On Sunday 29th July there will be a ‘no sing social evening’ for the last Hymns and Everything before the summer break.
If you have been with us every month, come along so we can raise a glass and say ‘Thank You’.
If you have only been to join us once, or twice, come along so we can say, ‘We’ve missed you’.
If you keep meaning to come but never get around to it, come along so we can say, ‘Welcome, come on in, it’s not scary’.
There will be food and drink, yes, but most of all there will be friends old and new, and yet to be met, who want to have a laugh, have a chat, and get to know each other.Come along and see – 7pm, Sunday 29th July, West Wittering Church Room
Come along and see – 7pm, Sunday 29th July, West Wittering Church Room
Nights spent camping out under the stars! What a joy!
Days spent out of doors in the sun! How idyllic!
Sounds wonderful doesn’t it? Especially as we swelter under record temperatures and wish we could get some air at night!
But for those who sleep rough every night it isn’t a joy and it isn’t idyllic!
As most of you know I am on the steering committee for the Night Shelter Project in Chichester, and I know some of you have been asking what is happening – what are we doing and what are we steering?
A video will soon be coming to all churches, groups, and individuals that have expressed a desire to help, giving an update on where we are and more importantly what is happening next. It will include details of how you can help, what volunteers are needed, and for what, when training will take place, and where and what will be happening for those we are focusing on – the homeless, the rough sleepers, the less fortunate.
I know many are frustrated at how long it has taken to DO anything – so are the steering committee, believe me. We had an idealised view of opening a winter night shelter, of providing 3 hot meals a day, of offering opportunities for counselling, of debt advice, of offering help with legal matter, of helping people link up with government and charity organisations that could take them on to the next step – the next step decided by the individual, taking control, being given a voice, being given respect!
That is still our vision, that is what we are going to be doing – just a year later than we had hoped and prayed for. I hope you will all understand the delay, but it was unrealistic for us to think we could do all we wanted in three months, especially as we wanted to get it right, not perfect, but right. Advice from other churches and other groups that have started projects like this was – take your time, don’t rush it, make it last! We didn’t want it to be a one winter wonder, we want to be able to help people day after day, month after month, year after year!
We have also had to meet numerous and, as you would hope when dealing with people’s lives, rigorous legal requirements just to get permission to start the project, even as a pilot. We have used the time well though, making connections, fact finding, joining with other agencies to work out what will be most appropriate, and most useful, for those we are working for – the rough sleepers, the homeless.
Watch this space for the video link, watch this space for more updates, and get ready – the call is coming – The homeless need you!
Letter from Rev Sarah, Curate
Merciful God, whose holy apostle Saint James, leaving his father and all that he had, was obedient to the calling of your Son Jesus Christ and followed him even to death: help us, forsaking the false attractions of the world, to be ready at all times to answer your call without delay; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy spirit, one God, no and for ever. Amen
We continue to pray for:
Clemmie, Peter Barnett and Michael Palmer
And those who have recently died and their loved ones:
Baptisms & Wedding
We pray for Fiona and Bryne for their wedding at Birdham on Saturday.
We pray for Louis Stent for his baptism at Birdham and Freddie Hoare who is to be baptised at West Wittering.
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.
Services for this weekend
8.00 BCP Holy Communion at West Wittering and Birdham
At the main service at Birdham (9.30am) Susan Monks’ sermon theme will be “Living Stones and Pretty Pebbles”. At West Wittering (9.30) George Talbot’s sermon theme will be “A lesson on humility and sacrifice from Jesus” and at 11.00 Alistair Ghinn’s sermon theme will be ‘Getting away from it all’. At Itchenor (11.00) Jim Mould’s sermon theme will be “A strange request from Mum!”
There will be Evensong at 6.00 at West Wittering
The Ministry Team are only too happy to talk through aspects of their Sermon.
Sunday 22nd July – Commemoration of St James
Acts 11. 27-12.2; 2 Corinthians 4. 7-15; Matthew 20. 20-28
Acts 11. 27-12.3a; Matthew 20. 20-28
Jeremiah 26. 1-15; Mark 1. 14-20
Sunday 29th July – Trinity 9
2 Kings 4. 42-44; Ephesians 3. 14-21; John 6. 1-21
1 Corinthians 10. 1-13; Luke 15. 11-32
Job 19. 1-27a; Hebrews 8
St. James Patronal Festival
You yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 2:5
Look out for….
Living Stones from St. James and our Benefice Churches
When you place a stone out in the wild,
It may be found by adult or child
They may provide it a forever home
Or play the game and let it roam
Sometimes a photo on Facebook is shared
So we can see how the stones have fared
Sometimes no photograph can be seen
And we just don’t know where the stone has been
Some people find it hard, not to know
On what journey our painted stones all go
But we must remember the reasons behind
Why we all began to rock, paint and hide…
To spend time together with friends and family,
To embrace the outdoors, relax and be free,
To spread Love, Joy and Jesus all the while…
Together we can make someone smile.
Share your ‘Stone stories’ on our Benefice Facebook page
In the Parish Office – that’s where!
On Wednesday, 18th July, between 3pm and 5pm, the books collected, loved and used by Joyce Henson will laid out for all to see, and more than that, you can take them away with you!
Joyce was a prolific reader, and a Lay Reader, but more than anything she was a natural teacher and a bible study leader.
Her books, including bibles, commentaries, prayer books, sermon hints, offer a great chance to look at something new, to dip into a new topic, and to increase our knowledge.
The books are free, but if you would like to make a donation to the work of the hospice at home team there will be a pot available, no pressure, no expectation.
Come and see, you never know what you might find!