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Safeguarding

The Diocesan safeguarding website is an excellent resource for us all as we work together

 

https://safeguarding.chichester.anglican.org


Snowflake Night Shelter

The annual winter night shelter in our community is now looking for volunteers. For more information please speak with Fr Sean, or look at their website https://www.snowflake-nightshelter.org.uk or ring 07547482627


Seaview Project

We have a collection box at the back of church for donations towards the work of the Seaview project. Seaview provides a day centre for those who are homeless in our community. Donations of non-perishable food, clothes, blankets etc are more than appreciated. Please support this work if you are able to do so.


CBS Evening Prayer & Benediction

The Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament (CBS) next meet for Evening Prayer and Benediction at 4pm TODAY. All are very welcome to join us.


School Christmas Fayre

Our School Fayre will take place in school (Woodland Vale Road) at 3:30pm on Monday 10th December. Do support our school if you are able to.


Advent Service

Fr Nick is arranging and organising a special service for Advent, starting at 7:30pm on Thursday 13th December. Please make a note of this in your diary and share in this worship as we journey through Advent.


School Nativity

Christ Church Academy will end this term with their Nativity Play and Service in church at 2:15pm on Wednesday 19th December. All are welcome.


CHRISTMAS HAMPERS.

Tickets are now available for the ChristmasHamper Raffle at £ 1.00 each.


The draw will take place after Mass on 23rd December. Please see Celia or Fiona.


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School Christmas Fayre

Our School Fayre will take place in school (Woodland Vale Road) at 3:30pm on Monday 10th December. Do support our school if you are able to.


Advent Service

Fr Nick is arranging and organising a special service for Advent, starting at 7:30pm on Thursday 13th December. Please make a note of this in your diary and share in this worship as we journey through Advent.


School Nativity

Christ Church Academy will end this term with their Nativity Play and Service in church at 2:15pm on Wednesday 19th December. All are welcome.


CHRISTMAS HAMPERS.

Tickets are now available for the Christmas Hamper Raffle at £ 1.00 each. The draw will take place after Mass on 23rd December. Please see Celia or Fiona.


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Christ Church Nursery and Primary Academy will also be celebrating their Nativity in church at the end of term on Wednesday 19th December.



Epiphany Meal Sunday 6th January 2019

This will take place in the parish centre at 12 noon Tickets £6 contact Sue & Celia. Please see menu choices on notice board in the porch.

For each of us to have a Way of Life is important if our calling to life in Christ is going to be ordered and disciplined.


On the 2nd December, The first Sunday of Advent, is the launch of Bishop Martin’s Rule of Life. There will be practical materials on the Diocesan website (www.chichester.anglican.org) about how to make a Rule of Life which could make this Year of Vocation life changing and life enhancing for us.


The second Sunday in January celebrates the Baptism of Christ and will mark the beginning of the ‘Year of Vocation’. This is a Diocesan initiative to help us to understand more fully God’s calling to us both individually and corporately as a Diocese. The Year will celebrate vocation is its broadest sense. How do we live out our life in Christ fully every day of the week and at different times of life.


The Year will be launched on 13 January with specially designed Baptismal Cards which will mark the date of our own baptism and the beginning of our life and calling in Christ. At Pentecost on 9 June, we will receive specially designed Confirmation Cards which will mark the date of our own Confirmation when we were sealed with the Holy Spirit and committed ourselves to growing into ‘the full stature of Christ’.


Also on 13 January the Order of St Richard will be launched. The Order of St Richard is an award for lay people which recognises and celebrates exceptional contributions to the parish, the local community and the Diocese. Ten people will be nominated from each Archdeaconry every year for the award. Details of how to nominate people can be found in the Diocesan website.


The Year of Vocation Lent Course – Living Christ – is about Christians across Sussex exploring what it means to live out their vocation to know, love and follow Jesus.


With video contributions from a farmer, an artist, a mental-health campaigner, a carer and many others, the course consists of five sessions exploring all aspects of life. Along with Scripture, prayer and discussion, it is hoped that Living Christ will be an engaging resource for small groups across the Diocese.


Between Easter and Pentecost, parishes and schools will be encouraged to gather together photographs of individuals or places which reflect the life of the parish or school and then turn these into a mosaic of, for instance, the face of Christ. The process of turning a number of photographs into a mosaic is uncomplicated and a step by step guide is available on the Diocesan website.


May Camp is our annual diocesan youth event, camping in Plumpton, with a focus on nurturing young people in their faith that is also the most fun weekend of their year. May Camp is a unique opportunity for developing close relationships with young people and bonding within a group. It draws together churches from across the whole diocese from a breadth of traditions built on engaging well with youth culture and focussing on unity.


In addition to participating in the mosaic project, the Education Department will also be promoting in 2019 the vocation to teach not only in schools but also more broadly in terms of Sunday school teachers.


The Archbishops launched the Thy Kingdom Come initiative several years ago as an invitation to pray during the period between Ascension and Pentecost for people we know to come to know Jesus. This year the focus will be on responding faithfully to God’s call as reflected in the words ‘Thy will be done’. There will be more details available via the Diocesan website.



Introducing a Way of Life


The first Christians were known as the followers of the way – and it’s the way we live our Christian lives that’s absolutely crucial – not least in drawing others to the faith.


IHS A Way of Living is a project that ends up as a Rule of Life. It is your plan for how you live as a Christian. Like a diet or a fitness plan, it has to be suited to your needs and situation. Its outcome is a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and with God who made us and loves us.


This resource invites you to use four seasons of the Christian year (Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter), and the time that follows Pentecost Sunday, to guide how you feel God is asking you to live your life as a Christian. It will help you put in place some regular habits – your own rules – for doing that.


In each season think about different aspects of our faith in Jesus Christ and its application to daily life. There are notes to help you with reflection on the distinctive, seasonal challenges. And there is a notepad at the end to help you sketch out one or two resolutions to which you will commit. These resolutions will then form the habits you seek to establish as your Christian way of living.


You must be the judge of what these resolutions are, and how and when you might revise them.Many people find it helpful to talk through this process. This could be done with a lay person or a priest, or with a small group of people you trust.


During the summer (after Pentecost in the ordinary time of Sundays after Trinity) you have an opportunity to look through your resolutions from each season. ‘Ordinary time’ doesn’t mean ordinary (dull), but ordered, fruitful and at peace. What we’re concerned with here is the ordering of our life according to rules that will enable us to be fruitful and at peace.


This is an opportunity to review the full list of resolutions you have outlined and to work out which of them you can realistically adopt and keep. The ones you keep will shape your habit of Christian living and help you to live to the full the life you think God is calling you to.


You will have to think carefully about what is realistic but also what will challenge you, with God’s help. Most wise guides would encourage you to outline a way of living that has two or three demanding but attainable resolutions, that you really value and can sustain. That is better than signing up for five or six things that prove impossible and are soon forgotten.


These resolutions will form a rule of life that will guide you in the practice of your Christian faith for the next year or two, or however long it is before you review your undertakings.


The last Sunday of the Church’s year, the Feast of Jesus Christ the Universal King, is a good time to dedicate the card on which you have mapped your resolutions. It is your prescription for a joyful and hope-filled habit of living on earth as a citizen of the kingdom of heaven.


The four Sundays of Advent mark the countdown to Christmas. For many people, this is a time of excitement, busyness and stress.


For you, it might be the very worst time to start thinking about prayer. But think of it as a New Christian Year resolution! In Mark’s gospel there is a similar moment of hyper-activity and tension during the ministry in Galilee. The apostles are elated, but Jesus says to them, “Come away to some lonely  place” (Mark 6.31). They needed a chance to get things back into perspective; to rest and to pray.


The Advent season invites us to think of God’s arrival among us in the simple, prayerful wonder of the Bethlehem manger. It also asks us to reflect on the end of time when God reveals the outcome of everything in mercy and judgement.


This is a good time to pause, because busyness and stress are not a natural part of the Christmas story. Pause and take a look at yourself in the mirror. What do you see?


Very often we are the first to judge and condemn ourselves. It takes a little longer to come round to opening ourselves to the mercy of God, because that takes away our control over what we can condemn in ourselves and in others. And we are not good at receiving when we know how little we have to give in return.


So here are some questions about prayer that Advent invites us to consider:


  1. How easily do you accept God’s mercy, loving yourself and loving other people, because you are convinced of God’s love for you?


  1. How and when do you find a way of owning up to yourself and to God what you have done wrong, being sorry, and changing so as to be different in future? (Remember that this is part of every act of worship and one you should prepare for as carefully as if you were reading a lesson or leading the prayers.)


  1. Could you find time to pray each day? How long could you manage? (5 minutes daily is better than a reservoir full of guilt because you can’t ever do 20 minutes.) Where would you pray, and what would you do?


  1. Do you keep a list of people, places and situations that you are praying for? When do you pray for them—every day, on a particular day? Do you tell those on your list you are praying for them?


  1. Would it be helpful to join a prayer group?


  1. Would it be helpful to speak with another Christian about how to develop your prayer life? (You could ask your parish priest about this.)


Notes to help you plan your resolutions and the one or two priorities that will become part of your Rule of Life.


How might I recognise my failings, to be sorry, to accept forgiveness and change my behaviour?


How can I plan time to pray, and how I should pray?