Diocese of Chichester eBulletin - March 2012

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Comment from… 

The Venerable Philip Jones, Archdeacon of Lewes and Hastings

The Lord is risen indeed’; so the eleven disciples and those with them said to the two disciples who had met Jesus on the road to Emmaus and had returned, breathless, to Jerusalem.

There is no getting away from it: whether it is the increasingly intrusive clamour of secular atheists or the almost daily confrontation with tragedy at home or abroad, we are challenged as to our faith and its basis. John Betjeman, derided by many as dated and out of touch, concluded his poem Septuagesima with the phrase, ’For if the Christian faith’s untrue, / What is the point of me and you’ – Christian doctrine at its simplest! He often displayed his struggles with faith but that couplet is direct and succinct, settling his puzzled and yearning comments in Summoned by Bells that ‘Some know for all their lives that Christ is God, / Some start upon that arduous love affair / In clouds of doubt and argument; and some / (My closest friends) seem not to want his love- / And why this is I wish to God I knew.’  Betjeman’s experience mirrors our own both in portraying different ‘takes’ on faith and in putting into words our own often muddled, searching attempts at clarity. Lent, for all of us, can be a time of struggle too, yet out of that struggle, that wrestling with our doubts and diversions, the blessing of clarity comes and not only when we reach the safe haven of Easter and the shouts of ‘The Lord is risen indeed.’

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This month's highlights


Bishop John's Lent Address
Bishop John's Lent addresses from February and March can be found on our Lent and Easter resources page of the website .

Blessing of Oils Service
For those attending please note that there will be roadworks at the Poling / Arundel / Lyminster junction. Please use alternatives such as rail connections or via Storrington or coast road.

Money Matters
Changes to gift aid and general information for parishes trying to reduce their costs or increase their income: see the March money news

Sussex is in drought!
Save water NOW. Through the Eco-Faith programme you can obtain a FREE water-butt for your church, hall, or community building.

Guides for Brides
A number of vicars and wardens expressed concerns about a "scam", having inadvertently received an automated email from the website www.guidesforbrides.co.uk.  After communication with those involved, the issue has now been resolved.
Guides for Brides have apologised for any inconvenience caused and we can now recommend it as a positive resource for Churches.

A Mobile Library Near You
The mobile libraries visit villages across Sussex and have lifts for easy access. To find out the nearest mobile library stop to you, use the East Sussex and West Sussex county council websites

Volunteers needed for South of England Show - 7th 8th 9th June 2012
We need volunteers to care for visitors who have become separated from family, friend or group.  You will need to be recently CRB checked and you will be required to complete a form on the day. No training necessary but a compassionate and sensitive approach is essential. If interested please email  Lisa Williamson or ring 01273 425791. The shifts generally run as three hour slots 9 -12noon, 12 - 3pm and 3pm - 6pm.
Also - Duty Ministers required. 2½ hours on Duty then free to enjoy the Show Contact Mark Betson for details 01403 891367

New Easter Book for Children
Butterflies and the Cross - How the story of Easter reveals the wonder of creation, written by local six year old Anna Clay. It is available at www.re-vived.com for £4.99.

Summer Youth Pilgrimage  
Running for Righteousness, 30th July - 3rd August. Join Walsingham Youth Pilgrimage this simmer. Age: 11-18.  For further details contact Fr John Eldridge, 01903 247340, or via the website 

Online Directory and Filing
if you have registered your old email address with the online directory and filing site and since changed email address, you will need to create a new user account associated with the new email address to be able to continue using it.

Jubilee Beacon Guidelines
Ecclesiastical have issued guidelines for use of gas beacons during the jubilee. Please make sure you read them if your church is planning a gas beacon

New Grace for Diamond Jubilee Lunches launched.

What royal connections does your church have? 
To celebrate the Queen's Jubilee, ChurchCare is collecting stories about the regal links between churches, cathedrals and the monarchy. The deadline for submissions is 1st May. Please send any information to Ben Greener   

Open top bus & Prayer Baton for the Torch Relay
A 'Praise Bus' is being used for outreach during the Torch Relay, read how local churches can make use of it en route.

Hugh Rance Memorial
Hugh Rance, who passed away on October 24th 2011, was diocesan secretary between 1961 and 1980. A memorial and celebration of his life takes place on 19th  May at mid-day in St Margaret church, Rottingdean - this was also the day of his birthday. All who knew Hugh are welcome to attend. 

Re-imagined Music
Kirsty Steele, a local musican, has written an arrangement of 'Angel Voices Ever Singing' for the words of the Gloria. She is making it available free of charge, but asks instead that If you use the music sheets that you please consider donating to WaterAid

General Synod  6th-10th February 2012
Audio of those that spoke from the diocese can be located on our website

A Pilgrimage To The Holy Land
A 12 day pilgrimage based in Jerusalem and the Galilee,  3rd-14th September. Full details and colour brochures available via email from Francis Pole or by phone 01293-513264

Parish Moves
Kevin Mepham is to be House for Duty, Priest-in-Charge of Sedlescombe & Whatlington 
Andrew Flowerday is moving from Emmanuel Church, Morden to All Saints, Patcham 
Edward Bryant, Rector of Bexhill has retired but is continuing on as rural dean for Battle and Bexhill

FSW Easter Monday Walk
Step out on 9th April for the annual sponsored circular walk.  9.30/10.00am starting time at Alfriston Tye Memorial Hall.  7 miles approx.  For more information visit the FSW website

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Diocesan events

 

March:

Lenten Day of Reflection
ChristChurch, Sayers Common - 27th March. For readers and clergy only. For further details please email Helen Swyer

April

Link Up Conference
On Friday April 24th at Ashington Church. Helping the church connect with the wider voluntary sector and exploring issues such as funding, partnership working and where to find additional resources that will bless the communities we all seek to serve. More information can be found on the YES Website 

Food Safety In Catering Course - Extra date
Church House, Hove - 28th April.  For further details please e-mail YES.


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

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  Lent and Easter Resources image by Gerg1967  

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