Diocese of Chichester eBulletin - January 2012

posted 18 Jan 2012, 15:37 by Richard Ryder   [ updated 6 Oct 2012, 11:01 ]


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Chichester Magazine

The latest issue is now available. Our front page features the Fairtrade gold weathervane on top of Chichester Cathedral. Read the magazine on-line

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Children and Youth (YES)

Parish Moves

Christopher Hopkins     
Rector at Beckley and Peasmarsh has now retired.

Jon Hobbs                   
Rector at Maresfield & Vicar of Nutley has left the Diocese.

Andrea Williams          
Ass. Minister at Ore, St Helen will be joining Oxford Diocese.

Martin Guy Lane          
Has been appointed Ass. Curate for Herne Bay including Emmanuel Hastings and St Mary-in-the-Castle.

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Queen's Diamond Jubilee

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The Real Easter Egg

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January 2012

Welcome to the New Year and a new look e-Bulletin. We hope that you will find it an informative read,  please let us know what you think about the new format.

Comment from… 

Ali Campbell, Diocesan Advisor for work with children and youth
“I was seriously relieved to find out yesterday that the world is unlikely to end in an apocalyptic nightmare this year, 21st December 2012 to be precise.  My thanks to 'Material World' on Radio 4 for putting me straight on the Mayan calendar, Black Holes and colliding planets.
I then woke up this morning to the news that, according to new research just published, my brain will start to fail me in 2013 when I hit the age of 45! 
Whether we think ahead, planning our lives a decade into the future, or struggle to get out of bed and face today - especially if it still looks like the middle of the night when we leave the house - I am encouraged as we start this year, by this brief statement attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson (an American philosopher), “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us”. 
What ever has been in 2011 and what ever fears we have for the future (well founded or not), let us be assured of the abiding presence of Christ, in and with us, as John says in his letter, “He that is in us is greater than He that is in the World”.
As 2012 unfolds, lets take that assurance, that God goes before us and, by His Spirit lives in us - let us trust Him, delight in Him and seek to know and follow Him together.”

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This month's highlights

Statistics for Mission - On-line Filing
Parishes will shortly be able to submit both their Finance and Membership return on-line. Further information will be sent out on the 19th of January. Please e-mail Sampson Scoble for help and advice.
Money Matters
For parishes trying to reduce costs or increase income, please visit the diocesan website for the latest money news.
Would you like to help someone less fortunate than you are? Visit the Acts 435 website to donate directly to others in need, or visit the Brighton & Hove churches night shelter website.

Free Church Water Butts
Free water butts are available to church and community groups through a programme operated by Eco-Faith. Further information is available at the Your Water Meter website.

Deadline for Churches Liability Information
All churches have until 31st March to provide information needed by the new Employers’ Liability Tracing Office (ELTO).  Churches can submit details via the Ecclesiastical website, via e-mail,  or by leaving a message on an automated system on 0845 601 5671 

Are you being called to grow the diocesan magazine?
We urgently need mission-minded volunteers to distribute the Chichester Magazine. Get involved with your church community and help to bring more people to the Gospel through a bright, lively, and inspirational read. Call us on 01273 421021 or e-mail for details.

The Magnet, St Leonards
The Librarian at The Magnet - Nicole Blakey, is now also the Acting Centre Co-ordinator. The administrator for The Magnet - Wendy Greenan, will deputise for Nicole as needed. Both can also be contacted via the main The Magnet e-mail address.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
The theme is 'We Will All Be Changed', 18th to the 25th of January. Please visit the Churches Together website for more details or ring 01603 785925.

The People's Passion
A week long event across BBC Radio 4 and Local Radio culminating in the choirs of Britain and Northern Ireland joining in song to perform 'The People's Passion' over the Easter Weekend. For more information visit the BBC Radio 4 website.

First Friday Eucharist at Church House
Each first Friday of the month a Eucharist is held at Church House at 12.30pm. Anyone from churches in the diocese are welcome, let us know as numbers are limited.  Bring your lunch for a time of fellowship afterwards. If you are a priest who could offer to celebrate at the service, please e-mail Sue Atkins.

Church Radio Mic Frequencies - Important Information
Radio mic frequencies will be affected by the digital switchover. Please see the Stagebeat website for more information.   You can also contact James Knight - Church Relations Manager from Hans Kolberg UK, who can tell you for free if your system is able to be used after the switchover.

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Diocesan events


Cancellation Notice:

The Developing Discipleship course ‘Engaging with Mark’s Gospel’ due to start on the 1st of February at St Barnabas, Hove, has been cancelled. It is hoped that this course will be re-scheduled after Easter 2012.


London 2012 Games
Further information is available via the diocesan website and by following Gordon Bank's Blog. More than Gold has released the dates and most venues for their upcoming 'Get Set' Tour. To book on 4th February at Crawley Baptist Church go to the  'Get Set' Tour website. The training offered on these days will be invaluable for those interested in becoming engaged with the Games and similar community festivals in the future.

Critical Mass - A creative exploration of the Eucharist
Lancing College - 18th February.  Further details are available from the YES website.


Reader Ministry Selection 2012
The deadline for applications for Reader selection and training is the 2nd March – so act now. Download the guide (PDF) or e-mail Ruth Sowerby.

Diocesan Healing Day - Living a Fulfilled Life
Victoria Baptist Church, Eastbourne - 3rd March. Further details are available from Barry Ranger on 01323 899300.
Food Safety In Catering Course
Church House, Hove - 3rd March. For further details and a booking form please e-mail YES.

Children’s Pilgrimage to Walsingham
An action-packed weekend for children aged 7 to 11 years old - 9th to 11th March. Tel: 01243 262 049 or e-mail Mary Nagel.

Holy Land? Biblical Landscape Study Day
Church House. Hove - 17th March. For further information please e-mail Wendy Greenan.

Ongoing Events:

Diocesan Gap Year Scheme
The Encounter Gap Year scheme is about 'equipping real people, with a real faith for the real world'. Further details are available on the YES website.

A digest of other events and activities around the diocese and beyond, can be found on the diocesan website.

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