I visited Redlands on Saturday afternoon and after being checked in and issued with my Visitor’s Badge, I headed for the tennis court. Here a game of dodgeball was in progress – all very energetic and good fun. Back in the main field groups of young people were enjoying different activities. There were hula hoops not just to twirl round the waist but also to roll along the ground and leap in and out of as many times as you could before it stopped rolling. It was good to see a skilful hula hooper teaching a younger novice how to do the waist twirling technique!
Inside the barn groups of children and volunteers were enjoying various craft activities, such as making a necklace to take home. There was a fabulous Redlands 2016 poster – big, bold and bright! The beautiful Prayer Tent was plainly a valued part of the Redlands experience.
The ringing of a bell at Redlands calls everyone to gather in the barn and on this occasion it signalled an afternoon snack of squash and scrummy-looking cakes. Back out in the field Alistair distributed some kites and with a good breeze blowing it wasn’t long before the first kite was up. By now the Big Redlands Group Photo for 2016 was getting closer as a large patch of blue sky approached the field. It was then that the mighty Redlands horn sounded to rally all campers and volunteers to muster near the Redlands Camp flag!
The previous evening everyone had enjoyed the bonfire and one of the young campers showed me the fairy lights which are new this year and look great when darkness falls on the campsite.
It was very encouraging to see that so many young people who have attended Redlands camps in the past are now helping to run the camps as Junior Leaders. It was also great to see all our young people enjoying fun and friendship in such a happy and supportive environment.
Our Bi-Annual collections for the Food Bank will take place on
SUNDAYS: 3rd, 10th, & 17th July.
You will find boxes in each of our churches and West Wittering School with a list of requirements: food, toiletries etc including toilet roll but not pasta, baked beans, soup or tea as there are existing stocks. Our gifts will go towards filling the shelves for those in need especially during the summer holidays. Many thanks for your support. Mothers Union Contacts: Rosemary Harvey (670617 and Sara Cooper. (673035)
I am decluttering my house.
The will of Richard Yemon in 1543 specified that he was to be buried within “ye churche of Seynt Peter and Paule at Westwittring”. But the decision to dedicate this parish church to those two saints must have been made many years before. And whoever made the decision knew what they were doing! For they gave us as our Patron Saints two great heroes of the Church who for all time are wonderfully encouraging examples of God’s transforming power in human lives. They were very different in background and character, but both were flawed human beings – yet they chose the path of total commitment to God and were guided and upheld by him. In their lives and teaching, and yes, in their brave deaths as martyrs, they truly showed us how to know, love and follow Jesus.
We shall celebrate our Patron Saints this Sunday, July 3rd. There will be an All Age Parish Eucharist at 10am which will be a service of great joy and thanksgiving and afterwards we shall have celebratory drinks and nibbles at the back of the church. All are very welcome to come and share this special occasion in the life of our church family at West Wittering.
They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters;
These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep…
Joining with churches all over the world, Chichester Harbour Churches of West Wittering, Birdham and Itchenor will come together on Sea Sunday to remember seafarers and pray for them, their families and those who support them. The Mission to Seafarers needs our prayers and support for all merchant crews and their families on Sea Sunday 2016, to continue our vital work for those in need.
The Mission to Seafarers works tirelessly to provide help and hope to seafarers in distress in 50 countries worldwide. In 200 ports, from Southampton to Sydney, every day the world’s 1.5 million crew men and women look out for the Mission’s ‘Flying Angel’ flag. The Mission is universally trusted to be of service for everyday problems and in maritime emergencies. We will also share our charitable giving with the RNLI who provide a critical emergency service to the many leisure seafarers locally.
So – in pray, in praise and in the generosity of your giving join in the events and worship being held in your village church as, together, we honour our seafarers.
Deacon Joseph, pictured with our Church Mission Worker Alistair and Assistant Daniel, has been with us this week from the Diocese of Bo where he is Youth Work Chaplain and in charge of youth work having been a youth worker himself for many years. He spent the best part of two days helping with the preparation for Redlands 2016 and spoke at the Tower Group meeting. Although distressed following the death of his Mother in Law last weekend (we prayed for all his family in church last Sunday), the Youth Work took him out of himself and he clearly relished it. We hope and pray his visit will further build the already strong relationship we have with the school children, young families and the church in Bo.
Deacon Joseph is due to be ordained priest in November and we hope it will take place during the planned visit to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our Bo Project and of St Paul’s Secondary School which we funded and continue to support.
Jesus said: ‘No one who puts a hand to the plough and looks back is fit for the kingdom of heaven.’ Today our shared future is, for some, full of tremendous hope – for others of us it feels strangely empty.
With the nation split in half by its decision over EU membership, any future we have will need to be negotiated with as much grace as we can muster. As Christians we are called to be ambassadors of reconciliation and generously share the gifts of the spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. As Anglican Christians we are uniquely placed to speak of that common ground at a time of potential extremism. Paul reminded the all too easily swayed church in Galatia ‘…do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. For the law is summed up in a single commandment: You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’
However, as each year passes so that potential witness lessens as fewer and fewer people find the faith of their forebears resonant. This is felt most particularly in the semi-rural parochial church to which many of us have such a profound connection.
The hope we can share in today is taking place in Redlands Barn at 3pm. Led by our Church Mission Worker, Alistair, we are all invited to be hosts at the Dedication Service for the Redlands Christian Youth Camps taking place this summer in our parishes. There we will have the opportunity to encourage the young people of our communities in discovering faith through friendship and, yes, fun! We also hope and pray that many of the families of those children coming on camp will be there to share in prayer and praise…. and the cakes!
The opportunity we have to ask for God’s blessing in prayer and praise on these camps is a very great privilege. For the real hope of our future lies in growing young people who hold to the ways of Jesus Christ – who are themselves able to be gracious hosts as they journey through life and know what it means – and what it costs – to love your neighbour as yourself.
The main service at Birdham (9.30am) Alistair Ghinn’s sermon will be ‘Atonement, willing sacrifice and redemption’. At West Wittering (9.30) Ben Harvey’s sermon will be “I really want to – but on my terms!” and Jonathan Swindells will be preaching at Itchenor (11.00). The theme for the Redlands Dedication Service (3.00) at Redlands Barn will be “Exploring Life to the Full”.
There is no Church@6 at Itchenor or Evensong at West Wittering on Sunday evening
We continue to pray for:
Maurice Stokes, Edward, Sam Davies, Lesley Jelfs, Beverley Ford, Joanna and Alan
and those who have recently died and their loved ones.
Ann Johnson-Cadwell and Georgina.
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.
Readings for Sunday 26th June
5th Sunday of Trinity
1 Kings 19, 15-16, 19-end
Galatians 5. 1, 13-25
Luke 9. 51-end
1 Peter 3. 8-15a
Luke 5. 1-11
Readings for 3rd July
St Peter and St Paul
Zachariah 4. 1-6a, 10b-end
Acts 12. 1-11
Matthew 16. 13-19
BCP – St Peter
Acts 12. 1-11
Matthew 16. 13-end
Genesis 29. 1-20
Mark 6. 7-29
The Collect for 5th Sunday after Trinity
Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of the Church is governed and sanctified: hear our prayer which we offer for all your faithful people, that in their vocation and ministry they may serve you in holiness and truth to the glory of your name; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.