Diocese of Chichester - September Bulletin 2012

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Parish Moves...

Andrew Thomas, Curate at Angmering is leaving for Ely Diocese
Nicolas Haigh, Curate at Eastbourne St Mary will be Priest-in-Charge at Fernhurst
Philip Louis Wilson from Gloucester Diocese is to be Incumbent at Denton with South Heighton & Tarring Neville
Paul Matthews, Curate at Goring-by-Sea is to be Priest-in-Charge at Chidham
Jonathan Swindells, Incumbent at St Andrew’s (Old Church) Hove is to be Incumbent at West Wittering with Birdham and Itchenor
David Renshaw, Priest-in-Charge at Linch with Iping Marsh and Milland is to be made Incumbent
John Hay, House for Duty Curate at The Hydneye is retiring
David Parker, Incumbent at Lavant is retiring
Doris Staniford, Team Vicar at Gossops Green is retiring
Paul Smith, Curate at Copthorne is retiring
Phillipp Hamilton-Manon, Rector at Lewes: St Anne’s, St Michael & St Thomas is retiring


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September 2012

Comment from... 

Mark Sowerby, Acting Bishop of Chichester 

The Interim Report of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s visiting Commissaries has provoked a deal of interest in the media. I am sure that colleagues will share my deep regret that so many who exercise their ministry with professionalism have been let down.

I realise many people want to know how the diocese is responding to the report and its recommendations. We have been responding to some of the recommendations as they emerge already and a full action plan is almost complete and will be presented to diocesan synod in November.

Our new bishop believes considerable progress has been made since the Commissaries began to compile their report.

The bishops are concerned that we should treat the report's recommendations with seriousness and care. We are shaping a programme for the diocesan response to the recommendations, many of which will require considered decisions by diocesan bodies. We hope to address concerns about structures at the November  Diocesan Synod.

A full response will be made to the Commissaries Report after a period of reflection although implementation has already begun. I shall continue to hold responsibility for the day to day business of the Diocese until Bishop Martin takes up his public ministry on November 25th.

With every good wish,

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This month's highlights

Bishop Martin's Enthronement
The Enthronement of Bishop Martin Warner will take place in the context of Evensong in Chichester Cathedral on Sunday 25th November 2012, the Feast of Christ the King, at 3.30pm. Seating is limited and invitations will be sent out by the end of the month. Other services to welcome Bishop Martin will be on 17th November at St Mary the Virgin Rye at 11.00am,  18th November at St Mary’s Battle at 4.00pm and 28th November at Horsham – details to be confirmed.
As well as these additional services to the Enthronement, Bishop Martin will be visiting all deaneries in the diocese from January 2013. Details to follow

Readers Licensing at Chichester Cathedral
Please pray for the eleven new readers that will be licensed at Chichester Cathedral on the 22nd September. More information can found on the diocesan website.

Money Matters
A new Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) is being rolled out across Sussex Chuches. If you want to know about how to adopt the scheme, please download the ‘church implementation handbook’ from our website or email John Sherlock. You can also find up-to-date money news on our ‘money’ pages web page.

Reader Ministry
Do you know someone who may be considering Reader Ministry and would like to know more? Is God calling you to be a Reader in His Church? For more information or a confidential chat please email Ruth Sowerby or call 01423 425693.

Mission Statistics Reminder
October is the month for the parishes to keep an accurate record of attendance for the Mission Statistics at the end of the year. If you have any queries regarding mission statistics, please contact Richard Jackson.

Help needed for a hair-raising idea
Cancer Research UK are urgently looking for ‘outgoing’ clergy and church folk to take part in a national initiative. If you can think of ways to make your hair stand on end for silly attention-grabbing photographs now is the time to volunteer!. All this silly activity will culminate in a one night telethon on Channel 4. Clergy, church groups or individuals can take part in the activity. Please indicate your interest by emailing Lisa Williamson.

Called to pray for government and politics? 
Worship and pray with us on Saturday 22 Sept at 3pm at Chapel Royal, Brighton. Christian MP Simon Hughes will talk about why and how Christians can engage in politics and Brighton Vineyard is leading worship and prayer.  Everyone is welcome to this free event - it's not just for Lib Dems, and we won't be telling you to vote Lib Dem. Visit the Lib Dem Christian Forum for more events happening in Brighton during the conference.

Back to Church Sunday
Don't forget to get your church involved with this year's Back to Church Sunday on the 30th September. Information and resources can be found on the B2CS website.  

"Welcome is what happens after we have said hello” 
Back to Church Sunday is one way of checking out how we are doing and Paul Rush of the Bristol Diocese has produced this humorous and yet thought provoking video to help us.

Sussex Historic Churches Trust
Please note that Pat Farmer, Secretary of the Trust, has a new email address: farmerpatricia@bitinternet.com. Her old account (p.a.farmer@gmail.com) has been closed.

Do you have something to say about your church?
West Sussex County Times is urging its readers to share stories about their faith and church life. Anna Coe, senior reporter, says: “It's where people can share their testimony in layman terms or say what makes church different to a club or what their faith and church family means to them." You can email Anna Coe for more details or call her on  01403 751206 and please don’t forget to copy in the communications department when emailing. 

Student Church Link Up
Currently, 73% of Christian students don't join churches when they get to university. Help lower this number by directing your university bound young people to www.studentlinkup.org where they will help them find churches and other Christian students in their new area

Church of England takes a stand at Wedding Fayre
There will be church wedding stand at the Amex Stadium, Falmer, Brighton on the 14th October for the wedding fayre. If you are enthusiastic about church weddings please contact Tallie Proud about volunteering your time at the stand.

Getting the Best out of Your Building
This is an event organised by the Cathedral and Church Buildings Division of the Church of England to help new clergy and those undertaking buildings work/projects. Tuesday 6 November 2012, at St John’s Church, Hyde Park. Please email Ben Greener for more details or to register.

Host an international student this Christmas
Many UK based international students will be alone at Christmas. To learn more about volunteer hosting at Christmas or any weekend of the year, visit the Host UK website or call Regional Organiser Rosemary Cole on 01903 814022.

Christian leadership email
Anglican evangelical mission agency CPAS is offering Christian leaders a free monthly email to resource them in their ministry. The email is available to read online or subscribe to at their website.

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Diocesan events

All Inclusive
Working with Children and young people with special or additonal needs. On the 4th October in Eastbourne and 11th October in Horsham. Please email the YES team or ring 01273 425684 for more information.

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.

Health Care 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.

From Fringe to Core
Wednesday,  17th October. Encouraging Active Discipleship in our Churches, at Bishop Hannington Church in Hove. Visit the website for more details.

An invitation to a day with Revd Beatrice Brandon, Archbishops' Adviser for the Healing Ministry
A Fresh Perspective on The Church’s Ministry of Healing, Bewbush Barn Church, Crawley RH11 8GG, Saturday 20th October 2012; 9.30am for 10am to 4pm.  Contact Jennie Davies, Mission & Renewal at Church House for more details and to book 01273 425686.

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.

Rooted and Booted
Saturday, November 17th at The Charis Centre in Crawley. Many churches struggle with are attracting men and building disciples amongst those who only attend Church infrequently. A number of seminars addressing such issues have been organised.
Please e-mail Jennie Davies, or ring 01273 425686 for further information. Places can be booked on-line via the Eventbrite website.

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

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