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Birdham Film Night 31st March

St James and Birdham Village Hall continue their Thursday night films with “A Little Chaos” staring Kate Winslett. A LITTLE CHAOS follows Sabine (Winslet), a strong-willed landscape designer who challenges sexual and class barriers when she is chosen to build one of the main gardens at King Louis XIV’s new palace at Versailles, causing her to become professionally and romantically entangled with the court’s renowned landscape architect André Le Notre (Schoenaerts).  The film was directed by the late Alan Rickman.

Doors open at 7.30pm and the fish and chip van will be serving delicious hot food and the Social Club bar will be open for those who want wine or bee.  The Church team will serve tea and coffee.

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Prayer & Preaching for Easter Day

kintsukuroi

(n.) (v.phr) “to repair with gold”; the art of repairing pottery with gold or silver lacquer and understanding that the piece is more beautiful for having been broken

Wise words on Easter? Proof of the resurrection? Death conquered? What can we say about the mystery of that moment, in the deep stillness of night, when wholeness of life awoke again in the broken body of Christ..?

‘kinsukuroi’ was a gift by email that came to rector@gmail just at the start of Lent.  Some, through self-examination and a sincere desire to walk the way of the cross, will have come over these forty days and nights to know more honestly and profoundly ‘brokenness’…

As an Easter people we have something quite remarkable and equally mysterious to celebrate through the resurrection… The golden lacquer of the love of God which filled Christ in the resurrection has filled us with the same love, offering us a new life of beauty and truth.

Another ‘gift’ from Lent for Easter was pinned on a local Headteacher’s notice board.

Ring the bells that still can ring.
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything.
That’s how the light gets in.

This Easter ring the bells that still can ring and let that same ‘golden light’ fill you and make you alive with His risen life.

Alleluia!

At the main service at Birdham (9.30am) Susan Monk’s sermon will be “He is risen, let us sing a new song!”.  At West Wittering (10.00) Sarah Manouch’s sermon will be “The Real Easter Egg” and at Itchenor (11.00) Bruce Holben’s sermon will be “The +-Road to Heaven”.

There will be Evensong at 6.00 on Easter Sunday with Ben Harvey officiating.

Praying for the wholeness of all who know the brokenness of need or suffering we lay before Gods healing presence:

Maurice Stokes, Georgina, Edward, and Charlotte.

and those who have recently died and their loved ones.

Jean Albury, Peter Russell, Iris Colwell and Elsie Boyd

The Ministry Team are only too happy to talk through aspects of their Sermon. If you know of anyone who needs our prayers or would appreciate a visit, please let the Rector or the Parish Administrator know.

Collect for Easter Day

Lord of all life and power, who through the might resurrection of your Son overcame the old order of sin and death to make all things new in him: grant that we, being dead to sin and alive to you in Jesus Christ, may reign with him in glory: to whom with you and the Holy Spirit be praise and honour, glory and might, now and in all eternity.  Amen

Readings for Easter Day

Morning:
Acts 10. 34-43
Luke 24. 1-12
BCP:
Colossians 3. 1-7
John 20. 1-10
Evening Prayer:
Isaiah 43. 1-21
John 20. 1-23

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TGIF

You really can Thank God it’s Friday by joining for half an hour of gentle prayer in the peace of St Nicholas Church, Itchenor, Friday 1st April

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Welcome to our new ‘Church Mission Worker’ – you may know him….

We’re delighted that this week we have, after much thought and discussion, invited Alistair Ghinn to serve within Chichester Harbour Churches in the role of ‘Church Mission Worker’ with a particular focus on how we are engaging with those we see too little of within our church families and whom we seem to find it so difficult to share this wonderful message of Jesus Christ with. Whilst much of that work will be among the younger generations, Alistair IS NOT a youth worker. Rather, he is with us to share in our vision to know Jesus, to discover the gift of His love and to follow in His way – the way that leads to life in all its fullness.

Jesus was God’s first mission worker. We all share, through baptism, in Christ’s ministry and mission. So we all share with Alistair the duty to make Jesus known, to share his love and follow in his way. No doubt Alistair will bring us the challenge of looking afresh and re-imagining how we might go about this task – looking at the present church demographic we have between 15 – 20 years left before they’ll simply be too few in the pews to be called a ‘parish church’… and maybe that is something which, if it happens, will lead to a new way of being the church – we must never doubt God’s plan however different it may seem to even the plan of the Church of England…. and you know how to make God laugh… tell him your plans!

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Easter lilies for those we have loved but see no longer

In past years many of you have made a donation to the lilies and flowers in West Wittering Church in memory of a loved one.  If you would like to do this, please see Elaine after the 10 a.m. service on Palm Sunday or ring her on 514222.

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Thank you

Nearly 400 adults and nearly 100 children gathered on Easter Sunday to worship in our Parish Churches.  So many commented on the beauty of the Churches and the quality of the worship.  On behalf of the Rector and Churchwardens we extend our thanks to all those who led worship, helped to decorate the Churches, provide refreshments and offer such a warm welcome to worship.  The Lord is risen indeed, Alleluia.

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Thank You Birdham

Thank you to all those wonderful people, including our Rector, who came to spring clean our Church on Saturday. We had a great time together cleaning, scrubbing , cobwebbing and eating doughnuts? All in Praise of our Lord by keeping this place fit to worship Him.

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What to do with Birdham playing field?

Birdham Parish Council
Invite you to an
Saturday 19th March 10.00am to 12 noon

To give your views on improving the playing field

  • The Neighborhood Plan will be available prior to our referendum on May 5th
  • Come along to find out what the Flood Prevention Group have been doing
  • Learn about the Resilience Plan for Birdham

All welcome to drop in, young and old.
Tea and coffee available.

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