On Saturday 3rd December 10-12 at St. James Church our inspirational artist Jules Simmons will be doing another print workshop. We had a great time last time she came so we are hoping for another good turnout. All materials & refreshments will be provided and the cost is £10. Accompanied children and adults all welcome. Aprons and old clothes will be a good idea! We hope to make Christmas cards for personal use but also some to sell in aid of a Careworker we are fundraising for to care for Syrian refugees coming to live in Sussex. Contact Susan Monks on 512881 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
This is an excerpt from the Advent Carol Service at West Wittering Church on 26th November
MU is made of from ordinary people from all walks of life, who join together to form the largest lay-led mission group in the world. Members give of their time, their expertise and their resources to do all they can to support stable family life in the own communities.
Membership is not restricted to mothers – members can be single, married, parents or not or young adults beginning to express their social consciences.
The Greatest book ever written! The launch of the Year of the Bible
Advent Sunday marks the beginning of the diocesan ‘Year of the Bible’, a challenge to us all to engage more fully with Scriptures, both individually and within our communities. Whilst the Old and New Testaments are the foundation of our faith and its practice, and in worship we spend a lot of time listening to, and reflecting upon, Scripture, how much do we really know? Can you name the last book of the Old Testament? Do you know what the Apocrypha is? Over the coming year there will be opportunities to learn more, from formal teaching, from each other, and of course from the Greatest Book Ever Written itself. So watch this space for more information.
As a start, the Year will be launched on Sunday 4 December (Second Sunday of Advent) with the ‘bring a bible to church day’ – like a bring and share lunch but the nourishment lasts longer, and is always good for you. So we’d like you to bring a bible you use at home to church. Maybe it’s one you were given at school, or as a confirmation gift. Maybe it’s a family bible, filled with the names and dates of generations of births, marriages and deaths. Whatever bible you have, whatever translation, bring it to church on 4th December and at the end of the service, before the final blessing, holding our own bibles, we will pray for the coming year, that we may read, mark, learn and inwardly digest the words of holy Scripture, and spread it abroad. Then we will be sent out, literally holding all the inspiration we need, to ‘go make disciples of all nations’
Collect for First Sunday of Advent
Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness and to put on the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which your 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; through him who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God now and for ever. Amen
At the main service at Birdham (9.30am) Susan Monks’ sermon will be “Advent- God prepares us to be who we are meant to be, or the Crocodile who didn’t like water!” At West Wittering (9.30) Sarah Manouch’s sermon will be “Are you a gazer, jumper or Talker?” and at 11.00 it will be “The Advent Wreath – what is it all about?”. At Itchenor (11.00) Jonathan Swindells’ sermon will be ‘Wait, Watch and Hope’
There will be Evensong at West Wittering at 6.00
We continue to pray for:
David Beveridge, Peter Johnston, Michael Thresher and Myfawny Reid
And those who have recently died and their loved ones.
Roy Brundle, Becky Creak, Joan Cunnell and Hilary Lambert
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 27th November
First Sunday of Advent
Isaiah 2. 1-5; Romans 13. 11-end; Matthew 24. 36-44
Romans 13. 8-end; Matthew 21. 1-13
Isaiah 53. 1-12; Matthew 24. 15-28
Readings for 4th December
Second Sunday of Advent
Isaiah 11. 1-10; Romans 15. 4-13; Matthew 3. 1-12
Romans 15. 4-13; Luke 21. 25-33
1 Kings 18. 17-39; John 1. 19-28
The Benefice Advent Carol Service happens once again on Saturday 26th November at 3pm but this year it is at St. Peter & St. Paul West Wittering. This event led by Mothers’ Union, who are celebrating their 140th anniversary, is open to everyone and will be a celebration of music and readings in preparation for the Advent season with the Birdham Village Choir. Do come and help us praise the Lord whose coming we wait for in great anticipation.
What made Gulwali leave his country for an uncertain future?
Hear his story and how it relates to today’s refugees, and ask your questions.
Gulwali Passerlay is an Afghan refugee who was destined by the Taliban to become a suicide bomber.
Alone aged 12, he escaped into the hands of child traffickers, surviving horrifying ordeals as he journeyed through eight countries to arrive (on his 100th attempt) in the UK from Calais in 2007. Now aged 22, Gulwali is a politics graduate of Manchester University. He was asked to carry the Olympic torch through Bolton in 2012.
Saturday 26th November 2016 7pm
The Chapel, University of Chichester
College Lane, Chichester PO19 6PE
Tickets £7/students free
Book your tickets at unachichester.org.uk
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Calling all Shepherds, Sheep, Angels, Innkeepers, Narrators, Prayer Readers and much, much more!
We are beginning to plan this wonderful service, and delighted to announce that the list to be part of this year’s Crib Service is now up in the Church porch. Please pop your names down to be involved or if you are able to help in any way. Many thanks – Jo Mahoney, Liz Osmend & Debbie Holmes.
Being a parent is a great privilege but also a great challenge, and often we’re expected to master it without any support or guidance.
The truth is, most of us feel about ready to start parenting by the time our last one has flown the nest.
Jackie and I are parents of Nathan 26 and Amy 23, and we would totally recommend this 5 session Parenting Course for parenting Teenagers (a Parenting Children course is planned for the new year)
We’re running the same course at two venues, one on Wednesday mornings 9.30 – 11.30 in Selsey and the other on Monday evenings 7.30 – 9.30 at Birdham School.
It starts w/c 7th November and finishes w/c 5th December
It only costs £10 for the 5 sessions !!!
For more details or to book your place, contact
Alistair Ghinn firstname.lastname@example.org or 07780 875837
On Saturday 12 November, St Nicholas held its Christmas Fair at the Itchenor Memorial Hall. It was a blustery, rainy day and the atmosphere in the Hall was a cosy and bright antidote to winter. The cafe was a popular addition this year, serving the usual refreshments but also homemade soup with bread and hotdogs for the children. The St Nicholas table was groaning with goodies, mostly made in the village, and nearly everything was sold. The other table holders brought lovely things to tempt the early Christmas shoppers and most seemed to have a good day.
We are so very grateful to all who came to help, and to those who made or gave things to sell. We made a massive £1,470 which is a huge encouragement and boost to our funds.