‘At our Christingle we welcomed loads of families – old and young – and together shone as a light in the darkness to support the work of the Children’s Society with vulnerable children’.
Many thanks to our brilliant Mug Moments volunteers for rallying round and ensuring this new initiative will get off to a great start in the New Year! Mug Moments will be held in West Wittering Church Room, starting on Tuesday, January 2nd at 10.30am. In term time
‘Mug Moments’ will open at 8.40am so parents can go in there after school drop-off. They may like to take toddlers in for a play while they chat and enjoy a nice hot mug of something. During half-term and the school holidays, ‘Mug Moments’ will open at 10.30am. It will stay open until 12 midday every Tuesday.
Your church needs you!
You will have seen in the news and on the streets, there has been a sudden and significant increase in the number of homeless people in Chichester and the surrounding area.
In response to this very urgent and very human need, the local churches of Chichester Deanery, with the support and agreement of the local authority and Stone pillow, are planning on running, for the coldest months of the year, an Emergency Night Shelter.
Where do you come in? Well, of course it needs funding, and as a deanery we need to raise £5000 to run the shelter from January to March next year BUT we also need people.
People from our benefice already provide hot meals and clothing to some of the homeless, and we need you to help us help them to build on that. Can we, Chichester Harbour Churches, offer 10 people, split between 3 shifts, to man the shelter one night a week? Yes, of course we can. We needs people who can cook, people who can clean, people who can talk, but most of all we need people with a heart for others.
Rev Sarah will be the go to person within the ministry team – go to her and offer your time, and lets’ make a difference!
So why do you set up a 24/7 prayer space? Doesn’t God know all the prayers on our hearts, surely He doesn’t really want you to get up at 1am and drive over to the Church Room on a cold winter’s night?
Yes, it is about prayer but it’s not one-way traffic, it is about listening to what God is saying to us. So we make a space that feels slightly different to what we might expect with creative ways of helping us to focus and reconnect with our Father in heaven.
One little boy said, “It’s not the same as normal prayer is it? I prefer this way of praying it’s much better.” It was a great blessing to see the children of West Wittering School enjoying the space and activities, and next January there will be a prayer space for Birdham School children to explore. Who knows what seeds God is planting in our hearts? The great mystery of God’s love for us all!
Welcome to the Year of Prayer, welcome to Advent, welcome to the Christ child and the incarnation of the Word made flesh. And keep listening!
It is open from 5-6pm on Friday and 9pm for night prayer, and Saturday 12-2pm. It will close on Saturday at 2pm and the Advent Carol service is at 3pm in St. Peter & St. Paul Church West Wittering.
Almighty God, give us grace to case away the works of darkness and put on the armout of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which you Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility; that on the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; though him who is alive and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen
We continue to pray for:
Conor Jones, Ian Gray and family, Carole Richardson, Baby Clemmie, Janet & David Drake, Peter Barnett, Snowdrop and Alexandra.
And those who have recently died and their loved ones:
Gareth Parfoot and Len Charmen.
If you know of anyone who needs our prayers or would appreciate a visit, please let the Rector or the Parish Administrator know.
Should you wish to contact the Rector his mobile number is 07538 011579.
At the main service at Birdham (9.30am) George Talbot’s sermon theme will be “A baby is coming – get the nursery ready”. At West Wittering (10.00) Jonathan Swindells’ will be preaching and presiding. At Itchenor (9.00) Susan Monks’ sermon theme will be “Waiting and Hoping”.
The Ministry Team are only too happy to talk through aspects of their Sermon.
The Mothers’ Union Advent Service will be on Saturday 2nd December at 3.00 at West Wittering.
There will be 8.00 BCP Holy Communion on Sunday at West Wittering and Itchenor.
The 10.00 service at West Wittering is All Age Parish Eucharist and Toy Service.
The Benefice Christingle Service will be on Sunday at 3.30 at Birdham
There will be Choral Evensong on Sunday at West Wittering at 6.00.
Commemoration of the Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary West Wittering 10.00 6th December
Sunday 3rd December – First Sunday of Advent
Isaiah 64. 1-9; Corinthians 1. 3-9; Mark 13. 24-37
Romans 13. 8-end; Matthew 21. 1-13
Isaiah 1. 1-20; Matthew 21. 1-13
Sunday 10th December – Second Sunday of Advent
Isaiah 40. 1-11; 2 Peter 3. 8-15a; Mark 1. 1-8
Romans 15. 4-13; Luke 21. 25-33
1 Kings 22. 1-28; Romans 15. 4-13