day at St Peter ad Vincula Church, Wisborough Green. Beautiful displays of Christmas Trees decorated by community groups using the theme of Advent and Christmas Carols. If you would like to sponsor a tree or are a group interested in decorating one, please telephone Graham on 01403 700793


Variety in The Dome

A Christmas show for all ages bringing an energetic modern twist to traditional variety is on offer for Worthing on 3rd December. Presenting widely acclaimed comedy troupe Slightly Fat Features in a seasonal feast of slapstick, magic, music, circus skills, silliness and audience participation. Tickets for the 7pm show are £10 adults, £8 concessions or £30 for a group of 4. Buy from The Dome box office on 01903 823112 or Find out more about Slightly Fat Features at


Christmas Fayre

Saturday 26th November, at St Mary’s Community Hall, Udimore, from 10am -12pm


Dickensian Evening

Saturday 3rd December, Alfriston High Street, from 3pm to 9pm


Carol Singing round Lewes for Towards 2015 Passion Group

Wednesday 21st December. If you are interested in joining in contact or Telephone Stella Hull 01273 477316 or Eleanor Austin 01273 475438.


Other Resources    back to the top


Powerpoint Presentation

Based on the text Kyrie eleison and the Advent collect, its purpose is to highlight our need for God to come to us. It could be used as part of your Advent Sunday worship, if your church is equipped with projector, screen and good sound equipment.

Click HERE to download. You will need to open the zip file, copy both the files to a folder or your desktop, and then double click the file with the .pps file type

Please note the licensing information on the second slide of the PowerPoint.


Time for Change

The Church of England and 'Time to Change' have joined forces to tackle the stigma of mental illness. A pack providing ideas and resources for churches to plan worship on the theme of mental health has been created and can be downloaded on the Time to Change website. 


Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2012 -' We Will All Be Changed'

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity materials  are now available for order or for download from the Churches Together in Britain & Ireland website at and can easily be adapted for local needs.  The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally observed from the 18th to the 25th January - the octave of St. Peter and St. Paul. However, some areas observe it at Pentecost or some other time. To allow for local decision making, the material has only the year on it and the days are denoted by the numbers one to eight, so you can use it at any time of year.


Church Website Seminar

January 11th The seminar is aimed at helping churches no matter how their website is created. This covers topics such as why have a website and the important pages every site should contain. Please contact Kyle Cottington for more information on


New outreach service resource using clips from Hollywood Blockbuster

Viewfinder is a church service resource aimed at reaching 18-30 year olds. Each service is shaped around a recent film and uses film clips and interviews to think about a relevant issue and appropriately introduce the gospel. The first full edition is now available at The service uses clips from X-Men: First Class (which was released on DVD earlier this week) to help 18-30 year olds think about tolerance and acceptance. A full script and PowerPoint is provided.


Choirbook for the Queen

A two volume collection of original and recently composed choral music will be published at Southwark Cathedral on the 22nd November.

Published by the Choirbook Trust in association with Canterbury Press, the Choirbook is a tribute to HM The Queen in her diamond jubilee year. 11 new commissions are amongst the works – all of which will be premiered in Cathedrals, Abbeys and Chapels next year.

BBC Radio 3 will be broadcasting all of the new pieces during Choral Evensong throughout the Jubilee Year. Please visit for more information.


New St John’s Advent Book 2011 now available!

These Words of Mine…Readings & Reflections through Advent - ‘Thoughtful, challenging and wise, these readings and reflections for Advent will be a real blessing to those who seek to put into practice what God’s Word teaches.’ The Rt Revd Wallace Benn, Bishop of Lewes. These Words of Mine…contains a series of readings covering the Advent period. The meditations and prayers have been written by staff and students at St John’s College, Nottingham. Please contact Ruth Taylor on 0115 925 1114, email  or books may be ordered online at


York Course - Ecumenical discussion material for groups – suitable for lent or any season

Handing on the Torch – sacred words for a secular world - a 5-session ecumenical discussion course for Lent groups. The material comprises a course booklet with questions and a CD/audiotape featuring leading Christian thinkers (past contributors have included the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Archbishop of Westminster). A word-by-word transcript booklet of the CD/audiotape is also available. for more information.


RSCM publishes new “bridge-building” music collection

A new photocopiable collection called Songs, Psalms & Spirituals has just been published by the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM). Tel:  0845 021 7726, Email: website:   


Booklet to help people avoid cold living conditions this Winter

Copies of a useful booklet produced by NHS Brighton & B&H City Council are available now from Church House Reception.


New Life newspaper

Packed with exciting stories that will inspire and encourage you. Every issue of New Life is great for giving away the Gospel. Take a single subscription for yourself or why not bless your neighbours, your street, or even your local community by giving them New Life today. For larger orders we can even localise your copies with stories from your church. Call on 0115 824 0777 or visit the website


Citizens Advice Bureau coming to a church near you

New guidelines for advice services in places of worship. Citizens Advice is working with churches and other places of worship across the country to make advice services more accessible, particularly for those living in remote areas. This will provide face to face advice in the local community rather than users having to travel significant distances. Faithful Advice: A guide for advice services in places of worship Faithful Advice: A guide for advice services in places of worship published at the Citizens Advice service’s annual conference, provides practical examples and guidelines for churches to set up face to face advice sessions on their premises.


Training from Communications, Westminster

Training available on how to prepare talks for radio, giving an interview, how to do Powerpoint and how to do a Wedding show. Contact Suzanne Gray, Communications Officer, Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England, , tel: 020 7898 1465  or look on their website 


Church House Publishing launches app version of Bible reflections book

An ‘app’ featuring daily reflections on Bible passages written by leading authors is now available to the millions of iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users. The video guide is available on the Church of England website at and at Youtube. The app is available from the iTunes store


Website for Rural Evangelism -


Parish Financing

John Sherlock has written a new booklet available to encourage local churches in their financing efforts. Download it from


"Fighting for the soul of Ghana"

On  look at on the God speaking to Ghana page. And on  look at TITUS on the Bible teaching page. The summer 2013 mission is starting to fill up. The new brochure is available on the website.


Hands Together

Material for praying for a nation now available free. Click here


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Gary Ingram       Priest in Charge:  Ferring to be Incumbent.

David Pain          Priest in Charge:  Chidham  Retiring.

Trevor Buxton   Incumbent: Sidley to be Incumbent:  Brighton, St Martin with St Wilfrid and St Alban

Paul Tyler (Capt)  Rye leaving Diocese

Teresa Munro    Coulsdon, Surrey to be House for Duty Team Vicar: Playden and Iden

Chris Clark          Curate: Worthing St George to be Curate Rustington

Mark Morton     Army Chaplain to be Priest in Charge Harting with Elsted and Treyford cum Didling

Richard Hunt      Incumbant: St Paul, Chichester & Rural Dean Retiring on Pension

Robin Tree          Incumbent: St Mary, Hampden Park with St Peter, Hydneye Retiring on Pension

John Williams   Rector: West Wittering and Birdham with Itchenor  Retiring on Pension


Rural Dean changes:

31 Aug 2011      Christopher Breeds ceased to be RD of Cuckfield

31 Aug 2011      Paul Welch ceased to be RD of Storrington


01 Sept 2011     Gary Simmons became RD of Cuckfield

01 Sept 2011     David Beal became RD of Storrington


Late notice:        Nicholas Burton  Curate: St Stephen, Bexhill – resigned.


October moves:

Luke Dean           Assistant Curate in Thanet  - Incumbent: St John the Evangelist, Hollington

Anthony Ball      Archbishop’s Domestic Chaplain - Incumbent: Worth

Christine Doherty            Curate: Sutton w. Seaford - Retired

Hugh Moseley   Retired to be House for Duty Curate-in-Charge Icklesham


Church House

Suzy Adeosun has joined the Secretariat as the Diocesan Governance Officer.

Daniel Stone – assisting Beth Hale on the DAC.

Kim Nash has been appointed as Safeguarding Administrator.

Sampson Scoble, has been appointed to the role of web and systems officer.

Bob Bleach, who has been the caretaker at Church house for five years recently retired as caretaker.


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Holiday Centre Assistant Manager

Torch Trust is a Christian Mission seeking to enable people with sight loss to discover and lead fulfilling Christian lives. The role requires a caring approach and a passion for hospitality. It may be suitable for someone wishing to develop into this profession. Accommodation is available. The person appointed will have a personal active Christian commitment.  For a Job description and more information about Torch contact John Darby - Personnel Officer on 07747 842 192 or email Or you can contact Centre Manager - Gail Millar on 01273 832282/ mob: 07900 215600 or email who is based at Torch Holiday & Retreat Centre.



TERRYS CROSS HOUSE at Woodmancote, on the A281 ten miles north of Brighton, has vacancies for retired clergy, missionaries, church workers and clergy widows.   Residents need to be able to look after themselves as no nursing care is provided. Meals, heating and cleaning are included.  The house, which has wonderful views of the South Downs, belongs to the diocese and is run by a charitable trust.  If you (or someone you know) would qualify and fit in at Terry’s Cross House, please contact the Warden, Geoffrey Daniels (01273 492821) or the Management Committee Chairman, The Revd Christina Bennett (01273 492222 )


Pilgrims' Friend Society

…seeks a new manager for its Brighton care home.  For more details - or phone 0300 303 1431.


Needed – Musical Co-ordInator

St. Peter’s, Newdigate - someone with the vocation and enthusiasm not only to lead our church choir but to connect with all ages and bring our diverse resources together to enrich the worship life of our Church. Remuneration would be considered by reference to RSCM guidelines.  In the first instance, do please call one of us for a no-obligation chat. Andrew Coe – Rector (01306-631469), Tina Callcut – Churchwarden (01306-631148)


Speaker available

From Rev Jim Smith: "The Serving Africa Mission has just completed it's summer work in Ghana, and during that time it became clear that we needed to build a school for the children of our valley. Land became available, which we have now bought. We are responding to the needs of the local Christians who have no Christian based school in their area. It's an exciting project. There is a brochure available on the mission website - . It can be downloaded from the AFRICA- BELOVED MISSIONARY SCHOOL PAGE. Mary and myself are happy to speak to any group about this. We are not money raising, but sharing the needs of Africa with young people. Contact me on or 07803 617435  Facebook has a Serving Africa mission page, which can be accessed from the home page of the website."


Church Housing Trust

Please consider us when you are planning your fundraising support this Christmas. There are many charities who work with homeless people in the winter months, but Church Housing Trust’s support for some of the most vulnerable people throughout the country continues throughout the year and covers over 70 hostels, supporting over 3,000 people, are located in many areas of England and include, in the Diocese of Chichester, St Patrick’s, Hove. or telephone: 020 7269 1630


Sussex Chorus

To support the Chorus or to see how you can be a part click here.


Future Fire Protection

FFP are based in Southwick West Sussex and can travel anywhere in West or East Sussex, Surrey or Kent. We help customers with their fire protection needs, Fire Risk Assessments, Fire Extinguisher servicing and supply of new Fire Safety equipment. Our prices for servicing and new equipment represent good value for money. People can visit our website for more information at


Organist available

At short notice. Experienced musician, able to cover the Bognor/Chichester area, I can usually play at short notice, and I play the piano/organ, traditional hymns and modern worship songs. Tel 01243 827123 (answerphone)


For Sale

Two manual and pedal, Walker ‘Positif’ pipe organ built in 1968.  This extension pipe organ has 26 speaking stops. Offers in the region of £2500.

Buyer will also need to meet the cost of removing the organ from its current position in the church. For further details please contact 01243 842522.


The new Bible Society online Shop

A new online shop from Bible Society features a growing range of books, CDs and DVDs. From mission and outreach resources for church leaders, to gift Bibles for friends and family. To celebrate the launch of the site you can get 5% off your first order. Simply visit and quote promotional code ECREFD at the checkout.


Volunteers needed to help vulnerable parishioners!
The switch to digital TV is coming and many elderly and vulnerable people are eligible for practical help from the Switchover Help Scheme. You can help them access this support and prevent them losing their TV Channels. You don't need technical know-how, just a keenness to speak to local people and to get them to spread the word. Contact Joanna Harper by phone 01273 405880 or email   To  find out more about the Switchover Help Scheme click here.

To find out when you switch and what your digital options are, visit or call Digital UK on 08456 50 50 50.


Surrey based organist

Available as relief in North Sussex area for Sunday evening services (1st, 2nd and 3rd Sundays each month) and for weddings with immediate effect. Contact James Bryant Tel: 0783 463 8800. Fee & mileage.


Books for Sale

There is a monthly (except January) book sale at St.Peter’s Church, Ifield Road, West Green, Crawley to raise funds for the fabric of the building. We have about 3,000 books covering most genres and prices are from 50p to £2.  Upcoming sale (10am – 1pm) on the 3rd December.


Small singing group (four people) from St. Petersburg, Russia

Available for concert tours. To enquire or book contact  Andrei Sysoev, LYRA vocal ensemble, St. Petersburg, Russia, . website    


Needed – Organist and Director of Music

St. John’s, Burgess Hill – a friendly and well attended church in the catholic tradition, committed to living out our vocation as both a welcoming parish church and also as the town centre civic church ministering to the whole community. We are seeking an Organist and Choir director with a personal sense of vocation to see music not only as central to our worship but also as vital tool of mission and outreach. In the first instance, please call the Vicar for an informal conversation. Fr Kevin O’Brien (01444 232582).



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Home Groups

posted 29 Oct 2011, 08:19 by Richard Ryder   [ updated 6 Oct 2012, 10:53 ]

If you would like to take part in the home groups on a short course focussing on Advent based on the church's own video, sign up sheets are available at the back of the church. There are 5 possible venues and times to hopefully suit everyone. It is proposed that the course will start in the week beginning the 21st November and will only be for three weeks.

Request for war stories

posted 29 Oct 2011, 08:00 by Richard Ryder   [ updated 23 Feb 2015, 10:26 ]

We are planning a Sunday@Six Service on Remembrance Sunday 13 November which will include an opportunity for people to share family experiences of war. Do you have a story about a father, grandfather, or any relation or your own experience of war and military conflict that you would be willing to share? If so, please do contact David Gibson – tel:779432

Luncheon Club

posted 31 Jul 2011, 04:14 by Richard Ryder   [ updated 6 Oct 2012, 10:57 ]

The Luncheon Club has been serving lunches to the elderly for over 27 years. We meet in St. Nicholas Church from 12.00 to 1.30pm on the third Wednesday of each month.
  • Car drivers pick up those that need assistance.
  • Volunteer helpers welcome and chat to members, help with the food and clearing up. We try to make their lunch each month a happy occasion!
If you can spare a couple of hours of your time either monthly or on alternate months to suit you, please join us and help us to keep this wonderful, local club running.
To find out how you can be a valuable volunteer call Gill Walsh to find out more on: 01243 527297

Ride and Stride

posted 31 Jul 2011, 04:05 by Richard Ryder   [ updated 6 Oct 2012, 10:58 ]

It is that time of the year again when we should be oiling our bikes and searching in the cupboard for our walking shoes. Saturday, 10th September is Sponsored Bike Ride Day, now known as Ride and Stride, when participants walk or cycle around local churches raising money for our own church and for the Sussex Historic Churches Trust which supports church building works throughout the diocese. It is a good opportunity to visit churches which are not always accessible to the public, apart from times of worship. This is a diocesan event so one can travel a distance or remain in Chichester where there are many churches within a relatively small area which makes it ideal to walk around, especially if cycling is a distant memory. If too much physical activity is not for you these days then we are always looking for sponsors to support the energetic and as we will keep St Mary's open we will need people willing to sit in the church for an hour or so during the day. The money raised is split equally as mentioned above. There will be the sponsor forms available in the church nearer the time.

The Luncheon Club

posted 22 Jul 2011, 08:39 by Richard Ryder   [ updated 23 Feb 2015, 10:36 ]

The Luncheon Club has been serving lunches to the elderly for over 27 years. We meet in St. Nicholas Church from 12.00 to 1.30pm on the third Wednesday of each month.
  • Car drivers pick up those that need assistance.
  • Volunteer helpers welcome and chat to members, help with the food and clearing up. We try to make their lunch each month a happy occasion!
If you can spare a couple of hours of your time either monthly or on alternate months to suit you, please join us and help us to keep this wonderful, local club running.
To find out how you can be a valuable volunteer call Gill Walsh to find out more on: 01243 527297

New Sermons available to Download

posted 9 Jul 2011, 11:19 by Richard Ryder   [ updated 23 Feb 2015, 10:37 ]

4 new sermons delivered by David Parker are now available to listen to or to download - click on this link

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