Services & Events

Click here for Fr Nigel’s Evening Compline Homily: 28th June 2020

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Click here for Fr Nigel’s Morning Service Homily: 14th June 2020

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Thy Kingdom Come:

The Diocese of Chicester is marking the campaign, Thy Kingdom Come, with a series of events including a daily short prayer at Noon called “Praying for the Diocese with Bishop Martin”.

In a video message, published on the Feast of the Ascension, the Bishop explains why the days between Ascension and Pentecost can deepen our prayer life together especially in these challenging times and invites you to prayer with him for the diocese.

You can watch the Youtube video here 

You can join in Praying for the Diocese with Bishop Martin via Youtube, the diocesan website and the diocesan social media channels, Twitter and Facebook.

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Click here for Fr Nigel’s Pentecost Homily: 31st May 2020 

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Rogation Sunday was Sunday 17th May, and traditionally we would be out walking around the boundaries of, and praying a blessing over, our parish.  Never has this been so needed for such a time as this. So I would, please, encourage you on your daily, socially distanced, exercise on Sunday to pray a blessing for all in our parish.

Rev David Swyer has prepared some liturgy for Rogation Sunday during Covid 19 lockdown (below):

Worship for Rogation Sunday 2020

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Click here for Fr Nigel’s St Dunstan’s Day Homily: 17th May 2020

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Click here for Deacon Di’s Sermon: 29th March 2020

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Traditionally, the ‘STATIONS OF THE CROSS’ are a Lenten devotion and I came to love them quite late in life. I now possess many different versions from writers I admire. How can you forget the title, ‘Christ Died in Notting Hill’ by Fr Michael Hollings? He never failed to draw from the great ‘Via Dolorosa’ tradition (still made on pilgrimage through the streets of Jerusalem today) and make them his own.

I also think of a more recent compilation by sixth-formers who wanted to highlight each ‘stop’ with the plight of refugees across the world. Their plight is even greater now, especially if they are treated as ‘lepers’ and sent back across dangerous seas, out of sight and out of mind.

St Dunstan’s 14 Stations of the Cross (with the 15th sculpture of The Resurrection in the centre of the nave) honestly invite journeying and prayer at every time of year, because we never know where the next place of passion and sorrow may meet and meld.

The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic is just such a source for our prayer and contemplation. And with our Churches now closed, we have to imagine our allotted hour’s walk from Mayfield to Five Ashes, stopping each time outside places and buildings we know well. Forgive me if the Stations I have written are a little rough around the edges; but I offer them as the beginnings of a journey with the suffering Christ who walks alongside us, day and night, and who has already been to the Cross before us – which is why we can say at each stop: ‘We adore you O Christ and we bless you, because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world.

Click here for a link to ‘Stations of the Resurrection 2020’ from St Laurence’s Church, Chorley

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Online Church Services from Chichester:  www.chichester.anglican.org 

Here is the link to Church of England Daily Prayers (please cut and paste it into your browser) :  https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-service-daily-prayer

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Please light a candle at home for our Parish and the Village Community.  You can make your Spiritual Communion on Wednesdays and Sundays at the usual times:

An Act of Spiritual Communion 23.3.20

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us
from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Amen.

Updated: 6th July 2020

See also our Pew sheet page for details of this week’s events