We shall be taking down our magnificent Christmas tree after the 10 am “All Age Candlemas Eucharist” at West Wittering on Sunday. Refreshments after this service will, as usual, be at the back of church. We celebrated the tree’s arrival with mulled wine and will bring to a close the season of celebration with a glass of Buck’s Fizz to mark its departure… but we may be seeing it again fairly soon but a different light as we enter the season of Lent.
Following a successful launch of the website with over 115 signed up for the Newsletter we are now suspending the Pew Sheet and would continue to strongly encourage you to see the Website as a primary means of communicating Church life. In addition, we hope you will receive very soon our new seasonal brochure – Church Life.
If you are aware of any church members who do not have internet access please let us know asap and we will make a paper copy of the Newsletter available to them.
Thank you for all your support and encouragement.
The Connections Quiz at the Curry Night held at the Moonlight Tandoori last Monday was considered by some to be taxing with even one competitor saying it was dastardly. However, the results proved that with a little thought, questions were answered, connections between the answers were ferreted out and the prize of a box of Lindt Chocolates was duly won. The ‘Only for Fun’ Quiz which included identifying Christmas Carols from their original ‘working titles’ and the punch lines of Christmas cracker jokes added to the fun evening and, of course, not forgetting the excellent food served up by the restaurant staff. The next Curry Night will be on Monday April 26th at the same venue with possibly not such a ‘dastardly’ quiz?
‘Perfect love casts out fear…’ This Sunday we’ll hear a reading familiar to many from the weddings they have been invited to – even their own wedding. However, when Paul wrote his great letter on Christian love (1 Corinthians 13) he certainly didn’t have ‘wedding bells’ in mind.
This love was, for Paul, at the heart of what he understood Jesus to be – the love made real in all that Christ did and the fearlessness which was the hallmark of all his relationships. It’s a love – the love – which can set us free from those tyrannies which result from the ‘fears’ we suffer from and too often results in our hiding in the shadows and dragging others into the darkness too….. something which Paul knew only too well.
In the Collect we celebrate the liberty we have in the glorious love of Christ as we pray:
God our creator,
who in the beginning
commanded the light to shine out of darkness:
we pray that the light of the glorious gospel of Christ
may dispel the darkness of ignorance and unbelief,
shine into the hearts of all our people,
and reveal the knowledge of your glory
in the face of 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.
At the main service at Birdham (9.30am) Sarah Manouch will be preaching on “Love is Patient”. At West Wittering (10.00am) George Talbot will be preaching on “The Three P’s – Prophecy, Prayer, Patience” and Sarah Manouch’s theme at Itchenor (11.00) will be “Patience is a Virtue”.
For those of you wishing to join Evensong at West Wittering Susan Monks will be preaching on “The Pelican & Paris, self-sacrifice freely given”.
Trusting to the love that casts out fear we can pray with renewed confidence for those who have asked for our prayers…
Maurice Stokes, Michael Terry, Josie, Georgina, Ros & Brian O’Brien and Peter Russell
and those who have recently died and their loved ones.
Alice Doreen Hadley, Beryl Guard, Gary West and Frank Berry.
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.
… and it’s bad… at least it is if you’ve got high cholesterol like the Rector!
A BIG BREAKFAST welcome to all our Sunday School friends and those who maybe haven’t been for a bit – YOU’RE ALL WELCOME!
Head to Birdham Village Hall for 9.10am on Sunday 31st January for fun, friendship and faith – as well as food, and be ready to be collected by parents/carers after the Family Service in St James Church at 10.45am.
If these’s stuff you really can’t eat – as opposed to should eat less of…. please, please let us know before you tuck into breakfast.
Contact Debbie or Liz.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of our link with Bo and the start of St Paul’s Secondary School. We want to celebrate that with the Bishop of Bo himself when he visits our Benefice for five days from the 11th – 16th February. He will preach at the 10 am main BENEFICE service at West Wittering on the 14th, and this will be followed by a bring & share lunch in the WW Memorial Hall. There will also be an opportunity to meet him at a reception in the Jubilee room 6pm on Friday 12th with welcoming songs from the Birdham Village choir and drinks and short eats. We want to hear from him and meet him. He is important to our mission and we are important to his. Don’t miss this chance to get a different perspective on God’s world.
There will be an opportunity to meet informally with the Bishop over a ‘Bring n Share’ lunch at West Wittering Memorial Hall. Whilst Jesus made the loaves and fishes go round we need an idea of whose coming and what you’re bringing. So…. can West-Witt folk bring mains/savouries, B’ham folk desserts and Itchenor essential extras. However, you’ll need to bring our own crockery, cutlery and glasses. Soft drinks will be provided so if you feel the need – bring something a little stronger…. Please sign up now or contact Revd Sarah asap for further information.
Every church and community needs those special people who give of their time and talent freely and generously to make life better for us all.
On Tuesday 9th February you can join us as we celebrate just such a special lady’s 90th birthday.
Joyce Henson has served our local schools and churches so faithfully for over 50 years and she’s still going strong! So come along as we say a special thank you to one of Birdham’s ‘saints’!
The ‘Celebration bring n share Supper’ will be held at Birdham Village Hall 7.30pm – 9.30pm. Contact Sue Monks 01243 512881 email@example.com