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The recently consecrated bishops of Horsham [Ruth Bushyager] and Lewes [Will Hazelwood] will be formally installed in Chichester cathedral at two special services this month.

The recently consecrated bishops of Horsham [Ruth Bushyager] and Lewes [Will Hazelwood] will be formally installed in Chichester cathedral at two special services (Sunday 13 September).

There will be two services, one for each bishop, because Covid restrictions limit the number of people who can attend. Both bishops will attend each other’s installation.

Bishop Will to be installed at 2pm, and Bishop Ruth at 3.30pm.

At each service the new bishop will be supported by the presence of family and friends, and others (including the Diocese as a whole) will be able to follow the celebrations via a LIVE streaming on the Sunday afternoon.

Bishop Martin said today: “The installation of bishops Ruth and Will is going to mark their incorporation into the life of the diocese and we welcome them with a great sense of confidence and hope. This is the very best welcome we can give them and their families in the present circumstances and it’s great that the installations will be streamed, enabling many others to join us on-line.”

Together with Bishop Martin, the new bishops will launch their ministry in the diocese by ordaining new deacons and priests individually in churches across the whole of Sussex. 

Opening Up of the Benefice’s Churches for Sunday Services. We are very pleased to be able to tell everyone that with the lifting of some of the COVID-19 restrictions by the government, and following the advice and guidelines from the Church of England (C of E) and our own Bishop, we plan to open both the churches in the Benefice for Sunday Services from 2 August 2020. This is excellent news!

However, there are limitations and guidelines that we must all comply with to minimise, as much as possible, risk of contamination and infection, in our concerted efforts to keep us all safe. Services will operate to the government guidance on ‘Social Distancing’ and everyone will be asked to use the hand sanitiser provided on entering and departing from church. Sadly we are not permitted to have any congregational hymn singing or refreshments.

Please see below the pattern of Services and how we are to deliver these.  We will be opening both churches in the Benefice for Sunday Service worship from Sunday 2 August 2020. We will maintain the usual Service times, 9:30am at St Stephen’s and 11:00am at St Leodegar’s, and our usual pattern of Services for Holy Communion, etc. The Services at St Leodegar’s Church will be in the ‘said’ format only, though the organ will be played on arrival and departure. Information on where to sit, circulation routes, delivery of Holy Communion, etc. will be explained on booking attendance, in advance, and on arrival in church.
Holy Communion to be taken under the Bishop’s and C of E guidelines (wafers only).
The limitation on space, maintaining the 2 metre rule where possible, means you will need to book for each service you plan to attend, in advance, by phone.

The phone contact for St Stephen’s is to be Lynn Mears (537190) and for St Leodegar’s Joan Duberley (787801) and in each church priority will be given to regular members of each church. Provision for members of the same household and families have been taken into consideration – please tell Lynn or Joan who and how many will be with you when you book. Please note you will be allocated a specific pew and will not be able to sit in your usual pew.

Congregation members aged 70 and over, regardless of medical conditions, are reminded of the C of E advice to stay at home as much as possible and, if you go out, to take particular care to minimise contact with others outside of your household. It should be noted that we will not be able to facilitate our usual joint service on the 5th Sunday of the month (when there is a fifth Sunday) and that we will have communion at both churches.

Please note that with the re-opening of the churches for Sunday Services we will cease to be opening the churches for Individual Prayer from August.

Please also note that we intend to maintain our ‘online’ presence by recording the St Stephen’s Sunday Service from 2 August onwards. If anyone has a digital camera that could be used for this purpose, please contact Robert Leeder (07760 580044).

Many thanks for your cooperation with the above and I look forward to seeing some of you, at least, in Church shortly.

God Bless, Peter Sanders, Churchwarden St Leodegar’s Church
on behalf of the Leadership Team of the Benefice

Appointment of new Vicar
The Benefice of St Stephen’s and St Leodegar’s, with the Diocese of Chichester and Bishop Luffa School, are very pleased to announce that it is planned to make a shared appointment of Incumbent/Vicar to the parishes of St Stephen’s, North Mundham with Merston, and St Leodegar’s Hunston (half time/0.5) and Chaplain at Bishop Luffa School (half time/0.5).  

Further details can be seen in the Minutes of the PCCs 21 May 2020,  available on request, and in the forthcoming August edition of ‘Connect’. 

Bearing in mind the Coronavirus circumstances and restrictions it is not clear when the shared appointment can be made but it is hoped to advertise the appointment soon. 

Virtual All Age Worship No.11 – Sunday 6th June 2020
Alistair Ghinn has also put together a YouTube video playlist in which he hosts an All Age Worship Service. It is well worth watching! It is followed by other resources that may be helpful for the time that we are housebound.
Here’s the YouTube link for our All Age Service service and supporting worksheets:

I do hope it’s a great help and encouragement for you in these extraordinary circumstances. 
Feel free to forward it on to anyone else.

As a Diocese we are marking the campaign, Thy Kingdom Come, with a series of events including a daily short prayer at Noon called “Praying for the Diocese with Bishop Martin”.

In a video message, published today on the Feast of the Ascension, the Bishop explains why the days between Ascension and Pentecost can deepen our prayer life together especially in these challenging times and invites you to prayer with him for the diocese.

You can watch the Youtube video here 

Please do share this invitation video widely in your church communities as we hope to get as many people as possible to take part.

You can join in Praying for the Diocese with Bishop Martin via Youtube, the diocesan website and the diocesan social media channels, Twitter and Facebook.

Virtual St Leodegars Service

Thanks to Kat Walker and Peter Saunders, and with the help of many others, we have a virtual Sunday Service to share for 26th April

It would be nice if we watch it together at 9:30 am on Sunday, when our usual church meeting would have happened, so that we are worshipping together while being apart!

Easter Sunday 2020 virtual Service

You can access the YouTube playlist on this link.
The responses are on this link.

Thanks to Kat Walker and Stephen Everard, with the help of many others!, we have a virtual Easter Sunday Service to share.

It would be nice if we watch it together at 9:30 am on Sunday, when our usual church meeting would have happened, so that we are worshipping together while being apart!

Easter Sunday 2020 virtual Service

You can access the YouTube playlist on this link.
The responses are on this link.

Thanks to Kat Walker and Stephen Everard, with the help of many others!, we have a virtual Easter Sunday Service to share.

A new online service will be made available next Saturday.
It would be nice if we watch it together at 9:30 am on Sunday, when our usual church meeting would have happened, so that we are worshipping together while being apart!
(You are welcome to watch it any time that suits you!)

Corona virus – Helpful resources re anxiety and current situation:

Each summer we offer two Christian Youth Camps called ‘REDLANDS’ for school years 5 – 13 

Are the one to coordinate the advertisements for our magazine?

Once a year, the Advertising Coordinator liaises with advertisers and collect fees. S/he also generate additional advertisers. The ‘busy period’ is between October (when advertisers are sent reminders of their fees) and January (when most fees are collected). During the year the workload is much reduced.

Please contact the Leadership team (Stephen Everard, Katrina Walker, Alistair Ghinn or the Churchwardens – contact details on page 29 of the ‘connect’ magazine) or the Editor (07886873690 or editor.churches@hotmail.co.uk) if you are interested.

Supporting ‘HEART’
If you would like to support HEART and the work of local churches amongst the homeless in Chichester please make all donations via BACS and use ‘HEART KIT’ as a reference.
CAF Bank
Account Name: Revelation Community
Account Number: 00019987
Sort Code: 405240
Many thanks

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