2012 - December Diocesan eBulletin

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Issue 104 December/January of the Chichester Magazine

Chichester Magazine
December/January issue out soon
Happy Christmas from the editorial team. The new issue includes pictures from the Bishop's enthronement, how to find your perfect match online, and the usual parish news from around the diocese. Call 01273 425791 to discuss single and bulk magazine subscriptions or advertising.

Christmas Opening Dates

Christmas Closing Dates
Church House, Hove, will be closed for Christmas from the 21st December, reopening on the 2nd January. Emergency contact numbers will be posted on our website

The Palace office, Chichester, will be closed from the 21st till the 3rd January.

The Meaning of Advent

The Meaning of Advent in the words of Bishop Martin
The Bishop of Chichester tells us how Advent is the beginning of a story, a time of hope and expectation, in the video found on our website.

The Real Easter Egg

It might seem too early to be thinking about Easter but the deadline for free bulk orders is 11th February. Start getting your Church's orders in now using the order form on the website.

Developing Discipleship Courses 2013

Broaden your Understanding of God with a Developing Discipleship Course.

Is belief in God a no-brainer? Why believe the stories of Jesus? Answers to these questions and more in the winter/spring programme of short courses and study days. In venues across the diocese starting January, download the programme here and find a course that's right for you.


Parish Moves...

Roger Russell, Incumbent at Lancing with Coombes is retiring
Francis Pole, Team Vicar at Crawley & Chaplain to People at Work is retiring
Stephen Date, Curate at Uckfield is to be Acting Priest in Charge at Woodingdean
Andrew Tucker, Priest in Charge at Polegate, St Wilfrid is leaving for the Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East

Web Links


Events and Activities


Cathedral Events


Children and Youth (YES)


Chichester Cathedral in the Snow

Next Month...

If you have something you would like included in a future e-Bulletin please e-mail Tallie Proud.

Send in your contributions by the 5th of January for the next edition.

December 2012

Comment from... 

...The Dean of Chichester

Where Christ waits

Every day, candles are lit and requests for prayer are left at the Shrine of St Richard in our Cathedral.  These petitions are a barometer of how people are feeling about the church or the world or their own lives. In recent weeks, many have focused on our Diocese.  This is not surprising, in the light of the Archbishop’s Visitation and the recent vote in the General Synod on the process to enable the consecration of women as bishops in our church.
The difficulty with such usually anonymous prayers is that there is little opportunity to engage with those who have offered them; but when we do meet, I encourage them not to give way to despair, but to have faith in the Lord who knocks on the door of our heart and on the door of our church – a message with a special connotation at Christmas. I sometimes quote words of Bishop George Bell, uttered amidst the wreckage of Europe after the second world war: ‘To despair of being able to do anything, or to refuse to do anything, is to be guilty of infidelity.’
Bishop Martin, whose Enthronement sermon in the Cathedral was full of optimism, has come to Chichester at a very challenging time.  He, and all of us, will surely take heart from these words of Dag Hammarskjöld, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, who died tragically early in 1961: ‘Christ waits for us here, at this very time, at this very place and nowhere else.’
On behalf of all of us at the Cathedral, I wish every reader of the Bulletin a happy Christmas and a peaceful new year, as I go to light a candle for our Bishop, our new Archbishop and for our Diocese, that all of us in these days may be ‘full of grace and truth’. 

Nicholas Frayling

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This month's highlights

Christmas with Bishop Martin
Bishop Martin will be at the Cathedral Carol service on the 22nd December, celebrating midnight mass at the Cathedral on Christmas Eve and will then be at St George, Donnington on Christmas Day.

Promote your church Christmas services
Give those planning on attending a Christmas service plenty to choose from. Add your Christmas services to  a Christmas Near You.

Soul by the Sea Nativity
Not the ‘tea towel’ Nativity but a gutsy retelling of the Christmas story, Tuesday 18 – Friday 21 December starting at 7pm at St Mary’s Church, 61 St James Street, Brighton. To book your tickets, please visit the Soul by the Sea website.

Money Matters
The Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) now has an active parish in almost every deanery. It can be a real help to Treasurers and Gift Aid officers. Come along to a meeting near you in February and find out how it could help your church. see www.chichester.anglican.org/pgs. For all other money matters, see www.chichester.anglican.org/money.
Lent Courses for 2013
In the midst of the Christmas rush you probably don’t want to think about it yet, but Easter is very early next year!  Richard Jackson, Mission and Renewal Advisor has some suggestions for Lent courses on our website. Members of the mission and renewal team are happy to visit parishes to preach, help with vision or quiet days and visit PCCs to help with MAPs. To book a visit contact the team at Church House.

Advertising in the Chichester Magazine
It's cheaper than you might think to advertise your event or business in the Chichester Magazine. See our
media rates and then contact the communications department on 01273 421021 to discuss your needs.

Build Homes and Hope with Embrace the Middle East
Embrace ME (Formally Biblelands) are building new homes in Minya, Egypt next October and are looking for volunteers to join them on their expedition. For more information about the trip, visit the website or email team leader Richard Jones on 01689 858127. You can also visit the Embrace ME website for a Lent Study guide, suitable for group or individual study and their emergency Gaza appeal.

Food Safety in Catering Training
The website highspeedtraining offers a food safety course which can be done online for a similar cost to the Church House catering training and at a more convenient time. No catering training has been organised at Church House for 2013 but please let the YES team know if you would prefer this.

Interested in theological study?
Wycliffe Hall Open Day, Saturday 2 February 2013, Visit the campus and meet students and staff. Booking is essential at their website. For further information, email John Michaux or call 01865 274205.

New Christmas Carol
'The Age Old Reason for Joy' a new free Christmas carol as part of the 'Refuse to Lose' Campaign. Download the free score and lyrics or listen to the carol from the website to remind us all of just what Christmas is really all about.

2013 Mission Shaped Ministry Courses 
Be equipped for a lifetime of good practice and learning in growing fresh expressions of church. Visit the website for more details, email Mrs Liz Adshead or ring her on 01444 233926.

Twitter and Facebook Training
Social networking is a cheap and easy way of getting your church messages out and connecting with people in your community.  If your church is not on twitter or facebook but don't know where to start, please email the Communications Department at Church House or call 01273 421021.

Church in Society
Revd David Farey is now Church in Society Adviser. To make contact, please email him or call 01273 425793. David is also available on Sundays if you wish for him to speak at your church.

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Diocesan events

Is safeguarding part of your church role? 
Check here for the latest training dates on the website. To book, please email Kim Nash or ring her on 01273 425680. 

Diocesan Healing Day  - 'Breakthrough to Healing'
This diocesan healing day on Saturday, 2nd March 2013 at Victoria Baptist Church, Eastbourne. More information and registration forms available from Barry Ranger, Tel 01323 899 300.

Basic First Aid Course
Saturday, 23rd March 2013. Taking place at Church House, 211 New Church Road, Hove,  For further details and booking form contact Moira Peckham of the YES Team.

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