Diocesan eBulletin - April 2013

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For free outreach resources on Disney's The Odd Life of Timothy Green, an inspiring and magical story for the whole family, visit the Damaris website


Bible by the Beach
Living and Longing, 3rd - 6th May 2013. The flagship family event for quality Bible teaching. For more information, please visit the Bible by the Beach website.


Wise Books, the FSW run book shop in Seaford is putting on an exhibition of all the Owl doodles recieved from illustrators and artists around the country.


Clergy Moves

Alastair Cutting, Vicar of Henfield with Shermanbury and Woodmancote  to be Archdeacon of Lewisham and Greenwich, Southwark Diocese.

Martin Blewett, Curate Sutton with Seaford leaving for Bath & Wells Diocese.

Patrick (Paddy) MacBain from Worksop to be Incumbent of Danehill.


Issue 106 of the Chichester Magazine will be out soon. Call 01273 425791 about getting a bulk subscription for your church.

Don't forget to visit the website to see how you can contribute to the Chichester Magazine.


Useful Links
Cathedral Events
Church of England
Diocesan Youth (YES) 
Church Schools
Family Support Work
Mothers' Union
A Church Near You


View photos from Brighton's Passion of Christ on the Soul by the Sea website.


Please e-mail any e-bulletin contributions to Tallie Proud by 5th May for the next edition

April 2013

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Comment From...

...Revd Richard Jackon, Mission and Renewal Advisor.

I remember a conversation with a faithful Church goer a few years ago who said to me, “If it could be proved that Jesus didn’t rise from the dead, I wouldn’t lose my faith.” I regret being too polite to say that the Apostle Paul wouldn’t have agreed with them.  Paul’s response would have been, “if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins and those who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all people.” 1 Corinthians 15: 17-19

That seems fairly clear then!  Parts of the scriptures are clearly meant to be taken as poetic and metaphorical, but other parts, notably the Gospel accounts of Jesus life, death and resurrection are not.  The word faith in our culture has come to mean believing something, either without evidence or in spite of the evidence.  Faith in the New Testament means to stake your life on something you believe to be true. The Apostles didn’t go to the stake believing some nonsense about a ‘spiritual resurrection’ or ‘Jesus being raised in their hearts’, whatever on earth that might mean. They did so firm in the faith that Christ had died, Christ is risen and Christ will come again.  We need to recover the confidence to do the same.




2013 - 2014 Episcopal Visitations
The Episcopal Deanery Visitations have now started and continue for the next 18 months. For any queries, please ring the NEW visitation helpline: 075000 18168 or email visitation@chichester.anglican.org.

New Registrar
The Bishop of Chichester is delighted to announce the appointment of Matthew Chinery of Winckworth Sherwood LLP as the Diocesan Registrar in succession to John Stapleton of Thomas Eggar LLP, who retires at the end of April. For more information visit our news page.

Archbishop's Visit to Chichester
Thousands turned out in Chichester last month to welcome Archbishop Justin Welby. See the photos here.

Bishop Martin's Sermons.

The following semons can be found on our website:
Chrism Mass sermon
Easter Sermon

Mission Statistics message from Richard Jackson
A slightly more forceful than gentle reminder that the Statistics for mission return was due back by February 14th and approximately half of our parishes haven’t done it yet! This information is a key part of Bishop Martin’s forthcoming visitations.  Returns are best done on the Diocesan website.  A big thank you to those who have already done it and particular congratulations to Uckfield Deanery with a 100% return rate.

Money Matters
1. PGS Training Sessions are announced for East Sussex - here
2. Big changes are afoot in the way GiftAid is administered by HMRC. For the latest news, click here
3. Your parish may be able to save money by joining an energy basket – for more details click here
4. All other money news is at www.chichester.anglican.org/money

Here I am Lord...
You are invited to a vocations fayre to help you discover how God might be calling you and to meet and network with people from all walks of life who are engaged in various ministries. 22nd June at Church House, Hove. More information about the event is available from our website.

Current Safeguarding Policies can be downloaded and printed from the Diocesan Safeguarding website.

2013-2014 Diocesan Pilgrimages
Visit our website to find out more about future pilgrimages: The Holy Land, led by Bishop Martin Warner and Rome and Assisi with Canon Ian Gibson. You can also find out about the annual Walsingham pilgrimages.

Back to Church Sunday
BTCS registration is open from 15th April on their website. BTCS packs (£25) contain 50 BTCS invites’ posters and DVD (a “best bits of BTCS” with an intro from Archbishop Justin Welby).

Diocesan Yearbook 2013
Please reserve your copy of the Yearbook now by emailing the directory team

Can you help?
We need a band of volunteers to help distribute bulk orders of the diocesan magazine to churches. Ideally you will have some spare time and a car or small van. You will need to be able to pick up the orders from a drop off point six times a year and deliver to addresses in one of the three archdeaconries, Chichester, Horsham and Lewes and Seaford. Mileage allowance will be paid. For more information please contact Tallie Proud or telephone 01273 421021.



Diocesan Events

Diocesan Synod
The next Diocesan Synod will be taking place on 11th May at The Holy Trinity School, Gossops Green, Crawley. Please email Suzy Adeosun or call 01273 425682 for more information.

Safeguarding Training
For all safeguarding training events happening in the Diocese, please visit the website.

Visit our website for a list of Walsingham events happening in the diocese this year.

Following Jesus Course
Following Jesus is a Diocesan course for Christians who want to grow in faith and discipleship. Please contact the adult education department on on 01273 425693 or email Wendy Greenan.

Broaden your Understanding of God with a Developing Discipleship Course. Download the course programme or contact the adult education department on 01273 425693.

Starting as a church school governor
There are two more opportunities in April for any governor in a church school to attend this essential training (22nd in Chichester, 29th in Hove). Information about the event can be found on our website.

Hidden Treasure: Making the most of your church with visitors.
This years Church & Countryside Conference looks at what we do with our churches to make them more welcoming places. Tuesday, 21st May, at the Steyning Centre, West Sussex. Please email Jennie Davies or ring 01273 425686 to book.

Reconciliation with God, Myself and Others: a day of prayer, reflection and healing
Saturday 28th September 2013; 10am – 4pm at The Charis Centre, Crawley. Keynote speaker will be The Rt Revd Dr Martin Warner. Please book via Eventbrite. Alternatively email Jennie Davies or ring 01273 425686



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