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If you are unable to pack a shoebox in the traditional way this year, how about packing one online and letting us do it for you? This year every single shoebox counts and with traditional packing harder for some, yours could be the one that ensures a child doesn’t miss out.

If you normally pack as a church, group or with family and friends, we also have an exciting new custom goal page feature that will allow you to join together to do this online.


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St Leodegar’s Church Christmas Services
Christmas Reflection : 24 December at 4pm
Christmas Day : 25 December at 9:30am

We also aim to provide online Christmas services including carols, choir anthems, nativity and Christmas readings.

“The PCCs of the joint Benefice, at their meeting on Monday 09 November, expressed their disappointment that a suitable candidate had not been found for the proposed shared appointment with Bishop Luffa School but accepted that the decision was now to seek a 0.5 incumbent by advert after Christmas.”


Letter from Archdeacon Luke re Vacancy and Chaplaincy:

Dear friends,

I hope that this finds you all safe and well and coping with the ongoing challenges of this season. Thank you for your faithfulness and perseverance in prayer and witness. You are all remembered daily in my prayers, with thanksgiving.

I wanted to write with an update about where we are in the process of discerning the next chapter of ministry in your Parish. First, may I thank you all for your openness and generosity of spirit in being willing to explore the possibility of making a joint appointment with Bishop Luffa School. As you know, the intention has been to appoint a 0.5 Incumbent to the Benefice with a 0.5 chaplaincy to Bishop Luffa School. Following my meetings with your Wardens and the PCC, I have been working closely with the Head of the school and with your Parish Representatives over several months now. This has been hugely positive and encouraging. We have interviewed a prospective candidate and also had wider conversations.

Unfortunately, though, we have not been able to identify the right candidate to serve both your Parish and the school.

As a result, the time has come to see if the chaplaincy for the school might be combined with another appointment elsewhere, and now move to advertise your 0.5 Incumbency in its own right after Christmas.

I realise that this will come as a disappointment, and know how much you have all invested in the prospective partnership with the school. As we have said from the outset, this is not a simple recruitment process but one of prayerful discernment. Having tested this fully, it does seem that this is now the right way forward. As always, we know that the Lord goes before us and has already prepared the heart of the priest who is being called to serve you. Confident that He who calls is faithful, we continue to trust that He will work out His purposes and lead your parishes into His future. Our calling, as always, is to be attentive in prayer that we might be open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We must continue to pray for one another, and I will continue to work closely with your Parish representatives and look forward to being able to visit your Parishes again in the near future.

With prayer and all good wishes,

Luke

The Venerable Luke Irvine-Capel
Archdeacon of Chichester

On All Saints Day the Archbishops wrote to all the clergy in the Church of England. In this letter they stated their conviction that the first and primary response of the Church at this time was prayer.

“Bearing in mind our primary vocation as the Church of Jesus Christ to pray and to serve we call upon the Church of England to make this month of lockdown a month of prayer. More than anything else, whatever the nation thinks, we know that we are in the faithful hands of the risen Christ who knows our weaknesses, tiredness and struggles and whose steadfast love endures for ever.

Above all we recall people to some of the fundamental spiritual disciplines that shape our Christian life. How we do this is up to each congregation and clergy person. We will publish resources to support you before the first day of lockdown. During the first lockdown we cheered for the NHS every Thursday. During this second lockdown we invite you to fast in a way appropriate to you as well as pray for our nation every Thursday, for its leaders, its health and essential services and all those who suffer.”

The Archbishops, in consultation with the House of Bishops, decided that this call would take the form of an invitation to every Christian and person of good will to pray at 6pm every day, beginning this Thursday 5 November for the period of this present lock-down. In order to stimulate this time of prayer, where it is possible, churches are encouraged to ring a single bell at 6pm.

This call is going far and wide – and the hope is that many of our ecumenical partners will join us.

The Archbishops promised some resources in the form of different styles of written prayers with a particular thematic focus for prayer each day.

The weblink to the resources is https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches/call-prayer-nation. In addition, please find here a direct link to a simple printable prayer booklet – Prayer Booklet.

All worship services in November 2020 cancelled

Please note that all worship services are cancelled during the second lockdown. The leadership team is looking at how to best provide online services during this time. We’ll post updates on the website and social media.

As for the Poppy Appeal, I am sure a question many of you are asking is, where can I get my Poppy this year? I am afraid there will be no door to door collections nationwide this year but the following businesses have kindly agreed to have a tin at their checkouts: Runcton Farm Shop, Manor Nursery, the Walnut Tree, Hunston stores, North Mundham School and Brick Kiln Nursery. There will also be a tin at St Stephens. All these will be in place by Friday 23rd October but will only be able to take cash. Sainsbury’s, Tesco’s, ALDI and Morrisons have all agreed to support the appeal and some will have card readers to enable donations to be “cashless”. Alternatively, you can go online to www.britishlegion.org.uk and scroll down to the banners entitled “How to Help” which includes how you can order 20 poppies free then distribute them to friends and family and ask them for a donation to the Legion. This can also be done online.

In case you hadn’t heard, I am afraid the Poppy Lunch is also a COVID casualty.

If you have any questions about the above or have any good ideas we can implement this year to raise funds then please feel free to email me at andyforsyth67@gmail.com or call on 01243 778191.

With your help we can continue to ensure that our Armed Forces community receives the support they need and deserve.

Thank you.

Andy Forsyth

Chairman, Mundham and District Branch

Royal British Legion

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.

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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