The Mary Sumner Day Service on 11th Aug @ 7.00pm. St. Nicholas Church, Itchenor BCP Evensong led by Ben Harvey.
Our Patronal Festival was celebrated with a Bring And Share Brunch in the church room at Birdham. An amazing selection of sweet and savoury food was enjoyed by everyone. Irene Boyall baked a beautiful birthday cake to celebrate St James’ day. The children bounced away to their heart’s content on the bouncy castle. We were very blessed with perfect weather. Thank you to everyone who contributed to make it a happy occasion.
Last Saturday afternoon, the Choir of St Paul’s Church Covent Garden visited West Wittering Church and sang Choral Evensong. It was a blazing hot day and they didn’t have an easy journey to West Wittering but fortunately they had the Church Room and its lovely cooling garden as base camp for the afternoon!
The service began with God be in my head by Herbert Howells and ended with Ralph Vaughan Williams’ O taste and see. In between there were lovely settings of the Canticles, Psalm, Preces and Responses. The anthem was the beautiful Northern Lights written by Ola Gjeilo. It was inspired by the sight of the Northern Lights in his home country of Norway.
The choir invited the congregation to join them afterwards for refreshments in the Church Room and we shared the special wedding anniversary cake of Ian and Sarah (née Conyers) Barber. The choir sang at their wedding 20 years ago in West Wittering Church.
The retiring collection for the Friends of West Wittering Church amounted to £134.85p.
Organised by your local Mothers Union Branch Very many thanks from the Chichester Food Bank to everyone who donated food, toiletries and other gifts for our summer collection. This year bags are also being given out to children so the Penguins were particularly welcome Our thanks also to those in charge of the collections. Rosemary Harvey and Sara Cooper.
How busy can the beach get! The sun get’s his hat on and it’s ‘hip hip hip hooray’.
The picture attached sadly shows how a trip to the beach can leave the beach a tip. Us locals understandably feel distressed when we are confronted by the mess others leave behind – and that’s on top of the traffic log jam which effectively locks down the main routes of the west Manhood…
What’s to be done? Well, days like last Tuesday are few and far between in an English summer. We could look to ‘stop’ day trippers coming to the beach… after all it’s ours isn’t it! Well no….
How about stopping the cars and only allowing folk to come in a coach – just like the charabancs of old? It’d ease the traffic congestion? Ah – no coaches allowed…
We know we’re more blessed than we deserve to live, work and worship where we do. As a church family we are called to offer Christ-like hospitality and to be a people of generous welcome. But it’s hard when faced with the mindless nuisance of litter and a ‘who cares’ holiday mentality.
In the prayer we offer for St James the Apostle this Sunday we use the phrase ’help us, forsaking the false attractions of the world to be ready at all times to answer your call without delay’…
Ready at all times… Could it be that as the church in this place we have something to bring to these times of tension which lead all too easily to a them and us reaction? What does Christian hospitality look like to a rowing Mum and Dad and three fractious kids sat in a boiling car for 4 hours in the hope of a little of what we take for granted? For them coming to the beach is a precious moment of ‘forsaking the false attractions’ and leaving behind the stresses and strains of life in a parcel of God’s acre it’s unlikely they’ll ever be able to afford to live in.
Still…. people should ‘pick up their bl**dy litter’ says the Rector!
At the main service at Birdham (9.30am) Alistair Ghinn’s sermon will be ‘Know: Love: Follow: REDLANDS review 2016’. At West Wittering (9.30) George Talbot’s sermon will be “Persistence in prayer from the heart – for the Father always listens to the faithful” and at the Children’s’ Service Sarah Manouch’s sermon theme will be ‘Let your light shine’. At Itchenor (11.00) Jim Mould’s sermon will be “Ambitions -Yours and Jesus’” and for Church@6 it will be “Renewing Faith not just bricks and mortar, or even a new roof!”
Ben Harvey will be officiating at Evensong at West Wittering.
We continue to pray for:
Maurice Stokes, Edward, Sam Davies, Lesley Jelfs, Ian Chrismas, Joyce, Joanna and Alan
And those who have recently died and their loved ones.
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 24th July
Birdham Patronal Festival
Acts 11. 27-12.2
2 Corinthians 4. 7-15
Matthew 20. 20-28
9th Sunday after Trinity
Genesis 18. 20-32
Colossians 2. 6-15
Luke 11. 1-13
1 Corinthians 10. 1-13
Luke 16. 1-9
Genesis 42. 1-25
1 Corinthians 10. 1-24
Readings for 31st July
10th Sunday after Trinity
Ecclesiastes 1.2, 12-14, 2.18-23
Colossians 3. 1-11
Luke 12. 13-21
1 Corinthians 12. 1-11
Luke 19. 41-47a
Genesis 50. 4-end
1 Corinthians 14. 1-19
The Collect for St James
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 attraction 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, now and for ever.
Collect for the 9th Sunday after Trinity
Almighty God, who sent your Holy Spirit to be the life and light of your Church; open our hearts to the riches of your grace, that we may bring forth the fruit of the Spirit in love and joy and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
We will celebrate St James day on Sunday 24th with a Bring and Share Brunch straight after our 9.30 service. We have a bouncy castle and a Churchyard quiz for our young people. Come and join the celebration and the “Fishers of Men” conga around the Church. Thank you, Jeanette.
On Sunday after the 9.30am Eucharist we shall be gathering in the Church Room to celebrate Michael Servant’s birthday with a Lion King birthday cake. After being refuelled with cake he will be roaring off to play the organ at the 11am Children’s Service! Everyone is very welcome to come and enjoy cake in the Church Room and of course to sing birthday greetings to Michael.