The Birdham Christmas Bring and Buy will now take place on Saturday 9th December from 10.00 and not the 16th as previously advertised.
Christ the King
‘This is our God,
The Servant King.
He calls us – now – to follow him,
to make our life as a daily offering….’
Someone said in passing, ‘sounds like you’re trying to turn the church into a social work agency…’
No, the Church, whilst having a commitment to social justice and the wellbeing of all, is not only just another group trying to do good.
For we, the Church, are called to do something because we long to be something. What is that something? Sing to yourselves the last line of the chorus….
Eternal Father, whose Son Jesus Christ ascended to the throne of heaven that he might rule over all things and Lord and King: keep the Church in the unity of the Spirit and in the bond of peace, and bring the whole created order to worship at his feet; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen
We continue to pray for:
Conor Jones, Ian Gray and family, Carole Richardson, Baby Clemmie, Janet & David Drake, Peter Barnett, Snowdrop and Alexandra.
And those who have recently died and their loved ones Patricia Salmon, Gareth Parfoot and Len Charmen.
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.
At the main service at Birdham (9.30am) Jonathan Swindells’ sermon theme will be “Acting like the King”. At West Wittering (10.00) Sarah Manouch’s sermon theme will be “It’s awesome isn’t it!” At Itchenor (11.00) George Talbot’s sermon theme will be “In what direction are we heading?”
The Ministry Team are only too happy to talk through aspects of their Sermon.
Please note that Sunday’s 10.00 service at West Wittering will be an All Age Parish Eucharist.
There will be 8.00 BCP Holy Communion at West Wittering and Birdham.
There will be Evensong at West Wittering at 6.00.
Commemoration of Andrew the Apostle West Wittering 10.00 29th November
Please pray for all those from the Benefice who were confirmed on Thursday 23rd November at St Paul’s, Chichester 7.30pm:
Luca Alonso, Guy Drew, Mark Holmes, Thomas North, Maisie Osmend, James Relf, Evan Williams
and the grown-ups….. Sophie, Lizzie, Robbie.
And we will be welcoming them at the main services at Birdham and West Wittering on Sunday 26th November. Please do come and support.
Alexia Grace Joberns Sunday 26th November at West Wittering
Sunday 26th November – Christ the King
Sunday next before Advent
Ezekiel34. 11-16, 20-24; Ephesians 1. 15-end; Matthew 25. 31-end
Colossians 1. 13-20; John 6. 5-14
2 Samuel 23. 1-7; Matthew 28. 16-end
Sunday 3rd December – First Sunday of Advent
Isaiah 64. 1-9; Corinthians 1. 3-9; Mark 13. 24-37
Romans 13. 8-end; Matthew 21. 1-13
Isaiah 1. 1-20; Matthew 21. 1-13
10 inspiring candidates
2 very proud and humbled clergy
1 delightful and amazing Bishop
Put them all together and what do you get? An amazing, awesome, praise and prayer filled confirmation service.
Congratulations to all our newly confirmed. Come and welcome and support them at the main services at Birdham and West Wittering this Sunday.
On Saturday 25th November in Birdham Village Hall there will be a Christmas Card print workshop for all ages and abilities led by Jules Simmons who works with our St. James’ Art Group. 10-12 with refreshments and all equipment provided. Old clothes and aprons would be useful!!! £10 for adults £5 for accompanied children but parents can come free. We had great fun last year so please pass the word around to any families and friends. Contact Susan Monks (512881) for more information.”
So having sung a few songs, badly but with enthusiasm, and then a few carols, better but still with enthusiasm, the ‘Hymns and everything’ community singing group are fine tuning (!) their voices and their carols to raise the roof, if there was one, for Carols on the Green on the 20th December.
Why not come along on Sunday 26th November at 7pm, to the West Wittering Church Room, and join us. If you can’t make that one, you can’t escape the Christmas Spirit as we will be meeting on Sunday 17th December 7pm as well!
Come and sing, meet new people, meet old friends, have a glass of something mulled, but most importantly, come and have fun!
For more info give me a call on 07468854864 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org (better still, just come along and give it a go!)
Birdham Village Choir raised £330 on 12th November at their “Come and Sing British Choral Classics”. A choir of 50 singers, including students from the University of Chichester plus 12 visiting performers gave a rousing rendition of Zadok the Priest and Rule Brittania, amongst other more reflective pieces all accompanied by our amazing organist Ian Stearn. Tea and Birdham Cakes were well received and much fun was had by all! £165 will be sent to the British Legion and £165 to the St. James Centre. You might also notice the new piece of art work from the Birdham artists representing Harvest and Autumn themes.
The monthly ‘Coffee with Friends’ on Tuesdays in West Wittering Church Room has been a great success, thanks to the commitment of a hardworking team and the support of members of our local community. And now we’re going to build on that success and run weekly sessions as a trial period starting in the New Year and going on until July. The name will change to ‘Mug Moments’ and you’ll be able to pop in there and have a nice hot mug of something and a chat every Tuesday morning! During term time ‘Mug Moments’ will open at 8.40am so parents can go in there after school drop-off. They may like to take toddlers in for a play while they chat. During half-term and the school holidays, ‘Mug Moments’ will open at 10.30am. It will stay open until 12 midday every Tuesday.
We need some more volunteers, please, to help run ‘Mug Moments’ and make this a great success. If you’d like to know more please contact Stella on 01243 673470.